Established in 1989, this endowed scholarship honors the memory of David Paul Knight, a music student at Colorado State University. The award is made possible by contributions from alumni, friends and the Knight family.


  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Demonstrates financial need
  • Interest in becoming a Music major (does not need to be declared)
  • Evidence of preference or interest in jazz music, with special consideration for students of guitar
  • A jazz ensemble/combo participant
  • Preference to California resident
  • Participate in the annual scholarship audition process


Faculty, staff, alumni and friends recognize the importance of scholarships in encouraging students to aim for excellence. The generous gifts from individual members of these various groups allow us to provide financial support for students who have demonstrated superior achievements or skills, thereby encouraging their continued efforts and the overall atmosphere of vigorous research and creativity. The criteria for this scholarship are established at the college level, and a committee of faculty from various departments selects the recipient.