Since the school began in 2002, our goal has been to see that every child who wants to learn mountain music gets the opportunity to do so at the Cowan Creek Mountain Music School, regardless of the ability to pay. Thanks to a generous bequest by Nancy and Harvey McClellan, and donations from many other good folks, ample scholarships are available for Kentucky youth and local adults. These are granted based on need. Students in the Pick & Bow program in Letcher or Knott Counties automatically receive full scholarships. Families who have more than one child who wants to attend or for whom the tuition is a barrier are strongly encouraged to apply for a scholarship. Please apply as soon as possible. You will be notified if your child will receive a scholarship at least by May 31st, 2017. Simply print and complete the 2017 Youth Scholarship form below and mail in with your 2017 Registration Form.
Memorial Scholarships and Teaching Assistantships
The Cowan Creek Mountain Music School has been blessed by the presence of some of Kentucky’s most respected and beloved musicians. We honor many we have lost with a memorial scholarship or teaching assistantship. All memorial scholarships and teaching assistantships recognize outstanding achievement and are aimed at encouraging the student to continue learning. Recipients are nominated by faculty and chosen by a faculty committee on the last day of the school. The recipients are announced during the Friday student recital and receive full tuition (or a position as teaching assistant) for the following year.
Burt Hatfield: The Burt Hatfield Memorial Scholarship recognizes a banjo or guitar student, age 18 or younger, who shows promising musicianship and interest in learning old time music.
Rodney Hatfield: The Rodney Hatfield Memorial Scholarship recognizes any local student, either a youth or a senior, who is excelling in learning any instrument, singing or dance.
Arnold “Cowboy” Martin, Jr.: The Arnold “Cowboy” Martin, Jr. Memorial Scholarship recognizes an outstanding guitar student.
Goebel Twyman: Scholarships in memory of fiddler Goebel Twyman are awarded based on family need. The family is notified of the scholarship at least four weeks prior to the start of the school. Scholarship recipients are not announced.
Nancy and Harvey McClellan Fund: was established to assure ample scholarships for CCMMS students for generations to come. Nancy and Harvey, of Ashland, Kentucky were champions of mountain music and friends to countless musicians. With Nancy’s passing in 2013, she entrusted the Cowan Community Action Group with a generous bequest to assure that Kentuckians will always be able to learn and share their traditional music. Scholarships are awarded based on family need (use form below). Scholarship recipients are not announced.
The Ray Slone Memorial Teaching Assistantship recognizes a student, usually in their late teens or early twenties, who has shown mastery of their instrument and is ready to learn to teach mountain music. The student is offered a position as teaching assistant for one of the CCMMS classes the following year.
The Paul David Smith Memorial Teaching Assistantship recognizes a student, usually in their late teens or early twenties, who has shown mastery of the fiddle and is ready to learn to teach mountain music. The selected student is offered as position as teaching assistant for one of the CCMMS classes the following year.
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Cowan Community Center
81 Sturgill Branch
Whitesburg, KY, 41858