Scholarship honors the memory of Rachel Bissex

A $1,000 scholarship is being offered to Vermont singers and songwriters. The Rachel Bissex White Light Fund is soliciting applications for this opportunity intended for artists who are striving to develop careers as performers and recording artists.

In February 2005, Vermont folksinger/songwriter Rachel Bissex died of breast cancer. She is remembered for her talents, not the least of which was a dedication to mentoring and supporting up-and-coming talent.

The White Light Fund, a title inspired by her final recording, honors Rachel's work in this regard.

The fund, created by Karl Bissex, Mary Trerice and Lynne Goodson, is supported through the efforts of Occasional Concerts-a series of performances featuring national touring singer/songwriters. A recent guitar raffle, featuring an instrument signed by Joan Baez, and sponsored by Vermont Folk Instruments also contributed to the fund.

"Our hope is that this $1,000 scholarship will make a difference in the career of a Vermont singer-songwriter," said Lynne Goodson.

Singer Mary Trerice said, "In the past, the funds have been designated for a specific use. In keeping with the times we are offering some grassroots-stimulus-funds."

Bissex was married to Vermont playwright Stephen Goldberg.

To receive a White Light Fund scholarship application, email lcg@sunboundtalent.com or call 244-5895. The deadline for submittal is Nov. 18. Applicants must be Vermont residents and unsigned singer/songwriters with a vision for an artistic career.

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