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Tony Rice Music Scholarship

Tony Rice leaves behind a cherished legacy so powerful that it is imperative our community honor him in a significant way. That's why Piedmont Folk Legacies and Rockingham County Education Foundation have committed to work with community, with you, to establish a scholarship to aid aspiring Rockingham County high school students who wish to pursue the study of music. Our goal is $25,000. You can help us reach it.

Once the goal is met, the funds will be deposited with the NC Community Foundation in a protected endowment. Interest from the endowment will be used for the scholarships.

The initial $25,000 is but the beginning. We are committed to growing the endowment so it can help more students in coming years. 

Few opportunities existed until now for music students in Rockingham County to access traditional music programs and scholarships to help them develop their talents. 

The best way to honor Tony Rice is to change that reality for for young musicians.

Please join us in making the Tony Rice Music Scholarship a reality.

Tony Rice’s music transcends norms and transforms the way musicians around the world interpret acoustic bluegrass and jazz, especially through his mastery of the guitar. Rice poured peace, love and joy into every note, and he changed how the bluegrass guitar was played. Bluegrass legends, country music giants and artists around the world flock to his influence with a global impact felt by the likes of Kenny Chesney, Alison Krauss, Sierra Hull, Jerry Garcia, Ricky Skaggs and members of The String Cheese Incident, among others, hits home right here in the community.