Undergraduate Awards & Scholarships


2017-18 Undergraduate Awards Application Package [pdf]

On this page:

▶ AIMIA | AGO Photography Prize
▶ Alice Hamilton Prize in Painting
▶ Bank of Montreal 1st Art! Invitational Student Art Competition
▶ Carol E. Mills Memorial Scholarship for Painting and Printmaking
▶ Cecil C. Richards Memorial Award
▶ Dr. A.W. Hogg Undergraduate Scholarship
▶ George Swinton Memorial Scholarship
▶ George Weston Scholarship
▶ Gissur Eliason Memorial Scholarship
▶ Helga Miller Scholarship
▶ Isbister Undergraduate Scholarship
▶ Kenneth Finkelstein Prize in Sculpture
▶ Lila Wallace Reader's Digest Endowed Scholarship
▶ Lynn Sissons Memorial Scholarship
▶ Mitch Gowler Memorial Award
▶ School of Art Award
▶ Tania (Tye) Asper Memorial Prize
▶ University of Manitoba Distance & Online Scholarships
 


AIMIA | AGO Photography PrizeBack to top

The Aimia | AGO Photography Prize Scholarship Program awards three $7,000 CAD scholarships each year to students entering the final year of study toward Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with a focus or major in photography at select Canadian academic institutions. The scholarship is the first major scholarship program administered by a major Canadian art and culture prize.

The Scholarships are awarded to students working in photography who have shown extraordinary potential throughout their undergraduate studies. For the purposes of the Scholarship Program, “photography” is defined broadly: submissions can include video, photo-based installation, and other lens-based artwork.

Each academic partner institution will form a jury of three faculty to review their students' submissions and select one finalist. The finalists will be evaluated by the Scholarship Program jury, consisting of two representatives from the Art Gallery of Ontario and a previous winner of the Aimia | AGO Photography Prize. Each year, the jury will select three winners, who will each receive $7000 CAD. Additionally, the home institutions of the winning students will each receive $1000 CAD honorariums.

The three winners of the scholarship and a faculty member of their respective institution will be invited to Toronto for a reception in the students' honour at the AGO with all expenses and travel paid by Aimia and the AGO.

All applicants must meet and/or agree to the following terms and conditions:

  • Only full-time students in their final year of study are eligible for the scholarships, and students must apply during the prior academic year.
  • Students must be registered at one of the following institutions: Ryerson University, OCAD University, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Alberta College of Art + Design, L'Université du Québec, Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, University of Manitoba, or Concordia University.
  • All applicants must be in good academic standing at the time of application and at the time the scholarship is awarded.
  • Students must meet all application deadlines. Late materials will not be accepted under any circumstances.
  • Students must apply using the online submission form and upload support materials online, as instructed by the submission guidelines.
  • Winning students must be willing to attend a special event in Toronto, scheduled by Aimia and the Art Gallery of Ontario, with a faculty member in recognition of their achievement.
  • Artwork by all 8 finalists will be used by the AGO and Aimia on the prize website, in press communications and in promotional materials relating to the scholarship program.

For more information visit the AIMIA/AGO Photography Prize website at
http://www.aimiaagophotographyprize.com/

Accepting Applications: March 1st 2017
Application Deadline: March 24th 2017

ALICE HAMILTON PRIZE IN PAINTINGBack to top

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.

To Apply:
Submit examples of work, in digital format (jpeg) to the School of Art General Office. Please email us at Soadvise@umanitoba.ca for more information.

Accepting Applications: March 1st 2017
Application Deadline:April 10, 2017 

BANK OF MONTREAL 1ST ART! INVITATIONALBack to top
STUDENT ART COMPETITION

BMO Financial Group's 1st Art! Invitational Student Art Competition celebrates the creativity of art students from post‐secondary institutions across Canada. Deans and instructors of undergraduate certificate, diploma, and degree programs in visual art are invited to select from their graduating classes three students, whose ability and imagination place them 1st among their peers. A distinguished selection committee chooses a national winner and one winner from each eligible province and territory. The national winner receives $10,000 and the regional winners each receive $5,000 for his/ her artwork. The national winner’s work will become part of BMO’s corporate art collection. All winning entries will be on display at the BMO 1st Art! exhibition, held in Toronto in October. Post‐secondary, undergraduate level visual arts students expected to graduate in the year of the application are eligible. The School of Art will assemble a committee to select the artworks that will be submitted for consideration to the BMO 1st Student Art Competition. Students MUST apply through the School of Art in order to be considered. The School of Art Awards Committee will select students whose work will be submitted for consideration to the BMO 1st Art! Invitational Student Art Competition. To Apply:

Please email the following information to Soadvise@umanitoba.ca.

  • Digital images of your work, submitted in PC compatible jpg file(s) on a CD or USB memory stick with a resolution of 300 DPI, image sizes no smaller than 10 inches (25.4 cm) horizontal measurement and file size not exceeding 10 MB
  • Complete description of artwork submitted: title, media, size, etc.
  • Artist Statement (100-200 words, addressing your work and the submission)
  • Letter of enrollment signed by a representative of the educational institution, attesting to the year of graduation/completion of program of art studies
  • Complete submission form - http://www.bmo.com/pccgprefix/cr/images/2016FORM.pdf

Accepting Applications: Applicants will be chosen and contacted end of April/ Beginning of May 2017
Application Deadline: May 2017


CAROL E. MILLS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPBack to top
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.

To Apply:
Submit examples of work, in digital format (jpeg) to the School of Art General Office. Please email us at Soadvise@umanitoba.ca for more information.

Accepting ApplicationsMarch 1st 2017
Application Deadline: April 10, 2017 


CECIL C. RICHARDS MEMORIAL AWARDBack to top

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.

To Apply:
Submit examples of work, in digital format (jpeg) to the School of Art General Office. Please email us at Soadvise@umanitoba.ca for more information.

Accepting Applications: March 1st 2017
Application Deadline: April 10, 2017


DR. A.W. HOGG UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPBack to top

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.

To Apply:
No application necessary. Award will be granted on basis of academic standing. 


GEORGE SWINTON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPBack to top

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;
  • a. has been successfully admitted to the School of Art; OR
  • b. 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).

To Apply:
Submit examples of work, in digital format (jpeg), to the School of Art General Office. Please email us at Soadvise@umanitoba.ca for more information.

Accepting Applications: March 1st 2017
Application Deadline: April 10, 2017


GEORGE WESTON SCHOLARSHIPBack to top

The W. Garfield Weston Foundation has established an endowment fund at the University of Manitoba to support exceptional in‐course undergraduate students. An initial donation of $200,000 will support, in perpetuity, three full‐tuition undergraduate scholarships valued at between $3,000 and $4,000 and to be given on an annual basis. One scholarship will be offered to a student enrolled in Human Nutritional Sciences or Food Science, one to a student in Agriculture (in a program other than Food Science), and one to a student in the Faculty of Arts or the School of Art or Music. Each of these scholarships will be offered to a student who:

  • has completed at least 30 credit hours of full‐time study (at least 100 percent of a full‐course load);
  • has achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5;
  • registers in full‐time study for the subsequent year of undergraduate study;
  • demonstrates exceptional community involvement, excellent communication skills (both verbal and written), and has outstanding abilities and achievements.

As part of the application process, the applicants will be required to submit a brief biographical essay outlining the scope of their community involvement and contributions, and the short‐listed candidates will, if necessary, be interviewed by members of the selection committees. In the event of a tie, preference may be given to students who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

To Apply:
Submit a brief biographical essay outlining the scope of your community involvement and contributions. Apply for the George Weston Scholarship through Financial Aid and Awards. The deadline is normally early fall.


GISSUR ELIASON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPBack to top

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.

To Apply:
Submit examples of work, in digital format (jpeg) to the School of Art General Office. Please email us at Soadvise@umanitoba.ca for more information.

Accepting Applications: March 1st 2017
Application Deadline: April 10, 2017


HELGA MILLER SCHOLARSHIPBack to top

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.

To Apply:
Submit examples of work, in digital format (jpeg) to the School of Art General Office. Please email us at Soadvise@umanitoba.ca for more information.

Accepting Applications: March 1st 2017
Application Deadline: April 10, 2017
 


ISBISTER UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPBack to top

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:
(a) No Isbister Undergraduate Scholarship shall be awarded in the graduating year of any faculty or school;
(b) No distinction shall be made between general and honours students.

To Apply:
No application necessary. Award will be granted on basis of academic standing.


KENNETH FINKELSTEIN PRIZE IN SCULPTUREBack to top

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.

To Apply:
Submit examples of work, in digital format (jpeg) to the School of Art General Office. Please email us at Soadvise@umanitoba.ca for more information.

Accepting Applications: March 1st 2017
Application Deadline: April 10, 2017
 


LILA WALLACE - READER'S DIGEST ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIPBack to top

The Wallace Funds, established by DeWitt Wallace and Lila Acheson Wallace, late owners of Reader's Digest, propose to establish a scholarship. The scholarship shall be for graduates of the School of Art, or graduates in fine arts studying at The University of Manitoba, seeking to further their study of fine arts in the United States. The proposed endowment should allow for up to three awards annually.

The Scholarship is intended to commemorate Lila Acheson Wallace, a native of Virden, Manitoba, who, in addition to being a major force in the development of Reader's Digest, has an enduring interest in the fine arts, including art in relationship to Women's Studies, and the long‐standing Canadian corporate citizenship of Reader's Digest.

The School of Art normally only awards this scholarship to the same individual twice during the progression through a master’s program.

To Apply:
Submit the following information to the School of Art General Office before or by the deadline mentioned in the Awards Package:

  • Letter of application including a statement of intent regarding graduate level study in the U.S.A. and confirmation of acceptance into graduate level program from institution including dates of study;
  • Current CV;
  • Images of work in digital format (jpeg)
  • Please email us at Soadvise@umanitoba.ca for more information.

Accepting Applications: March 1st 2017
Application Deadline: June 3, 2017


LYNN SISSONS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPBack to top

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.

To Apply:
Submit examples of work, in digital format (jpeg) to the School of Art General Office. Please email us at Soadvise@umanitoba.ca for more information.

Accepting Applications: March 1st 2017
Application Deadline: April 10, 2017 
 


MITCH GOWLER MEMORIAL AWARDBack to top

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.

To Apply:
Submit a statement of contributions made to others in your field and to the general community, and also and examples of recent work, in digital format (jpeg), to the School of Art general office. Please email us at Soadvise@umanitoba.ca for more information.

Accepting Applications: March 1st 2017
Application Deadline: April 10, 2017 


SCHOOL OF ART AWARDBack to top

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.

To Apply:
Submit examples of work, in digital format (jpeg) to the School of Art General Office. Please email us at Soadvise@umanitoba.ca for more information.

Accepting Applications: March 1st 2017
Application Deadline: April 10, 2017 
 


TANIA (TYE) ASPER MEMORIAL PRIZEBack to top

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.

To Apply:
Submit examples of work, in digital format (jpeg) to the School of Art General Office. Please contact Soadvise@umanitoba.ca for further details.

Accepting Applications: March 1st 2017
Application Deadline: April 10, 2017 
 


UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA DISTANCE & ONLINE SCHOLARSHIPSBack to top

Distance and Online is pleased to announce three (3 credit hour) tuition fee scholarships. These scholarships are available through the Extended Education Endowment Fund.

Purpose of the Scholarship:
In order to encourage enrolment in Distance and Online (DE) courses, three tuition fee scholarships will be available for a future 3 credit hour DE course.

Application Criteria:

  • Applicant must have successfully completed 18-36 credit hours at the University of Manitoba (UM) with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better.
  • Applicant must have successfully completed at least one course, but not more than 6 credit hours by DE.
  • Applicant must submit a 200 word essay on the topic “How does studying by Distance and Online benefit me?”

Selection Criteria:
Selection criteria will be based on highest cumulative grade point average (GPA). In the event of a tie for the highest GPA, the written submission will be used to determine the scholarship recipient(s).

Awarding of Scholarships:
The DE Scholarship Committee will review the applications and determine the award winner. Upon the confirmation of DE course registration in the sub-sequent academic year, a tuition fee credit will be applied to the award recipient’s account.

Questions regarding the scholarships, can be directed to:

Wendy Smiley
Program Administrator,
Distance and Online
Extended Education
Email: Wendy.Smiley@umanitoba.ca
Phone: 204-474-6978
Toll free: 1-800-432-1960, ext. 6978

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