The founding chair of JAZZ.FM91, Mary Alice Stuart, made an unparalleled contribution to the organization, helping to make JAZZ.FM91 the successful enterprise that it is today.
To honour her legacy, a scholarship program was developed in 2009 that awards scholarships to outstanding emerging jazz artists who are completing their studies at the post-secondary level. The directors of the four Toronto-area schools that offer a jazz curriculum (Humber College, Mohawk College, University of Toronto, York University) are asked to nominate an outstanding student from their respective programs. All of the nominees receive an honorarium and the recipient receives $2,500 to support their education. This year’s recipient is Emily Steinwall, an exceptional student and musician who is completing his saxophone studies at Humber College in Toronto. The award was presented on Thursday, June 29th, at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival. The presenter was JAZZ.FM91 board chairman, Bernie Webber.