Each year WDNA awards full music scholarships to students to attend some of the country’s most prestigious jazz workshops. Attendance at these workshops provide exposure to decision makers from institutions such as the Julliard School, Berklee College of Music, Michigan State University, Snow College, Long Island University, and Brooklyn College. Students can also receive full academic scholarships to continue the music education through these workshops.
WDNA also award scholarships to the Annual Litchfield Jazz Camp, in Connecticut. There, students interact with a long list of internationally acclaimed jazz musicians and position themselves for opportunities that could lead to professional placement.
These workshops incur expenses (Travel, tuition, room & board, etc.) that some students are unable to afford. So, WDNA secures sponsorship from underwriters to award scholarships to as many students as possible. Additional support from other entities such as the Mel Shifke Scholarship Fund is an invaluable resource that helps to offset expenses associated with these workshops.
About Mel Shifke
Mr. Melvin Shifke was a longtime resident of Miami, and an informal historian who delighted in sharing stories about the city. A typical conversation with Mel would reveal information about the city’s development going back to the 1950’s.
Mel loved music, and jazz in particular. He was an avid fan, listener, and supporter of WDNA. In addition to renewing his annual membership, Mel attended just about every WDNA event. He volunteered during the station’s membership drives, helping to secure pledges from listeners. He also provided valuable accounting services by keeping the station’s accounts receivables in order.
Mel also traveled with the WDNA Radio Group on some of the station’s promotional trips to Brazil, Curacao and Germany.
Mel passed away on February 23, 2014. In his memory, his family created the Mel Shifke Scholarship Fund because they knew how much Mel loved WDNA. “He loved to talk about WDNA. The station meant a great deal to him and we know he’d be thrilled that we’re doing this for him,” says his daughter, Allison Shifke.
Contributions to the Mel Shifke Scholarship Fund can be made by contacting WDNA, during regular business hours at: 305-662-8889.