The Clarence Acox Jazz Endowment (CAJE)

The Clarence Acox Jazz Endowment (CAJE)2016-04-12T18:25:55+00:00

To honor the enduring legacy of Garfield High School jazz director Clarence Acox, the Garfield Jazz Foundation (GJF) established the Clarence Acox Jazz Endowment (CAJE) in 2004. CAJE has a professionally and independently managed permanent fund for Garfield Jazz students’ education and community outreach activities.

The income and investment returns from the fund are used for:

  • Assist Garfield students participating in the jazz program with private music instruction, sheet music, and other related student expenses. Assistance is based on demonstrated financial need.
  • Enhance quality instruction in jazz music performance at Garfield High School. This includes supplementing instructor funding for Jazz Ensemble III, which in turn promotes the high level of students moving into Ensembles II and I.
  • Fund outreach programs to elementary and middle schools that feed into Garfield High School and increase the number and diversity of qualified students for the Garfield jazz program. Such programs may include music instruction, sheet music, recordings, transportation, and other expenses to allow Garfield jazz band members to visit those schools.
  • If Endowment income and investment returns permit, assist with defraying expenses of the Garfield Jazz Foundation.*

To apply for a 2019 CAJE scholarship for private music instruction, download the application and return it by December 14, 2018 via email to, or U.S. mail to:

Clarence Acox Jazz Endowment

Ruth Herman-Dunn
3371 59th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

Questions about the endowment? Email


* Supporting participation by Garfield High School jazz ensembles in festivals and competitions has been and will continue to be the primary responsibility of the Garfield Jazz Foundation’s parent/guardian members.

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