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Rahsaan Roland Kirk Scholarship for the Arts
Rahsaan Roland Kirk Scholarship for the Arts

Legendary multi-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk was known for his complete freedom of expression and innovative approaches to music from 1955 until his untimely passing in 1977. Rahsaan Roland Kirk was born in 1935 in Columbus, Ohio. He became blind at two years old, and studied at the Ohio School for the Blind on the city’s north side. Roland Kirk began playing music as a young man, and became well-known, even then, for his ability to play multiple instruments at once and his circular breathing technique. While he was well-acquainted with many kinds of music, his biggest impact was in the jazz and blues genres. Prior to his death in 1977, Rahsaan suffered a stroke that impacted his mobility, but did not prevent him from continuing to play with one arm. As a composer and improviser, his music maintained an authentic connection to Black American traditions while advancing an artistic aesthetic that often challenged the status quo, both musically and politically.

Eligibility Criteria:
  • Candidates must be a senior in a Columbus City Schools high school.
  • Candidates must have passed all parts of the Ohio Graduation Test.
  • Candidates must have a minimum grade point average of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Candidates must plan to major in music, music performance, or the arts.
  • Candidates must attend or plan to attend an educational institution in the U.S.

March 22, 2024 5:00 p.m. EST

Award Amount:

$4,000 payable over four years

Contact person for more information:

Scholarships Team
The Columbus Foundation