The Gerald Anderson Scholarship Award

Gerald Anderson of Troutdale, Virginia held a lifelong commitment to tradition, craft, and dedication to the mission of The Wayne C. Henderson School of Appalachian Arts. Gerald was instrumental in building the Lutherie program into the successful workshops they are today.

Gerald shared his passion for music, genuine caring for people, and generous nature during each workshop. He believed in the Henderson and the life-changing experiences and opportunities that each workshop bestowed. He was a dear friend and amazing craftsman. In Gerald’s honor we will award one annual scholarship to a deserving aspiring Luthier.

One annual award will be offered. Awards are based on musicianship, financial need and reference letters. Scholarship applicants must follow the application process outlined on the Gerald Anderson Scholarship application form. If for any reason a recipient is unable to accept the scholarship or attend, The Henderson must be notified in writing three months prior to the workshop.

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To be considered for a scholarship award, applicants must send the following materials:

  • Completed scholarship application
  • Completed Henderson Workshop application form
  • Letter of intent stating musical interests, musical goals, and reasons for seeking a scholarship
  • Two letters of reference (teachers, employers, etc.)

The Gerald Anderson Scholarship awards a workshop to an individual who has the burning desire, intention, and mindset to learn guitar building who otherwise could not attend due to their financial situation. The Henderson has provided workshops to learn the art of acoustic guitar making for the past seven years and as a way to honor Gerald and preserve our mission, we have established this award as of November, 2020.

The applicant must have the desire to pursue Lutherie as a potential career, not as a hobby. Our intention is to support an individual who will use the workshop granted as a foundation for preserving a future in Lutherie.

The award will consist of a 5 day workshop at The Wayne C. Henderson School of Appalachian Arts in Marion, Virginia. Followed by a 2 day reconvene approximately 2 months post workshop. At the end of the 2 day reconvene, that individual will take home a completed guitar, knowledge to build guitars on their own, and educational resources from Henderson Luthiers. 

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