Covers revisited: February 2003
Jayne Reed was featured on TulsaPeople’s February 2003 cover with arts “power players” Ken Busby and Marcello Angelini.
Hundreds of high school graduates have Tulsan Jayne Reed and internationally acclaimed opera star Simon Estes to thank for their college educations and degrees.
Reed, featured on TulsaPeople’s February 2003 cover with arts “power players” Ken Busby and Marcello Angelini, is the co-founder (with Estes) of the Simon Estes Educational Foundation Inc., which began in 1983.
The Foundation had been Reed’s dream for many years: to create a way for local disadvantaged high-school students to receive a college education.
When Estes arrived in Tulsa in 1983 for a performance, Reed was able to secure his support, which included committing to annual Tulsa concerts benefiting the foundation.
Due to an automobile accident, Estes has ceased his operatic performances but still does recitals all over the world. Reed says he continues to be closely involved with the Foundation in Tulsa and participates in the scholarship selection process.
Over the past 36 years, the Foundation has raised several million dollars toward scholarships to assist nearly 400 graduating
Tulsa-area high school seniors. Recipients may attend any accredited college or university of their choice on a full-time basis. There is no requirement to major in music.
Now Reed, who remains the foundation’s CEO, has another dream up her sleeve. “The Foundation, with two other not-for-profits, is in negotiations with a well-known figure for a Tulsa engagement in 2020. However, due to agency restrictions, we are not at liberty to announce at this time."