There are many opportunities for financial support through scholarships and bursaries.
Undergraduate students are automatically considered for some scholarships and awards during the admissions process and do not need to apply. Incoming students may also apply for a Commitment Scholars Award or a Commitment Bursary which celebrate and recognize demonstrated leadership in, and commitment to, racial justice, social justice, or diversity initiatives by a student in their high school or community. Information about these awards can be found at Financial Aid Services.
Undergraduate and Graduate students can apply for a Queen's General Bursary, which is distributed based on need. There are specific named bursaries that you may be considered for when a general bursary application is submitted.
As a DAN School student, you may also be eligible for additional or school-based scholarships and awards. You are considered automatically for many of these awards.
Some awards will require an audition or application.
Arts Management Award
Established in March 2009 by an anonymous donor to encourage students pursuing careers in Arts Management. Awarded on the basis of academic achievement to students in year three or four of a Drama plan who are currently registered in, or have completed, a Commerce course(s), OR who are in year three or four in the Bachelor of Commerce program who are currently registered in, or have completed, a Drama course(s). The student recipient must have an interest in Arts Management as demonstrated through taking relevant courses and work or volunteer experience in Arts Management. A letter of application is to be submitted to the Office of the University Registrar, Student Awards, by April 15th.
Clarkson Essay Prize
Established by Max Clarkson, Toronto. Two prizes to be awarded annually by the Department of Drama to current students who have taken DRAM courses. Prizes are awarded to the best essay on any aspect of theatre or drama practice, history, criticism or analysis. Essays are to be submitted to email@example.com by April 30th.
Fred Euringer Award in Drama
This award was established by colleagues and friends to honour the long and distinguished career of J.A. (Fred) Euringer, actor, director, playwright and teacher, and for many years the Head of the Department of Drama. This award is given annually to a student enrolled in a Queen's University Drama plan and is intended to facilitate the recipient's ability to create theatre within the Kingston community. The application consists of a covering letter outlining the proposed activity for which the award is to be used, a budget and a curriculum vitae and/or a portfolio of work appropriate to the student's area of interest. Application materials are to be submitted by April 30th to Greg Wanless firstname.lastname@example.org.
J.C.W. Saxton Prize in Playwriting
Established in memory of John Saxton, actor, writer, teacher, and Faculty member of the Department of Drama, 1965-1969. Awarded annually to a student who is judged by the the DAN School of Drama and Music to have submitted the best play. Scripts are to be submitted by April 30th to Greg Wanless email@example.com.
Lorne Greene Award
Established by Lorne Greene, BA'37, LL.D. '71, and awarded annually to a student in a Drama plan who graduates at either fall or spring convocation in a current academic year for outstanding achievement in the practical and performing aspects of theatre while at Queen's. Assessment of the applicants shall be based equally on the following: 1) the highest GPA (not less than A- in each course) in 18.0 units; and 2) a submitted resume demonstrating a sustained level of participation in university theatrical activity. Applications should be submitted to the Awards Committee on the prescribed form available. Application materials are to be submitted by April 30th to firstname.lastname@example.org.
DAN School of Drama and Music Production Award
Awarded to a student registered in a Drama plan, who in the opinion of the Production Committee and Awards Committee, has completed the most outstanding work in production during the year.
Edythe Zacks Millman Prize in the Performing Arts
Established by Edythe Zacks Millman, B.A. 1939, a member of the Drama Guild, the Kingston Drama Group and various other theatrical organizations. Edythe had a great love of musical comedies and remained active in the world of theatre through her participation in the local communities in Kingston and Naples, Florida. Awarded on the recommendation of the Director of the DAN School of Drama and Music, on the basis of academic excellence and artistic merit, to a graduating student of a performing arts program.
Gold Medal in Drama
Awarded to the graduating student with the highest grade point average in Drama.
Herbert and Stella Overton Award in Drama
Established by their daughter, Isabel Bader, and awarded to students registered in a Bachelor of Arts (Hon) program who are entering fourth year in a plan offered by the DAN School of Drama and Music and are nominated by the Drama Awards Committee on the basis of outstanding achievement in production activity in a non-major departmental production.
Rod Robertson Prize in Dramatic Literature and Theatre History
Established in memory of Dr. Rod Robertson, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., faculty member of the Department from 1968 until his death in 1977. Dr. Robertson was a Director and Professor of dramatic theory. Awarded to the graduating student registered in a Drama plan who has achieved the highest GPA in the equivalent of 24.0 units from the following courses:
DRAM 200, 205, 211, 220, 300, 301, 303, 306, 321, 344, 371, 375, 476, 500, 501, 502
Susan Near Prize in Drama
Founded by the late Susan Near of Toronto. Awarded by recommendation of the Department on the work done in drama courses during the second year.
William Angus Award in Drama
Presented to a student who, in the opinion of the Director of the DAN School of Drama and Music, has made the most significant contribution during the year to Drama at Queen's. This award is the gift of the Faculty Players and the Department of Drama and is offered annually in honour of Dr. William Angus, mentor and guiding spirit of the Drama Guild from 1939 - 1963.
Kenneth G. Murray Making a Difference through Music
Established in May 2014 by Dr. Sherry L. Dupuis, B.Mus. 1985, and Dr. Bryan Smale in honour of their dear friend and mentor, Kenneth G. Murray, for his commendable volunteer and philanthropy work dedicated to enhancing the quality of life and wellbeing of individuals and communities. The award celebrates students who are using their musical talents and gifts to make a difference in the lives of others. Awarded to students in a Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Arts (Honours) with a major or medial plan in music. Awarded on the basis of demonstrated leadership, and volunteer community involvement in the development or provision of music outreach, through program or activity organization, coaching, or mentorship. Selection will be made by the Scholarship Committee of the DAN School of Drama and Music. Applicants are to submit a letter of application, resume and two letters of reference to the DAN School of Drama and Music by March 30th.
Arthur L. Davies Award
Established by the family and friends of Arthur L. Davies. Awarded to the student in the Bachelor of Music program who is deemed by the DAN School of Drama and Music to have demonstrated exceptional ability in musical performance.
The Carlos and Catherine Prado Chamber Music Prize
Established by the DAN School of Drama and Music in recognition of the importance of excellence in chamber music and awarded annually on the recommendation of the School to the student chamber music ensemble deemed to have presented the best performance during the preceding academic year.
Christopher Lewis Prize
Established by Marsha and Dr. Spruce Riordon in recognition of the outstanding academic achievements and far-reaching scholarly influence of their brother and brother-in-law, Christopher Lewis (Ph.D., Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester), renowned music theorist and gifted teacher until his untimely death in 1992. Awarded annually to a student in the third or fourth year of the Bachelor of Music or B.A. (Hons.) Music program for the best research paper in music theory or musicology.
The Clifford Crawley Music Composition Scholarship
Established in September 2016 by Dr. Beverley Diamond and her family in memory of Professor Emeritus Clifford Crawley, a respected scholar, composer, and professor of composition and music education at Queen's University from 1973 to 1993. Awarded in even numbered years on the recommendation of the DAN School of Drama and Music to students in any undergraduate year of any Faculty or School at Queen's University who have completed one or more courses in music composition, who demonstrate exceptional ability and achievement in composition. Compositions or improvisations may be in any genre of music and may be captured in print, digital, or other AV media.
Established in April 2004 and awarded annually to the best performer in the Finals of the Concerto/Aria Competition. The prize is a performance as an invited guest soloist with the Kingston Symphony Association. The decision is made by the Scholarship Committee in consultation with the Music Director of the KSA. Repertoire to be performed with the KSA is to be mutually agreed upon with the winner and the KSA's Music Director. The prize may not be awarded each year.
Craig L. Hoyt Memorial Scholarship
Established in April 2004 by a bequest from the estate of Craig L. Hoyt and awarded on the basis of academic excellence to students entering or currently registered in the Bachelor of Music program whose applied area of study is voice.
DAN Bachelor of Music Admission Awards
Established in March 2018 by the DAN School of Drama and Music and awarded on the recommendation of the DAN School of Drama and Music to students entering the first year of a Bachelor of Music degree program who show promise in either composition or performance.
Don Wright Scholarship in Music Education
Established by Don Wright to strengthen instrumental music in schools. Awarded on the recommendation of the DAN School of Drama and Music to a student in the Bachelor of Music program who has demonstrated talent and achievement in practical instrumental arrangement and orchestration with particular reference to music education.
Don Wright Scholarship in Vocal and Choral Music
Established by Don Wright with the aim of strengthening the teaching of vocal and choral music in the schools, especially in Grades 5 to 9. Awarded on the recommendation of the DAN School of Drama and Music to a student in the Bachelor of Music program who has demonstrated a special aptitude for vocal and choral music with particular reference to music education.
Donna Frazer Gobin Scholarship
Established in memory of Donna Frazer Gobin, distinguished teacher of piano and studio instructor of piano at Queen's. Awarded on the recommendation of the Dan School of Drama and Music to a student in the Bachelor of Music program whose major instrument is the piano. Preference will be given to students entering Queen's for the first time.
George Maybee Memorial Scholarship
Established by friends and admirers of George N. Maybee, D.Litt., F.R.S.M., late distinguished teacher, organist and Master of Choristers at St. George's Cathedral, Kingston, Ontario. Two or three scholarships are awarded annually on the recommendation of the DAN School of Drama and Music to full-time students in the Bachelor of Music program, whose major applied study is the organ or who show aptitude in choral conducting, with preference given to the former in cases of equal or near equal merit. Second-class standing in music courses as well as overall second-class standing is required to qualify for consideration for the award. Entrance candidates will be considered on the basis of promise. Further preference will be given to candidates who have attended a school in Frontenac County. In addition, candidates will be given special consideration if they have practised, or intend to practise the profession of music as church organists, choir directors or choristers.
The Graham George Memorial Scholarship in Composition
Established by Bachelor of Music Alumni from 1973 to 1977, and by faculty in the School of Music, in memory of Dr. Graham George (1912-1993), the first Head of the Department of Music (1968-1971), prominent professor of composition, respected scholar and performer, director of the Choral Ensemble in its early years, and teacher at Queen's University between 1946 and 1977. Awarded annually on the recommendation of the DAN School of Drama and Music to a student demonstrating exceptional ability and achievement in composition.
The Harold Arthur Cohen Book Prize
Established by the family in memory of Harold Arthur Cohen, B.A. 1928, B.Sc. Eng. Physics 1930. Awarded to a student entering the fourth year of the Bachelor of Music program, who shows great promise and exceptional ability to communicate the beauty of music through either performance or teaching potential.
Helen A. Howard – Bassoon Scholarship
Entering award for student whose principal instrument is bassoon. If no eligible candidates, the scholarship will be granted to an upper-year student with preference to a student whose principal instrument is bassoon.
The Istvan and Beate Anhalt Entrance Scholarship
Awarded on the recommendation of the DAN School of Drama and Music to students entering the first year of the Bachelor of Music program who show promise in either composition or performance. If there are no eligible entering students then the scholarship may be awarded to upper year students who specialize in composition or performance.
The Istvan Prize in Electroacoustics
Established in honour of Istvan Anhalt, LL.D (honoris causa, Queen's), Mus.D. (honoris causa, McGill), Professor Emeritus of Music, distinguished composer and teacher, and Head of the School of Music (1971-81). Awarded annually on the recommendation of the DAN School of Drama and Music to a full-time student, who demonstrates excellence in electroacoustics (composition, research, performance, production).
Jennifer Maginnis Memorial Scholarship for Woodwinds
Established by the B.Mus. class of 1985 in memory of Jennifer Maginnis, a B.Mus. student at the time of her death. Awarded on the recommendation of the DAN School of Drama and Music to a student who is enrolled in the B.Mus. program and is majoring in a woodwind instrument.
Five scholarships which include the James Rini Memorial Scholarship and the Helen Lucile Allan Memorial Scholarship are provided annually by the Kingston Symphony Association for award to full-time students in the B.Mus. program whose major instrument is an orchestral one. The scholarships are awarded on the recommendation of the DAN School of Drama and Music on basis of a competitive audition and satisfactory academic standing. Preference is given to candidates whose major instrument is one of those in which a vacancy exists in the Kingston Symphony Orchestra at the time of audition. While the award of a scholarship does not automatically entitle the recipient to a position in the Kingston Symphony Orchestra, acceptance of a scholarship constitutes an obligation on the part of the recipient to become a member of the Kingston Symphony Orchestra for the entire academic year of the scholarship should he or she be invited to do so in writing within three weeks of the award of the scholarship. In such cases the scholar will receive the normal local player's fee for services.
Lynn Anne Milsom Memorial Scholarship
Established by family and friends in memory of Lynn Anne Milsom, B.Mus. '88, a graduate student in Performance at Boston University at the time of her death. Awarded on the basis of competitive audition to a student entering the second, third, or fourth year of the B.Mus. program who is deemed by the DAN School of Drama and Music to have demonstrated exceptional ability in the area of performance on a woodwind instrument.
Margaret E.M. McLellan Memorial Scholarship
Established in November 2000 by family and friends in memory of Professor Margaret E.M. McLellan, Associate of the Royal College of Music, Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music, who taught in the School of Music at Queen's University for twenty-five years. Awarded on the recommendation of the DAN School of Drama and Music to a student in the Bachelor of Music program, whose major instrument is piano, and whose concentration is collaborative piano or piano performance. Preference will be given to students entering the second, third or fourth year of the program.
Margaret Farr Scholarship
Established in February 2007 by Margaret Farr and awarded on the basis of academic achievement to an undergraduate student entering full-time studies in the first year of a Bachelor of Music program in the DAN School of Drama and Music, who demonstrates exceptional ability in the area of performance on a string instrument (violin, viola, cello or double bass). If there is no eligible candidate entering first year, then the scholarship may be granted to an upper year student on the basis of academic achievement, who demonstrates exceptional ability in the area of performance on a string instrument.
The Maurice Dubin Memorial Prize in Electroacoustics
Established in memory of Maurice Dubin, a well-known Kingston musician until his death in 1983. Awarded annually on the recommendation of the DAN School of Drama and Music to a third- or fourth-year student demonstrating exceptional ability and achievement in composition.
Randall Marsh Memorial Scholarship in Voice
Established in memory of Randall Marsh, distinguished teacher of voice at Queen's. Awarded on the recommendation of the DAN School of Drama and Music to a student in the Bachelor of Music program whose major is voice.
Raymond H. and Phyllis J. Smart Scholarship in Music
Established in January 2010 by a bequest from the Estate of Phyllis J. Smart and awarded on the basis of academic excellence to students entering any year in the Bachelor of Music program or combined Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Education program. Awarded on the recommendation from the DAN School of Drama and Music.
University Scholarship in Music
Five scholarships awarded on the recommendation of the DAN School of Drama and Music with preference given to students entering the first year of the Bachelor of Music program. First year recipients are eligible to have their scholarships renewable for a second year provided the recipient achieves a minimum GPA of 3.5 in the first year.