Scholarships, Prizes & Bursaries

Academic excellence and achievement in music performance can be rewarded through University scholarships (based on GPA rankings), Fountain School awards, and also through scholarships and awards specific to students in Music degree programs.

Entrance Scholarships

  • Fountain Performing Arts Undergraduate Scholarships support exceptional students entering full-time studies in undergraduate Music or Theatre major degree programs.  Incoming BMus students who wish to be considered for these awards in the areas of Musicology or Composition must submit supporting materials by March 1. 
  • Campbell Incentive Award Scholarships are for students with solid high school grades and outstanding aptitude.  No application required, students are automatically considered based on March auditions.
  • Dr. Don Wright Scholarship of Excellence recognizes exceptional performance ability.  No application required, students are automatically considered based on March auditions.
  • Evanov Radio Group Scholarships  for highly talented new students as well as an in-course scholarship in Composition. Candidates must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants. No application required, students are automatically considered based on March auditions.
  • F. Hume Wells and Lawrence & Mildred Ridgeway Scholarships provide funds to students entering a music performance program directly from high school.  No application required, students are automatically considered based on March auditions.

Current Students

These in-course awards are based on GPA review and, where appropriate, nominations from faculty members.  Application is necessary for some awards as indicated below.

  • Fountain In-Course Performing Arts Scholarships support GPA achievement of students in Music degree programs
  • James and Abbie Campbell Fund supports in-course musical scholarships ranked by GPA achievement;
  • Effie May Ross Fund is awarded based on GPA achievement;
  • Elisabeth Meyerhof Scholarship rewards a distinguished fourth year instrumentalist;
  • Halifax Ladies Music Club Scholarship rewards a promising first year student;
  • L.D. Currie Memorial Scholarship honours a performer of proven ability;
  • Dr. Don Wright Scholarship in Music recognizes a consistent high level of achievement, with priority for a student who is pursuing music education;
  • William Tritt Memorial Scholarship sends a gifted performer to the Scotia Festival of Music Young Artist Program with their tuition paid;
  • William Tritt Recital Prize is awarded to a piano student who has demonstrated a high level of performance in their third-year or graduation recital;
  • Beatrice Daviss Music Prize is designated for a female student of demonstrated merit as a performer;
  • Ernest and Dorothy Heighton Memorial Prize recognizes performance talent in jazz and improvisation;
  • Ian Lamont McLachlan Award Jazz Scholarship is given to a second year student demonstrating a high level of artistic potential as a jazz musician;
  • Jay / MacLellan Family Music Awards for Music Leadership and Competition - two annual awards are designed to support and advance the careers of students in the music programs of the Fountain School. The Individual Music Leadership Award is for a student in a full time Music program who demonstrates a high level of artistic performance and a commitment to extracurricular activities and leadership in the University and/or musical community. The Jay / MacLellan Competition Award will be used to support students in the Fountain School who demonstrate a high level of performance and require support to attend a regional, national, or international competition or program that is endorsed by the Fountain School. Student will apply in writing for both awards.
  • Ian Perry-Berger Instrument Award is intended to offset the cost of purchase of an instrument needed for study, or to offset the costs of instrument repairs or supplies. Students will apply in writing to the Fountain School's Student Affairs Committee for this award.
  • Dalhousie Alumni Association (Women's Division) awards both a Graduation Medal and Prize for top success in the Bachelor of Music;
  • Idiom-specific in-course awards include the Atlantic Barbership Harmony Award, the Bornoff/Garamie Memorial String Scholarship, the Royal St. Georges Society of Halifax Prize in Music (orchestral instrument),  the Lorne C. Huber Memorial Prize (brass), the James Faraday Memorial Award (percussion), the Elvira Gonnella Scholarship (voice), the Dr. David Peters Music Scholarship (organ/piano, choral music or other church performance), the Tietje Zonneveld Scholarship in Piano Studies, the Professor Ray D. Byham Memorial Prize in Piano Studies, the Erik Perth Memorial Prize (opera/musical theatre).


Students in financial need are encouraged to apply. See procedures below.

  • The Charles and Mary MacLennan Bursaries in Music are awarded to two students in Music who demonstrates artistic excellence in music (vocal, instrumental or other). There are two bursaries valued at $2,500 each.
  • The Kathleen Stewart Memorial Bursary in Music is awarded to an undergraduate student in Music who demonstrates financial need and shows academic excellence as demonstrated by GPA.  Preference is given to students studying Piano or Voice.  The value of the award is $1200.
  • The Ian Perry-Berger Memorial Music Bursary is awarded to a student in the third or fourth year of a music program in the Fountain School who demonstrates financial need. This award is administered by the Dalhousie Awards Office and awarded in the Winter semester. The value of the bursary is $1000.

To apply for bursaries, students must:

a) Follow the procedures for completion of an Undergraduate Bursary Application as detailed on the web at
b) Submit a letter of application to the Fountain School's Student Affairs Committee (MacLennan and Stewart bursaries only).

Summer Program Awards

The FSPA Summer Program Awards offer students the opportunity to gain financial assistance toward summer programs that will contribute toward their studies in Theatre, Music or Film Studies. The awards can be used toward relevant international courses run by Dalhousie or special summer programs offered by other universities or organizations in Canada and beyond.