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Bill Vernon
Bill Vernon
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The Grey Fox Bill Vernon Scholarship is awarded annually to talented and motivated students who are involved in bluegrass music and who demonstrate a need for financial assistance. Past recipients of the scholarship include Casey Henry, Bill Evans, Kristin Scott (Benson), Meredith McCoury, Jamie Stone, Rushad Eggleston, Amanda Kowalski, Joe Walsh, Etienne Cremieux and several other gifted students.

The Grey Fox Scholarship is named for the late Bill Vernon, the Virginia based radio personality, writer, bluegrass aficionado, and long-time emcee and friend of our festival. We miss you, Bill!

This annual scholarship program is made possible, in large part, through the generous donations of custom instrument builders such as Stelling Banjos, Martin Guitars, Eastman Strings, Collings Guitars and Deering Banjos, who provide beautiful instruments to be raffled during the festival. We also thank the many individuals, families and organizations who have donated to the fund over the years to help keep the scholarship going.

2014 Recipients include:

Rourke Feinberg (NY)
Lauren Price (OH)
Leanna Price (OH)
Marty Varner (CA)

Past Recipients:

2013: Kaia Kater and Laney Jones

2012: Emma Hart

2011: Molly Adkins and J.D. Demers 

2010: Courtney Hartman, Ethan Hughes, Julie Koserowski and Jeffery Lewis 

2009: Joe Walsh and Rachel Panitch

2008: Preston Schmidt, Alex Hibbitts, Corey Walker and Robert Trapp

2007: Zach Mongan and Danny Stewart

2006: Sara Juran

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

The Application Process:

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.

Click to download the scholarship application

DEADLINE: The application (including a required essay and optional music sample) must be postmarked no later than May 15. Decisions will be made by June 15. Please mail your application package to:

Grey Fox Scholarship Committee

c/o Mary Tyler Doub
2704 Caves Road
Owings Mills, MD 21117

SCHOLARSHIP PRESENTATION: If you are one of the fortunate recipients, you will be invited to attend Grey Fox as a guest of the festival. Awards will be presented on the Main Stage on Sunday afternoon of the festival. We hope you will be able to attend both the festival and 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
       c/o Lucia Sperato
       705 York Road
       Baltimore, MD 21204

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

If you have any questions, call 1.888.946.8495; 315.724.4473 or email us.