Israel Welch Scholarship Open for Applicants
As part of Hampshire County's 250th Anniversary celebration during
2004, the Hampshire County Arts Council worked with the Hampshire
250 Committee on a project to record our local musicians. Financial
assistance for the project was provided by the WV Humanities Council.
The resulting 2 CD-set and accompanying commemorative booklet,
All Smiles Tonight, were made available for sale and can still
be purchased at the Taggart Hall Visitors Center, Anderson's Corner,
Potomac Music and The Bottling Works. Proceeds from the sales
have been directed to the Hampshire County Arts Council's Israel
Welch Scholarship Fund.
In memory of Welch, an accomplished fiddler recorded by the Augusta
Heritage Center and certainly one of Hampshire County's most noted
musicians, the Scholarship was established to help encourage the
continuation of traditional music in our midst. The first Israel
Welch scholarship was awarded in 2002 and sent Dakota Hobbie to
the Augusta Heritage Workshop's Old Time Week in Elkins, WV. With
the funds from the sales of All Smiles Tonight, a second scholarship
is now offered to another budding Hampshire County musician.
Applicants may be any age and may play any traditional instrument,
but may not have previously won the scholarship. The award will
cover tuition to either an Augusta Heritage Workshop or a Common
Ground on the Hill Heritage Workshop and will be paid directly
to the music camp. The winner will be responsible for his or her
own lodging, meal and travel expenses. Details about both camps
are available on-line (www.augustaheritage.com and www.commongroundonthehill.com).
Augusta Heritage may have assistance available for WV residents.
Deadline for applications is April 15. Selection is anticipated
by May 1. To apply:
Submit a brief cassette tape of you playing (1 or 2 tunes), Name,
Address, Phone number, Age, and answer the following questions:
When and why did you get started playing your instrument? What
would you hope to accomplish if you are awarded this scholarship?
Send applications to: Hampshire County Arts Council, P.O. Box
624, Romney, WV 26757 or give to any Arts Council officer (co-directors
Shari Gallery, Janet Gould, or Michael Hasty, secretary Darla
Cook or treasurer Kate McWilliams).