As any university student will tell you, the biggest obstacle to achieving a university education isn’t academic – it’s financial. Fortunately, here at NSCAD University friends and supporters are stepping forward and funding new awards to help our students realize their ambitions.
In the past two years alone, new and long-time donors alike have committed more than $300,000 to scholarships and bursaries. Institutional and corporate leaders like Film Nova Scotia, Canon Canada, Beacon Securities and the Bank of Nova Scotia have established new awards, while NSCAD faculty members have been directing dollars to scholarship support, both individually and through FUNSCAD, the faculty union of the university.
Initiatives by supporters and alumni also help ensure talented young artists can enjoy a NSCAD education. The new Walter Ostrom Scholarship, for example, recognizes student achievement in ceramics, while community leader Ruth Goldbloom, DFA ’01 honoris causa, is endowing a bursary to assist first-year students.
“I believe that anyone who’s keen, talented and wants to attend NSCAD should be able to do so,” explains Dr. Goldbloom. “Yet between paying for rent, food, books and tuition, the first year can be financially stressful for many students.”
“If this bursary can make a difference between a student attending NSCAD or not, then I’m proud to help,” she adds.
“Our aim is simple: to ensure that all qualified students wishing to pursue a career in the visual arts, regardless of their circumstances, can achieve their goals and realize their potential,” says David B. Smith, NSCAD University President.
“While we are making good headway with alumni and friends who share our commitment to student assistance, the need remains pressing,” says John Mabley, Vice President for University Relations. “Fewer than one in 10 NSCAD students currently receive student awards, meaning that many high-achieving, talented students still must go without support.”
“That’s why this year’s Annual Fund campaign is asking alumni and friends to direct their gifts to student support,” Mabley adds. “Between now and March 31, 2010, we are seeking to raise $20,000 in new support for scholarships and bursaries.”
Faculty member Heather Sayeau, BFA '81 with undergraduate student Brady Mackinnon
Photo: Steve Farmer BFA '89