LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Scholarship applications are now being accepted from young songwriters across our viewing area. The Shirley Martin Scholarship is being awarded by the Songwriters Association of Mid-North Indiana.
This opportunity is for young people looking to advance their skills and craft in songwriting. Even though there can only be one winner, the purpose of the scholarship is to encourage and build those who apply. Candidates need to be age 14 through 19 to apply.
"Kids that enter are respected as young adults," said 2002 scholarship recipient Annie Schap. "I think that is one of the most important parts of the scholarship because at that age you're so young and you're so vulnerable and you're putting yourself out there for maybe the first time."
Judging will focus on song components including melody, chord structure, rhythm and lyrics. The scholarship winner receives $500 and the money can go towards the winner's education, musical instrument, and songwriting. Additional cash prizes could be awarded based non merit.
"The adults who were helping the kids at that time get into songwriting, get into performing and just get their feet under them and their confidence up as singer songwriters and performers," said Schap.
The application is due by June 15. at 4:30 p.m. and you must be a Hoosier resident to apply. The application can be filled out online. What you need to fill it out can be found here. The winner will be announced on or around the first week of July.
You can contact scholarship coordinator TJ Rosa at firstname.lastname@example.org or the SAMI Secretary, Cheryl Fletcher at email@example.com if you have any questions.