Applications for the Jim and Carolyn Fern Music Education Scholarship are to be accepted between January 15 and June 1 of each year, and the winner will be chosen during the month of June.
The Jim and Carolyn Fern Music Education Scholarship was established through the generous gifts of the family, friends and colleagues to recognize their contributions to music education and community service, as well as to the betterment of all.
James L. “Jim” Fern placed a high value upon the importance of music education demonstrated through his work as a music teacher, music administrator and Executive Secretary of the Kentucky Music Educators Association. He was a Kentucky band director in Benton, Hopkinsville, Livingston County, Marshall County, and Reidland and served as a guest conductor of instrumental ensembles and adjudicator in the Quad-State area for many years.
Jim served as president of the Gamma Delta Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha at Murray State University while a student and was honored as Kentucky’s outstanding educator by the Hopkinsville Jaycees Club, and by the Kentucky Music Educators Association with their Citation for Service and Distinguished Service Awards. His contagious enthusiasm, energy, devotion and commitment had a positive impact upon many people.
Jim’s colleagues, family and friends wish to honor his determination and spirit; and the support of his wife, Carolyn; by assisting university or college students to obtain a degree in music education. These people have made generous donationsto establish an endowed scholarship in honor of Jim and Carolyn Fern, and the Kentucky Music Educators Association wish to assist them in this gracious and noteworthy endeavor.
- The scholarship shall be known as the “Jim and Carolyn Fern Music Education Scholarship.
- Recipients of the scholarship shall be students who have declared music education as a major and been accepted at a Kentucky university or college.
- Applicants must be of junior standing and have been admitted to the teacher education program at their school.
- Applicants must have at least two semesters of school remaining prior to graduation.
- Applicants must have earned a GPA meeting minimum requirements for scholarship consideration at their institution
- Applicants must currently be enrolled at a Kentucky institution and be a US citizen.
- Recipients shall be selected by the Kentucky Music Educators Association CODA Committee.
- Recipients of the scholarship may reapply.
- The awards each year shall be payable over the period of two semesters. Currently set at $1000 per year to one applicant, the exact amount and number of awards may vary based on growth in the fund and available interest earnings.
- The Kentucky Music Educators Association shall serve as administrator of all monies and securities of the scholarship fund and shall invest monies in a safe and prudent manner. Only annual contributions as designated by the donors, and interest earnings may be used for scholarship awards.
- Changes to these guidelines may be made by the KMEA President and Executive Director with the approval of the Kentucky Music Educators Association Board of Directors or its designee under extraordinary circumstances.