Wilkes Acoustic Folk Society - Wilkes County North Caraolina
Scholarship applications accepted through October 31, 2019 apply now! - Interested candidates may apply for 2020 scholarships through October 31, 2019. Applications must be postmarked no later than 12 midnight. 2020 winners will be announced at our Wilkes County Library Christmas Program. Click on SCHOLARSHIP for more information.

Steve Duncan and Rex Elliott made substantial contributions to Wilkes Acoustic Folk Society Inc. and the preservation of our musical heritage. In 2004 we began honoring their memories by offering an annual DUNCAN-ELLIOTT MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP to attend the Swannanoa Gathering.
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DUE TO SUPPORT FROM MEMBERS AND DONATIONS WAFS IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE TWO WINNERS FOR THE 2019 SCHOLARSHIP TO ATTEND THE SWANNANOA GATHERING. THE FIRST RECIPIENT IS THIRTEEN YEAR OLD, GRACE ACADEMY STUDENT, ASA NELSON FROM ZIONVILLE, NC. THE NEXT RECIPIENT IS BOBBY W. FIELDS, AGE SIXTY-FIVE OF STATESVILLE, NC AND IS A GRADUATE OF ABERDEEN HIGH SCHOOL. CONGRATULATIONS AND THANKS TO BOTH OF THESE TALENTED MUSICIANS FOR HELPING TO PRESERVE THE FOLKWAYS OF THE APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN REGION.

Since 1991, Warren Wilson College just east of Asheville has hosted a series of workshops in various folk arts during July and August known as the Swannanoa Gathering. The Gathering is an internationally acclaimed event with some of the best in their field as instructors and mentors. Folk arts are preserved through this powerful Gathering of folks in the mountains of NC teaching and practicing their craft.

Past recipients of the Duncan-Elliott Memorial WAFS Scholarship are Melanie Podbielski, Trish Wylie, Laura Ferguson, Ethan Haithcock, John Palmer, James Wagoner, Shay Lovette, Revonda Crow, Abby Huggins, Hannah 'Josie' Hoggard, Mary Vann Johnston, Kathleen Nicole Burnett, Liam Purcell, Chad Ritchie, Elizabeth Carter, Asa Nelson and Bobby W. Fields.

For more information about the Swannanoa Gathering, go to www.swangathering.com.

In 2013, WAFS offered a second youth scholarship. The scholarship pays tuition to attend Pete Wernick's (aka Dr. Banjo) Jam Camp at MerleFest. The camp is a unique combination of classroom and personal instruction. Camp is held daily from 9:15 am until 5 pm three days prior to MerleFest. The student comes face to face with what it actually takes to play music with others. Camp is held in the breath taking beauty of the YMCA Camp Harrison. The 1400+ acre facility is just 10 miles from Wilkesboro at 7901 S NC Hwy 18 in Boomer, NC. Meals and lodging are available for purchase on site.

The 2019 JAM CAMP Scholarship goes to Owen Combs. Owen is age thirteen and attends East Wilkes Middle School in Wilkes County. Owen is proud to share than he finds great inspiration in pickin' with musicians his age. Congratulations to this deserving young man. .

Past winners of JAMCAMP are Jonah Horton, Willow Dillon, Benjamin Barker, Presley Barker, Elizabeth Carter, Hallie Younger, Emma Lowe, Madison Elmore, Libby Harbour, Robert Myers, Jake Myers and Owen Combs. THANKS TO ALL OUR WINNERS FOR HELPING TO PRESERVE THE FOLKWAYS OF THE APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN REGION.

Click here to go to www.drbanjo.com for information.


Click here to download the Duncan-Elliot Memorial Scholarship application form.

Click here to download the Pete Wernick's Jam Camp at MerleFest application form.

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