2024 Scholarship Winners

Washington Jazz Society, a 501(c)(3), awarded two $1000 Scholarships. Our  two extremely talented winners are Olivia Nixon, daughter of Mr. David and Mrs. Gina Nixon and Leighton Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Smith,

Olivia Nixon is currently a junior at West Virginia University (Canon McMillan) studying Music Education.  She is also the Washington Jazz Orchestra’s Bass Trombonist, a substitute with the River City Brass Band, and a substitute with the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra. As a studio artist she is featured on the album, “CJ Time” by CJ Rhen. In WVU’s Community Music Program she is the Low Brass Instructor and Brass Ensemble Director and has taken on the responsibility of providing outreach for the community of Morgantown, WV.  She aspires to be both an educator at the collegiate level and a professional musician with an orchestra.

Leighton Smith is a senior at Canon McMillan starting his freshman year this fall at Slippery Rock University.  He will major in Music Education and Music Performance.  He had been playing saxophone in band since fourth grade.  Since freshman year of high school, he knew he wanted to pursue a career in music.  Music, and jazz specifically, has permanently changed his life and has inspired him to push, and grow as a musician. Not only does he want to improve his musical abilities, but also help others to be inspired or realize they have a passion for the arts.

If you didn’t win this year, please try again next year.

Congratulations to everyone who entered, you are truly  amazing!

Arthur Keys, VP-Jeff Jones, Olivia Nixon (Winner), Treasurer-Deb Humble, Leighton Simth (Winner), Pres-DeDe MacTaggart, Don Hodor


As part of our mission, The Washington Jazz Society proudly provides financial assistance to Washington County students toward their music education. One winner will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship. To apply, please fill out the form below.

You must be a resident of Washington County, PA to qualify.

Apply for a Music Scholarship