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Mr. James Jonas Baynard, was born in Wilmington, Delaware on January 1st, 1952.  Because he was always known to dress sharp and clean, “Ajax” became his signature nickname. While performing with The Dynamic Concepts musical group, Ajax attended Delaware University  before ultimately traveling to New York City with the De-lite records recording group “The Crown Heights Affair”.

For over 40 years, James “Ajax” Baynard was a bandleader, entertainer, trumpeter, music instructor and vocalist for numerous special occasions and was always the consummate entertainer.  He had either performed or recorded music with groups and artists such as Denroy Morgan (I’ll Do Anything For You), Jocelyn Brown (Somebody Else’s Guy), LL. Cool J. (Mamma Said Knock You Out), The Fat Back Band, Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave, Jeffery Osbourne, The Invitations, and many others.  He would also play at many functions in the Tri-State area for various wedding bands such as Ken James Orchestras, New York City Swing, Stephen Scott Orchestras, Sky Lite Orchestras, as well as being a bandleader for his own wedding engagements and private parties, etc.  His accolades consisted of performing as a special guest artist at a United Nations Staff Day concert and being a featured role as an actor/vocalist in the Scott Joplin opera entitled “Treemonisha”.

On Friday, February 20, 2015, James “Ajax” Baynard’s life suddenly ended, but his spirit continues to shine through his family, friends and fans.  He had a passion for music and it showed whenever he traveled, whenever he taught children music lessons, or whenever he held a microphone.

The James Ajax Baynard Memorial Scholarship

Under the direction of B. E. Media and Designs, LLC,  The “James Ajax Baynard Memorial Scholarship Fund” was created to award one student who is majoring in music performing arts or a music education program in Maryland, Delaware or New York, while maintaining a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and demonstrating financial need.

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Requirements

One high school graduate or college student who is majoring in Music Performing Arts or Music Education studies in Maryland, New York or Delaware, while maintaining a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and demonstrating financial need.

Application

Students are encouraged to submit an essay of financial need and interest in the award.

A 3-5 minute video of themselves showcasing their strengths in Music via an online link (youtube, vimeo, dropbox, etc.)

An official high school or college transcript

A Copy of your college acceptance award

2 Professional Letters of Recommendation

All submissions must be submitted with application by March 2017.

Selection

Via portfolio and application, the student must prove to be of substantial talent and show promise for continued excellence in music. There will be a strong focus on incoming freshmen; however, current students and transfer students are eligible to apply.

Award

This is a one-time scholarship.

Disbursement

* Scholarship funds will be paid in December 2017 or January 2018 for the second semester of the student’s first year directly to the college and not to the student. It will be the student’s responsibility to submit to the Foundation at that time an invoice for second semester tuition and fees, student ID number and college information.

Funds to assist with tuition will be awarded for the 2017-2018 school year to one applicant that applies with B.E. Media and Designs, LLC before the March 2017 deadline.

To contribute to this award, visit the following link.