Fountain Performing Arts Undergraduate Scholarships

Fountain Performing Arts Undergraduate Scholarships are intended to support exceptional students entering full-time studies in undergraduate Music or Theatre major degree programs at Dalhousie University.  Four renewable 4-year scholarships of $6000/year in each of Music and Theatre are available for the 2020-21 academic year to students entering direct from high school.

The scholarships are awarded to students who combine academic excellence and artistic talent or potential.  Students must have a high school grade minimum 87% admission average [an admission average is calculated based upon the five required courses for the program to which the student has applied] OR a minimum 29 predicted/anticipated IB Diploma pointsThe scholarship will be renewed if the recipient carries a course load of 24 credit hours over two academic terms per year and maintains an annual GPA of 3.3 after year one, 3.5 after year two, and 3.7 after year three of their studies.

To be eligible for scholarship consideration, your academic application to the university MUST be complete by March 1, including provision of high school transcripts and all other requirements. See the Registrar's web site for more information on admission requirements.

Please see below for specific requirements for Music or Theatre applicants.

All applicants auditioning for the BMus and other Music major undergraduate programs (BA in Music, BA Combined Honours) will be automatically considered for the Fountain Performing Arts Scholarships, provided their university applications are complete by the Dalhousie University scholarship deadline (March 1) and that their audition takes place no later than March 13, 2020. Please submit a Music Supplemental Application Form by March 1 to schedule a music audition.

Admission for all Music programs is based on the performance audition combined with theory and skills testing. In the 3rd year of the BMus, students may pursue a concentration in Performance, Composition, Musicology, or Popular Musics. Scholarships are based on the performance audition and, in the case of exceptional students interested in pursuing the Composition or Musicology option, a portfolio of substantial original works (score and recording) or substantial writing samples, which must be received by March 1. Please note that this additional material is for scholarship purposes only and does not affect admission to a Music program.

In addition to completing their university applications by the March 1 deadline, applicants who want to be considered for the Fountain Performing Arts Scholarships in Theatre are also required to submit supporting material that includes a letter of intent and other requirements as per each program area below:

Acting: High school students may now audition for entrance to the first year of the Acting program. Please complete an Acting Supplemental Application Form to request an audition. Your supplemental form must be received by March 1 and your audition must be completed by March 13, 2020 for scholarship consideration. Please see the Acting Supplemental Application Form and the Acting Audition Requirements information sheet for full details. Note: Applicants may be contacted for a call-back (either in person or by video conference).

Acting students who are unable to audition in person may audition by video for scholarship consideration. Your video must be received by March 1. Video files must be provided on a DVD, USB Key, or private web link with password to an online video sharing platform (YouTube or Vimeo). Videos should be no longer than 10 minutes in total and demonstrate the applicant performing two monologues of a contrasting nature (one dramatic and one comedic): one Shakespearian monologue (see lists for male characters and female characters) and one monologue from a modern (20th-Century or later) play. Applicants must also include a short excerpt of a song to showcase their singing ability (a cappella or self-accompanied). All video should frame the applicant’s full body to best capture their performance. Applicants should submit their video material along with the Acting Supplemental Application form and all other required materials as outlined in the application form.

Costume Studies OR Stage Design and Technical Theatre: Applicants must submit a portfolio or presentation in PDF format (no longer than 16 pages) containing materials that demonstrates the applicant’s talent for costume, stage, lighting, or sound design, construction skills, or stage management experience.

Theatre Studies: Applicants must submit a PDF file containing a copy of one of the applicant’s high-school essays (no longer than 16 pages); this essay may be written either on a theatre or drama subject and should be accompanied with the properly formatted references and Works Cited.


All supporting materials for both Music and Theatre applicants are due by March 1.  Digital materials must be sent to For hard copies please deliver to the postal or courier addresses below:

Via Mail:
Fountain School of Performing Arts
Dalhousie University
PO Box 15000
Halifax, NS  B3H 4R2

Via courier:
Fountain School of Performing Arts
Dalhousie University Arts Centre
6101 University Avenue, Room 514
Halifax, NS  B3H 1W8