In 2007, concomitant with the publication of the definitive work on Howdy Forrester: Fiddler of the Opry--the Howdy Forrester Story, District 3 decided to provide an annual scholarship in Howdy's memory--$500 and a plaque to the college-bound fiddler in California who most exhibited the spirit of Big Howdy Forrester.
The scholarship is funded by the District and Howdy's son, Bob Forrester, and is presented by the District's President at the annual Fiddlin' Down the Tracks Old Time Fiddle Contest held annually in September.
In addition to the individual prize, the winner's name is placed on a perpetual plaque, which will ultimately be displayed in the Old Time Fiddle Musuem in the new Performing Arts Center that will be built here.
Winners of the scholarship to date are:
2007 - Lena Patton
2008 - Dylan Patton
2009 - Natasha Towns
2010 - James Solum
2011 - Erica Solum
2012 - Alexis Schoenberg
2013 - Kelsey Schoenberg
2014 - Molly Sponsler