Columbus Folk Music Society

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About the Program

In 2009, the Columbus Folk Music Society established the Bob Kirby Scholarship Memorial Fund in memory of Bob Kirby. 

The purpose of the fund is to provide support to young musicians from Central Ohio by offering monetary awards to be used to enhance musical skills in the folk music tradition. Recipients may use the award to purchase an instrument, take music lessons, attend music workshops, etc.

Recipients also have the opportunity to perform at and attend workshops at the Central Ohio Folk Festival.

Application Requirements

     for students grades 3-12

   •  completed application form

   •  letter explaining interest in folk music, musical experience, musical instrument(s) applicant plays / is interested in playing. A singing voice qualifies. 

   • deadline for submission is in March (for exact date, refer to application at link above).

All applications are reviewed and the top five applicants interviewed.

Kirby Scholarship is awarded to Toryn Myles

at the Central Ohio Folk Festival

Scholarship Award

The award is announced and received at the Central Ohio Folk Festival in May.

An application form and cover letter explaining the program can be found at the link above. 

If you know someone who might be interested, please pass on the information!

Questions concerning the Kirby Scholarship can be directed to

If you are interested in making a donation to the memorial fund, please contact CFMS Treasurer at:

Past Kirby Scholarship Winners        Click Here

CFMS Newsletter Article May, 2015  Click Here

CFMS Newsletter Article June, 2016  Click Here


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