We are pleased to announce that Eddie S. Meadows, Professor Emeritus of Ethnomusicology and Jazz Studies and Adjunct Professor in Global Jazz Studies, has made a generous contribution to provide scholarship support to School of Music students.
Professor Meadows has established an endowed scholarship fund in honor of his wife, Professor Emerita of Ethnomusicology, Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje, M.A. ‘72, Ph.D ‘78. The Jaqueline Cogdell DjeDje Fellowship in African and African-American Music will support graduate students in the Department of Ethnomusicology who are studying African or African-American Music. Professor DjeDje taught at UCLA for 34 years on African and African-American music, including gospel music and the one-string fiddle tradition of West Africa, and served as the director of the African-American vocal ensemble. Earlier this year, Professor DjeDje was also invited to be the School of Music’s 2019 Commencement Speaker.
Professor Meadows’ own experience on the scholarship committee for our Global Jazz Studies program inspired his second gift: The Eddie S. Meadows Scholarship in Global Jazz Studies. After seeing the necessity and value of scholarship support in recruiting and retaining top student talent, he decided to personally give and help strengthen the program.
The inaugural scholarship recipients will be selected next academic year.