We recently received the following email (excerpted below) from Jessie Lang, a first-year student at Belmont University. The IBMA Foundation awarded Lang a college scholarship in 2020.
“The IBMA Foundation’s Sally Ann Forrester scholarship helped me start college at my dream institution, Belmont University in Nashville! I used the funds to help with my tuition at the university. This scholarship allowed me to study music in various styles with very gifted professors, perform in Belmont’s Bluegrass Ensemble, learn about the entertainment industry through the Mike Curb College of Entertainment, and be a part of the Honors Program. I’ve learned much more about music and various career paths in the field than I could’ve imagined in one year, and I will be studying abroad in Northern Ireland with the honors department next spring. I plan to immerse myself in Celtic traditional music and culture while abroad. This will fulfill a dream I have had for many years!
“It was an honor to be chosen as one of the first recipients of the Sally Ann Forrester scholarship for female bluegrass musicians, as I have had such amazing female bluegrass mentors over the years. To receive this scholarship and continue to study bluegrass music and learn how we can make it more accessible to everyone has been an honor! I’m so happy to be a small part of the IBMA Foundation’s amazing work and all they do to preserve bluegrass music. IBMA has been an incredible resource to me over the years and I am so grateful for all the support and education I have received, including performing with the Kids on Bluegrass ensemble, attending the IBMA annual business conference, participating in the songwriting mentorship program, and receiving this generous college scholarship through the IBMA foundation. Thank you so very much!”