Grey Fox Bluegrass Music Education Scholarship

Bill Vernon memorial scholarship

Grey Fox ~ Bill Vernon Memorial Scholarship

The Grey Fox Bill Vernon Memorial Scholarship is awarded to talented and motivated students who are involved in bluegrass music and who demonstrate a need for financial assistance for college tuition. The scholarship is named for Bill Vernon, the renowned bluegrass aficionado, writer, radio host, emcee, and beloved friend of our festival.

The scholarship is possible, in large part, through the generosity fine instrument builders such as Stelling and Deering Banjos, Martin and Collings Guitars, Eastman Strings, and Beard Resonator Guitars, who have donated instruments to be raffled—and fans who tickets each year. We also thank the families, organizations, and individuals who have donated to help keep the scholarship thriving.

Past Scholarship Recipients:

  • 2018: Patrick Feinberg, Victor Furtado, Owen Schinkel, and Eli Wildman
  • 2017: Corey Brodsky and Grant Flick
  • 2016: Nick deSebastian and Jason Keiser
  • 2015: Julian Panelli, Max Silverstein, and Seth Evans
  • 2014: Rourke Feinberg, Lauren Price, Leanna Price, and Marty Varner
  • 2013: Kaia Kater and Laney Jones
  • 2012: Emma Hart
  • 2011: Molly Adkins and J.D. Demers
  • 2010: Courtney Hartman, Ethan Hughes, Julie Koserowski, and Jeffrey Lewis
  • 2009: Joe K. Walsh and Rachel Panitch
  • 2008: Preston Schmidt, Alex Hibbitts, Corey Walker, and Robert Trapp
  • 2007: Zach Mongan and Danny Stewart

Others include: Becky Buller, Rushad Eggleston, Jared Engel, Jason Ericson, Bill Evans, Amanda Kowalski, Marjorie McCoury, Amber Reisenberger, Jayme Stone, Michael Wolking, and more.

Bill Vernon Memorial Scholarship

The Application Process

Applicants can download the PDF and apply by mail, or online via the form below.

Current college students or high school seniors who have been accepted at a college may apply. If selected, your scholarship will be sent directly to your educational institution.

DEADLINE: The application (including a required essay and music sample if you are applying on the basis of your music) must be postmarked by May 15. Decisions will be made by June 15.

To apply by U.S. mail, send your package to:

Grey Fox Scholarship Committee
2704 Caves Road
Owings Mills, MD 21117

If applying electronically, email your application (letters, form, and links to music samples if applicable) to:
[email protected]

SCHOLARSHIP PRESENTATION: Recipients will be invited to attend Grey Fox as a guest. Awards will be announced during the festival on the High Meadow Stage. It is not mandatory that recipients attend the presentation.

DONATING TO THE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM: The Grey Fox Educational Fund is a 501(C)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving bluegrass music through education. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to this program, please mail check made out to “Grey Fox Educational Fund” to:

Grey Fox Educational Fund Inc
c/o Scholl & Lybrook CPAs
Attn: Lucia Sperato
8860 Citation Rd, Ste C
Baltimore, MD 21221

Please indicate on the memo line that your donation is for the Grey Fox Scholarship. Thank you!

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If selected, your scholarship will be sent directly to the school you will be attending in the fall. Please provide:

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2022 Festival dates: July 14-17. Presentation on Saturday, July 16.
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