Scholarships for incoming students
June 27, 2012

NSCAD University is delighted to welcome new students to its foundation and graduate programs in September, including 16 students who have earned the university’s top entrance scholarships.

Through the generosity of its donors, the university is able to offer scholarships and awards ranging from $8,000 to $1,000 a year. Such support allows NSCAD to attract top young talent from high schools in Canada and the United States.

“This year, I have seen some of the best applications of my 15 years in Admissions,” says Terry Bailey, Director of Admissions and Enrolment Services at NSCAD. “In these students' exceptional portfolios and heartfelt admissions essays, I see such hope for the future.”

This year’s scholarship winners for students entering Foundation year include:

  • Jessica Aurini, recipient of the Alexander J. McDonald Memorial Award, is graduating from Citadel High School, Halifax, N.S.;
  • Meaghan Bissett, recipient of the renewable Harrison McCain Scholarship in Memory of Marion McCain, is graduating from Canterbury High School in Ottawa, Ont.;
  • Curtis Botham, recipient of the Diversity Entrance Award, is graduating from Charles P. Allan High School, Bedford, N.S.;
  • Jacob Calcafuoco, recipient of the renewable Harrison McCain Scholarship in Memory of Marion McCain, is a 2011 graduate of Queen Elizabeth Collegiate, Kingston, Ont.;
  • Trisha Campbell, recipient of a Diversity Entrance Award, is graduating from Balfour Collegiate, Regina, Sask.;
  • Helah Cooper, recipient of the BMO Entrance Scholarship and the 14th Palette Art Group Scholarship, is a 2011 graduate of Inglenook Community High School, Toronto, Ont.;
  • Lauren Dial, recipient of the renewable Harrison McCain Scholarship in Memory of Marion McCain, is a 2011 graduate of Parkview Education Centre, Bridgewater, N.S.;
  • Garrett Gilbart, recipient of the FUNSCAD Entrance Scholarship is a 2011 graduate from Peterborough Collegiate and Vocational Institute, Peterborough, Ont.;
  • Elizabeth Girard, recipient of the Dartmouth Visual Arts Society Entrance Scholarship, is graduating from Cole Harbour District High School, Cole Harbour, N.S.;
  • Ceilidh and Rebecca Higgins are home-schooled identical twins who live in Musquodoboit Harbour, N.S. Rebecca is the recipient of the FUNSCAD Entrance Scholarship and Ceilidh receives the renewable Nova Scotia Power Scholarship;
  • Ellie Jackson, recipient of the Diversity Entrance Award, is graduating from Cambridge School of Weston, Cambridge, Mass.

Applicants to NSCAD University’s Foundation program, the base year of all degree programs, are required to submit a portfolio and essay as well as academic transcripts. The Admissions Committee, which includes faculty members from all areas of the university, looks for signs of the prospective student’s potential, including critical thinking, technical and conceptual skills.

Also receiving scholarships from NSCAD University are three students who will be commencing graduate studies in the Fall. Students for NSCAD’s Master of Fine Arts or Master of Design programs are selected for their capability as artists, craftspeople or designers, their understanding of related critical information and the personal qualities and interests that might be expected to contribute to their success as teachers and scholars.

  • Annie Onyi Cheung, recipient of the renewable Harrison McCain Scholarship in Memory of Marion McCain, is an emerging performance, video and installation artist from Hong Kong, now living in Toronto, Ont.;
  • Kristy Depper, recipient of the Roloff Beny Graduate Photography Scholarship, is a graduate of Ryerson University, Toronto, Ont.;
  • Conor Fagan, recipient of the Robert Pope Foundation Graduate Scholarship, is from Baltimore, Maryland and graduated from the Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

For the first time, the university will feature the work of its scholarship winners in an exhibition to coincide with the beginning of the fall term. The exhibition will open September 4 at the Port Loggia Gallery at NSCAD’s Port Campus, 1107 Marginal Rd., Halifax.