The mission of the Stevie Ray Vaughan Scholarship Fund is to encourage musically talented 8th graders at W.E. Greiner Middle School and Exploratory Arts Academy to finish high school and study music at the undergraduate and graduate levels in college. Scholarships are given in memory of Dallas native Stevie Ray Vaughan, recognized as one of the world's best guitarists. W.E. Greiner is located in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas, where Stevie Ray Vaughan grew up. (The mural above is at Greiner.)
"Tick Tock" is the name of song written by Vaughan that was included on an album - "Family Style" - that he did with his older brother. The album was released after his death. A lyric in the song states: "...People of the world all had it together. Had it together for the boys and the girls. And the children of the world look forward to a future." Those words and Vaughan's tireless passion for music were the inspiration for the Scholarship Fund to serve as a living memorial to SRV.
To be eligible to apply for the annual scholarships, a student must in the eighth grade, enrolled in the Exploratory Arts Academy at W.E. Greiner, and be in orchestra, band, choir, or mariachi. Students must complete an application and also participate in auditions in front of a panel of judges comprised of professionals from various aspect of the music industry.
Each year's recipients are selected from those auditions and announced at the annual Greiner Academy Awards. The dollar value of the SRV scholarships has increased throughout the years, and each is now $4,000, or $1,000 over four years. To mark our 25th anniversary, we added scholarships for previous recipients who go on to study music in graduate school. The graduate-level scholarships are $2,000 - $1,000 a year for two years - each.
The SRV Scholarship Fund is managed by and the scholarship monies are distributed by the Communities Foundation of Texas.
As of the 2018, the Stevie Ray Vaughan Scholarship Fund has awarded 237 scholarships valued at $833,460. We have had students got on to attend undergraduate and graduate music programs in universities across Texas and the Untied States, including Berklee, Oberlin, Juilliard, the University of North Texas and the Cleveland Conservatory, among others.
Also, one of our recipients, Lupe Vargas-Garcia, went on to college and came back to be the very popular and successful orchestra and mariachi teacher at Greiner.
You can learn more about her story, and about the Stevie Ray Vaughan Scholarship Fund and its impact in this video: https://vimeo.com/168250372