Bursaries for Performing Arts Students

Each year the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre (VDPAC) 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 Performing Arts Centre patrons from the tips and gratuities from the coat check, bar and concession, affectionately referred to as our "Usher Fund". The VDPAC 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.

How to Apply?

Download the 2019 Bursary Application Form

Emailed applications are preferred but must include the completed Application Form & all required documents listed on the form as attachments to a covering email with "2019 VDPAC Bursary Application" in the Subject line.

All applications must be received by the deadline date.

Deadline for 2019 Bursary applications is Monday, September 16, 2019. Recipients will be announced in the following week.

Notification & Announcement

VDPAC 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 VDPAC's annual Birthday Bash celebration & Society Presentation at the 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 VDPAC's 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 and District Performing Arts Centre Bursary" on their resumé or curriculum vitae (CV).