Rock to the Future Student Wins National Scholarship

Rock to the Future’s own Lily McAndrew wins national scholarship from The D’Addario Foundation!

Sixteen-year-old Lily McAndrew has been given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity by The D’Addario Foundation to attend the Crown of The Continent Guitar Workshop & Festival in Bigfork, Montana from August 30th – September 6th. Lily was selected from our MusiCore after school program over other students around in the nation because of her undeniable talent and passion to pursue music as a career.



Lily with her mom and best friend Holly.



“I’m really excited about winning the scholarship and feel privileged to work with such experienced musicians. I hope to be a full-time musician one day, and I can’t wait to learn more skills to make that dream a reality,” says Lily.

Growing up, Lily has struggled with dyslexia and the many challenges that come from being in a single-parent household. Lily has grown into a confident young woman, and we couldn’t be more proud! In addition to be an amazing lead guitarist and songwriter, Lily gives back to her community and even volunteers at our summer camps helping young students learn to rock. Lily’s dream is to become a professional, world-renowned musician, and, with the help of Rock to the Future, Lily has been able to keep her life and aspirations on track.

“It was very important to us as an organization to choose a student that has really dedicated him or herself to music in spite of the fact that he/she may not have the means … We are hoping that an experience like this will really inspire her in her pursuit of music and beyond” said by Suzanne D’Addario, Executive Director of the D’Addario Foundation.

The Crown of the Continent Guitar Workshop is an intense week long instructional guitar program and music festival. Last year 79 students were invited the attend the workshop and festival. This year’s festival will have appearances by Dweezil Zappa, Brett Dennen, and legendary jazz guitarist, Lee Ritenour.

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