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Jazz Scholarships

All students who attend Western Illinois University have the opportunity to receive scholarships and talent grants to perform in jazz ensembles. 


These awards are made through recommendations based on auditions before March 1 each year.  Any student who attends WIU is eligible to audition for these awards.  Students who receive these awards must perform in two "Talent Grant Ensembles" and maintain a 3.0 scholastic average to receive support.  Talent Grant recipients must make satisfactory progress on their instrument and awards are made for the four-year term of a student's degree.




Jazz Scholarships

The Ann Collins Jazz Piano Scholarship is awarded annually to a talented student in the jazz area who plays piano.  Students who are interested in applying for this award should contact Dr. Whitney Ashe professor of jazz piano for more information.


The Ann and Rex Collins scholarship is given to an incoming jazz studies major.  Applications for this scholarship.  Students wanting to apply should contact Dr. Whitney Ashe, Director of Jazz Studies for more information.  Students should write a letter of interest to the following address by December 15, 2010.  Students should coordinate their application through the School of Music with Anneliese Land.

Jazz Scholarship Committee
204B Sallee Hall
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455




Dale Hopper led the jazz program at Western Illinois University up to 2002 and this scholarship in his name commemorates the years of outstanding achievement in jazz education he contributed to Western.  To apply please contact Dr. Whitney Ashe

The scholarships we award are given thanks to the wonderful supporters we have in the Macomb community who have, in some part, dedicated their lives to jazz education.  Pictured here are Michael Dennis, Ann Collins, Michael Stryker, Gary Sutton, Marilyn Hopper, John Cooper and Bart Shanklin. 


Please donate to our scholarships and help the tradition of excellence in jazz education continue at Western!