Each year, Berklee College of Music seeks applicants for the prestigious James L. Lyons Scholarship at the college. The Lyons Scholarship is named in honor of the Monterey Jazz Festival's late founder, James L. (Jimmy) Lyons, who started the festival in 1958 with a jazz education program at its core. It is a full-tuition scholarship awarded to a student from the West Coast who is accepted for the upcoming fall semester. Students are considered for this award based on their participation in the live audition and interview process, which is part of their application for full-time study at Berklee College of Music.
"For Jimmy, a big part of having a festival was the kids, and getting them involved with jazz," said Tim Jackson, Monterey Jazz Festival artistic director. "We're thrilled with the relationship with the college, where so many great players have studied, and a full scholarship, at a place like Berklee College of Music, is a fitting tribute to Jimmy, who was a real jazz education pioneer."
For deadlines, locations, and to apply online, visit the Berklee World Tour section of the website.