Scholarship Information

The Hampshire County Arts Council has asked three local musicians who know Israel Welch and his music to serve as our scholarship committee. These three have determined the criteria they will use to make this award.

Applicants must:

-be a resident of Hampshire County, WV

-play a traditional instrument (ie. fiddle, dulcimer, banjo, dobro, etc.)

-desire to attend a music camp or workshop like the Augusta Heritage Festival or Common Ground on the Hill (scholarship money will be paid directly to the camp or workshop)

-have your completed application package postmarked no later than January 10, 2003

-include a brief tape of your playing (1 or 2 tunes)

-answer the following two questions: "When and why did you get started playing your instrument?" and "What would you hope to accomplish if you are awarded this scholarship?"

-include your:
Phone number

-Send your tape, question answers, and personal information to:
Israel Welch Scholarship
Hampshire County Arts Council
PO Box 624
Romney, WV 26757

There is no word limit to the question answers. The selection committee will consider the tape and question answers as a whole in choosing the award recipient.

If you have questions about the application process, send an email to

In Homage to Israel Welch