The IBMA Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of a new college scholarship for the fall 2021 semester. The Crandall Creek Scholarship is sponsored by the West Virginia band of that name.The annual $1,000 college scholarship will be awarded to a student who demonstrates an interest and involvement in any aspect of bluegrass music, including but not limited to performance.  

Crandall Creek is a Moundsville, West Virginia, based band, formed in 2015, that plays a mix of bluegrass, folk, acoustic country and gospel. The members’ original music and vocal harmonies reflect their Appalachian roots. Jerry Andrews, Wyatt Kidd, Abby Latocha, Kathy Wigman Lesnock, and Dustin Terpenning each contribute material to the group, which appears mostly in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Their 2020 album, Headed South, was critically acclaimed and received extensive radio airplay.

Bandleader Jerry Andrews says the band has been involved in community causes since its inception. “We’ve been so blessed, we wanted to share what’s so generously been given to us. The members of Crandall Creek think youth need to be given every opportunity to experience all aspects of bluegrass. The future is in our young people.”

Applications for the IBMA Bluegrass College Scholarship, the Sally Ann Forrester College Scholarship,  the Rick Lang Music Songwriter Scholarship, and the Crandall Creek Scholarship for the fall 2021 semester must be submitted by June 1. Apply by emailing the application form and one letter of recommendation to or by mailing to: IBMA Foundation, Attn: Scholarships, 1183 University Drive #105-215, Burlington, NC 27215. (Letters must be postmarked by June 1, 2021.)

Students may apply for more than one scholarship on the same application form. Applicants must either be citizens of the United States or international students planning to go to college in the United States. Applicants for the Rick Lang Music Songwriter Scholarship must be current members of IBMA (info: You may apply for and/or receive scholarship support for more than one year, but you must re-apply each year by June 1 for the following fall semester.

Click here to download and fill out the application form and to review criteria for all four scholarships.

RETURN to the May 2021 issue of The Cornerstone.