Scholarships

Fostering the Talents of the Next Generation

 

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 seventeen 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. 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 a one-year membership to the WAAC. Funding for the program comes from bequests, individual donors and fundraising activities. Recently 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.

Seventeen Scholarships were awarded for the school year 2018-19. Scholarship funds are disbursed in July each year whereupon the schools choose the scholarship recipients.

Ontario College of Art and Design University

  • The Women’s Art Association of Canada / Mary Ella Dignam Scholarship, donated by the WAAC members ($1,500.00)
    Emily Zou (Sculpture/Installation)
  • The Women’s Art Association of Canada / Lynne Ritchie Scholarship ($1,500.00)
    Robin Love (Drawing & Painting)

University of Toronto, Faculty of Music

  • The Women’s Art Association of Canada / Luella McCleary Scholarship, donated by the WAAC members ($1,500.00)
    Anastasia Kulikova
  • The Women’s Art Association of Canada / Lynn & Robin Cumine Scholarship, donated by the WAAC members ($1,500.00)
    Meredith Wanstall

George Brown College Theatre Art School

  • The Women’s Art Association of Canada / Sonja Koerner Scholarship ($1,500.00)
    Henry Peirson (1st year)
  • The Women’s Art Association of Canada / Sonja Koerner Scholarship ($1,500.00)
    Jack Copland (2nd year)

Canada’s National Ballet School

  • The Women’s Art Association of Canada / Anonymous Member Scholarship ($1,500.00)
  • The Women’s Art Association of Canada / Anonymous Member Scholarship ($1,500.00)
  • The Women’s Art Association of Canada / Anonymous Member Scholarship ($1,500.00)
  • The Women’s Art Association of Canada / Astrid Stec Scholarship, donated by Astrid Stec ($1,500.00)
  • The Women’s Art Association of Canada / Mary Jane Cripps Scholarship, donated by Mary Jane Cripps ($1,500.00)

The Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory

  • The Women’s Art Association of Canada / Virginia Bogle Scholarship, donated by Barbara Bogle ($1,500.00)
    Emma Fisher (Cello) two time scholarship recipient
  • The Women’s Art Association of Canada / Nancy Roberts McCulloch Scholarship, donated by Barbara Mitchell ($1,200.00)
    Ivy Chao (French Horn)
  • The Women’s Art Association of Canada / Mary Bunnett Scholarship, donated by the WAAC members ($1,500.00)
    Hong You (Violin) two time scholarship recipient
  • The Women’s Art Association of Canada / Anniversary Year Scholarship (70th Year of WAAC Scholarship Program, donated by WAAC members ($1,500.00)
    Nikki Wei (Piano)

Art and Art History, a collaborative Honours B.A. Program between Sheridan and the University of Toronto Mississauga

  • The Women’s Art Association of Canada /Alice Rycroft Scholarship, donated by the WAAC members ($1,500.00)
    Mackenzie Boyd

NEW for 2018-2019 Ryerson University School of Image Arts

The Women’s Art Association of Canada / The Dixie Allen Excellence in Photography Scholarship, donated by The Strategic Charitable Foundation Dixie Allen
Lauren Bruyns

Click for a complete list of all Scholarships issued from 1948 to 2017