The First Miranda Lambert Scholar Is Chosen

Anna Vaus to Receive $40,000 Scholarship

In Miranda Lambert‘s 2011 hit “Heart Like Mine,” she sings that her brother got the brains of the family so she thought she’d learn to sing.

But somewhere in the six years since, she must’ve realized you can have both brains and talent.

Lambert recently created a $40,000 scholarship at Nashville’s Belmont University, to honor a female student majoring in music business, songwriting or entertainment industry studies with a dream of working in the music industry.

It’s called the Women Creators’ Scholarship, and the very first recipient is Anna Vaus. She is is currently a junior at Belmont, majoring in songwriting with a minor in music business.

“I am so thankful and honored to have been chosen as the first recipient of the Miranda Lambert Women Creators’ Fund,” Vaus said in a press release, “not just because of what a crazy opportunity it is for myself, but because the tide is changing for all of the young women in this industry. I have so much hope for women in country music because of the path that Miranda and so many awesome people are currently fighting to pave for us.”

To raise money for the scholarship, Lambert performed at a songwriter round at 3rd and Lindsley in Nashville last summer.

And to apply for the scholarship, Vaus had to complete an online application and submit an original song. Lambert chose Vaus from six finalists.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.