Scholarships & Bursaries

Place des Arts' Scholarship & Bursary Award Program

Place des Arts awards annual scholarships and bursaries to help students in their pursuit of excellence in the visual, literary and performing arts. Scholarships are awarded to students in recognition of artistic excellence and achievement or for overcoming a challenge. Bursaries are awarded based on financial need. Since 1990, Place des Arts has awarded over 275 scholarships and bursaries to young performing and visual arts students.

Congratulations to our 2016 scholarship winners!

Scholarship recipients are teacher recommended.
Scholarship applications are distributed to teachers in late November and awards are presented at an annual awards recital in May.

Bursaries are student driven.
Bursaries are available to students ages 7 and up who have completed one full year of study or three consecutive session classes at Place des Arts by June.

The Place des Arts’ Endowment Fund
This fund helps support our Scholarship and Bursary Awards Program. For more information about how you can support our programs click here.

Place des Arts offers the following scholarships:

Place des Arts Scholarships

Every year, Place des Arts awards scholarships based on artistic excellence and achievement (as a solo performer or within a group) or for overcoming a personal challenge. These scholarships are open to students ages 12 and up who are registered in music, dance, theatre, literary or visual arts classes at Place des Arts.

Scholarship for Advanced Musical Studies

Place des Arts Scholarship for Advanced Musical Studies is awarded annually and is open to all Place des Arts music students working toward their grade 10 or ARCT (or equivalent) levels. This award helps offset the high expense of senior musical studies and provides students with an extra incentive to continue with their music education.

Fern Bouvier Arts Legacy Award

This award recognizes an advanced Place des Arts student studying in any artistic discipline who intends to pursue his/her arts education a post-secondary or professional institution and has a long-term connection to Place des Arts through lessons, performances/exhibitions and/or volunteerism.  The award is open to all students regardless of artistic discipline.

Coquitlam Maillardville Heritage Trust Award (CMHT)

The CMHT Award is an annual award founded in recognition of the Coquitlam-Maillardville Heritage Trust’s generous contributions to the Place des Arts Endowment Fund. The CMHT award will benefit a promising student studying in any discipline at Place des Arts. For more information about the CMHT, please visit

Elliott Harty Piano Scholarship

Elliott Harty studied piano at Place des Arts for 7 years. He was due to take his grade 9 piano exam on the day he died following a tragic motorcycle accident on June 14, 2007 at age seventeen. To honour his memory, his family, friends and Place des Arts established the Elliott Harty Piano Scholarship. Each year it will be awarded to the Place des Arts piano student aged 12 and up who shows the greatest improvement over the year.

Leonore Peyton Memorial Award

This award was established in memory of Leonore Peyton, former Place des Arts Executive Director and founding member. This award is open to a Place des Arts student in any discipline. This scholarship is awarded to an exceptional student studying in any discipline at Place des Arts.

W.H. Sclater Memorial Scholarship

Born in New Westminster, Bill Sclater was well known for his adult and children’s visual arts classes. This scholarship is presented annually to a student jaged 7 and up at Place des Arts in order to further his or her studies and growth in the field of visual arts.

  • Fun Fact!

    In 2011, we exceeded our fundraising goal for the Place des Arts Endowment Fund. That's over $100,000, the interest from which will support our Scholarship & Bursary Awards Program!

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