Scholarships & Awards

JEN’s scholarship and award program has been in existence since the organization’s first year and remains an important benefit to the members and students we serve. Each year, we proudly recognize the talented and hardworking students and educators who have made an impact on jazz. We also offer a number of additional programs that help fund and support jazz education.

who can apply

JEN members can nominate themselves or a peer for a scholarship or award by the deadline of October 15.

 

Application Deadline October 15th

Scholarships

The David Baker Scholarship

Established 2010 by Jamey Aebersold to honor the contributions of NEA Jazz Master/Educator David Baker, this award recognizes a university student who demonstrates talent, spirit, and commitment to the field of jazz studies.

Award

$3,000 + 1 year eJEN membership + Certificate

Application Deadline October 15th

The Hal Leonard Collegiate Scholarship

Established in 2011 in partnership with the Hal Leonard Corporation, a JEN Founding Corporate Partner, this award supports a deserving university student entering or continuing their collegiate jazz studies.

Award

$1,000 scholarship + 1 year eJEN membership + Certificate

Application deadline October 15th

The Mary Jo Papich JEN Co-Founder Women in Jazz Scholarship

Established and funded in 2010 by Mary Jo Papich to honor Women in Jazz at the university level, and currently funded by the JEN Education Fund, this award honors a female jazz student who is positively contributing to the jazz industry.

Award

$1,000 scholarship + 1 year eJEN membership + Certificate

Application deadline October 15th

The Dr. Lou Fischer JEN Co-Founder Scholarship

Established in 2012 by the JEN Board and funded through the JEN Education Fund, this award honors a high school jazz student who is positively contributing to the jazz industry.

Award

$1,000 scholarship + 1 year eJEN membership + Certificate

Application deadline October 15th

The Mary Ann Fischer Scholarship

Established in 2016 by Dr. Lou Fischer to honor the contributions of Mary Ann Fischer who has volunteered her spirit, talent, and continuous commitment to JEN since inception.

This award will be presented to a deserving high school student bassist entering their collegiate jazz studies the following year.

Award

$1,000 scholarship + 1 year eJEN membership + Certificate

Application deadline October 15th

Grants

JAZZ2U Grant

Thanks to a generous donation by the Herb Alpert Foundation, this popular re-grant program helps members pay for the services of performers or clinicians in local events.

EFCF/JEN Research Fellowship

The Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation/JEN Research Fellowship is intended to provide opportunities for a serious educator/student/music historian (such as senior researchers, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students) to conduct a directed research Project associated with the archival collections at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.

Application deadline October 15th

Awards

JEN LeJENds of Jazz Education Award

Established in 2012 by the JEN Board of Directors to honor true legends in jazz education, this award honors legendary performers and educators. Recipients are selected by the JEN board.

Past honorees:

2017 – Ellis Marsalis
2016 – Phil Mattson
2015 – Herbie Hancock, Bobby Shew
2014 – Paris Rutherford, Ed Soph
2013 – Rufus Reid, Dave Liebman
2012 – Jamey Aebersold, David Baker, Jerry Coker & Dan Haerle

JEN LeJENds of Latin Jazz Award

Established in 2014 by the JEN Board of Directors to honor true legends of Latin Jazz. Criteria has been developed for this award.

Past honorees:

2017 – Eddie Palmieri
2016 – Paquito D’Rivera
2015 – Poncho Sanchez
2014 – Candido Camero

President's Service Award

The President’s Service Award is awarded annually by the President in consultation with the President-Elect, Vice President, Immediate Past President, and additional members of the Advisory Council of Past Presidents to an individual that has satisfied the following criteria:

  1. Two years of continuing service to the organization
  2. Given tirelessly of their efforts, resources, expertise, and time
  3. Demonstration of commitment to the organization’s mission
  4. True example of altruism

President’s Service Award Recipients

John LaPorta Jazz Educator of the Year Award

The Jazz Education Network and Berklee College of Music collaborate to present the John LaPorta Jazz Educator of the Year award.

The award is named after legendary jazz educator John LaPorta who served as a distinguished professor at Berklee for more than three decades prior to his passing in 2004 and played a pivotal role in the earliest stage of formalized jazz education.

The award will recognize an outstanding elementary, middle, or high school educator with a focus on jazz education, who represents the highest standards of teaching and whose results in the classroom have brought distinction to their institution and their students.

Past Recipients

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Award Recipients prior to JEN

Nomination Criteria - John LaPorta Jazz Educator of the Year

Eligibility Criteria for John LaPorta Educator of the Year Nominee

  • Minimum of 5 years of successful classroom and/or directing experience
  • Open to an educator in elementary, middle or secondary education
  • Nominee represents the highest standards of jazz teaching, and results in the classroom have brought distinction to nominee’s institution and students

Submission Criteria for John LaPorta Educator of the Year Nominee

  • Nominations may be submitted by current JEN members.
  • Include complete contact information of the person submitting the nomination.
  • Describe how the nominee meets the eligibility criteria.
  • Include a nominee biography, address, phone number(s) and email address.
  • Up to five letters of support may be uploaded to the JEN website.
  • All information and letters of support are required to complete the application.
  • Partially completed applications not accepted.

Nomination Deadline October 15th

 

Nominations Open thru October 15th

John LaPorta Jazz Educator of the Year

 

This $2,500 award was established through JEN in 2011, in partnership with the Berklee College of Music, to honor Master Jazz Educator John LaPorta. It is presented to an outstanding educator.

Eligibility Criteria for Nominee

  • Minimum of 5 years of successful classroom and/or directing experience
  • Open to an educator in elementary, middle or secondary education
  • Nominee represents the highest standards of jazz teaching, and results in the classroom have brought distinction to nominee’s institution and students