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The David Rakoff Scholarship Fund

by Lauren on May 17, 2013

in Capital Campaign, Special Events

The David Rakoff Scholarship Fund
To celebrate the life of David Rakoff, The John C. Campbell Folk School has established a fund that will award the first David Rakoff Scholarship in 2013. This Scholarship fund will provide tuition for a week-long class. David was a student, a dear friend of the Folk School and a member of its Board of Directors. In a New York Times article, David wrote, “The week I spent there is as close as it gets to my idea of paradise.” This scholarship fund will help deserving students experience this unique school in the North Carolina mountains that David loved. We hope that you will consider joining us in this endeavor and make a tax deductible donation to help strengthen this fund. (click here to read David’s entire NY Times article)

As a thank you for donating $500 or more to this fund, the School would like to send you a Folk School t-shirt and a copy of our Emmy-nominated DVD “Sing Behind the Plow”

About the School
The John C. Campbell Folk School, located in scenic Brasstown, North Carolina, provides experiences in non-competitive learning and community life that are joyful and enlivening. Over 6,000 people a year participate in 800 hands-on, non-competitive classes in craft, art, music, dance, cooking, gardening, nature studies, photography and writing. The Folk School also makes available a vast range of public activities including free concerts, literary readings, lectures and demonstrations. For more details about our School please visit

Our distinctive educational experiences allow students to acquire new skills, not only as artists, but as thoughtful individuals working together in a community. Students accomplish things here that they never thought possible. They learn to build, create, and craft new things in a no pressure environment— a rarity in today’s world. This type of non-competitive learning has a profound impact on a student’s life. It offers them a new perspective on art, fine craft, and the world around them. It gives pride and a sense of accomplishment in work well done. As a student once said, “There is no other place quite like the Folk School. I hope to return often for being here gives me clarity and focus on how I would most like to live my life.”

The John C. Campbell Folk School is a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and all donations are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. (EIN: 56-0552780)

*This post was updated 9/2/16

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Becky Baldwin July 27, 2016 at 9:44 pm

I ws wondering how to get an application for the scholarship


Cory Marie Podielski August 3, 2016 at 3:06 pm

Here is the page on our website about scholarships:
You can call the office for more information on the specific scholarship: 1-800-365-5724.


Ann Dillon July 1, 2014 at 1:07 pm

How does one apply for the David Rakoff scholarship fund? If there is an application that can be sent by mail could you do so to:
Ann Dillon
2909 Rome Anthony Road
Yadkinville NC 27055
Phone 336-608-2989

Thank you in advance for your assistance.

Sincerely yours,
Ann Dillon


Cory Marie Podielski July 1, 2014 at 3:44 pm

Hi Ann,
I forwarded your comment to the main office, so they should be in contact with you. You can also give them a ring at: 1-800.FOLK.SCH (365.5724).


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