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Bill Wells Memorial Youth Scholarship

The South Carolina Bluegrass and Traditional Music Association (SCBTMA) is again awarding music scholarships to youth who are a resident of South Carolina, age 6 through 12th grade. Please help us attract young musicians by sharing the attached application with potential scholarship candidates.


The Bill Wells Memorial Youth Scholarships are awarded by the SCBTMA each year to youth who are involved in bluegrass and/or traditional music, either by playing one of the bluegrass instruments, like the Fiddle, Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Upright Bass, Dobro, Dulcimer, or by being a singer/vocalist of this genre of Music. Scholarships will be awarded based on the number of applicants, money in the scholarship fund, and the decisions of the scholarship committee.

Information on the requirements and eligibility is on the application form.


The SCBTMA’s primary objectives are to preserve, promote, publicize, and support unique musical styles through concerts, workshops, public education, and scholarships. The scholarships are one way that we work to meet these objectives. Please note that one of the key requirements is that the music be all acoustic.

We hope that you may know of a student who would like to apply.

Please pass the application form along and encourage them to complete it with the supporting documents required. 


Thank you very much for your help and interest in promoting this great cause. If you have any questions, please e-mail me at or message me at 803-309-5617.



Leo Pearson

President SCBTMA

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Application Instructions

Print the attached .PDF scholarship application. Scholarship requirements and additional instructions are listed.


Submit all of the required items in one email by November 17, 2023. Documents must be in PDF format.

Email your application to:
The SCBTMA will reply by email that your application was received. Please call the number below if you have not received confirmation by November 20.



Call 803-237-2682 if you have questions. Be sure to mention “scholarship” if you leave a voice message.
Or you may send an email to the address above.

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