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Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarship Information

This scholarship is for existing college students, apprentices, or those entering college or apprenticeship for the first time that reside in a county that touches or is between I-75 &  M-55 & Lake Huron. Preference may be given to those with a major or minor in music or art and/or to those that have volunteered at or attended Nor-east’r Music & Art Festival.

If the applicant is a graduating senior in high school they may provide contact information for their high school counselor and a certificate will be issued for presentation and announcement at their school’s commencement ceremony. The award will be distributed by AVNAF directly to the college or university in August or September of the same year.

Amount of the award will vary based on the amount in the scholarship fund which is built from donations earmarked for it and portions of any profit from the annual Nor-East’r Music & Art Festival.

Scholarship Requirements

Bud & Sandra Miles Memorial College and Apprenticeship Scholarship Fund

Application deadline is March 15.
The winning applicant will be selected by May 15. Notification will follow by phone and/or mail.
Only the award winner will be notified.


AVNAF requests, but does not require, that the winner appear at the Nor-East’r Music & Art Festival on Saturday of the second weekend of June, just prior to the scheduled Guitars for Kids Awards at Main Stage to receive a certificate and announcement of the Scholarship Award.

All inquiries should be directed by postal service to College Scholarships AVNAF, P O Box 516, Mio, MI 48647 or by email to

Carrick's Guitars for Kids Program


The Ausable Valley Nor-east’r Association of Folk (AVNAF) is committed to encouraging young people to learn and participate in music and art. With this in mind, way back in 2003, Craig Carrick started bringing guitars to the festival each year. These guitars are given to young people that have an interest in music in hopes that they will start playing music of their own.

The applicant needs to be under the age of 18, have a sincere interest in beginning to play music, and YOU MUST BE IN ATTENDANCE AT THE NOR-EAST’R MUSIC AND ART FESTIVAL when those selected are announced Saturday evening. Applications will be available at the retail tent.

PARENTS:  AVNAF does not require personal information.  There is no cost or obligation at all, this is completely free and is considered a gift from AVNAF.  We select kids that seem to have the most to gain by this offer based on this application and interviewing the children.  Their sincerity in learning about music is key to the selection process.  Filling out an application does not entitle children to receive this gift and we offer guitars solely for the purpose to help young folks become interested in playing music easy.

If you would like to help support the Guitars for Kids program, we accept cash, checks, or online donations HERE . Please mail to: AVNAF, PO Box 516, Mio, MI 48647.

***AVNAF would like to thank the entire Carrick family for their dedication to our festival and the creation of Carrick's Guitars for Kids. Because of them, many recipients have gone on to become musical artists. Thank you all for bringing this opportunity to our area that is in desperate need of this creative outlet.***

Or send a check made payable to:

Ausable Valley Noreast’r Association of Folk (or AVNAF)

PO BOX 516

Mio, Michigan  48647

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