“If you LOVE [drumming] you will definitely succeed as a player. If you LIKE it, you should do something else!”


Stanley Kay Scholarship

DIVA honors the musical legacy, integrity, creativity, and excellence of our founder Stanley Kay through a scholarship offering an opportunity for a seriously swingin’ drummer between the ages of 15 -22 to attend a summer jazz camp of their choosing.

The $500 award will be paid directly to the winner's summer jazz camp of choice.

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Help us continue to honor Stanley Kay's legacy each year in helping a talented young drummer go a little bit further.

HOW TO Apply

Applications for 2019 will be accepted starting April 15, 2019 and must be postmarked no later than June 03, 2019


A cover letter expressing WHY this opportunity would make a difference in the applicant’s musical life. Be sure to include up-do-date contact information in the form of postal and email addresses.


A CD, DVD, mp3, or link to video of the applicant’s drumming. Preferred if tracks are edited to include only the melody/head, any shout-type choruses, and solos/trading. If full-length tracks are submitted, applicant should include time cues indicating where on each track the shout chorus and soloing can be found. Three tracks are required, one selection in each of these styles:

a) Medium or up-tempo swing
b) Ballad or slow swing
c) Either Afro-Cuban (mambo, songo, cha-cha, etc.) or Brazilian (samba, bossa-nova, baiao, etc.)


A letter of recommendation from a music teacher (private teacher, band director, regional ensemble conductor, etc.).

Important Notes

Cover letter, recording/links, and recommendation letter must be submitted together. Applications can be emailed to Sherrie Maricle at smaricle@ptd.net with “SK Scholarship” in the subject line. Hard-copy packets may be sent to The DIVA Jazz Orchestra, 1 River Place, Suite 817, New York, NY 10036, with “SK Scholarship” written on the envelope flap.

CDs, DVDs, and other application materials cannot be returned

PAST Winners

Some of the young drummers who have won in past years.


Tetyana Haraschuk (2018)


Maria Marmarou (2017)


Nick Kepron (2015, 2016)


Maya Stepansky (2015)


Liuba Miranosava (2014)


Merlin Joseph, Jr. (2013)


Fred Griggs (2012)


Isabelle DeLeon (2011)


Maybe you'll be next?