JEN’s scholarship 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 talented, hardworking, aspiring students with a passion for jazz. We also offer a number of additional programs that help fund and support jazz education.
JEN Member students and teachers of students are encouraged to self-nominate or nominate a candidate for a particular scholarship. The committee will consider the student in all areas that are applicable.
Scroll through the scholarships below. One might be right for you!
Dave Brubeck Composer & Pianist Scholarship
NEW! The Dave Brubeck Living Legacy Scholarship
Conference Award Package ($3,500 value)
The winner of this prestigious scholarship will receive the following:
- $1000 financial scholarship
- The book, “Dave Brubeck: A Life in Time,” by Philip Clark
- A collection of Dave Brubeck recordings.
- Registration for the next Jazz Education Network (JEN) conference in January.
- Designated mentor throughout the January conference.
- $250 per diem for meals throughout the conference.
- 4 nights hotel lodging during the conference reserved by the Jazz Education Network.
- Roundtrip flight + taxi/car pickup to/from airport arranged by the Jazz Education Network.
- One-year full individual Jazz Education Network membership.,
Yamaha / Jim Widner Scholarship
NEW! YAMAHA JIM WIDNER SCHOLARSHIP
Presented in coordination with Yamaha
The Yamaha Jim Widner Scholarship honors the memory of JEN Founding member and legendary jazz educator, Jim Widner. This distinguished scholarship is awarded to a university/college student. The winner of this award will also receive a 1-year full individual JEN membership.
David Baker Scholarship
DAVID BAKER SCHOLARSHIP
Established in 2010 by Jamey Aebersold to honor the contributions of NEA Jazz Master/Educator and JEN LeJENd of Jazz Education, David Baker, this award recognizes a university student who demonstrates talent, spirit, and commitment to the field of jazz studies. The winner of this award will also receive a 1-year eJEN membership.
- 2021 – Domi Edson, Central Washington University
- 2020 – Solomon Abang, University of Louisiana Monroe
- 2019 – Rashaad Greene, University of Massachusets Amherst
- 2018 – Kyle Schardt, Indiana University
- 2017 – Crystal Rebone, University of Illinois
- 2016 – Chang Su, University of Northern Colorado
- 2015 – Tyler Lindsay, Loyola University
- 2014 – Brian Claxton, University of Northern Colorado
- 2013 – Josh Roberts, Indiana University
- 2012 – Alex Liu Macias & Jamaal Baptiste, Indiana University
- 2011 – Daniel Lorrain, University of New Orleans
- 2010 – Justin Young, University of Missouri St. Louis
Hal Leonard Collegiate Scholarship
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. The winner of this award will also receive a 1-year eJEN membership.
- 2021 -Naomi Nakanishi, Eastman School of Music
- 2019 – Takumi Kakimoto, Berklee College of Music
- 2018 – Maya Stepansky, Brubeck Institute Fellow
- 2017 – Tanner Guss, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
- 2016 – Allison Philips, University of Amsterdam, Holland
- 2015 – Matt Rigger, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
- 2014 – Gibran Khan, University of Northern Colorado , Greeley, CO
- 2013 – Kelly Garner, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
- 2012 – Kathleen Hollingsworth, University of Miami, COral Gables, FL
- 2011 – Billy Wolfe, DePaul University, Chicago, IL
Jamey Aebersold Endowed Scholarship
JAMEY AEBERSOLD ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
Established in 2019 to honor the contributions of NEA Jazz Master/Educator and JEN LeJENd of Jazz Education, Jamey Aebersold, this award recognizes a university student who demonstrates a passion for jazz education. The winner of this award will also receive a 1-year eJEN membership.
Dr. Lou Fischer JEN Co-Founder Scholarship
DR. LOU FISCHER JEN CO-FOUNDER SCHOLARSHIP
Established in 2012 by the JEN Board, funded through the JEN Education Fund, and named after JEN Co-Founder Dr. Lou Fischer, this award honors a high school jazz student who is positively contributing to the jazz industry. The winner of this award will also receive a 1-year eJEN membership.
- 2021 – Brook Lambert, Roosevelt High School Seattle, WA
- 2020 – Gabriel Severn, Loyalsock Township High School, Williamsport, PA
- 2019 – Juliette Gardiner, Grayslake North High School
- 2018 – Joshua Catania, KM School for Arts & Performance
- 2017 – Gabi Basile, Brownell Talbot Prep, Omaha, NE
- 2016 – Tyler Webb, UT
- 2015 – Max Holm, Park City High School, Park City, UT
- 2014 – Christopher Parker, Bloomington High School North, Bloomington, IN
- 2013 – Laila Smith, San Jose, CA
- 2012 – Price McGuffey, Youth Performing Arts School, DuPont Manual High School, Louisville, KY
- 2011 – Jordan Egland Smith, Oldham County High School, Buckner, KY
Mary Jo Papich JEN Co-Founder Women in Jazz Scholarship
MARY JO PAPICH JEN CO-FOUNDER WOMEN IN JAZZ SCHOLARSHIP
Established and funded in 2010 by JEN Co-Founder 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 university student who is positively contributing to the jazz industry.
- 2021 – Yvonne Rogers, University of Rochester
- 2020 – Cami Mennitte Pereyra, Indiana University
- 2019 – Lauryn Gould, Texas State University
- 2018 – Alexandria DeWalt, University of Miami
- 2017 – Amanda Ekery, New England Conservatory
- 2016 – Amaya Bickmore, Brigham Young University
- 2015 – Kristin Sponcia, University of Illinois, Champagne-Urbana
- 2014 – Alexa Tarantino, Eastman School of Music
- 2013 – Caitlin Bryant, Grove City College
- 2012 – Erika Matson, DePauw University
- 2011 – Megan Tengel, University of New Orleans
- 2010 – Kim Aubuchon, University of Missouri St. Louis
Mary Ann Fischer Scholarship
MARY ANN FISCHER SCHOLARSHIP
Established in 2016 by Dr. Lou Fischer to honor the contributions of Mary Ann Fischer, this award will be presented to a deserving high school student bassist entering their collegiate jazz studies the following year. The winner of this award will also receive a 1-year eJEN membership.
- 2021 – Joaquín Eaton Sharon, Idyllwild Arts Academy
- 2020 – Vivian Shanley, George Washington High School, Cedar Rapids, IA
- 2019 – Priscilla Corpus, MacArthur High School
- 2018 – Hannah Shoemaker, Christopher Newport University
- 2017 – David Bredthauer, Brownell Talbot Prep, Omaha, NE