SEMJA's Dik Van Meerten Scholarship is given to a high school or college student who shows promise as a jazz musician.

You can donate to the fund by sending a check (payable to SEMJA) to

712 East Ann St.
Ann Arbor MI 48104

Or you can donate by credit card or Paypal below.

Former SEMJA Board Member Dik Van Meerten was killed in an accident on February 19, 2012, in Austin, Texas. He was visiting Austin from his home in Charlotte, NC. Meerten was a member of the SEMJA Board and a loyal fan at the Bird of Paradise and The Firefly.

The long-time Ann Arbor resident was fondly remembered at the packed Old Town bar on March 11. Those assembled included family, friends, and several members of the local jazz community. SEMJA Vice President Michael G. Nastos announced the creation of the scholarship in Dik's name, SEMJA Board member Sandy Schopbach and bassist Paul Keller spoke, and a long line of musicians serenaded Dik with their horns.