Kinne JU Scholarship


The Kinne Scholarship, beginning in the 2018-19 school year, named in honor of Dr. Frances Kinne, will further the mission of the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus by Supporting up to two (2) academically and musically gifted alumni of the JCC with a four-year, full tuition scholarship to Jacksonville University.  Dr. Kinne has been a dear friend and benefactor of Jacksonville University for over 40 years.  She first served JU in a unique capacity as the founding Dean of the College of Fine Arts in 1961. Since then, she has dedicated an enormous amount of her time, service, and support to JU, and in doing so, has been instrumental in building the Jacksonville University we know and love.  Dr. Kinne’s leadership includes serving as University President for 10 years, and ultimately being named the University’s first Chancellor, and later Chancellor Emeritus.

The Jacksonville Children’s Chorus (JCC) was founded in 1995 at Jacksonville University to fill a need for a children’s music program in the area.  Led by Dr. Frances B. Kinne, then Jacksonville University President, the plan to create a local choir was implemented by Dr. Jon O. Carlson and Jim Taylor, who served as the first conductor.  In that first year, JCC had only 16 voices.  Since then, it has grown to a membership of more than 450 singers participating in five choirs.  This year, more than 35% of the singers receive either partial or full scholarships.  From 16 singers in 1995, JCC has developed into one of Jacksonville’s most important providers of music education, enriching the lives of singers and audiences across the region. 

Up to two (2) scholarships may be awarded each year. 

Qualification and Application Requirements:

  • JCC Artistic Staff talent recommendation
  • Current JCC Touring Choir member for three or more years, must complete all seasons
  • 3.5 (Recalculated Core) High School GPA
  • Combined SAT Score of 1290 (Evidence Based Reading and Math) and/or ACT Composite Score of 27 ACT
  • Participation in two JU choral ensembles each semester (by placement)
  • A minimum of 12 volunteer hours at the JCC each semester

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“JCC truly embodies some of the best qualities of team sports: camaraderie, discipline, patience, persistence, and positive mentoring.”

Wali Gomes, JCC Parent

“Through music and your leadership, these children learn to perform in different languages while experiencing the diversity of an array of world cultures. The understanding they gain will serve them well as they enter adulthood.”

R. Randall Onstead, former President/CEO of Winn-Dixie

“The JCC is more than just a chorus; it is truly a life-changing experience. The Chorus has opened me to new experiences, provided me with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities and helped me discover singing is not just one of my interests but rather a lifelong passion.”

Emma, 17, Touring and Concert Choirs

“Music plays a major role in the full development of a child. Not only does it enrich lives, it also serves as a pathway for students to express themselves and explore new ways to communicate with others. For 20 years, kudos to the JCC for molding the lives of young artists, and I look forward to the next 20 years.”

Tim Cost, President, Jacksonville University

“I was in the Jacksonville Children's Chorus in 1999-2002. It helped me to build long lasting friendships and a greater love for music. To this day I still remember the fun times and great concerts we did in the JCC. I think this organization is great for children of all ages, it helps build confidence and friendships.”

Bethany, Former Member