ABOUT THE JAMES BROOKS SCHOLARSHIP FUND | 4TH ANNUAL POWER OF MUSIC SPONSORSHIP PACKAGE

James V. Brooks Biographical Sketch
Jacksonville native, James V. Brooks graduated from Bethune Cookman College and earned his Master’s Degree in Music Education from Florida State University. He became an itinerant string instructor, high school music teacher and band director for local high schools - Southside, Wolfson and Paxon. He was also a devoted church musician and was a member of Simpson Memorial United Methodist Church.

Mr. Brooks was employed for nineteen years with Duval County Public Schools. Of that time, he served twelve years as music teacher and band director of the Paxon Marching Eagles Band. Under Mr. Brooks’ leadership, The Paxon Marching Eagles Band gained popularity during the 1980s and early 1990s. There was a “friendly rivalry” among the Marching Eagles and the marching bands of other schools in the area.

Through the years, many male and female students alike looked to Mr. Brooks as a father figure. Mr. Brooks developed a close relationship with his students. He kept the band students in-line, both on and off the field. This kind of mentoring and involvement is what, in addition to his indisputable talent, made him a legend in the Jacksonville community.

 

 

James V. Brooks Scholarship Fund
The James V. Brooks Scholarship Fund was established by his sister, Ms. Shirley Bing. The mission of the fund is: (1) to provide scholarships to graduating seniors in local Jacksonville schools that intend to be active in music related activities during their higher education tenure and (2) to financially assist children in Jacksonville who express an interest in music and whose families are unable to afford instruction to develop their skills.

 

 

The Power of Music
Supporters of the James V. Brooks Scholarship Fund annually sponsor “The Power of Music” (POM) to educate and inspire music lovers as well as to raise funds to support the scholarships annually awarded. Since 2012 thousands of dollars have been raised to support the now twenty James V. Brooks Scholars who attend colleges and universities throughout the United States.

 

Scholarship Recipients 2013-2016

2013 Recipients
Name
High School
College Attending
Arianna Beyer
Douglas Anderson School of the Arts
Eastman School of Music
Zachary Drum
Baldwin Middle-high School
Palm Beach Atlantic University
Mikaela Jacob
First Coast High School
North Carolina A&T University
Charis Middleton
Fletcher High School
University of Central Florida
Cedavean Waller
Edward Waters College

 

2014 Recipients
Name
High School
College Attending
Abigail Curry
Fletcher High School
Mars Hill University
Hannah Frazier
Fletcher High School
Stetson University
Octavia McMillian
William Raines High School
Jackson State University
Lilyan Moss
Fletcher High School
University of Florida
Samantha Nelson
Fletcher High School
Florida State University
Evelyn Padgett
Fletcher High School
University of Florida

 

2015 Recipients
Name
High School
College Attending
Danielle Cogdell
New Stanton High School
Florida A&M University
Jamilah Dell
Clay High School
Florida Memorial University
Dyaunni Edwards
First Coast High School
Florida State College (Jacksonville)
Timara Jones
Robert E. Lee High School
University of Central Florida
Matthew Harris
John Snyder High School
Stetson University
Spencer Shack
Douglas Anderson High School
University of Central Florida
Stephanie Smith
Ribault High School
Florida A&M University

 

2016 Recipients
Name
High School
College Attending
Hamza Able
Douglas Anderson School of the Arts
Manhattan School of Music
Isais Garcia
Oakleaf High School
Santa Fe College

Click here to download James V. Brooks Scholarship Application

 

 

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