Click on Centre name to view details of scholarships in that Centre. Note that application for these scholarships must be made to the respective Centre
Thunder Bay Centre
Annapolis Valley Centre
Nancy Fraser Memorial Scholarships
Martha Ausserleitner Memorial Scholarship
Mary Montgomerie Memorial Scholarship
Each year the Annapolis Valley Centre seeks applications for its scholarship program, focusing on the Annapolis Valley Music Festival, for talented keyboard players who wish to acquire organ skills. The deadline for submitting applications is May 31. The number of scholarships is usually determined by the number of applicants.
The Centre raises the funds for these scholarships by sponsoring two concerts: "Phantom of the Pipes" in the fall, "Sacred, Secular, and Silly" in the spring. Each scholarship ($200.00) consists of a set of organ lessons given by professional organists in the area.
The Calgary Society of Organists Scholarship Fund is administered by the Calgary Foundation, which awards funds to Calgary charities and endowments. Each year, 5% of the CSO scholarship fund is granted to the CSO to be distributed for scholarships.
Auditions for these scholarships are normally administered in November of each year.
Beginning Organists Scholarships. Applicants must have a piano proficiency at the Gr. 8 level from the Royal Conservatory of Music or similar conservatory to audition. Recipients of these scholarships also become de facto Scholarship Members of the Edmonton Centre.
Pamela Farmer Beginning Organists Scholarship ($400): Open to any pianist at the Grade 6 level or beyond who is curious about the organ. The scholarship provides up to 10, 1-hour organ lessons with a local organ teacher.
Edmonton Centre Beginning Organists Scholarship ($400): Open to any pianist at the Grade 6 level or beyond who is curious about the organ. The scholarship provides up to 10, 1-hour organ lessons with a local organ teacher.
The Reg Jacka Beginning Organists Scholarship ($400)
Eileen Gordon-Bishop Scholarship ($500):
A scholarship for continuing organ students towards private organ lessons, organ tuition at an institution, or toward expenses for attendance at organ workshops/festivals, including workshop fees or festival fees.
The Harry Farmer Scholarship ($1000):
A scholarship for advanced organ students towards organ lessons, organ tuition at an approved institution, or for attendance at organ workshops/festivals, including workshop/ festival fees
The Bert Mulder Scholarship for Church Organists ($500):
A scholarship to enable organists actively engaged as church organists to further their studies of the instrument at any level. Candidates will be actively engaged as church organists, full- or part-time and have achieved a minimum of Grade 8 piano from the Royal Conservatory of Music or similar conservatory.
The David MacDonald Organ Scholarship Fund $400
David MacDonald was a long-time member of the Halifax Centre, taught organ instruction at Dalhousie University, and was a member of faculty at the Atlantic School of Theology. During 1985 David performed the entire organ works of J. S. Bach. He passed away in the summer of 2003.
The Scholarship is to enhance the playing skills of beginning and amateur organists in organ repertoire, hymn playing, anthem accompaniment, and a better understanding of organ playing technique.
Organ instructors are typically members of the Halifax RCCO Centre. The scholarships are for eight lessons and are usually awarded in the fall of each year.
The Fairclough Skills Development Scholarship is aimed at promising piano and organ students and is valued at $600 per year.
The Fairclough Examination Preparation Scholarship is valued at approximately $1,000 and is intended to encourage study for an RCCO or RCM diploma or certificate. The funds can be used for lessons, exam fees and music supplies. Funding for these two Fairclough Scholarships is provided by the Howard Fairclough Organ Scholarship Fund at the Hamilton Community Foundation. Details and Application forms are found here.
Robert Evenden Memorial Scholarship: The scholarship is awarded to a promising student of organ at the elementary or intermediate level. Application is made by letter, stating why s/he is applying and stating his/her music education. Scholarship Value: $600.00 Yearly. Application Deadline: June 1
YET Fund (Young Educational Travel Fund)This is awarded by the RCCO Hamilton Centre to enable recipients to attend educational events. Application is made by letter, stating the reason for applying. Value: $250.00.The recipient is required to report in the Centre newsletter about the event attended. No date deadline.
All scholarships are for 10 hours of organ lessons with an approved organ instructor and are valued at $400 each.
The Sister Emily Doherty Scholarship
The Sister Emily Doherty Scholarship is given by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kingston for a beginning organ student within the Archdiocese who would like to play in a Roman Catholic Parish.
The S. Alec Gordon Scholarship
The S. Alec Gordon Scholarship is given by Bridge Street United Church in Belleville, Ontario in memory of their former organist, S. Alec Gordon, to a beginning organist.
The Margaret McKendry Scholarship
This scholarship for beginning organists, is given by Glenburnie United Church to honour their organist and choir director, Margaret McKendry, who has been in the position at Glenburnie United Church for over 60 years.
The Four Winds Presbytery Scholarship, United Church of Canada
Offered to a beginning organist by the Four Winds Presbytery of the United Church of Canada.
The Ted Brown Memorial Scholarship
Given by the local Centre, named for Edward Brown, former assistant organist at St Mary's Cathedral, accompanist and improviser and a loved member of the Kingston Centre, for a beginning organist.
The Norman J. P. Brown Scholarship
Given in memory of Norman J. P. Brown, former organist and choir director at St. Mary's Cathedral in Kingston from 1975 to 2008, National President from 1992 - 1994, and honorary president of the RCCO from March 2010. It is for a beginning organist.
The John McIntosh Organ Scholarship
Given in memory of Dr. John McIntosh, a long time Professor of Organ at Western University, Director of Music at St. James Westminster Anglican Church, London, Ontario, and member of the London Centre, this scholarship (value $500.00) is open to piano students aged 25 and under at the Grade 7 level or above and provides 10 one-hour lessons with a local organ teacher.
Anthony King Scholarship ($500) Awarded each year to members of the Ottawa Centre who are planning a summer course, conference or other professional development activity.
E A Cureton Scholarship ($300): Awarded each year to members of the Ottawa Centre who are planning a summer course, conference or other professional development activity.
Arnt Loa Scholarship ($600 which can be divided) Awarded during the Kiwanis Music Festival by the Kiwanis Club in honour of Arnt Loa one of the late members of the Ottawa Centre
RCCO Ottawa Centre Scholarship ($500 which can be divided) Awarded during Kiwanis Music Festival for Organ performance
Student Organ Academy Bursary: The Centre will provide up to four bursaries in the amount of $250 each to allow teenaged organ students from Ottawa, recommended by teachers who are members of the Ottawa Centre, to attend the Student Academy which is being offered at the RCCO National Festival. See http://www.rcco-ottawa.ca/schol.html for more information.
Student Membership Grant: he RCCO Ottawa Centre is pleased to offer a one-year student membership (on a one-time basis) for any organ student meeting specific criteria. See http://www.rcco-ottawa.ca/schol.html for more information.
Student Organ Lessons Bursary: A bursary of up to $500 will be made available from the Development Fund each year for a student who demonstrates financial need to pay for organ lessons. See http://www.rcco-ottawa.ca/schol.html for more information.
Thunder Bay Centre
Thunder Bay Centre Scholarship ($500)
The Thunder Bay Centre has no formally named scholarships but often matches the number of scholarships offered by National for suitable candidates. This varies from year to year.
Application deadline is usually about mid-October and application forms can be obtained from the Centre president or Chair of the Scholarship Committee. Refer to rcco.ca under Resources>Events. The Centre normally offers a total of 2-4 scholarships annually depending on auditions, interviews and resources available.
Francis and Eva Sutton Memorial Scholarship ($600) Awarded to members of Toronto Centre who achieve the highest marks in Toronto for the Colleague and Service Playing Examinations each year. Award amount is assessed annually (currently $600) and is paid to an instructor who is a Toronto Centre member for continuing organ lessons with the intention of pursuing the Associate diploma. In addition, RCCO member fees are paid for the awardee and the designated instructor for the following year.
Barwell Piano Student Scholarship (Value of the award is assessed based upon capability and need, ranging from $500 to $1000) Offered to piano students with grade 8 (RCM) or higher level who have a serious interest in studying organ. Up to three awards are given on an annual basis. Funds are paid directly to a designated organ instructor. Application deadline is April 30 each year. Click here for an application form.
Yearly Organ Study Bursary ($300): A subsidy to a qualified and /or experienced organ teacher, member of the Vancouver RCCO, giving lessons to a novice performer. The intent is to allow someone displaying great potential for improvement (but limited by financial means) to better secure beneficial instruction. Securing guidance for those with an interest in pursuing church positions or active roles in public performance will benefit organ music in the city, which is one of the central aims of the Royal Canadian College of Organists. To be eligible to apply, one must be:
- A current member of the RCCO
- An organ teacher.
The Bursary must be used to provide at least six lessons (for a maximum rate of 50$/hour), which must be given within the college year. Funds do not carry forwards into following years if the Bursary is unclaimed, but teachers are eligible to apply in consecutive years whether or not the Bursary is given (and regardless of previous success or failure in applications).
John and Gladys Hart Memorial Scholarship Fund
A $500 scholarship to encourage students to learn to play the organ is offered by the Victoria Centre of the Royal Canadian College of Organists (RCCO) in selected years. The John and Gladys Hart Memorial Scholarship is available to Vancouver Island residents for beginners, continuing students, and those seeking certification upgrading.
In the years the scholarship is offered, the on-line application form and a general information brochure will be available for download on the RCCO Victoria Centre website at http://rcco-victoria.org; or by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org for an application form (emailed) between September 15-October 11. Only on-line applications will be considered for review.
Royal School of Church Music Scholarship
The Windsor Centre has recently been granted an amount of $1500 for 3 x $500 student scholarships from the Niagara-Huron Branch of RSCM. It is hoped this partnership will continue in future. Student recipients also receive a one year subscription to RSCM’s publications and journals.
Beginning Organ Study: The purpose of this scholarship is to provide an introduction to organ skills for pianists who have not had organ lessons previously. The candidate may, however, hold a church organist’s position. Most candidates are high school students but we have had candidates as young as twelve and adults in their thirties and forties.
Second Year Organ Study Scholarship: This scholarship is available to graduates of the Beginning Organ Study Scholarship and provides ten free lessons. There is an application form and an audition and interview. The successful candidate must become a member of the RCCO. This scholarship may be renewed.
Continuing Education Grant: This grant is intended to encourage members of the RCCO who are new to the profession to further their study of the organ and service playing. The award will defray the cost of half of a fixed number of lessons (usually ten) which must be completed within a defined time frame.
Joanne Quimby Memorial Bursary: Joanne Quimby was a member of the Windsor Centre who passed away in 2011. Her family requested donations to the RCCO. Sufficient money was donated to cover the cost of several awards in her memory. This bursary is available to organists who have achieved basic organ skills, but do not have RCCO, conservatory or university qualifications in organ performance, are employed in a church and aspire to improve their skills. The recipient must be a member of the RCCO.
The Winnipeg Centre Organ Scholarship : $500.
The deadline for applying is June 30th of each year. The qualifications are completion of Grade 6 piano, and an audition and interview are part of the process.