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Place des Arts offers bursaries on an ongoing basis to students ages 17 and under who wish to take classes or lessons at Place des Arts but may not be able to afford the full fees. Bursary applications are accepted throughout the year; the deadline to receive an application is 6 weeks before the class/lesson start date to which the bursary is intended to be applied.
Scholarships are reviewed and adjudicated by an impartial scholarship committee using a pre-determined scoring matrix. The decision of the scholarship committee is final.
Criteria for all Place des Arts Scholarships:
1. Statement of Intent: A brief statement (less than 300 words) describing why you feel you are a good candidate for a scholarship from Place des Arts
2. Years of study at Place des Arts
3. Achievement and awards related to the applied art discipline
4. Academic achievements
5. Participation in festivals, performances or exhibitions, or published work
6. Attendance in any additional classes, workshops, master classes or clinics related to the applied art discipline
7. Volunteer experience
8. Extra-curricular activities
9. Recommendation letter from a Place des Arts teacher (sent directly from the teacher to the Scholarship and Bursary Coordinator)
10. Examples of Work
Applications for the 2023-2024 season are open now!
Please see below for criteria and eligibility for specific scholarships, as supplementary materials may be required.
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 9-12 (Junior category) and 13 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 their arts education at 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 students of any artistic discipline.
Don Portelance Scholarship for Advanced Visual Arts Studies
A master artist and teacher, Don Portelance has taught gifted young artists at Place des Arts for over 30 years. This award recognizes an intermediate or advanced Place des Arts teen or adult visual arts student/emerging artist who is actively developing their art practice with the intention of continuing their studies in the visual arts and/or creating a body of work.
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 aged 7 and up at Place des Arts to further his or her studies and growth in the field of visual arts.
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. This scholarship is awarded to a Coquitlam resident.