SCHOLARSHIP NEWS!  The Scholarship Application Deadline has been extended to MAY 1, 2021. Also, there is a new age range for scholarship applicants. Applicants must be between ages of 10-16 beginning for 2021.

After many years of being our Scholarship Chair JIM GARLING is stepping down. We cannot thank him enough for all he has done for the festival and all our scholarship youth. We are proud and happy to welcome ANDREW HUNT as our new Scholarship Chair. You can reach Andrew by email at or call him at 405-612-7425. Prior to contacting Andrew with any questions please read all the information below and on the Scholarship Terms page as it will answer many of your questions.

YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION as a fillable PDF file, simply click here. Remember even if you get a “warning” it is safe to download, it’s just a pdf document. We apologize for the issue, and we are working on getting the erroneous “not secure” warnings off the website, but it’s taking some time. However – it is completely SAFE for you to download the application when it is posted. The site does not collect any personal information, credit card numbers or other info. It has been checked and double checked to be sure it is safe.)

Music Scholarships Awarded

Beginning In 2008, Oklahoma’s International Bluegrass Festival Board of Directors awarded over $10,000.00 in music scholarships to 21 young people. Scholarship winners came from Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Colorado and Tennessee. In addition to receiving a financial scholarship, each of the winners was invited to perform at the festival. The performances of the Scholarship winners are always a crowd favorite.

The successful winners submitted a Video taped performance showing their skill on guitar, fiddle, mandolin or banjo. Jim Garling, Scholarship Committee head stated that each of these winners showed amazing talent and were to be commended on their musical skills.

Click here to see our 2017 scholarship winners!

The funding to award the scholarships comes from money earned at the annual Oklahoma’s International Bluegrass Festival, held the first weekend in October in Guthrie. The O.I.B.F. is a 501(C)(3) non-profit corporation whose mission is to bring music, especially Bluegrass, to as many youngsters as possible. Additional funding comes from corporate and private foundation sources as well as the Oklahoma Arts Council.

For the Terms and Conditions for our Scholarship program click here

To download a Scholarship application click “scholar app form” (you may have to right click and save target) scholar app form

If you would like more information please call Jim Garling at 405-306-4182.

For information on donating to our Scholarship Fund click here

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