King Features Syndicate has committed $100,000 to establish an endowed scholarship fund in honor of Jay Kennedy, who served as King Features Syndicate Editor in Chief from 1997 until his untimely death earlier this year.
The fund will be administered through the National Cartoonist Society Foundation, the non-profit art of the NCS dedicated to advancing the ideals and standards of professional cartooning and encourage interest in the art-form. Additionally King Features and the NCSF will be responsible for additional fundraising to the Jay Kennedy Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Regarding the scholarship, Daryl Cagle, the foundations current president says:
“This scholarship will be a big boost to the careers of aspiring cartoonists. College students’ work will be judged by a jury of top, professional cartoonists. The talented winner will meet his cartooning heroes as a guest at our annual convention and will receive his award on stage at our Reuben Awards celebration. We appreciate King Features’ support in establishing the scholarship to honor our friend, Jay Kennedy, and we look forward to making this a new tradition in the cartooning community.”
The recipient of the award will attend this year’s NCS annual convention in New Orleans.
Those wishing to donate to this scholarship fund can contribute to the foundation at:
National Cartoonists Society Foundation
341 N. Maitland Avenue, Suite 130
Maitland, FL 32751-4761
One other note of interest is the mention that Jay’s massive personal collection of underground comics has been bequeathed to the Ohio State University Cartoon Research Library.