2021 Scholarships are for SGOnline (online classes only). There will not be an in-person Gathering in 2021. Please read this for more details
To apply for a 2021 Youth Scholarship, click here. Scholarship application deadline will be April 15th.
Staff will let applicants know of decisions by mid May.
Those who applied for scholarships in 2020 MUST RE-APPLY using this online form. However, you will not be required to re-submit materials.
More details are included in the above online application form.
Each year, we award Youth Scholarships for the cost of tuition and housing in any of our programs to a number of promising young musicians and dancers. Several of these scholarships are memorial scholarships awarded during Celtic Week in memory of Tony Cuffe and Regis Malady, during Old-Time Week in memory of Ralph Blizard, and during Contemporary Folk/Fiddle or Traditional Song Weeks in memory of Freyda Epstein, our dear friends and long-time staff members.
Applicants should be under the age of 22 and should submit by April 15th a completed application, a self-written letter of request for the specific week desired, giving background and contact information, including the applicant’s age, prior musical experience and stating why they should receive a scholarship, plus a letter of recommendation from a mentor or other individual knowledgeable in the applicant’s area of folk music or dance. Please do not send recordings. Priority will be given to those who have not received a scholarship before. An application fee is not required. Scholarships are merit-based, limited and competitive.
The Doug & Darcy Orr Music Fund is an endowment fund established to provide long-term financial support for the work of the Swannanoa Gathering now, and for decades to come. Originally established with a generous gift from one of our workshop participants, interest from the fund provides financial support for the program where it is most needed. Tax-free contributions to to the Doug & Darcy Orr Music Fund and/or for our Youth Scholarship fund are welcome and may be made online on the donation form.
A number of our scholarships are sponsored by private organizations or individuals. Are you interested in sponsoring a scholarship? Please contact our office for more information.