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SOA undergraduate scholarships and awards

The School of Art offers 16 awards specifically for undergraduate students studying in the School of Art. Many of these awards are based on academics as well as a portfolio submission. Scholarship and award applications are accepted via UMLearn only. The application deadline is May 1, 2021 by 4:30 p.m.

Award application tips:

  • Make yourself a list of the awards you wish to apply for and prepare your portfolio documents according to the award requirements. For instance, if the award is for the best watercolour, you need to prepare a portfolio with four to five examples of watercolours. Generally, portfolios are between four and six samples of your work.
  • Some awards don’t require a portfolio submission. In this case, please prepare a simple statement in a word document that includes: Your name and student number and states “I wish to be considered for the (NAME OF AWARD HERE). Upload this document in UMLearn to the appropriate folder.

Alice Hamilton Prize in Painting

The Alice Hamilton Prize in Painting was established in memory of Alice Hamilton, the first Honorary citizen of East St. Paul, by a gift from her son, Dr. Ian Hamilton and his wife Mary Brownley Hamilton. Alice Hamilton was active in the Searchlight Art Club in the 1920s, which met weekly at members' homes throughout Winnipeg. She specialized in painting china and watercolours. Mrs. Hamilton, and her husband Dr. F.W.L. Hamilton, were longtime residents and community leaders in the East St. Paul area.

The available annual interest from this endowed fund will support an annual prize for a graduating student from the degree or diploma programme in the School of Art at The University of Manitoba. This prize will be offered to a student who:

  • has completed the BFA, BFA (Hon.) or Diploma in Art in the School of Art;
  • has achieved the highest standing in all painting courses;
  • has submitted the top‐ranked portfolio of paintings to the School of Art Awards Committee.

Value: $1,375

Carol E. Mills Memorial Scholarship for Painting and Printmaking

In memory of his wife, Mrs. Carol E. Mills (B.Ed./85), Mr. John Mills has established an endowment fund (initial gift of $5,000) at the University of Manitoba. The Manitoba Scholarship and Bursary Initiative has made a contribution to the fund. Carol was a talented painter and an art instructor. The Scholarship commemorates her dedication to both of these pursuits. The fund will be used to offer scholarships to students in the School of Art who work in painting and/or printmaking. The available annual income from the fund will be used to offer one scholarship to a student who:

  • is enrolled full‐time (minimum 60% course load) or part‐time (minimum 40% course load), in the second, third, or fourth year of study, in the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours), the Bachelor of Fine Arts, or the Diploma in Art;
  • has achieved a minimum degree grade point average of 3.0;
  • has demonstrated originality and commitment to painting and/or printmaking.

Preference will be given to students who work with water‐based media, including watercolour, acrylic, and mixed‐media. 

Value: $800

Cecil C. Richards Memorial Award

Through the bequest of Cecil Clarence Richards, R.C.A., a fund has been established at The University of Manitoba to found the Cecil C. Richards Memorial Award. An amount up to the annual interest on the fund will be available as determined by the selection committee to a student of the third- or fourth-year class in sculpture in the School of Art of the University of Manitoba, who, in the judgment of the selection committee, has experience in life modeling and a sound background in art.

Crafts Guild of Manitoba Commemorative Bursary

In 2003, sales from looms donated by the Crafts Guild of Manitoba were used to establish a bursary to provide financial assistance to undergraduate students in Textile Sciences at the University of Manitoba. In 2019, the award was transitioned to the School of Art. Each year, the available annual income from the fund will be used to offer one bursary to an undergraduate student who:

  1. is enrolled full-time (minimum 60% course load) in their second year of study or higher in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program in the School of Art;
  2. is enrolled in the Art Studio program with a focus on craft media;
  3. has achieved a minimum degree grade point average of 2.5; and
  4. has demonstrated financial need on the standard University of Manitoba bursary application form. In order to In order to demonstrate how they meet criterion (2), candidates must submit a portfolio of their work in craft media.

Value: $625

Application instructions: To apply, fill out the University of Manitoba General Bursary application in the Aurora Student Portal.

Dr. A.W. Hogg Undergraduate Scholarship

The Dr. A.W. Hogg Undergraduate Scholarship shall be awarded on the basis of highest average standings irrespective of year and course (except that students in the graduating year shall be excluded). Students must have qualified for the Dean's Honour List in their faculty or school to be eligible for consideration for these scholarships.

To receive payment, the winner must register for, and remain enrolled in, a full normal course‐load (1) in the next succeeding year of his/her degree or diploma course, or (2) if the scholarship was awarded on the work of a year in Arts or Science which is the final year of the minimum prerequisite for entrance to another faculty (e.g., Law), in the first year of that faculty.

Value: $1,500

No application necessary

Elsie Sinclair Memorial Bursary

Awarded to a student who successfully completed in the previous academic term, with high standing, the first year of University of Manitoba School of Art degree or diploma program with financial need and promise in the field of Art.

Value: $1,200

Application instructions: To apply, fill out the University of Manitoba General Bursary application in the Aurora Student Portal.

George Swinton Memorial Scholarship

Family and friends of George Swinton have established an endowment fund at the University of Manitoba to offer scholarships to Aboriginal students in the School of Art. George Swinton was a painter, a printmaker, and an art instructor who served as a faculty member in the School of Art from 1954 to 1974. George was an authority on Inuit art and this scholarship honours his connection with Canada's northern artists. One scholarship valued at $750 will be offered to a student who:

  • is Aboriginal (Status, Non-Status, Metis, Inuit);
  • is enrolled full-time (minimum 60% course load) or part‐time (minimum 40% course load), in any year of study, in the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours), the Bachelor of Fine Arts, or the Diploma in Art;
    1. has been successfully admitted to the School of Art; OR
    2. as a continuing student, has achieved a minimum degree grade point average of 3.0;
  • shows promise of continuing to complete work of merit in any art field.

Preference will be given to a student who grew up in northern Canada (Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut).

Gissur Eliason Memorial Scholarship

In memorial tribute to Gissur Eliasson, for many years a professor in the School of Art of The University of Manitoba, earlier an instructor at the Winnipeg School of Art, and long respected as teacher and artist in the wider community, his family and friends have established a scholarship fund at The University of Manitoba.

The scholarship will be available to a student in the School of Art who, in the judgment of the selection committee:

  • has achieved at a high level in studio and workshop courses in the school;
  • gives promise of continuing to do outstanding work in the art field.

The recipient must be returning to study at the School of Art in the subsequent fall term.

Value: $675

Gloe Cormie Memorial Scholarship

In memory of Gloe Cormie (B.F.A. [Art History]/84), Jon Krocker (B.A./83) will make an annual contribution of $1,500 to the University of Manitoba to support students pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. The purpose of the scholarship is to reward the academic achievements of students who are focusing on photography. Beginning in 2019-20, one scholarship will be offered to an undergraduate student who:

  • Is enrolled full time (minimum 80% course load) in the third year of study in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program offered through the School of Art at the University of Manitoba;
  • Has completed Photography 1 (currently numbered STDO 2400);
  • Has achieved a minimum degree grade point average of 3.5; and
  • Has an intent to pursue photography

In order to demonstrate how they meet criterion (4), candidates must submit a portfolio representing their interest in photography.

Helga Miller Scholarship

The family of Helga Miller (B.A./32, B.Ed./60) has established an endowment fund of $9,000 in her honour at the University of Manitoba. The Manitoba Scholarship and Bursary Initiative has made a contribution to this fund. Helga Miller also received a diploma from the Winnipeg School of Art in 1935 and a B.A.(Hons.) degree in children's literature from the University of Winnipeg. She was an artist who was also an art teacher and a school librarian in Winnipeg for many years, and she encouraged her students to develop a lasting interest in both art and literature. The fund will support an annual scholarship in the School of Art.

The available annual interest on the fund is to be awarded each year to a full‐time undergraduate student in the School of Art who is deemed by the selection committee to be doing exceptional work in drawing and/or watercolour.

Value: $2,600

Isbister Undergraduate Scholarship

Isbister Undergraduate Scholarships are to be offered to students who:

  • have been ranked above all competitors on the average of the grades on the subjects for which the scholarships are given (or in cases where more than one scholarship is offered, are members of a group that has been so ranked) or have become eligible through reversion; and
  • have removed at the same examination period, or prior to it, any condition from a previous year that may have been registered against them.

The scholarship is to be used in the annual session following that of the examinations at which it was won. To receive payment, in the next succeeding academic year, the winner must be registered full‐time and in attendance at the University of Manitoba or an affiliated college (i) in the same degree course or (ii) in the first year of any other faculty (e.g., Law, Management), if the scholarship has been awarded based on course work completed in University 1, Arts, or Science that meets the minimum prerequisites for admission to that faculty. Within the faculties and schools, Isbister Undergraduate Scholarships shall be awarded on the basis of highest related average standings irrespective of year and course, subject to the following two provisos:

  1. No Isbister Undergraduate Scholarship shall be awarded in the graduating year of any faculty or school;
  2. No distinction shall be made between general and honours students.

Value: $2,825

Kenneth Finkelstein Prize in Sculpture

In memory of Kenneth Finkelstein, a prize in sculpture is offered annually by his sisters, Mrs. Lionel Rosebourne and Mrs. Pearl Silverstone, to degree or diploma students of the University of Manitoba School of Art.

Value: $300

Lynn Sissons Memorial Scholarship

From the bequest of Miss Lillian (Lynn) Sissons left in trust with The Winnipeg Foundation, an annual award will be offered at the University of Manitoba, effective in the fall of 1986.

This award will be available to a student in the School of Art who presents the best water colour to a selection jury.

Value: $600

Mary Valentine Memorial Scholarship

In memory of Mary Valentine, family and friends have established an endowment fund with an initial gift of $11,000 at the University of Manitoba in 2016. The purpose of the scholarship is to reward the academic achievements of students with a focus on landscape painting in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program. Beginning in 2019–2020, the available annual income from the fund will be used to offer one scholarship to an undergraduate student who:

  • is enrolled full-time (minimum 80% course load) in the fourth year of study in the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) program offered through the School of Art at the University of Manitoba;
  • has achieved a minimum degree grade point average of 3.5; and
  • has a focus on landscape painting.

In order to demonstrate how they meet criterion (3), candidates must submit a portfolio representing their interest in landscape painting.

The selection committee will be named by the Director of the School of Art (or designate).

Value: $475

Mitch Gowler Memorial Award

In memory of Mitchell Glen Gowler, his classmates, instructors and friends have established a fund at the University of Manitoba. The Manitoba Scholarships and Bursaries Initiative has made a contribution to this fund.

From this fund, effective in January of 1988, two awards of $250 each will be made available annually to full-time students in the School of Art degree program. One of these awards will be made to a student with a major in Advanced Drawing I, the other to a student with a major in Advanced Printmaking I or the equivalent in half courses.

To be eligible, each of the recipients must:

  • have achieved B+ or better standing in the course preliminary to the major course in his/her disciplines, i.e., in Advanced Drawing I or Printmaking I (or the equivalent in half courses);
  • have a minimum overall B+ standing;
  • show evidence of promise as an artist;
  • show sensitivity and helpfulness to others in his/her field and to the general community;
  • be enrolled in at least 21 credit hours in the year of the award.

Students may either apply for these awards or be nominated by fellow students or staff in the School of Art. Students should provide letters of recommendation to support nominations.

Application instructions: Submit a statement of contributions made to others in your field and to the general community as well as examples of recent work.

School of Art Award

The purpose of the award is to support projects devoted to creative work and/or creative research in the visual arts. This award is open to all students, full‐time and part‐time, registered in any course in the School of Art. Students must be enrolled at the time of application and during the academic year in which the award is tenable.

Value: $425

Takao Tanabe Scholarship in Painting

Valued at $2400, for a full-time student in third year in a Major in Painting within the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours), Studio Program with high academic standing.

Tania (Tye) Asper Memorial Prize

A fund, initially valued at $1000, has been established at the University of Manitoba in memory of Tania (Tye) Asper. From this fund, a prize valued at up to 70 percent of the income, shall be awarded annually to the student who:

  • has completed a program in the School of Art and is graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) degree or with a Diploma in Art in painting (thesis or workshop) and;
  • deserves recognition, in the opinion of the selection committee, for exceptional work in painting over the course of the entire program.

SOA undergraduate award application instructions

Please read the application directions in full. If you encounter any issues, please email soadvise@umanitoba.ca with a complete description of the error you are seeing. 

Once all your documents are ready, log into UMLearn using your UMNetID. 

  • Click on the “waffle” icon in the top right. Choose the course "ArtConnect" from the list.
  • Go to the Assessment menu; choose "Assignments."
  • Here you should be presented with a list of "Assignments" each titled as one of the possible awards. For each award you wish to apply for, click on the corresponding name of the award and upload your files to that award. 
  • Apply for each of the awards you are interested in, uploading the appropriate documents to the correct folder. 

Important: You can upload multiple files, but cannot delete them. Please proceed carefully.

If you make a mistake uploading, please email soadvise@umanitoba.ca and specifically state which file you need removed.

MFA awards and scholarships

In addition to the awards offered through the Faculty of Graduate Studies, MFA students are eligible for awards through the School of Art, external organizations, provincial and federal programs and art competitions.

James Barclay Hartman Scholarship in Fine Arts

Two annual scholarships for full-time graduate students who have developed the strongest bodies of work as determined by the selection committee.

Value: $2,825

Application instructions: Submit examples of work, in digital format (jpeg), an artist statement and artwork reference list to the School of Art General Office. Please email us at Soadvise@umanitoba.ca for more information.

Marvin and Irma (Irmagard a.) Penn Scholarship in Fine Arts

One scholarship for a full-time graduate student who has submitted the best project grant proposal to complete the final stages of the studio engagement or exhibition component for the Master’s Thesis.

Value: $2,825

Application instructions: Submit copy of thesis proposal, balanced budget and proposal with expected date of completion to the School of Art General Office. Please email us at Soadvise@umanitoba.ca for more information.

Rosemary and Cliff Kowalsky Scholarship

One scholarship for a full-time student enrolled in second year of the MFA program having achieved a DGPA of 3.5 (or equivalent) based on coursework in the first year.

Value: $1,325

Application instructions: Submit a brief description of work and development and an artwork reference list to the School of Art General Office. Please email us at Soadvise@umanitoba.ca for more information.

David and Gursh Barnard Graduate Scholarship in Fine Arts

One scholarship for a full-time graduate student enrolled in second year of the MFA program having achieved a DGPA of 3.5 (or equivalent) based on coursework in the first year.

Value: $10,725

Application instructions: Submit examples of work, in digital format (jpeg), an artist statement and artwork reference list to the School of Art General Office. Please email us at Soadvise@umanitoba.ca for more information.

External awards

Mona Gray Creative Arts Scholarship

This scholarship is offered by the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba. Applicants must be a Bachelor’s Degree graduate of a Manitoba university and be pursuing graduate studies in one of the following areas: creative writing, film, fine arts, music, theatre, dance or photography. This is a $5,000 award based on artistic merit, financial need, community involvement and academic achievement.

Please visit the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba's website for the Application Form and Guidelines.

To be eligible for the Mona Gray Creative Arts Scholarship, an applicant:

  • must be a Bachelor’s Degree graduate of a Manitoba university; and
  • must be pursuing graduate studies within or outside the Province of Manitoba in one of the following areas: creative writing; film; fine arts; music; theatre; dance; photography; and
  • must not be a prior recipient of this scholarship

The Foundation Education award Committee reserves the right not to award these scholarships each year and to request an interview for any of these awards.

Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW)

CFUW Elizabeth Massey Award

CFUW Elizabeth Massey Award, valued at $2,000 and established in 2006, is in memory of Elizabeth Massey, a young lawyer and member of CFUW whose life was greatly enriched by her love of the creative arts. For post-graduate studies in music, painting or sculpture in Canada or abroad.

CFUW Dr. Alice E. Wilson Awards

CFUW Dr. Alice E. Wilson Awards, valued at $6,000, is two (2) awards at the master's level and three (3) for doctoral level study. Dr. Alice E. Wilson, CFUW member, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the first woman to hold a professional position at the Geological Survey of Canada, won the 1926 CFUW Travelling Fellowship. Awarded to mature students returning to graduate studies in any field, with special consideration given to those returning to study after at least three years.

 Visit the Canadian Federation of University Women website for application details.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)

Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program
Master's Scholarships

The Joseph-Armand Bombardier scholarship has a value of $17,500. Emphasis is on the research which in the fine arts context includes students working towards their master’s thesis or exhibition. University of Manitoba FGS has a quota of 32 grants. Applications are first assessed by the School of Art and then, if approved, are forwarded to Faculty of Graduate Studies which reviews them again. If approved at this level, they are forwarded to SSHRC. The School of Art application deadline is in mid-October, and results are announced by SSHRC in the following spring. The application form is available for completion online and is then printed for distribution for departmental appraisal. SSHRC and the University host a fall presentation for potential applicants via the web.

Manitoba Arts Council Student Bursary Program

Up to $3,000 for Graduate Students studying in Canada. Permanent Manitoba residents are eligible.

Application deadline: June 1

For more information visit the Manitoba Arts Council website.

Manitoba Arts Council
525 - 93 Lombard Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 3B1
Phone: 204-945-2237
Toll Free: 1-866-994-2787
Fax: 204-945-5925

Winnipeg Arts Council

There is no program to fund academic studies, although MFA students who are permanent Winnipeg residents would be eligible to apply for projects that are outside their school program work. For more information visit the Winnipeg Arts Council website.

Contact
Winnipeg Arts Council
103-110 Princess Street
Winnipeg MB R3B 1K7
Phone: 204-943-7668
Fax: 204-943-8669
Email: info@winnipegarts.ca

Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation

The objective of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation is to promote, by its charitable activities, an appreciation of traditional expression in painting, drawing, sculpture and printmaking by aiding worthy art students, artists or sculptors who need further training or other assistance during their formative years. Awards are limited to candidates in the early stages of their careers and who are working in a representational style in painting, drawing, sculpture and printmaking. The terms of the Foundation's Charter preclude consideration of non-objective art.

To be eligible for a grant, candidates must: 

  • have already started or completed training in an established school of art, and/or
  • demonstrate, through past work and future plans, a commitment to making art a lifetime career.

The Foundation will not accept applications from commercial artists, photographers, video; artists, filmmakers, craft-makers or any artist whose work falls primarily into these categories.

First grants are in the amount of $15,000 each, and second and third grants are in the amount of $18,000 each. The Foundation reserves the right to award grants in other amounts.

Visit the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation website to download an application form.

Competitions

Canadian Painting Competition

Established in 1999, the RBC Canadian Painting Competition, with the support of the Canadian Art Foundation, is a unique initiative to help nurture and support promising new artists in the early stages of their careers; a time when they need both recognition and financial support.

A regional jury panel of distinguished members of the arts community, will select five paintings from their regions as follows: Eastern (Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI, Newfoundland and Labrador), Central (Ontario) and Western Canada (Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut). The three jury panels will then select one national winner and two honourable mentions from the 15 semi-finalists. The national winner will receive $25,000 and the two honourable mentions will each receive $15,000. The 15 semi-finalists will be announced in June and the winners in October.

Information about the competition will be posted in February on the RBC website.

Joseph Plaskett Award

Funded by The Joseph Plaskett Foundation. Administered by the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (RCA). Established in 2004 by the artist Joe Plaskett, the Joseph Plaskett Award provides $25,000 to help fund an emerging Canadian painter who will live, create artwork, travel or study in Europe (may include the UK) for the better part of one year.

The candidate chosen for the Plaskett Award will be: 

  • an outstanding emerging Canadian artist in the field of painting.
  • a Canadian student currently enrolled or accepted in a master's program in Canada with a practice specialization of painting, or having recently (within 12 months) obtained a master's degree with a specialization of painting.

To find more information, including application deadlines, visit the Joseph Plaskett website.