Scholarships & Awards

Music Department

To be determined by the music faculty

The Sweet Basil Jazz Club Scholarship

The Sweet Basil Jazz Club Scholarship will be awarded in its entirety ($10,000) to one student for the 2022-2023 academic year. This scholarship supports all education-related expenses, including, but not limited to tuition, fees, books & materials, and personal expenses for the student while attending the City College of New York. If the selected student is over-subscribed on financial aid, any remaining balance may be given to the student as a stipend to cover any additional, unmet, related education expense. The Sweet Basil Jazz Club Scholarship is for an undergraduate student applying to major in Jazz Studies – performance, composition, etc. Learn more about Sweet Basil Jazz Club Scholarship.

The Ella Fitzgerald Memorial Scholarship

The Foundation for City College recognizes that all student selections will be determined by the department of the Division of Humanities and the Arts. A mentor from the Jazz Department must be appointed to the scholarship recipient and provide the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation with a 250 word update at the end of each semester containing the students activities. The students chosen as the recipients of this scholarship fund must meet the following requirements;

  1. The funds from this award will only be used for in-state tuition
  2. Recipients of this award can double major, so long as one of their majors is Jazz Music with a vocal concentration
  3. Students will be required to provide a personal statement/biography and a thank you letter addressed to The Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation.
  4. Students must maintain a grade point average of 3.0, if the student cannot maintain good academic standing, they will be placed on probation for one semester and their status will then be reevaluated at the culmination of the semester.

Westchester Jazz Orchestra Scholarship

This award will be administered by the Division of Humanities & Arts, specifically, the Chair of the Music Department and Faculty in the Jazz program. Applicants will be evaluated according to the following: Demonstrated academic merit; prior involvement in musical activities; established financial need.

D.C.P.A. The Rosalind Joel Fund

For a student in the pop field (composition, singing or piano), undergrad or graduate, incoming students allowed. 

Legato Endowed Scholarship

One award annually to a piano student 

Ben Jablonsky Music Scholarship

Award for the composition or arranging of jazz or popular music; sophomore or junior. $530 annual award.

Fritz Jahoda Music Award  

A student accepted for The Fritz Jahoda Music Award will receive a scholarship of approximately $500 annually for their studies; however, the final amount of any award may be adjusted to meet the individual needs of the student, based on the discretion of the Chair of the Music Department. This scholarship may, at the discretion of the Chair of the Music Department, be used to pay for instrumental or voice lessons for the selected student, in which case, payment will be made directly to the instructor and the student will not receive any direct aid but will still be The Fritz Jahoda Music Award recipient. The donor determined the following criteria for the scholarship fund recipients:

• Student studying music of any genre including jazz ensemble or popular music
• Demonstrate financial need
• Students whose aim is a career in live performance or in music education

The BMI Foundation/Evelyn Buckstein Scholarship

To an outstanding student based on talent and need


All music students for composition for film/dance/theater

Friar Foundation Award

For incoming music student.

Josephine & Lester M. Gershen Music Scholarship 

  • Highly qualified piano student
  • Sophomore or higher
  • 3.2 GPA minimum
  • Exhibits financial need, and otherwise could not afford to attend college or master the skills required to pursue their degree
  • Awards may be made to a maximum of two (2) students annually
  • Awards may cover the students’ entire cost of attendance, including covering the cost of private lessons (funds paid directly to private instructor)

Sidney Zolot Award for Excellence in Music

The income derived from the principal shall be awarded annually to a graduating senior who shall be selected by the Chair of the Music Department. The Chair shall, in his sole discretion, make such award to the graduating student demonstrating excellence in any phase of music, i.e., performance on an instrument (preferably piano, as that was Sidney’s instrument), composition, arrangement, etc. 

Humanities & the Arts

By application

The Kaye Scholarship

Application is due by March 15 of each year, to begin the following September) — For a first-degree undergraduate student in the Humanities and the Arts based on academic merit, creative promise and financial need.

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