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 fourteen scholarship awards to students at six 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, and George Brown Theatre School. 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 music 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.

Fourteen Scholarships were awarded for the school year 2016-17. 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 ($1,500.00)
    Josi Smit (Sculpture/Installation)
  • The Women’s Art Association of Canada / Lynne Ritchie Scholarship ($1,500.00)
    Emily Harrison (Drawing & Painting)

University of Toronto, Faculty of Music

  • The Women’s Art Association of Canada / Luella McCleary Scholarship ($1,500.00)
    Jana Luksts 
  • The Women’s Art Association of Canada / Lynn & Robin Cumine Scholarship ($1,500.00)
    Hayley Janes

George Brown College Theatre Art School

  • The Women’s Art Association of Canada / Sonja Koerner Scholarship ($1,500.00)
    Manon Ens-Lapointe (1st year)
  • The Women’s Art Association of Canada / Sonja Koerner Scholarship ($1,500.00)
    Emma Nelles (2nd year)

Canada’s National Ballet School

  • The Women’s Art Association of Canada / Linda Stearns 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 Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory

  • The Women’s Art Association of Canada / Virginia Bogle Scholarship ($1,500.00)
    Michaela Kleer (Viola)
  • The Women’s Art Association of Canada / Nancy Roberts McCulloch Scholarship ($1,200.00)
    Jeimmi Carrasco (Violin)
  • The Women’s Art Association of Canada / Susan Hammond Scholarship ($1,500.00)
    Sangmi Kim (Piano)
  • The Women’s Art Association of Canada / Nicholas King Scholarship ($1,500.00)
    Thomas Stuart (Violin)

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 ($1,500.00)
    Xi Chen

Click for a complete list of all Scholarships issued from 1948 to 2016