The IBMA Bluegrass College Scholarship

The IBMA Bluegrass College Scholarship awards one $1,000 award to a student who is studying bluegrass music or a related major on the college level. The first scholarship was awarded in fall 2021. The deadline to apply is June 1, for a fall semester scholarship.  Go here to fill out the application. 

The Foundation has established an endowment fund at the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee which will support this scholarship into the future. Contact us if you would like to contribute to this worthy bluegrass cause!

Our gratitude is extended to Mark Hodges at Mountain Fever Records who initiated funding for this important scholarship with a challenge donation to other bluegrass record labels, to Lee Zapis of Z Mandolins for donating $1,000 for each of his first 12 mandolins sold in 2020, to Joe Mullins & His Radio Ramblers for a fan breakfast fundraiser at their festival in Ohio, and to Alan Tompkins at the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation, along with many more kind supporters.   

Left: The East Tennessee State University Bluegrass Pride Band

Autumn Moore, a student at Pennsylvania State University (left), was the first recipient of the IBMA Bluegrass College Scholarship in 2021.

A fiddler, guitar and mandolin player from Newport, PA, she will be studying Environmental Resource Management this fall at Pennsylvania State University. As a member of the Schreyer Honors Program, Moore plans to create a new course of study to continue her bluegrass music development and start a Penn State Bluegrass Band.

Autumn was nominated in the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Bluegrass Event of the Year category for her production of TBS (Tomorrow’s Bluegrass Stars), an online bluegrass festival which featured four days of free, live-streamed music from 41 youth bands from 19 different states.

Since 2015 Autumn has served as an administrative assistant at Ashokan Center fiddle camps in New York state, and she plays in a band with her brother called Buffalo Mountain Bluegrass.


Friend of the Foundation



Join the street team working together to create a brighter future for bluegrass.

Anyone willing to share information with friends and colleagues about IBMA Foundation-hosted scholarships, grants, and programs is WELCOME to sign up as a “Friend of the Foundation” and use the logo above. Fill out the form below to request a free brochure, sticker, and magnet. 

Please display the Friend of the Foundation logo on your websites, social media pages, marketing messages, liner notes, and fliers.

The Friends of the Foundation group is open to all individuals, companies, and organizations interested in helping bluegrass music grow, sharing it with future generations and new audiences around the world. CLICK HERE to read about ways you could help as a Friend of the Foundation.

Click Here to be a Friend of the Foundation

The IBMA Foundation
1183 University Drive #105-215
Burlington, NC 27215