Grant Wilson lived for – and loved – music. He loved the old masters and music on the fringe – he loved vinyl and Pandora. He loved busking on a sunny Chagrin Falls afternoon and more than anything, Grant loved people – whether tragically flawed or fabulous or both. What no one could have imagined was that his life would be taken by a drunk driver.
There’s no filling the hole that his passing has left – but his family and all that knew and loved him have his music – and with that – his spirit lives on.
The Grant a Guitar Annual Scholarship honors Grant's legacy by fueling the love of music in others.
Grant busking in Chagrin Falls, OH
What is the Grant A Guitar Scholarship?
The Grant A Guitar Scholarship is awarded each year to one or more deserving high school students to foster music appreciation and fluency – and, ultimately, to amplify the power that music has to improve our daily lives.
What is included in the scholarship?
In 2017, the innaugural year, the scholarship included
One$1,000 USD scholarship to be applied to a new guitar and lessons
One$250 music lesson scholarship plus a Fender Stratocaster electric guitar
Two $100 music lesson scholarships
Three$50 music lesson scholarships
Am I eligible?
In 2017, The Grant a Guitar scholarship was available to any fulltime student currently enrolled in one of the participating High Schools in the month of April 2017. This year’s participating high schools are Chagrin Falls High School, Kenston High School, Orange High School, and Solon High School.
We hope to expand the number of eligible high schools in 2018.
How do I apply?
The Grant A Guitar Scholarship is not currently accepting submissions but expects to kick off the next scholarship selection process in early 2018. If you would like to be notified, please subscribe to our mailing list here.
2017 student submittors were asked to submit an original essay (no longer than 500 words) with the theme of How does music act as a peacemaker in your life?
A selection of this year's winning submissions can be found here.
The complete rules governing the Grant a Guitar Scholarship are here.
How can I spread the word?
You can download a one page overview and the guidelines below.