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 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 a one-year membership to the WAAC. 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.

Three new awards were presented in June 2020 to graduating BIPOC high-school students in the arts:

Lincoln M. Alexander Secondary School

  • The Women’s Art Association of Canada / The Broda Family Award, donated by President Maggie Broda $500

Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute 

  • The Women’s Art Association of Canada / Joanne Nelson Award, donated by WAAC member Joanne Nelson ($500)
    Abrar Al Mouktaran

Cedarbrae Collegiate Institute

  • The Women’s Art Association of Canada / Stella Maris Award, donated by Cal Lorimer ($500)
    Raisa Rahman

Seventeen post-secondary Scholarships were awarded in July 2020 for the school year 2020-2021. 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, donated by the WAAC members ($1,500.00) 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 / Barbara Mitchell Scholarship, donated by the WAAC members ($1,500.00) in honour of Past President Barbara Mitchell 2009-2013 (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) 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, donated by the WAAC members ($1,500.00) 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 donated by the WAAC members ($1,500) in honour of Board Member Jocelyn Shaw (2nd-year student)
  • The Women’s Art Association of Canada / Anne Morison Scholarship ($1,500.00) donated by the WAAC members ($1,500) in honour of Board Member Anne Morison (3rd-year student)

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 / Astrid Stec Scholarship, donated by WAAC member Astrid Stec ($1,500.00)
  • The Women’s Art Association of Canada / Mary Jane Cripps Scholarship, donated by WAAC member Mary Jane Cripps ($1,500.00)
  • The Women’s Art Association of Canada / Danielle Fraser Scholarship, donated by 1st Vice President Danielle Fraser ($1,500)
  • The Women’s Art Association of Canada / Nina Makowkin Tschupikow Scholarship, donated by Scholarship Chair Nina Tschupikow ($1,500.00) in honour of her mother Nina Makowkin Tschupikow

The Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory

  • The Women’s Art Association of Canada / Virginia Bogle Scholarship, donated by WAAC member Barbara Bogle ($1,500.00) in honour of her mother Past President Virginia Bogle 1970-1975
  • The Women’s Art Association of Canada / Nancy Roberts McCulloch Scholarship, donated by WAAC member Barbara Mitchell ($1,200.00) in honour of her mother Nancy Roberts McCulloch
  • The Women’s Art Association of Canada / Jill Maynard Scholarship, donated by Past President 1998-2001 Jill Maynard ($1,500.00) 
  • The Women’s Art Association of Canada / Dale Butterill Scholarship, donated by the WAAC members ($1,500.00) in honour of Past President Dale Butterill 2013-2019

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, donated by the WAAC members ($1,500.00) 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, donated by The Strategic Charitable Foundation Dixie Allen

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