Bursaries for Performing Arts Students

Each year the Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre Society makes available bursaries to promote and assist students in their pursuit of careers in the Performing Arts OR Performing Arts Management.

Bursaries are made possible by the generosity of the Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre patrons from the tips and gratuities from the coat check, bar and concession, affectionately referred to as our "Usher Fund". The Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre also accepts donations specifically made for our Bursary Program.

Who Can Apply?

Students from Vernon, Coldstream and Electoral Areas B or C, who are entering into or returning to full-time studies at a university, college or technical school majoring in accredited Performing Arts or Performing Arts Management programs; OR registered in a recognized apprenticeship program in the Performing Arts, may apply for a bursary.

Download the Bursary Guidelines to view bursary requirements.

Inquiries about our Bursary Program or application should be directed to:

Jim Harding, Executive Director at: [email protected] or phone: 250-542-9355.

Notification & Announcement

The Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre Society's Bursary Program Committee will review all applications and make recommendations to the Society's Board of Directors, who will set the number and amount of the bursaries to be awarded. Selected recipients will be notified directly and confidentially by email by the Society's executive director immediately following approval by the Board of Directors. Public Announcement will be made at the annual Birthday Bash celebration and Society Presentation at the Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre (In the absence of student recipients unable to attend, the students' families will be provided complimentary tickets & will be recognized as part of the official announcement). Media announcement of the Bursary recipient(s) will be issued immediately following the Birthday Bash. Copies of print media features will accompany bursary cheques. An official tax receipt will also be issued. Bursary recipients are requested to credit "Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre Society Bursary" on their resumé or curriculum vitae (CV).

VDPAC Announces Winners of 2023 Performing Arts Bursaries

The Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre Society (VDPAC) has announced this year’s successful recipients of its annual Performing Arts Bursary Program. The three recipients of $1,000 bursaries are Kady Brandel, Anastasia Lutsenko and Amy Cuthbertson, all first-time recipients.

Download the 2023 Bursary Winners Media Release

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Kady Brandel
Anastasia Lutsenko
Anastasia Lutsenko
Amy Cuthbertson
Amy Cuthbertson