By: Ben Anderson
The Pearl Foundation, founded by Grammy Award winner Janis Ian and named in honor of her late mother, has established The Pearl Foundation Scholarship at Warren Wilson College.
The scholarship, endowed with an initial principal of $60,000, is intended to benefit full-time students with demonstrated financial need who have been out of school for several years. Ian’s mother herself returned to school later in life – after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis – to receive two degrees from Goddard College in Vermont.
The Pearl Foundation received initial funding of more than $70,000 from the Janis Ian Online Auction in the late 1990s. Today, Ian performs Living Room Concerts for up to 40 people to provide continuing funding for the foundation.
Pearl Foundation scholarships also have been established at Goddard and Berea colleges. Scholarship funding is directed by Janis Ian and Patricia Snyder.