Jaime Williams BFA 2012


Jaime Williams was well on her way to a career in clinical psychology. She had her PhD completed and a job lined up at the University of Saskatchewan when she decided what she really wanted to do is study art at NSCAD University.

There have been no regrets.

"From my first term at NSCAD, I thought, ‘Oh, thank god I did this. This is exactly what I should be doing,’" she says, on the phone from Regina, Sask. "It’s not an easy path but it’s totally been worth it."

She got her first taste of the art college while doing her pre-doctoral residency at the QEII Health Sciences Centre, taking a life drawing class through the School of Extended Studies. "As soon as I realized what was out there, this whole new world opened up for me," she explains. Now she paints every day. She is currently applying for artistic residencies and, in the near future plans to apply for graduate programs in painting.


Through her four years at NSCAD, she’s been impressed with her professors—singling out Sara Hartland Rowe and Suzanne Funnell—and her fellow students.

"The passion of the students at NSCAD is very different—so refreshing! I just haven’t seen that level of commitment and engagement outside of NSCAD."



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“I cannot wait to be at school this fall and grow, not only as an artist, but as a person as well. Thank you for the gift of opportunity. I will use it to the best of my human ability. This scholarship means the world to me and I will make you proud.” - Graham Ross (BFA 2019)

Lindsay-Jacquard “This award makes a difference for me both financially and emotionally. To be recognized for my accomplishments is a boost to my confidence, as a student and an artist.” - Lindsay Jacquard (BFA 2016)

NSCAD-Scholarship-57“When someone makes the choice to be an artist, it’s not easy. For a lot of people, they incur debts as students and then they graduate and find a job. But as an artist, you still might have to go through a period where you are developing a style and getting a career rolling. We want to recognize that struggle and support artists.” - Doug Pope, president of the Robert Pope Foundation

Brian-Sloan-2“While a student I was asked if I could ‘explain what is going on here.’ I thought for a moment and had no words to explain the range of experience I was receiving through NSCAD. Now, some 20 years later I still have no answer to that question but I do know that NSCAD changed my life. I hope that my little gifts of gratitude help the students of today along their chosen path of studies.” - NSCAD alumnus Brian Sloan (BFA 1993)