As detailed in his SUB POP USA: The Subterranean Pop Anthology 1980–1988, Bruce Pavitt spent the formative years of Sub Pop at Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, basking in the opportunities the town and school presented a self-professed music geek. Bruce did shows at the community/college radio station KAOS-FM, and while there he availed himself of the massive wealth of music amassed by OP publisher John Foster, leading to the creation of Subterranean Pop magazine. Pavitt thrived in that environment for years before moving to Seattle and launching Sub Pop Records.

Fast forward a few decades of total college rock domination (and many years after Pavitt’s own involvement with the label), and Sub Pop Records is watering its roots with a fantastic-looking college scholarship program.

Hey there! Sub Pop Records in Seattle, WA is offering a grand total of $15,000 worth of college scholarship money to three eligible high school seniors. There are three scholarships—one for $7,000, one for $5,000 and one for $3,000. As longtime and proud losers ourselves, we’re exceedingly happy to be able, in some small way, to help further the education of art-enthused misfits from the NW.

Staying true to the label’s early regional focus, applicable candidates must be from either Washington or Oregon and be “involved and/or interested in music and/or the creative arts.” Deadline is March 20, so get cracking! If you’re a couple days late, write first to make sure they’re still accepting slackers. And remember, Sub Pop was the home of Earth, Tad, and other denizens of the burlier side of the Green River, headbangers need not feel bashful here.

Full info via Sub Pop:

DIY or Die 101 course reading material:

SUB POP USA: The Subterranean Pop Anthology 1980–1988


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