PICKENS – Nearly $5,000 in 2014 scholarships were awarded to musicians in the Pickens area to help them pursue their interests in traditional Appalachian music.
Betty McDaniel, executive director of the Young Appalachian Musicians program, said the scholarships were offered to third- through eighth-grade students enrolled in YAM activities – the After-School Program, the Evening Music Program or the TAM YAM camp – during the last year.
Each student prepared an application that included two references, a recording and an essay. The top award, a $1,000 scholarship provided by Dr. Jim Granger, went to Mary Johnson, who will use it to attend a traditional music camp in Independence, Va.
Scholarships totaling $3,700 were presented to 20 YAMs by Preserving Our Southern Appalachian Music Inc., the nonprofit organization that sponsors the YAM program.
The YAM scholarship recipients for 2014 were:
Kaitlyn Holder, Logan Redding, Andrew Dennis, Ivy Bryan, Sean Crowe and Peyton Ellenburg, all members of the Sweet Potato Pie Kids senior band, a performance band composed of top students in the YAM program.
Lilly Holder, Brooke Smith, Jordan King, Ella Hennessee and Kase Lewis, all members of the Sweet Potato Pie Kids junior band.
Luke Brazinski, Liam Ramey, Anton Fair, Caleb Briley, Addison Short, Alex Dare, Drew Freeman, Noah Trimnal and Kamryn Cassell, all participants in YAM traditional music programs.
More information about YAM activities can be found online at www.YAMupstate.com.