Awards, Bursaries and Scholarships
Below you will find the awards, bursaries and scholarships offered at NSCAD University throughout the academic year. Any funding currently open for applications will be hyperlinked from the title to the appropriate NSCAD form.
Sandra Alfoldy Memorial Scholarship
Dr. Sandra Alfoldy was the premiere craft historian in Canada, craft curator at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, prolific author and contributor to historical and contemporary craft discourse worldwide. An exceptionally dedicated educator, she was beloved by her students and colleagues and continued to teach while battling illness. An inspiring and innovative mentor, Sandra created and taught some of NSCAD’s best and most imaginative courses, including Senior Seminar: Craft and Food that culminated in the entire class having a glorious feast at a pre-eminent restaurant. Sandra’s life work helped us better value craft as it should be recognized. We invite you to remember and honour Sandra, by helping future students continue her intellectual legacy through the establishment of Dr. Sandra Alfoldy Memorial Scholarships, in her memory. Your financial support will help students pursue and continue their studies and contribute to and continue work in craft history and media.
Colin Allin Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship has been established by the Garrison Brewing Company in memory of Colin Allin, who worked as the designer for the Halifax microbrewer. The funding is provided to assist a senior level design student as a way of celebrating Colin’s life and his lasting contribution to Garrison. Full-time students currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Design degree program who, at time of application have completed a least 15 credits in design, are eligible for the scholarship.
Beacon Securities Scholarship Fund
Established in 2008 by Lonsdale Holland, a former NSCAD Board member and Chair of Beacon Securities, the Beacon Securities Scholarship Fund supports bilingual, female, undergraduate students from Atlantic Canada.
Bell Aliant Scholarship
In celebration of NSCAD 100th anniversary in 1987, Bell Aliant established a scholarship for full-time undergraduate students who have earned 30+ credits and are in good academic standing.
Roloff Beny Photography Scholarship
The Roloff Beny Photography Scholarships have been made possible through the generous donation of the Roloff Beny Foundation in Toronto. Wilfred Roy Beny (1924-1984) was born in Medicine Hat, Alberta, in 1924. He later adopted the name Roloff, his mother’s maiden name, and had a successful career as a painter and printmaker. In the 1950s he embarked on a new career as a photographer and designer of sumptuous travel books, which were critically acclaimed and hugely successful. His works are included in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, as well as the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Ontario. A member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, Beny was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1972.
Joseph Beuys Memorial Scholarship
The Joseph Beuys Memorial Scholarships have been made possible by the transfer of the Joseph Beuys blackboard from NSCAD University to the Art Gallery of Ontario. The AGO had early expressed an interest in acquiring this unique Canadian work of Beuys’, and after assurances were given that its provenance and association with the university would be recognized, a purchase agreement was entered into with the AGO. The proceeds from the sale were reserved to establish the Joseph Beuys Memorial Fund. The blackboard was produced by Joseph Beuys (1921-1986), artist, professor and Fellow of NSCAD University, on the occasion of his visit to the university to receive an Honourary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts (honoris causa) at Spring Graduation, May 8, 1976.
BMO Financial Group Entrance Scholarship
Since 1817, BMO Financial Group has supported the principles of community reinvestment and corporate and social responsibility to the communities it serves. The BMO Financial Group Entrance Scholarship recognizes and assists undergraduate students entering their Foundation year and who demonstrate academic excellence.
Peter Brooks Memorial Fund
Peter Brooks’ career at NSCAD spanned a quarter of a century: from design student (BDes 1980) to Director of Visual Communication Services and a regular part-time faculty member in Design. Peter was a critic ex-officio; he offered patience and help with technical or aesthetic problems, and he was someone who would always be there. Peter died in 2004 at 52 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Family, friends, and colleagues continue to contribute to this bursary in Peter’s memory.
Ted Brown Scholarship
Ted Brown graduated from McGill University and lived and worked in Montreal for many years. In the 1990s, he retired to Nova Scotia with his wife Margaret to pursue his interests in music, literature, and photography. Established in 2002 in Ted’s memory, the Ted Brown Scholarship supports senior students majoring in photography.
Lou Cable Memorial Scholarship
Laurence James “Lou” Cable’s award-winning design work has been recognized nationally and internationally. Soon after graduating from NSCAD (BDes 1988), Lou formed his own company, Lou Cable Design Inc. His creativity and vision secured him many significant clients, including the IWK Grace Hospital, Maritime Life, and Parks Canada. He and his family were especially proud of the stamp designs he created for Canada Post, including the Scenic Highway Series and his Millennium stamp. Lou passed away at age 39 in 2002, after a two-year struggle with cancer. All who knew him appreciated his exquisite talent, great love for life and impeccable wit. His support of NSCAD continues through many generous donations to the Lou Cable Memorial Scholarship.
Simon Chang Foundation for Change Scholarship
The Simon Chang Foundation for Change works to contribute to the betterment of life for people in Canada. In addition to supporting community organizations and medical research in the fields of breast cancer, AIDS, pediatric disorders and heart disease, the Foundation supports the next generation of artists and designers through scholarships at 11 universities. The Simon Chang Foundation for Change Scholarship is awarded to students who have completed their third year of an undergraduate degree program with a high academic standing.
The Joyce Chown Fund
Margaret Joyce Chown (1927-2016) was a student, teacher, and researcher of the textile arts, avid collector and advocate of crafts in all forms. After graduating from Mount Allison University in Sackville, NB, in 1949, Joyce furthered her studies in Stockholm, Sweden, majoring in weaving. Later she returned to her home town of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba where she received her BA in 1962. She then travelled to Cranbrook Academy in Michigan where she received a BFA in 1964 and a MFA in 1966; this led to an Assistant Professor position at Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana. From 1968-75 Joyce held the position of Master of Fabrics Design, Sheridan College. In 1979, Joyce accepted the position of Associate Professor, Weaving and Fabric Design, at NSCAD. The following year she added Chairperson, Craft Division, positions she held and dearly loved until her retirement in 1993 with the distinction of Professor Emeritus. Joyce was known for her dry wit and passionate love of colour.
Helen S. Christie Fund
Helen Seabrook (nèe Raynalds) Christie (1905-1989) was a member of NSCAD’s Board of Governor from 1965 to 1971, serving as Treasurer.
John Clark Memorial Scholarship
John Clark (1943-1989) studied painting and printmaking at Hull College of Art in England until receiving a Fulbright Scholarship to study painting at Indiana University, where he earned his Master of Fine Arts in 1968. Clark then returned to Hull College of Art, this time as the Senior Lecturer of Painting. In 1978, he moved to Canada to take a position at the NSCAD, which lasted until 1983. In 1986, he was appointed Associate Professor of Art and he remained at the University of Lethbridge until his untimely death at the age of 46. We at NSCAD have been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with such a fine individual, teacher, writer and artist. He gave generously, effectively, and with great care and consideration for the development of students. This was coupled with a steadfast commitment to personal, professional contributions to the discipline as both an accomplished practitioner and commentator. The NSCAD Faculty Union established the John Clark Memorial Scholarship in 1999.
Communication Design Group Scholarship
Eligibility for this scholarship is limited to advanced Communication Design students of merit who are intending to complete a practicum in their 3rd Communication Design Studio semester.
Dr. Elizabeth Connor Scholarship
Elizabeth (Lib) Connor (1912-1998) was a steadfast member of NSCAD’s Board of Governors over four decades, playing a key role in establishing the Fountain Campus and, in turn, saving Halifax’s Historic Properties from demolition. In celebration of NSCAD 100th anniversary in 1987, Dr. Connor established a scholarship to support the university she loved. Lib also had a remarkable golfing career that extended over 50 years. She was the Maritime champion twice and placed second in the Nova Scotia championship five times, winning the Nova Scotia crown in 1950. She represented Nova Scotia on provincial and Maritime teams at the Canadian Ladies Golf Championship 19 times. She was elected to the Nova Scotia Hall of Fame in 1993.
Lyell Cook Scholarship in Sculpture
Lyell Cook studied at NSCAD University from 2006-2008. During his studies at the university, Lyell proved himself to have a passion for life and for art and to be an enthusiastic, engaged and supportive student. Lyell succumbed to injuries he received in a tragic accident in Bangalore, India on May 9, 2009. Lyell was a friend to all and held in very high regard by faculty, staff and students. The Lyell Cook Scholarship in Sculpture was established to assist a third year (60+ credits) sculpture student as a way of celebrating Lyell’s life and passion for art, commitment to truth, social justice, equality, inclusiveness and the global community.
Creative Innovators of Tomorrow Endowment Fund
Professor David B. Smith Creative Innovators of Tomorrow Awards
Through the extraordinary generosity of a $3-million gift by two anonymous donors, NSCAD awards the Creative Innovators of Tomorrow Awards to five students each year based on financial need and academic achievement. These renewable awards represent an investment in society’s future as NSCAD graduates acquire the combination of knowledge, abilities, outlook and values that will be required of tomorrow’s creative leaders.
Dartmouth Visual Arts Society Scholarship
Dartmouth Visual Art Society is an arts organization formed in 1987 by local artists to support and promote visual arts in the community. This scholarship is awarded to a full-time undergraduate student entering Foundation year. The recipient of this award must demonstrate academic excellence and be a resident of the Halifax Regional Municipality.
Horst Deppe Alumni Award
Joining the Nova Scotia College of Art in 1962, Professor Emeritus Horst Deppe (1929-2011) was instrumental in the development of the Design Division; “Horst Deppe put the ‘D’ in NSCAD” as former president Garry Neill Kennedy said. Horst’s reputation and guidance enhanced the growth of the Design Division and the college itself. The Canadian Encyclopedia lists Horst among the European-born designers who came to prominence in Canada during the 1960s and ’70s. In 1990, Horst was recognized with the highest honour that the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada can bestow, GDC Fellowship. An ecologically and socially aware individual, and an active community volunteer, Horst believed that designers have responsibilities to their environment, community, society at large, and profession. The key to successful design, he insisted, was to stay interested in literally everything that surrounds us. After retirement in 1995, Horst pursued his love of painting. He acquired the nickname ìthe bog man,î as the swamp was his favorite subject to depict.
Joan Catherine DeWolfe Graduate Fellowship
“The late Joan DeWolfe loved art and loved collecting artófilling her modest Halifax bungalow with colour and creativity. With nine months to plan for her death, she thought carefully about the legacy she would leaveódeciding to support young artists and children in need. Ms. DeWolfe died May 11, 2012 at the age of 63 after a nine-month battle with cancer. During her career, Joan worked at various investment firms. In her last years, she worked as an executive assistant for Addictions Services at the Nova Scotia Department of Health. ìShe collected the work of young artists,î said Jean Hogan, a close friend and co-executor of the DeWolfe estate. ìSo she would be delighted to know that she is still facilitating the careers of artists.î Joan’s gift provides endowed funding for graduate fellowships and support for youth to participate in Extended Studies programs.
J. Dukelow Bursary
Kim Knoll, a member of NSCAD’s Board of Governors from 2008-2017, established the J. Dukelow Bursary in memory of her parents, Dr. Jim and Jean Dukelow. “I obtained my desire and my love of art from my father, and my love of friends from my mother.” “I watched the way that it (painting) altered his life; it gave him motivation and passion to move forward. Both of them suffered a great deal of illness at the end of their lives, but that also had its gifts … the way my dad looked after my mother was inspiring, and through it all, his paintings gave him both relief and joy. He worked on them right up until at the end of his life. It was what motivated him to get up each morning.”
Dunes Studio Scholarship
Peter Jansons, an award-winning potter, established the Dunes Studio Scholarship for students in the Textiles/Fashion, Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing, and Ceramics. The student must be in the third or fourth year of study. Preference will be given to students from PEI, and students from the Atlantic Provinces.
East Hants Fine Art Association Bursary
East Hants Fine Art Association is an arts organization formed in 1998 by local artists to support and promote visual arts in the community. This bursary is awarded to a full-time undergraduate student, based on financial need.
Reginald D. Evans Scholarship
Reginald D. Evans (1914-2008) was a member of NSCAD’s Board of Governor beginning in 1970 and took an active part for 17 years, including serving as Chairman of the Board for four years. In celebration of NSCAD’s 100th anniversary in 1987, Reginald D. Evans established a scholarship for full-time undergraduate students who have earned 60-74 credits with good academic standing.
Cliff Eyland Memorial Scholarship
Cliff Eyland (1954 – 2020) was a Canadian painter, writer and curator. He studied at Holland College, Mount Allison University, and the NSCAD University (BFA 1982). Influenced by Robert Morris, among other modern artists, from 1981 on he created paintings, drawings, and notes in an index card format. His installation of 5,000 paintings at the Halifax Central Library was completed in 2014. Cliff Eyland was an Associate Professor and Direc-tor of Gallery One One One at the University of Manitoba’s School of Art.
NSCAD Fashion Fund
The NSCAD Fashion Fund is an annual award established in 2016 to cultivate the next generation of emerging of design talent. The Fund focuses on supporting emerging designers whose work strengthens the relationships between materials, processes, and the maker, as well as the critical role that textiles and fashion have played in world cultures. Winners of the NSCAD Fashion Fund are awarded a monetary prize and are provided open-studio access during the subsequent academic year to further develop their line.
NSCAD Governors Fund
The Governor’s Fund Scholarships are financed through the generous donations of members of NSCAD University’s Board of Governors. These scholarships are awarded to NSCAD student with high academic standing upon completion of the foundation year and will return to NSCAD in the fall to continue their studies.
Gerald Ferguson Memorial Bursary
Joining NSCAD in 1968 from Ohio University, Gerald Ferguson (1937-2009) was instrumental in the founding of the Master of Fine Arts program at NSCAD, and served as chair of the Divisions of Studio and Graduate Studies during his tenure. Jerry was a Director of the NSCAD Lithography Workshop, Director of the Anna Leonowens Gallery and a founding member of the NSCAD Press, serving on the Editorial Board until his retirement in 2005. Recipient of the 1995 Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prize, Gerald Ferguson was a noted expert and collector of folk art and historical Canadian painting. A respected writer and editor, he inspired and mentored many artists, art historians and critical writers in Canada and abroad. Named Professor Emeritus in 2008, he was beloved by his students and inspired generations of artists. Gerald Ferguson contributed greatly to the international reputation acquired by the NSCAD in the 1970s. His distinguished teaching and artistic career has earned him an enduring reputation in the field of contemporary art.
Jan Ferguson Memorial Award
Janet MacMurchy Ferguson (1952-2001) graduated from NSCAD with her BFA in 1977 and a BA in Art Education 1981. She taught pottery classes in Halifax and Dartmouth for 10 years and then established Lunenburg Pottery and Traditional Craft in Lunenburg. Jan’s work follows in a tradition of slipware, a technique of decorating earthenware with coloured slips. Along with her work, which is a legacy in itself, the Jan Ferguson Memorial Award expresses her commitment to craft and craft education in this region.
John R. Fiske Fund
John R. Fiske’s name has become synonymous with Halifax’s Historic Properties, one of the most successful historic restoration projects in Canada. With NSCAD and Parks Canada as anchor tenants, Fiske revitalized the derelict buildings and saved them from demolition as part of the Cogswell interchange. In celebration of NSCAD’s 100th anniversary in 1987, John Fiske established a scholarship for full-time undergraduate students who have earned 60-74 credits with good academic standing.
Allan Clark Fleming Memorial Scholarship
Allan C. Fleming (1942-2014) studied geology at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Dundee, before travelling to Africa where he carried out fieldwork for the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. In 1966, he joined a geological research team at the University of New Brunswick. He would later hang up his lab coat to study at NSCAD and earn a BA in 1988 and a BFA in 1990. Those who knew Allan will remember his intellect, kindness and creativity. Chief among his many vocations, Allan was a teacher; he taught at Park View Education Centre (Bridgewater) and later at the New Germany Rural High School. His students were his greatest joy, and many became cherished friends during his retirement years. The Allan Clark Fleming Memorial Scholarship provides financial aid to students of high academic standing who are entering their second year of the undergraduate degree program.
David and Sonia Murphy Bursary
The Former Student Bursary provides bright students the chance to continue their studies and participate in the NSCAD experience. Dr. Dave Murphy, a retired cardiac surgeon, was always fascinated by the work his son Luke Murphy (BFA 1988) was doing while a student at NSCAD. Following retirement from his medical practice at the IWK and QEII hospitals, Dr. Murphy obtained his BFA from NSCAD in 2001. He also served as Alumni representative on NSCAD’s Board of Governors and continues as an Honorary Governor.
Foundation Faculty Bursary
Established by Foundation faculty and instructors, the Foundation Faculty Bursary supports outstanding students, helping them unlock their potential, and positioning them for academic success.
Kelly Franklin Memorial Bursary
Kelly Franklin (1982-2005) was a graduate of the Bachelor of Design (2005) program at NSCAD. Kelly was a people person, a much loved daughter, and a valued employee at Mattatall Signs. This award was established by her family and former employer to encourage students of special achievement who are experiencing financial need.
This scholarship was established by the Faculty Union of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (FUNSCAD) in 1987 in celebration of the NSCAD’s 100th Anniversary.
Ruth Goldbloom Bursary
Dr. Ruth Goldbloom (1923-2012) was one of six children born to Rose Schwartz, a Russian immigrant to Cape Breton who was widowed at a young age. Inspired by her mother’s work ethic and dedication to community, Ruth became a lifelong volunteer fundraiser and community builder. She was a universal genius of philanthropy, not specializing in one single discipline or cause, but touching institutions as diverse as the IWK Health Centre, Symphony Nova Scotia, the United Way, and many of the province’s universities. For this work she was duly recognized with honorary degrees from NSCAD, Dalhousie, Mount Saint Vincent, Nova Scotia Community College, Mount Allison, University of King’s College, and Acadia; as well as named an Officer of the Order of Canada and a member of the Order of Nova Scotia. She raised $14 million in donations and spearheaded the campaign to establish the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21.
Granville Biomedical Award
The Granville Biomedical Award, is an annual award in support a design student who have demonstrated a high level of academic achievement and a strong interest in pursuing design for healthcare/wellness. Granville Biomedical has a mandate to impact every aspect of women’s health – from supplementing educational gaps to increasing medical device awareness to eradicating outdated procedures. The Granville team is dedicated to affecting change by designing anatomical simulation models and procedural task trainers that enhance cognitive skills, increase medical device uptake and advance patient education.
Halifax Ladies’ College Alumnae Society Scholarships
The Halifax Ladies’ College Alumnae Society highly values the role of arts and culture in our community. It seeks to advance the educational and professional opportunities of Nova Scotian women. To that end, the Society’s members are funding three full scholarships for The Anna Leonowens’ Gallery Certificate in Gallery and Studio Management.
Amber Harkins Memorial Award
The Amber Harkins Memorial Award was established by Metro Guide Publishing with the proceeds of the fundraiser Dine by Design East in honour of the former editor and creative director of East Coast Living magazine. Amber (1971-2012) worked on countless titles and projects over the years, but East Coast Living was always her baby. An artistic soul, Amber had a unique way of looking at the world, and seeing the beauty in everything — whether it was a work of art, or a passing glimpse of an elderly couple holding hands. So much of what the magazine is now — its focus on the best things about life in Atlantic Canada, its sense of whimsy, its artful grace — is the direct result of her painstaking work to grow and shape it in its infancy. The Amber Harkins Memorial Award will encourage Amber’s spirit and creative energy in students enrolled in the Bachelor of Design program at NSCAD. The annual award will support a design student who has completed 60 credits, is an academic achievement and can demonstrate financial need.
William Ernest Haverstock Fund Bursary
From the Estate of Gertrude H. Fox came a bequest to endow a bursary fund in memory of her brother, William Ernest Haverstock. The bursary is awarded to a student who is enrolled in the first semester of Foundation at the time of application.
Audrey Dear Hesson Scholarship
The Audrey Dear Hesson Scholarship is funded by TD Insurance. The scholarship is available to a new or transfer student with African heritage. Audrey Dear Hesson attended the Nova Scotia College of Art (now NSCAD University) from 1947 to 1951 on a full scholarship. She majored in Craft, learning metalwork, woodcarving, pottery and jewellery making. A highlight of her time at NSCAD was a commission to make a Moroccan leather case for a commemorative booklet presented to the Princess and Duke of Edinburgh on their visit of the war cruiser, HMCS Ontario. In 1951, she was the first black student to graduate from the college, earning the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia’s medal for highest standing. Before her marriage, she worked in the occupational therapy department at Nova Scotia Hospital. In recent years, Audrey has been recognized for her role in breaking barriers for black artists. Her work was featured in several exhibitions, including the landmark In This Place: Black Art in Nova Scotia at the Anna Leonowens Gallery in 1998 and Discovery: African Nova Scotian Art Pioneers, at Dartmouth Heritage Museum in 2013. In 2017, she was named a Life Fellow of NSCAD University.
Jean E. Hiseler Memorial Scholarship
The Jean E. Hiseler Memorial Scholarship is awarded to jewellery students of merit in memory of Jean Hiseler (1918-1997) who designed and made award-winning silver jewellery. Some examples of Jean’s work are on permanent display at Mount Saint Vincent University. Jean Hiseler was a member of the Metal Arts Guild of Nova Scotia for many years, and she had a long association with the Delta Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi sorority, which has provided this scholarship in her memory.
Historic Properties Ltd. Scholarship
In celebration of NSCAD 100th anniversary in 1987, Historic Properties Ltd. (The Armour Group) established a scholarship for full-time undergraduate students in good academic standing who have earned 30+ credits.
Shawn Jackson Bursary
Shawn Jackson’s (1965-2010) legacy is apparent as you walk in NSCAD’s Duke Street entranceóthe wheelchair lift was installed for him. Now there is another legacy: his family and friends have established the Shawn Jackson Bursary in his memory. Shawn, a quadriplegic, faced many challenges in his life but met them all with great courage, dignity, a quick wit and a keen sense of humour. Unfortunately, Shawn’s condition was degenerative and he was unable to finish his studies. The Shawn Jackson Bursary provides funding to students who have displayed tenacity in the face of adversity and who have financial need.
Heidi Jahnke Memorial Scholarship
Heidi Jahnke (BFA 2005, NSCAD University; MFA 2011, University of Waterloo) was such a gentle, kind, funny, smart, and talented person who was loved by so many. Her soft voice and infectious laugh made her a joy to be around. Maybe it was that spectacular blonde hair of hers, but Heidi really did seem to emanate light wherever she went. Heidi’s passing has left a gaping hole in our community that is deep and painful, and seems beyond repair. She is missed by so many.
David Lanier “Big Hat, No Cattle” Sculpture Scholarship
From Lethbridge, Alberta, David Lanier (1969-1991) graduated from NSCAD in December 1990 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in Sculpture. During his studies, David was an enthusiastic, engaged and supportive student on behalf of both NSCAD and the larger local community. David produced several documentary videos on local personalities, fabricated numerous large-scale sculpture projects, the most notable of which was “Big Sky” which was exhibited at the Anna Leonowens; and hosted a radio show at Dalhousie University’s CKDU Radio entitled “Big Hat, No Cattle”.
The Late Henry D. Larsen Fund
Henry D. Larsen (1908-1984) was a Danish immigrant who landed by ship in Halifax in 1929. Henry established a dairy farm and in 1939 engaged in a small meat processing business that he had learned in his home country. From day one, H.D. was very conscious of the quality of his products and he paid meticulous attention to all aspects of his business that related to product wholesomeness. He taught his employees to have the same respect for all products that bore the Company brands. Henry D. Larsen believed in quality. In celebration of NSCAD 100th anniversary in 1987, The Late Henry D. Larsen Fund was established to provide scholarships for full-time undergraduate students in good academic standing who have earned 60-74 credits.
Dr. S.T. Laufer and Mrs. Irmgard Laufer Fund
Dr. Srul Laufer, a cardiologist and Head of Medicine at the Halifax Infirmary, and his wife Irmgard, were life-long supporters of the arts. Immigrating to Canada from Italy in 1939, they wanted to bring the tradition of supporting the arts to their new home. Dr. Laufer served on NSCAD’s Board of Governors from 1957 to 1990, as Chair of the Board from 1969-1973, and as an Honorary Governor from 1990 until his death in 2001. He was a founding member of the Halifax Symphonette, which evolved into Symphony Nova Scotia, and was a member and supporter of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Established in 1987 in celebration of NSCAD’s centennial, the Dr. S.T. Laufer and Mrs. Irmgard Laufer Fund supports the next generation of artists.
Patricia Leader Scholarship
The Patricia Leader Scholarship was established to support new Canadians and landed immigrants as of 2015, or international students, with preference to students of Syrian decent, interested in pursuing post-secondary education in the visual arts, craft and design.
Judith Jane Leidl Graduate Fellowship
Judith Jane Leidl received both her BFA and MFA from NSCAD University where she was awarded scholarships for both academic and artistic excellence. Judith has taught printmaking at NSCAD University, Nunavut Arctic College and was Arts Advisor for the Pangnirtung Community Print Collection; the Uqqurmiut Centre for Arts and Crafts. Judith Leidl is a Faculty member at Acadia University where she teaches Studio Art. Her art work has been exhibited and collected both nationally and internationally.
Homer Lord Memorial Fund Scholarship
After serving for five years with the Canadian Army overseas, Homer Lord (1923-1994) entered the Nova Scotia College of Art. Following his graduation in 1949, he became head of the ceramics department where he would work for 38 years. Homer imparted his vast knowledge of ceramics to hundreds of NSCAD students over the years, encouraged a deep understanding of the craft as opposed to the more decorative aspect of ceramics. He and Walter Ostrom introduced the Lantz clay body at NSCAD in the 1970s and a number of potters in the area now mix their own versions of the Lantz clay body. Appointed Professor Emeritus upon his retirement in 1987, he continued to work in the Ceramics department, teaching and inspiring. The NSCAD Faculty Union established the Homer Lord Memorial Fund Scholarship in 1997 with additional support from the many ceramicists he influenced.
Noel Loucks Memorial Bursary
Noel Loucks (1966-1987) was a NSCAD student who entered the Design program in the fall of 1987. Noel came to NSCAD to pursue his long-time interests in the visual arts, which lead him to study Design. In remembrance of his time at NSCAD and as an encouragement to other Design students of special achievement who are experiencing financial need, the Loucks family and friends have established the Noel Loucks Memorial Bursary.
Kevin and Karen Lynch Scholarships for Ceramics, Painting, and Sculpture
The Honourable Dr. Kevin G. Lynch, PC, OC, and Mrs. Karen Lynch established the Kevin and Karen Lynch Scholarships for Ceramics, Sculpture, and Painting in recognition of the many talented young artists who have graduated from NSCAD University. The Kevin and Karen Lynch Scholarships support fourth year (90+ credits) undergraduate students who demonstrate a high level of technical and creative achievement.
Christine Lynds Memorial Bursary
The Christine Lynds Memorial Bursary celebrates a life full of adventure. Born in Halifax, Christine (1957-2010) worked in the field of human resources for over 20 years and enjoyed a lifetime of passion for travel that led her to far off places, such as Europe, India, Nepal, Australia, Vietnam, China, Tanzania and South Africa.
Ronald J. MacAdam Trust Scholarship
Named a Fellow of the Nova Scotia College of Art in 1938, Ronald J. MacAdam (1878-1941) was the owner of one of Halifax’s longest-lived theatres, the Casino Theatre. Opening on December 11, 1916 showing the silent film “My Madonna” starring Olga Petrova, the Casino was designed by distinguished local architect and art college instructor Andrew Cobb. No expense was spared in the construction of the theatre, which featured several shops, a tea-room lounge on the second floor and large lobbies. The Ronald J. MacAdam Trust Scholarship is awarded to students majoring in film with 75+ credits.
Marion Clare MacBurnie Memorial Scholarship
These scholarships will be awarded annually from an endowment established by the MacBurnie family in memory of Marion Clare MacBurnie who was an avid collector of paintings by local artists. This scholarship is available to a student from the Atlantic area who has excelled in the Foundation year and is pursuing studies in fine art.
Bernadette Macdonald Bursary
Marie Christine Bernadette Macdonald, QC (1953-2003) considered it an honour to serve her community and her profession and did so with great passion and distinction. Bernadette was an active member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society. She also served on the Board of Governors of Dalhousie University, was Past President of the Dalhousie Alumni Board of Directors, and served on the Board of the Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF), the Nova Scotia Art Bank Review Advisory Board, the Pier 21 Society, and was a Life Member of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Bernadette was Vice Chair of the Board of Governors of NSCAD and was posthumously awarded an Honorary Degree (honoris causa) in recognition of her dedicated to NSCAD and to our students and to their work.
Murray MacKay Scholarship
A. Murray MacKay (1886-1983) was a member of NSCAD’s Board of Governor beginning in 1940 and took an active part for 18 years; including serving as President of the Board from 1953-1958. MacKay also served as CEO of Maritime Telephone & Telegraph and was a Halifax Alderman. He was Chairman of the Halifax-Dartmouth Bridge Commission and was instrumental in the construction of both the Macdonald and MacKay Bridges.
Thomas George and Ethel Pearson MacKenzie Fund
Named Fellows of the Nova Scotia College of Art in 1959, Thomas George MacKenzie and his wife Ethel Pearson MacKenzie’s estate established an endowment to provide scholarships for worthy students.
Margó and Rowland Marshall Award for Product Design
Margó and Rowland Marshall Award for Painting
Margó and Rowland Marshall Award for Printmaking
Margó and Rowland Marshall Award for Sculpture
Since 2000, Dr. Rowland Marshall and his late wife Margó Takacs Marshall have encouraged the progress of NSCAD students in printmaking, sculpture, textiles, painting and product design.
Margó Marshall Award for Textiles
Since 2000, Dr. Rowland Marshall and his late wife Margó Takacs Marshall have encouraged the progress of NSCAD students in printmaking, sculpture, textiles, painting and product design. The five awards support students in their 3rd or 4th year (60+ credits) who demonstrate merit and need.
Margó Takacs Marshall Bursary
This entrance bursary is established in memory of Margó Marshall and is offered to encourage a mature female student to pursue undergraduate studies upon completion of extended studies courses at NSCAD. Recipient must be at least 40 years of age, economically independent, enrolled in the Extended Studies program and able to demonstrate financial need at the time of application. NS resident preferred.
Harrison McCain Scholarship in Memory of Marion McCain
The Harrison McCain Foundation was established in 1997 by Harrison McCain, C.C., O.N.B., one of the founders of McCain Foods Limited. Harrison McCain, who passed away in 2004, was a proud Canadian who never forgot his roots. The Foundation that bears his name champions a wide variety of causes in Atlantic Canada, namely the funding of the Harrison McCain Scholarship and Bursaries at Atlantic Canadian universities, in addition to supporting community organizations, the arts, culture, health and sciences. The Harrison McCain Scholarship in memory of Marion McCain is an entrance scholarship awarded to a student over a four-year period of study to a total of $16,000 or $4,000 per year of study. These scholarships are awarded to Canadian high school graduates entering the Foundation Year at NSCAD who demonstrate leadership qualities, initiative in funding her/his own education, financial need, and a strong portfolio.
Alexander J. McDonald Memorial Award
Alexander J. McDonald established these awards through a bequest to NSCAD University. Until the time of his death in 1998, Mr. McDonald owned and operated an interior design firm (Alexander J. McDonald Interiors Inc.) in Toronto. He established these scholarships to benefit creative and talented students who have financial need. The Alexander J. McDonald Memorial Award is an entrance scholarship for applicants from Citadel High School.
McDonald’s Restaurant of Canada Fund
In celebration of NSCAD 100th anniversary in 1987, McDonald’s Restaurant of Canada established a scholarship for full-time undergraduate students who have earned 30+ credits with good academic standing.
McInnes Cooper Scholarship
In celebration of NSCAD 100th anniversary in 1987, McInnes Cooper established a scholarship for full-time undergraduate students.
Robert G. Merritt Memorial Fund
Robert Gray Merritt (1936-1999) was a Nova Scotia playwright, film critic, and educator. From the 1970s through the 1990s, Merritt was a professor of theatre, specializing in playwriting and film at Dalhousie University. He was well known for challenging the conventions of mainstream theatre and encouraging his many students to find their own artistic voices.
The Barbara Newman Scholarships
Barbara Jane Newman (1930-2008), a Halifax philanthropist and patron of the arts, left her mark in the community. Dr. Newman graduated from Western University in 1952 and later came to Halifax to become a lieutenant officer of the Royal Canadian Navy. In 1961 she went on to teach English and become a guidance counselor at Prince Andrew High School in Dartmouth. Along with her late husband, Norman, she became very active in fundraising within the community. Some of the projects she was involved with included: The Children’s Aid Society; the creation of the education centre at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia; the Newman Memorial Gardens at the IWK; the cerebrovascular surgery program at the QEII; and developing the Norman Newman Centre for Entrepreneurship at Dalhousie University. In recognition of Barbara’s contribution and commitment to the community, she was awarded an honorary degree from NSCAD University in 1998 and a Doctor of Laws from Dalhousie University in 2006. Barbara’s passion was culture and art. She volunteered her time at AGNS, was an avid art collector, and held season passes at the Symphony of Nova Scotia and Neptune Theatre.
NSCAD Entrance Scholarship
NSCAD Entrance Scholarships support the next generation of creative thinkers. Through the generosity of NSCAD Alumni and friends, these merit-based scholarships provide financial support to students entering a full-time undergraduate degree program.
Elizabeth Crabtree Nutt Memorial
Established by former principal Elizabeth Styring Nutt in honor of her mother, Elizabeth Crabtree Nutt (1842-1930), this award is to celebrate the “Best Woman Painter of the Year.”
Walter Ostrom Scholarship for Ceramics
Walter Ostrom is an influential ceramic artist who has revived and modernized the making of low-fired tin-glazed pottery in Canada. He was a professor of Ceramics at NSCAD University from 1969-2008. His work has been featured in collections and exhibitions worldwide. During his career, Professor Ostrom received several awards including the Portia White Prize (2008), Saidye Bronfman Award for Outstanding Creativity in Craft (2003) and the Jean A. Chalmers National Craft Award (1995). He was invested as a Member of the Order of Canada by Governor General Michaëlle Jean (2007). The Walter Ostrom Scholarship for Ceramics was established by colleagues, friends and admirers of Professor Walter Ostrom C.M. on the occasion of his retirement after an illustrious 39-year career as a member of the NSCAD Faculty. It is intended that the award serve as an enduring testament to the affection and respect with which Professor Ostrom is held, not only by the university, but by the international community of ceramic scholars, practitioners, collectors and enthusiasts.
Gordon Parsons Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established by the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage and is dedicated to the memory of Gordon Parsons (1951-1993). Gordon Parsons is widely remembered as a film aficionado and founder of Halifax’s now defunct alternate movie-house, Wormwood’s Dog and Monkey Cinema. In 1984, under the umbrella of the Motion Picture Heritage Fund of Nova Scotia, Parsons began to collect information about the province’s film heritage and to assemble a database of his findings. He was also instrumental in the establishmet of the Alliance of Film and Video, the Linda Joy Media Arts Society, and the Nova Scotia chapter of the Association of Media Literacy. The Gordon Parsons Memorial Scholarship supports students from Atlantic Canada who are working in film/video.
Ben Patterson Memorial Scholarship
Performing and visual artist Benjamin “Ben” Patterson (1934-2016) was a founding member of Fluxus’ participatory, do-it-yourself, anti-commercialist avant-garde network. While many Fluxus artists employed conceptual techniques borrowed from music, Patterson’s fusion of art and music was informed by his background as a classically trained double-bassist. The Ben Patterson Memorial Scholarship was established to support African Nova Scotian students pursuing full-time study toward a Bachelor of Fine Arts.
Marie Peacocke Bursary
The Marie Peacocke Bursary was established in 1999 by the family of Marie Lynch Peacocke (1924-2014) on the occasion of her 75th birthday. Marie lived her life with style, purpose and grace. She was an ideal friend, never forgetting an occasion, a birthday or a gesture. She was a devoted grandmother, involved in the personalities, successes and challenges of her grandchildren. She was an especially loving mother and wife, leaving an indelible mark on the people she loved most. The bursary is available to female students from Cape Breton, with preference given to students enrolled in Painting.
Marian Elizabeth Peters Memorial Scholarship
There was no one more committed to education and self-improvement than Marian Peters (1920-2014), a NSCAD alumna who earned her BFA at the age of 83, her fourth university degree. After graduating from Saint Mary’s University with a BA (summa cum laude) in 1962 and a BEd (cum laude) in 1964, Marian accepted a teaching position in the academic upgrading program at HMCS Stadacona. During this time, she completed her MA, devoting her thesis to the poet Kahlil Gibran. Her passion for the Lebanese American philosopher and pride in her own Lebanese heritage earned Marian an invitation to Boston in 1975 for the dedication of a Kahlil Gibran monument and a subsequent speaking engagement at Boston Public Library. An enthusiastic artist, prolific writer, and proud NSCAD alumna, Marian passed away leaving a generous bequest to NSCAD University for the creation of an undergraduate entrance scholarship.
Raymond and William Peters Memorial Scholarship
Established in 1973 in memory of former student William Peters, who participated in the first off-campus study program. The scholarship, also in the memory of his father Raymond, supports students participating in the Off-Campus/Exchange programs.
Robert Pope Foundation Scholarship
Robert Pope (1956-1992), a NSCAD graduate (BFA 1982), was a dedicated and determined artist, whose personal qualities and art contributed significantly to his valiant struggle with cancer. During his life he gained national recognition for his paintings and writings — most notably for his widely exhibited exhibition and book entitled “Illness and Healing, Images of Cancer”. In 1992, he finally succumbed to the effects of Hodgkin’s Disease at the age of 35. The Robert Pope Foundation fosters art, education and community health initiatives in an effort to celebrate life and enhance well-being, health and healing at all stages of living.
Prince Edward Scholarship
This scholarship was established by the Government of Nova Scotia to commemorate the visit of H.R.H. Prince Edward to the NSCAD in 1987. The scholarship is awarded to meritorious Nova Scotia students entering their final year of an undergraduate degree program.
Reznick Family Fund for Student Creativity
Thanks to a generous donation from the Reznick family, this award was established to support selected NSCAD students to fund individual and group projects, with an emphasis on recognizing exceptional creativity. All full-time or part-time students enrolled in a NSCAD degree program are eligible to apply for this award at any point in their studies. Class and Group project proposals from faculty and student groups are also welcome. Students must be registered at NSCAD at the time of application, but do not need to be returning to their studies.
Glenn Rodgerson Memorial Bursary
Glenn Rodgerson (1964-1988) was a student in NSCAD Foundation year in the winter of 1988. He brought energy and enthusiasm to his studies and he enjoyed his involvement in the university. In remembrance of his involvement in NSCAD, the Rodgerson family has established the Glenn Rodgerson Memorial Bursary to be awarded to a promising student who is completing Foundation studies at NSCAD.
Effie Mae Ross Scholarship
Effie May Ross, originally from Truro, N.S. was a world traveler and author of over 2000 articles, which included a series of historical Maritime stories. The Effie May Ross Memorial Scholarships support students from Atlantic Canada to participate in the Off-Campus/Exchange programs outside of Canada.
Rotary Club of Halifax Fund
In celebration of NSCAD 100th anniversary in 1987, Rotary Club of Halifax established a scholarship for full-time undergraduate students in good academic standing who have earned 30+ credits. Meritorious students who are physically disabled will be given preference in scholarships awarded from this fund, regardless of accumulated credits.
Sadowskis Memorial Scholarship
Between 1949 and 1952, Nova Scotia’s craft scene enjoyed an infusion of European Modernism. Krystyna Sadowska (1912-1994) and her husband Konrad Sadowski (1902-1960) moved to Halifax from Brazil (via Poland) to teach at the provincially-funded Handcraft Centre. The Sadowskis settled in Indian Harbour where they converted an old house into a studio and home, teaching and running a successful pottery business. Recipients of the Sadowskis Memorial Scholarship demonstrate outstanding merit and creative excellence in the field of ceramics or jewellery, having earned 60+ credits. The recipient may use the award to assist in funding an off-campus/exchange program.
Originally established in celebration of NSCAD’s 100th Anniversary in 1987, The Scotiabank Scholarship supports excellent international students from Latin America, the Caribbean and Central America, and Asia; these students enrich our student body with their contributions and diverse cultures.
Marion and Michael Seary Graduate Bursary
The Marion and Michael Seary Graduate Bursary Endowment Fund will offer renewable awards to students entering their first year of the Master of Arts in Art Education program who demonstrate financial need. NSCAD’s graduate programs are internationally recognized and offer rigorous research training and hands-on experience to prepare graduates for careers in a variety of art education settings.
William J. Smith Memorial Scholarship
Professor William (Bill) Smith was a founding faculty member of the Environmental Planning program (1971-1991) at NSCAD University. Bill Smith taught and inspired many students and played an important role in the general life of the university. Along with colleagues at NSCAD and in the larger Halifax community, Bill was influential in saving the Historic Properties from demolition. His arguments, which swayed the board and eventually the city leaders, included that renovation was more affordable than new construction; was that the art college could lead the way in revitalizing the downtown; and that it would mark the school’s return to the neighborhood where it began. Bill Smith, as an educator, a planner, and a member of the NSCAD faculty, is remembered often and fondly.
Pattie Snow-Parker Memorial Scholarship
Patricia Snow-Parker was the Director of Off Campus Services at NSCAD from 1975 to the time of her death in 1990. An advocate of the importance of cross-cultural experiences as an integral part of an individual’s education and personal development, Pattie oversaw the development of a program of exchanges and off campus study for NSCAD students. In keeping with Pattie’s life-long interests, consideration in the awarding of this scholarship will be given to a student whose program of off-campus study involves issues of equity, peace, international development, and the protection of the environment.
William J. Souter Memorial Scholarship
William “Bill” Souter (1947-1991) was enrolled at NSCAD from 1969 to 1972. During the 1970/1971 academic year, Bill and fellow students were the first to complete the newly developed World Encounter Program at NSCAD. They travelled through Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Burma, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq. His family and friends established a memorial fund in Bill’s name to provide a scholarship to enable meritorious students to participate in the Off-Campus/Exchange Program.
Studio 21 Fine Art Scholarship
Studio 21 Fine Art established this award in 2003 to honour the varied talents of NSCAD’s students, faculty and alumni. For the past 30 years, Studio 21 has enjoyed showcasing works created by artists within the NSCAD community. The Studio 21 Fine Art Scholarship supports full-time student enrolled in the Fine Arts disciplines of painting, sculpture, printmaking and drawing.
The Student Union of NSCAD established the SUNSCAD Bursary to provide financial aid to its members.
SUNSCAD Scholarship for Student Involvement
The Student Union of NSCAD established the SUNSCAD Scholarship for Student Involvement to be awarded to an advanced student who has demonstrated high student involvement at NSCAD and/or in the Halifax community.
Michelle Sylliboy & Nocturne Continuously Create Fund for Indigenous Students
The Michelle Sylliboy & Nocturne Continuously Create Fund for Indigenous Students was established to assist an Indigenous student in pursuit of an undergraduate degree from NSCAD by helping offset the costs of materials which can be a barrier to many students’ success.
Takao Tanabe Scholarship in Painting
Takao Tanabe has been an important figure in Canadian painting for over 50 years and is a member of the Order of Canada and the recipient of the Governor General’s Award in the Visual and Media Arts. This scholarship will be awarded to a third year (60-89 credits completed) student who has completed at least one full-time semester of study at NSCAD.
Originally established in 1987 in celebration of NSCAD’s 100th anniversary, the TD Scholarship is part of TD’s commitment to supporting NSCAD University and its alumni.
Doris Evelyne Dyke Teasdale Scholarship
Doris Evelyne Dyke Teasdale was born in 1923 and lived in Dartmouth all of her life. She studied drawing and painting at the Nova Scotia College of Art in 1938-39 and then graduated from the Halifax Ladies College where she studied oil painting for two years. Later in life she began learning more painting techniques through workshops and lessons in pastel portraiture, acrylics, Oriental brushwork, and her favourite, watercolor. She was passionate about her art, and painted until the age of 90, just one year prior to her death in 2015. She left a legacy of paintings for her family to treasure for years to come. The Doris Teasdale Scholarship was established by her daughters Marilyn Boyd and Patricia Teasdale to honour their mother’s memory and love of painting.
Jon Thetan Caines-Floyd Scholarship
Established by Eydi Caines-Floyd (ANSCAD 1969) in memory of her son Jon Thetan Caines-Floyd (1968-2017). The scholarship supports students in their final year of undergraduate studies to give up-and-coming artists the opportunity to focus on their practice.
Marguerite I. Vernon Memorial Trust Scholarship
The Marguerite I. Vernon Memorial Trust Scholarship has been made possible by the estate of Marguerite I. Vernon. This scholarship rotates among several Nova Scotia universities, including NSCAD.
Walker Wood Foundation Graduate Award
Walker Wood Foundation Undergraduate Award
The Walker Wood Foundation is dedicated to the funding of post-secondary education at all levels to candidates who have high academic standing, demonstrated leadership or similar qualities and who might have otherwise found it difficult to afford further education.
Robert “Wick” Wikstrom Bursary
Robert “Wick” Wikstrom (1939-2002), was born in Hamden, Conn. and attended Bishop’s University in Sherbrooke, QC, in the 1950s. He returned to the United States and served two years in the army, mostly teaching ceramics to officers’ wives. Wick moved to Nova Scotia to study at NSCAD and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1970. For many years, he owned and operated Mariner Craft in Petite Riviere, was a fixture at Nova Scotia’s most prominent craft shows, and was a founding member of the LaHave Craft Co-op. Wick and his work, stained and fused glass and his fine art collages, were featured in The Wonderful World of Wick, produced by CBC television and on On the Road Again with Wayne Ronstad. But, of all his accomplishments as a craftsman, perhaps his greatest achievement was his talent for making people laugh. Wick’s humour and his generous and supportive spirit, captured the hearts and touched the lives of legions of adults and children in his life time. The Robert “Wick” Wikstrom Bursary was established by his close friend Brian Oickle to honour Wick’s contributions to the Arts and Crafts movement in Nova Scotia.
Xerox Canada Scholarship
The Xerox Canada Scholarship is awarded to senior level students (60+ credits) who work with electronic technology in their program of studies.
Cecil Youngfox Memorial Scholarship
Alexander J. McDonald established these awards through a bequest to NSCAD University. Until the time of his death in 1998, Mr. McDonald owned and operated an interior design firm (Alexander J. McDonald Interiors Inc.) in Toronto. He established these scholarships to benefit creative and talented students who have financial need. The Cecil Youngfox Memorial Scholarship is for students who self-identified as of Aboriginal decent.
Jennifer Zimmer Memorial Scholarship
Jennifer Zimmer passed into uncharted waters on September 20th, 2014. She was 38. A seeker of the unknown, wife, daughter, sister and friend to many, Jen was an artist, photographer, filmmaker, writer, adventurer, lover of life and Cape Bretoner. She was a graduate of McGill University and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Countless memories are anchored by her radiant smile. The Jennifer Zimmer Memorial Scholarship was established by Jennifer’s husband, Nicolaas Bakker, and through additional tribute gifts made by her family and friends.
Marguarite and Leroy Zwicker Fellowship
The Marguerite and Leroy Zwicker Fellowship was established in 1992 in memory of Leroy Zwicker (1906-1988) and Marguerite Zwicker (1904-1993). Both Leroy and Marguerite Zwicker were graduates of NSCAD and were dedicated to promoting the visual arts in the Maritimes and to supporting and encouraging young artists. Leroy Zwicker was a past member of the university’s Board of Governors and a Halifax gallery owner. Leroy and Marguerite Zwicker remained during their lifetimes prominent members of the Halifax art community through their activities as artists and supporters of the visual arts. The fellowship is intended to assist NSCAD students of outstanding academic achievement in the undertaking of Independent off campus study or exchange study outside North America.