Scholarships

Fostering the Talents of the Next Generation

 

WAAC  

The Scholarship Program of Women’s Art Association of Canada

In 1948 the WAAC launched the Scholarship Program for the purpose of supporting students in the arts. The first scholarship was granted to the Ontario College of Art and named after the Association’s founder Mary Ella Dignam. Over the past seven decades the Scholarship Program has steadily grown, and currently the Association presents 18 scholarship awards to students at seven leading arts education institutions. These are OCADU, Sheridan College Art & Art History, Royal Conservatory of Music – Glenn Gould School, The University of Toronto Faculty of Music, Canada’s National Ballet School, George Brown Theatre School, and Ryerson University School of Image Arts. Scholarship recipients are selected by the institutional staff most familiar with student work and excellence.

To further nurture the relationship with scholarship recipients we offer summer art exhibitions for the visual arts students and a one-year membership to all the students Funding for the program comes from bequests, individual donors and fundraising activities. Nicholas King (2014), a former scholarship recipient, and Susan Hammond (2015), creator of Classical Kids, were each inspired to donate the proceeds from their concerts at Women’s Art, providing sufficient funds for two scholarships.

The Association is very proud to be playing a role in the development of artists in the visual, performing and musical arts. Previous scholarship winners include Karen Kain, Rex Harrington, Measha Brueggergosman and Jean Stilwell.

If you would like to make a donation to the Women’s Art Scholarship Program please go to the Support/Donations Page.

Eighteen post-secondary Scholarships were recently awarded academic school year 2021-2022.
The schools will choose the recipients. Stay tuned for the names of this year’s students.

Ontario College of Art and Design University

  • The Women’s Art Association of Canada / Mary Ella Dignam Scholarship, ($1,500) donated by the WAAC members in honour of WAAC founder and Past President Mary Ella Dignam 1887-1914 and 1935 to Sept 6, 1938 (Sculpture/Installation)
  • The Women’s Art Association of Canada / Sandra Henderson Scholarship, (1,500) donated by the WAAC members in memory of Sandra Henderson (Drawing & Painting)

University of Toronto, Faculty of Music

  • The Women’s Art Association of Canada / Luella McCleary Scholarship, ($1,500) donated by the WAAC members; established in 1974 in honour of Luella McCleary for her substantial bequest to WAAC
  • The Women’s Art Association of Canada / Lynn & Robin Cumine Scholarship, ($1,500) donated by the WAAC members in honour of Past President Lynne Cumine 1991-1998 and Board Member Robin Cumine

George Brown College Theatre Art School

  • The Women’s Art Association of Canada / Jocelyn Shaw Scholarship, ($1,500) donated by the WAAC members in honour of Board Member Jocelyn Shaw (presented to a 2nd-year George Brown student)
  • The Women’s Art Association of Canada / Anne and James Morison Scholarship ($1,500.00) donated by Board Member Anne Morison (presented to a 3rd-year George Brown student)

Canada’s National Ballet School

  • The Women’s Art Association of Canada / Nina Makowkin Tschupikow Scholarship, ($1,500) donated by Scholarship Chair Nina Tschupikow
  • The Women’s Art Association of Canada / Beryl Goering in Memory of Peter Goering Scholarship, ($1,500.00) donated by WAAC member Beryl Goering
  • The Women’s Art Association of Canada / Astrid Stec Scholarship, ($1,5000 donated by WAAC member Astrid Stec
  • The Women’s Art Association of Canada / Mary Jane Cripps Scholarship, ($1,500) donated by WAAC member Mary Jane Cripps
  • The Women’s Art Association of Canada / Leslie Jones Scholarship, ($1,500) donated by WAAC member Leslie Jones
  • The Women’s Art Association of Canada Scholarship, ($1,500) donated by WAAC members

The Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory

  • The Women’s Art Association of Canada / Barbara Mitchell Scholarship Scholarship, donated by WAAC members ($1,500) in honour of Past President Barbara Mitchell 2011-2013 (strings)
  • The Women’s Art Association of Canada / Nancy Roberts McCulloch Scholarship, ($1,200) donated by Barbara Mitchell  in honour of her mother Nancy Roberts McCulloch (unrestricted)
  • The Women’s Art Association of Canada / Jill Maynard Scholarship, ($1,500) donated by Past President Jill Maynard 1998-2001 (piano)
  • The Women’s Art Association of Canada / Dale Butterill & Louis Szabo Scholarship, ($1,500.00) donated by the WAAC members in honour of Past President Dale Butterill 2013-2019 (strings)

Sheridan College with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Art and Art History from the University of Toronto Mississauga

  • The Women’s Art Association of Canada /Helga Scott Scholarship, ($1,500) donated by the WAAC members in honour of Treasurer and House Chair Helga Scott

Ryerson University School of Image Arts

  • The Women’s Art Association of Canada / The Dixie Allen Excellence in Photography Scholarship, ($1,500) donated by The Strategic Charitable Foundation Dixie Allen

Click for a complete list of all Scholarships awarded from 1948 to 2019