Appalachian Music Project was created to honor and memorialize the life of Andrew “Drew” Douglas Martin (1972-2013).  We are dedicated to expanding educational opportunity to Appalachian youth through collegiate music scholarships. Our vision is to underscore the cultural value of music and education by encouraging impassioned and hardworking individuals from Eastern Kentucky to follow their dreams despite economic restraints.

About the Scholarship

AMP provides renewable, collegiate music scholarships of up to $25,000 per beneficiary, per year to qualified students who have attended high school in one of the following 17 Eastern Kentucky counties;

Clay, Floyd, Harlan, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Lawrence, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, McCreary, Perry, Pike, Whitley

High school seniors entering college and returning college students enrolled at an accredited Kentucky college or university are eligible. The scholarship may be used to cover tuition, room/board and books. The scholarship is renewable for up to three additional undergraduate years provided the student maintains a GPA of 2.5, a course load of 12 hours per semester and a continued major in a music related course of study.


We are now accepting scholarship applications for the 2017/2018 school year. 

The deadline is March 17, 2017.

AMP Scholars

We are excited to introduce our awesome 2016-2017 Appalachian Music Project Scholars! Please take a moment to learn a little about them. We are so proud to be a small part of their educational journeys.

Sarah McCoart

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Sarah McCoart started performing in Van Lear, Kentucky as a child in her aunt’s country store. She went on to take vocal lessons at the Mountain Arts Center and eventually became a member of The Kentucky Opry Junior Pros. She is now a freshman majoring in music performance at Western Kentucky University. Sarah’s future plans include studying abroad and earning a graduate degree in music performance.

Jacob Thacker

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Jacob Thacker has been active in the school band since he was a sixth grader at Millard Elementary in Pikeville, Kentucky. Jacob credits much of his success to his band director at Shelby Valley High School, so he hopes to return to Pikeville to teach music and be a band director himself after college. Jacob is pursuing a degree in music education at Morehead State University.

Adam Treadway

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Adam Treadway is a freshman majoring in music education at Morehead State University. He is from Prestonsburg, Kentucky and attended high school at Johnson Central where he was active in the marching band. Adam’s plans include continuing his studies in clarinet, arranging and composing music and earning a music education degree to help him share his passion and knowledge of music with his future students.