Scholarships, Prizes and Bursaries
Students in Theatre degree programs are eligible for a number of scholarships, awards, and bursaries throughout the academic year.
Fountain Performing Arts Undergraduate Scholarships support exceptional students entering full-time studies in undergraduate Music or Theatre major degree programs. Incoming students who wish to be considered must submit supporting materials by March 1.
There are currently three bursaries available to theatre students. In order to be eligible for these bursaries you need to:
- be a registered student in a Theatre degree program
- prove financial need
- have applied for government and/or bank student loans
- meet the criteria for each bursary
The Charles and Mary MacLennan Bursary (2 awards, October 15 application deadline)
The Walker Wood Foundation Theatre Bursary (February 15th, not available every year)
Jopling Award for Out-of-Country Theatre Studies (January 31 application deadline)
In-Course Scholarships and Awards
Recipients of scholarships and awards are chosen by faculty unless otherwise stated.
Fountain Performing Arts In-Course Scholarships are awarded annually, based on GPA.
AFBS - Ferne Downey Scholarship in Acting
Created to honour Dalhousie graduate and long-serving ACTRA President, Ferne Downey, on receipt of an honorary degree from Dalhousie University in June 2017. To be considered, students must be entering their third or fourth year of study in the Acting Program of the Fountain School, must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA, and must demonstrate artistic excellence and a commitment to performing arts in the community. Students must apply in writing to the Fountain School's Student Affairs Committee.
The Andrew and David Stitt Memorial Prize honours the memory of Theatre students Andrew and David Stitt. Two prizes are awarded annually to students entering the third year of the Acting Program who have shown promise in, and passion for, acting.
Theatre Awards recognize the achievements of outstanding students in Theatre. The successful recipients will have demonstrated outstanding achievement in a Dalhousie Theatre program and will have a minimum GPA of 3.3. The awards will not necessarily be given on an annual basis.
The fund is comprised of four awards:
- The Basil Cooke Award – for students enrolled in the Costume Studies program. The award is named in memory of Basil Cooke, a longtime supporter of Theatre at Dalhousie.
- The Blanche Potter Award – for students enrolled in the Technical Scenography program. This award is named in memory of Blanche Potter, a former administrative officer of the Theatre Department.
- The Robert Merritt Award – for students enrolled in the Theatre Studies program. This award is named in memory of Robert Merritt, a longtime Theatre Studies professor.
- The Martin Surette Award – for students enrolled in the Acting program. This award was founded in memory of Martin Surette, a passionate student of Dal Theatre.
The Blackmore Bursary Fund Award was created by the Neptune Theatre of Halifax to honour master scenic carpenters John and William Blackmore. The award is given to a student in his or her third year of the Technical Scenography program who has shown promise in, and passion for, working in Technical Scenograpy.
The Costume Studies Scholarship is awarded annually to a student entering the final year of the Costume Studies Program who has attained the highest grades in Costume Studies classes.
The Lyn Gratwick-Theatre Arts Guild Scholarship in Costume Studies is awarded annually to one (or more) students in the Fountain School of Performing Arts’ Costume Studies Program who has/have demonstrated artistic excellence in costume-making for theatre and who intend(s) to pursue a career as a costumer for a professional theatre company or an historic site.
The University Medal in Theatre is offered to the top first class honours graduate. It is a medal in recognition of superior achievement and is based on the highest GPA in all classes.
The Women's Division - Dalhousie Alumni Association Medal in Costume Studies is presented annually to the graduating student with the highest cumulative GPA in the Costume Studies Program.
The Christine Zinck Award was created to honour Christine Zinck, a passionate student of Theatre. It is a book presented to the graduating Theatre Studies honours student with the second-highest GPA.
The Cinema and Media Studies Prize is awarded to the graduating Cinema and Media Studies student with the highest GPA in all film classes.
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.