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Netherlands ETSU Dobroist Awarded Share America Foundation Scholarship

Owen SchinkelRinggold, GA -- The Share America Foundation, Inc. announced its 2017 scholarship winner recently at Ringgold's Patriot Hall in Ringgold, Ga. The scholarship honors students excelling in the Appalachian musical arts. Dobroist Owen Schinkel of Johnson City, Tennessee was selected as a Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship winner receiving a $1,250 scholarship from the organization for continuing his music studies. While in Ringgold, he also appeared both at Sacred Sounds Fridays at Ringgold's Patriot Hall, on the long-running Ringgold Opry at the Ringgold Depot and toured the region's historical sites meeting many locals and tourists.

Bluegrass Music's Holder Brothers Awarded Share America Foundation Scholarships

Garrett Holder (second from right) receives the 2015 Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship and Trevor Holder (second from left) is designated as a future recipient by Randall Franks (third from left). Others joining the presentation are (from left) Gary Knowles, SAF chairman; Jimmy Terrell, SAF vice chairman; and James Pelt, Share America Foundation secretary. (Share America photo by Jane Scroggins)Ringgold, GA -- The Share America Foundation, Inc. announced its 2015 scholarship winner recently at the Ringgold Depot in Ringgold, Georgia. The events help fund the organization’s Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship. Pearl and Floyd Franks are the late parents and former entertainment managers of actor/entertainer Randall Franks, "Officer Randy Goode" from TV's "In the Heat of the Night." The scholarship honor students excelling in the Appalachian musical arts. Guitarist Garrett Holder, 18, of Ringgold, Ga. was selected as the recipient of the 2015 scholarship. Holder’s 14-year-old brother Trevor, who began playing banjo at age 11, was selected as a Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship Designee.

Share America Selects Fiddler Emerald Butler for Scholarship

Emerald ButlerRinggold, GA -- The Share America Foundation, Inc. announced its third 2014 scholarship winner recently at the Ringgold Depot in Ringgold, Ga. Fiddler Emerald Butler of Sale Creek, Tenn. was selected as the third 2014 scholarship winner.

Fiddler Wil Markham Receives Share America Scholarship

Wil Markham, second from left, receives the 2014 Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship from Randall Franks, third from left, . Others joining the presentation are, from left, Gary Knowles, SAF chairman; Jimmy Terrell, SAF vice chairman; and James Pelt, Share America Foundation secretary., Share America photo by Jane ScrogginsThe Share America Foundation, Inc. announced its first 2014 scholarship winner recently at the Ringgold Depot in Ringgold, Ga. Fiddle player Wil Markham of Signal Mountain, Tenn. was selected as one of the 2014 winners. Markham is the son of Skip and Harriet Markham of Signal Mountain, Tenn. He is the grandson of Wilbourne and Delores Markham and Phil and the late Stuart Wilkerson.

Appalachian Musician and Bluegrass Radio Host Otis Head, 94 Dies

Otis HeadHarmonica stylist and 60-year radio host Otis Head, age 94, of the Plainview Community, died Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at Heritage Health Care in Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. He was born near Prater’s Mill, North of Varnell, Ga. at Gobbler’s Knob. Head was also a prizefighter, Western and Appalachian music promoter and performer and record producer. He began his performance career competing on a talent show in “Doc” Chamberlain’s Medicine Show hosted by country legend Rambin’ Tommy Scott in the late 1930’s.

Share America Foundation Selects Fiddler for Scholarship

Westley Harris Gets Share America ScholarshipThe Share America Foundation, Inc. announced its third 2013 scholarship winner recently at its Sacred Sounds Fridays concert at the Ringgold Depot in Ringgold, Ga. Fiddle player Westley Harris of Copper Hill, Tenn. was selected as one of the 2013 winners.

Share America Foundation Selects Banjo Player-Vocalist for Scholarship

 Jonathan Barker (third from right) receives the 2013 Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship from Randall Franks (second from right). Others joining the presentation are (from left) James Pelt, Share America Foundation secretary; Tom Morgan, entertainer; Joe Turner,  SAF chairman; and Tom Adkins, entertainer. (Share America photo)The Share America Foundation, Inc. announced its second 2013 scholarship winner recently at its Sacred Sounds Fridays concert at the Ringgold Depot in Ringgold, Ga. The events help fund the organization’s Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship. Pearl and Floyd Franks are the late parents and former entertainment managers of actor/entertainer Randall Franks, "Officer Randy Goode" from TV's "In the Heat of the Night." The scholarships honor students excelling in the Appalachian musical arts.

Share America Foundation Selects Bluegrass Musician For Scholarship

Tyler MartelliThe Share America Foundation, Inc. announced its second 2012 scholarship winner, Tyler Martelli, at its Sacred Sounds Fridays concert featuring the Watkins Family and Mountain Cove Bluegrass Band at the Ringgold Depot in Ringgold, Ga.left

Share America Foundation Chooses Pianist from Catoosa County for Scholarship

Share Ryan Stinson AwardThe Share America Foundation, Inc. announced its first 2012 scholarship winner recently at its Sacred Sounds Fridays concert featuring Archie Watkins at the Ringgold Depot in Ringgold, Georgia. Ryan Stinson, 22, of Ringgold, Ga. was selected as the 2012 Catoosa County designee. He attends Luther Rice University and Seminary and is a beginning senior.

Share America Foundation Selects Bluegrass Bass Player for Scholarship

Mike HollowayThe Share America Foundation, Inc. announced its second 2011 scholarship winner recently at its Sacred Sounds Fridays concert featuring Testimony Quartet at the Ringgold Depot in Ringgold, Ga. The scholarship was awarded to Mike Holloway, 18, of Signal Mountain, Tennessee, who graduated from Signal Mountain High School and now attends University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

Bluegrass Banjo Player Receives Share America Foundation Scholarship

Cody Harvy Receiving ScholarshipBy Randall FranksThe Share America Foundation, Inc. announced its first 2011 scholarship winner recently at its Sacred Sounds Fridays concert featuring the Watkins Family and Mountain Cove Bluegrass Band at the Ringgold Depot in Ringgold, Ga. The scholarships honor students excelling in the Appalachian musical arts. The scholarship was awarded to Cody Harvey, 18, of Signal Mountain, Tennessee who graduated from Signal Mountain High School and plans to attend University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

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