2022 Spring Scholarships

Music Camps North Scholarships


There’s a link to the financial aid application form at the bottom of this page. But before you go there, please read the important information on this page. Thank you!

Thanks to the generosity of our friends, plus our own resources, we offer full and partial scholarships to Mandolin Camp North and Banjo Camp North.

To be eligible for a scholarship, you must attest that it would be a financial hardship to attend the Camp without the support of scholarship funds. The scholarship recipients will be chosen by the Board of Directors based on an essay and sound recording that you submit (details are provided on the application form.

Although we ask you to submit a video of yourself playing an instrument, we don’t grant scholarships based only on playing ability — you’re coming to camp to foster that. We give out aid based on your financial need and how you will “pay it forward,” taking what you gain from camp and cultivating it.  In the essay please tell us about the benefits you hope to gain by attending camp, your motivation, and your interest in and love of acoustic string music and how they relate to our mission. If you are interested in a specific named scholarship please tell us in the essay.

You need not be registered for a camp to apply for a scholarship. Here’s how it works:

  • If you are currently registered for camp and are awarded a scholarship, we will refund all or part of your payment.
  • If you are not registered and are awarded a scholarship, we will send you a coupon code to use when you register (to cover all or part of the cost of attending camp).

Music Camps North Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability or genetic information.

If we award a scholarship to a person under age 18, that person’s parent or guardian must be present on the camp premises whenever the under-18 camper is on the premises. The parent or guardian will be charged the amount the camp is charged by the conference facility for the parent or guardian’s meals and lodging if applicable.

The deadline for applications is March 28, 2022.

At our discretion, we may award general financial aid, or one of our scholarships named for former directors and faculty who have helped make the camps what they are today. Here are our named scholarships.

Bob Altschuler Scholarship: Awarded to a beginner-level bluegrass banjo player at Banjo Camp North.  Named in memory of Bob Altschuler, who led the beginning bluegrass classes at Banjo Camp North for many years, and whose inventive banjo compositions enlivened our evening concerts.

Mike Holmes Scholarship: Awarded to an attendee at any level at Mandolin Camp North or Banjo Camp North. Named in memory of Mike Holmes, who conceived, organized and directed Music Camp North from its earliest days. 

Mike Kropp Scholarship: Awarded to a bluegrass or old-time banjo player at intermediate or advanced level at Banjo Camp North. Named in memory of Mike Kropp, a versatile banjo player, teacher, and performer at Banjo Camp North who succeeded Mike Holmes as organizer and director of our camps. 

Phil Zimmerman Scholarship: Awarded to an attendee at intermediate or advanced level at Mandolin Camp North or Banjo Camp North.  Named in memory of Phil Zimmerman, a master of the mandolin and banjo, and long-time music director at both Mandolin and Banjo Camps North. 

David Surette Scholarship: Awarded to an old-time or Celtic mandolin player at Mandolin Camp North. Named in memory of David Surette, a multi-instrumentalist and long-time teacher of old-time and traditional music at Mandolin Camp North. 

To fill out the scholarship application visit this page.