The Green Mountain Swing Scholarship Fund was established in 2008 to benefit the education and enthusiasm of young musicians. This is accomplished mainly through awards (mostly $250 each) made to individual students from schools in the greater Central Vermont area. Students are nominated by middle and high school music teachers. Scholarships are also awarded to students in the Green Mountain Youth Symphony.
Most awards are for private lessons, but a few are for workshops, summer camps, and travel to cultural events and centers. Some schools get funds for establishing or supporting special ensembles and workshops. We feel that in addition to helping students become better musicians, these awards also strengthen music programs in the schools and provide support for the great private music teachers who are helping our youth.
The Fund has grown over the years. Annually, it dispenses $6,000-$8,000 to about 25 students, plus those additional students who participate in the school workshops and ensembles. We are continuously impressed by the quality and devotion of the students, the music teachers, and the private instructors.
The Fund was originally established to honor Shep Resnik, who was for many years the Green Mountain Swing music director. Shep was a longtime advocate of music education. It also honors two GMS Co-founders, Bill Steinhurst and Newell Freer, and a beloved drummer, Pete Guthmann.
The all-volunteer band turns over all its net revenues from gigs and benefit performances to the Fund. We also raise funds from the donations by individuals inspired by our mission. The Green Mountain Swing Scholarship Fund is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible.
If you have questions about the scholarship fund or would like to make a contribution, please contact:
Fred Abraham, Administrator, GMS Scholarship Fund 1396 Gregg Hill Road Waterbury Center, VT 05677