Catch the Spirit of Appalachia weaves mountain tradition with present day life

Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, a non-profit organization located in Jackson County, is offering three $500 scholarships for Appalachian Studies, with a focus on traditional craftsmanship, traditional music and community service.

The scholarships are open to high school seniors in Jackson, Swain, Haywood and Macon. Appalachian Studies would be a multidisciplinary major with teaching, research and service. It could include the study of music, craftsmanship, art, writing, literature, history, vocational, education, social work and human services — all with intentions of producing an understanding that is supportive of regional pride and identity of the Appalachian people.

To download the 2012 Scholarship applications, go to


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