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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.

VDPAC's Bursary Program is a key part of our developing "Youth Engagement Strategy" (YES).

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 HERE

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

    To Apply:
  • Download the Bursary Application Form HERE

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • Inquiries about our Bursary Program or application should be directed to:
    Jim Harding, Executive Director at: or phone: 250-542-9355.

    2018 Recipients ($1,000 Bursaries):

    Nevada Christensen is completing her final year in Bachelor of Arts (English & Cultural Studies) at UBCO & has been accepted into Rose Bruford’s Acting Course in London, England in Fall of 2019.

    Jacqueline Gignac is a Contemporary Dance Major (2nd Year) at SFU’s School for Contemporary Arts in Vancouver, BC & plans to work as a director and choreographer.

    Sophia Friesen is a Bachelor of Music (2nd Year) students (Vocal Performance) at the University of Victoria & plans to pursue a career onstage and to teach with her own studio.

    Will Friesen is in Jazz Studies - Education Stream (4th Year) at Capilano University in North Vancouver, BC. He currently plays drums in the rhythm section for NiteCap (Capilano’s top Vocal Jazz Ensemble) and in the pit band for musicals & for other groups & genres around the Lower Mainland. He plans to teach but continue playing whenever possible.

    Julien Haynes is a Bachelor of Music (3rd Year) student (Violin Performance) at the University of Victoria, with plans to complete his Masters Degree at University of Toronto, form a chamber group or join a Canadian orchestra.

    Ayari Kasukawa is a Bachelor of Music (1st Year) student (Music Theory, Music History, Basic Musicianship, Saxophone, Wind Symphony) at the University of Victoria with plans to be both a solo saxophonist and join a wind symphony.

    Jaimesen Kerr is in the Theatre Diploma program (2nd Year) at Douglas College, New Westminster, appearing in two productions in her final year, including “Tales from Ovid”, and three Acting courses. She plans to audition & further her theatre training.

    Lexus Pleasant is a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Creative Performing Arts - Drama) student (4th Year) at the University of Calgary with a focus on Directing for stage and film.

    Nelya McDowell is a Bachelor of Music (1st Year) student (Music Theory, Voice & Musicianship) at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT. After graduating, she wants to pursue a career in Voice-over Acting.

    2017 Recipients ($1,000 Bursaries):

    Ariel Klim, Coldstream, BC: 2nd Year, Musical Theatre
    Canadian College of Performing Arts, Victoria, BC.

    Brent Matterson, Vernon, BC: 2nd Year, Bachelor of Music degree
    University of Calgary

    Sophia Friesen, Vernon, BC: 1st Year, Bachelor of Music degree
    University of Victoria

    Megan Van Den Maagdenberg, Vernon, BC: 2nd Year, Classical Music diploma program, Capilano University, North Vancouver, BC

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