Geoffrey Whitelaw Jazz Brass Scholarship

The Geoffrey Whitelaw Jazz Brass Scholarship is an annual, merit-based scholarship provided to support full-time study of a first year Bachelor of Music student who is specialising in jazz at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music.


  • The Scholarship will be awarded annually and will provide $7,500 to a jazz brass student who is undertaking a full-time study-load (48 credit points) for a maximum of one year.

Number offered

  • The Scholarship will be awarded to one student per year, however if there is no clear preferred candidate, staff may award two $3,250 scholarships.


  • All jazz brass students will be automatically assessed for this scholarship by the School of Music jazz staff in their initial audition and interview. This will take place in the scheduled audition period each year. 
  • The annual scholarship will be awarded based on merit (as assessed by School of Music jazz staff). 
  • Where possible or appropriate, School of Music staff will consult with the donor in advising the most suitable recipient.


  • The scholarship will only be available for students commencing in a 1st year of a Bachelor of Music degree at the School of Music.
  • The student must be specialising in jazz performance. 
  • The student must play trumpet or trombone (or another brass instrument). 
  • The scholarship cannot be deferred.
  • The student must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, holder of an Australian permanent resident visa or permanent humanitarian visa.


  • The student must maintain satisfactory academic performance as determined by the School of Music.

For more information, please contact Coordinator of Jazz and Popular studies, Dr Paul Williamson, at