NJJS Jazz Studies College Scholarship Program

The New Jersey Jazz Society funds annual scholarship grants at each of five New Jersey colleges with degree programs in Jazz Studies: Rutgers University, William Paterson University, Rowan University, New Jersey City University and Montclair State University.

The Pee Wee Russell Memorial Scholarship Fund, which funds awards to Rutgers students, determined solely by the Rutgers University Foundation, is an endowment established by the NJJS and the Rutgers University Foundation in 1972 with revenue generated from the original Pee Wee Russell Memorial Stomp. That inaugural event, which led directly to the formation of the New Jersey Jazz Society, has been presented consecutively for the past 48 years. The recipients of the scholarship grants at the other colleges are selected by the faculties of the respective colleges.

The funding of Jazz Studies scholarships is an important priority of the NJJS, with a goal of making grants that cover a significant portion of educational costs. However, without generous financial contributions from people like you who ardently believe in the importance of support for the preservation and advancement of America’s only indigenous art form, we cannot increase our scholarship awards to keep pace with rising education costs. What better way to express your support of this art form than to help provide for the education of the next generation of jazz musicians?

With that in mind we ask you to invest in jazz’s future today with a contribution to the New Jersey Jazz Society earmarked for its scholarship fund. The NJJS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and all contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. Scholarship donations are restricted to the use of funding Jazz Studies scholarships. For scholarship fund contributions of $1,000 or more, the donor will be deemed a Lifetime Member of the New Jersey Jazz Society with all the rights, privileges and services provided to annually renewed members for life.

To contribute to the NJJS Scholarship Fund:

We accept credit card donations via PayPal:

We also accept donations via check – make checks payable to “NJJS Scholarship” and mail to:
NJJS Scholarship
c/o Mike Katz
382 Springfield Avenue, Suite 217
Summit, NJ 07901

For more information contact James Pansulla at JazzEducation@NJJS.org