Matthew Thomas Lin Memorial Scholarship

Purpose of Scholarship

The Grand Master Fiddler Championship Inc. has established the Matthew Thomas Lin Memorial Scholarship to honor the memory of Matthew Lin. Matthew, the 2014 Grand Master Youth Fiddle Champion was extremely bright, ambitious, and compassionate.  He was an accomplished musician and athlete with a passion for community service. Having earned his Eagle Scout Rank, he continued as an Assistant Scoutmaster for BSA Troop 41. Matthew also served his community as a volunteer mentor for aspiring young musicians. At the University of Kentucky, Matthew continued his service and leadership as a Peer Mentor in the Engineering Living Learning Program, a Peer Instructor, and a K Crew Leader. 


Matthew’s genuine interest in others and his sincere desire to see everyone succeed resulted in countless friends from all walks of life. Throughout his life, Matthew valued excellence, integrity, good citizenship, and education. With this in mind, it is our intention that the Matthew Thomas Lin Memorial Scholarship will offer exceptional students and musicians who display academic achievement, a commitment to serving others, a strong work ethic, active leadership, and financial need the opportunity to continue their musical and academic pursuits.


This scholarship program is awarded without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, disability or national origin.


General Information and Eligibility

  • Amount of scholarship: $1,000 nonrenewable
  • Eligibility Rules:
    1. Applicants should be currently enrolled in a public or private high school, homeschool, or an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school in the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico that is exempt from taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
    2. Applicants should be current residents of the United States, Canada, or Puerto Rico.
    3. Students should have a cumulative, unweighted grade point average of 2.5.
    4. Void wherever prohibited by law.


General Considerations

Preference will be given to applicants demonstrating one of more of the following:

  1. Musicians who plan to use this scholarship for music lessons, instruments, camps, or music-related travel.
  2. Applicants who demonstrate substantial contributions to community service.
  3. Students with a cumulative unweighted grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.3.
  4. Students demonstrating active participation in extracurricular, faith-based, and/or community organizations.
  5. Applicants displaying an active leadership role in community service, athletics, and/or similar co-curricular activity (such as student government, team sports, fraternal life, etc.).
  6. Students with a minimum ACT Composite score of 25 or a minimum combined SAT score of 1220 (if available).
  7. Applicants with demonstration of substantial financial need.

Note: Special attention will be given to first-time applicants.


Application Deadlines   

  • Applications Open:                        FEB 1
  • Applications Close:                        AUG 09
  • Selection and Notification:          AUG 16
  • Award Presentation:                     Saturday of U.S Labor Day Weekend at the Annual Competition


Application Requirements

  1. Submit a written Application form.
  2. Submit a video (no longer than three minutes) OR a Personal statement (no more than 1000 words) to support your application. This should be an explanation of your educational plans and why you feel you are a good candidate for this scholarship. See General Considerations above.
  3. Submit any of the following optional materials to supplement your application:
    1. An unofficial high school or college transcript.
    2. A video or website link, if you are a musician, with an example of your music.
    3. A resume listing your service, leadership, and extracurricular activities.
    4. A copy of your PSAT, SAT, ACT, AP, and/or CLEP scores if available.

Please download the Information sheet for further details.


Matthew Lin Scholarship - Information Sheet
Important information about the scholarship and how to apply.
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Matthew Lin Scholarship - Application
Matthew Lin Scholarship Application form
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The 2024 Grand Master Fiddler Championship will be held at the McAfee Concert Hall, on the campus of Belmont University in Nashville, on August 31 and  September 1st (Labor Day Weekend). Visit this website often for updates.

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