Caroline Watkins Named Second Recipient Of Miranda Lambert ‘Women Creators’ Scholarship

Caroline Watkins, Nashville native and sophomore in the Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business, was recently selected as the second recipient of the ‘Women Creators’ scholarship.

The scholarship was established in 2015 by Miranda Lambert to honor a female Belmont student who is majoring in music business, songwriting or entertainment industry studies and is actively working towards pursuing her dream of working in the music industry. The scholarship will provide Watkins with more than $40,000 in scholarship funds for the 2017-18 academic year.

Watkins grew up playing guitar and writing songs. After playing throughout the city in recent years, including shows at Nashville’s Bluebird Café, she was signed last year to a worldwide publishing agreement with Warner/Chappell Nashville.

“I am extremely pleased to send my congratulations to Caroline Watkins for being selected as the recipient of the Miranda Lambert Women Creator’s scholarship, and to give my deepest respect and gratitude to Miranda for backing her beliefs with actions by providing another young female creator this life-changing opportunity,” said Doug Howard, Dean of the Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business.

“Receiving this scholarship is by far the greatest honor I have ever received,” said Watkins. “From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank Belmont and Miranda for believing in me. Anyone familiar with Belmont knows the amount of talent at our school, so to have somehow been chosen among all of the other deserving young women is incredibly humbling and encouraging. Miranda Lambert has always been one of my music heroes. She is part of the reason I started writing songs. I honestly know every word to every song she has ever recorded, so I still just can’t believe it! There are so many women doing great things in Nashville right now, but there is not a better example for those of us working towards a career than Miranda. I know this honor comes with a lot of responsibility, and I will do my best to make Miranda, Belmont and all of the other women creators who have come before and after me proud.”

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