Grants & Bursaries

The NSMEA offers financial assistance for members of the association. Here is a brief summary of bursaries and scholarships offered. The applications are available in PDF format below - simply click on the appropriate link. If you would like more information, or would like to receive an application through mail, contact the webmaster.

Catherine Allison Memorial Scholarship

The Catherine Allison Memorial scholarship is offered annually by the Nova Scotia Music Educators Association. The amount of this scholarship is determined annually.

All decisions made by the selection committee are final. The committee reserves the right not to award the scholarship in any given year. 

Applicants for the scholarship must:

  1. Be a native of Nova Scotia, or a long-term resident of Nova Scotia, with at least six (6) years of education in Nova Scotia.
  2. Be enrolled at a university or teacher-training institution in a course leading to a degree or certificate in music education.
  3. Have successfully completed at least one (1) year of said course.
  4. Enclose or forward an official transcript of marks from both your high school and university.
  5. Have the application to the scholarship chair by May 15.
  6. Enclose a short essay with your views on music education and your plans regarding participation in the field following completion of courses.
  7. Include SIN number for income tax purposes.
  8. Include two written reference letters attesting to your character and achievement.

Catherine Allison Memorial Scholarship Application

Elizabeth & Forest Fyfe Memorial Bursary

The Elizabeth & Forest Fyfe Award is offered annually through a trust fund initiated by the late Elizabeth M. Fyfe, of Halifax, Nova Scotia, and managed by the Abilities Foundation of Nova Scotia.


  1. The award is available to all residents of Nova Scotia, up to age 21, who function with a physical disability.
  2. Those persons with a mobility disability will be given preference.
  3. The award will be presented to a student enrolled in a Nova Scotia educational or training institution.
  4. The award may be used to cover costs associated with the applicant's musical development, including, but not restricted to, tuition.
  5. No individual shall receive the award in consecutive years unless determined by the selection committee. 

Elizabeth and Forest Fyfe Memorial Bursary Application

NSMEA Development Grant

The Nova Scotia Music Educators Association offers development grants for special projects and professional development. Applicants must be active members of the NSMEA.

Consideration will be given to first-time applicants. The amount of the grant will not exceed 50% of the actual cost of the project.The selection committee determines the allocation of grants. All decisions made by the selection committee are final. An individual can only be awarded this grant, once, in a three year period. The committee reserves the right not to award the grant in any given year.

Special Projects - To assist with special projects relating to ongoing education in the field of music (performance, music education or composition).

Professional Development - To assist with study at a recognized university, institute or conducting workshop. In selecting the recipient, the committee will consider the direct application of the course to the present teaching assignment.

Upon completion of the special project or study the successful applicant will agree to do one of the following:

  1. A presentation at the fall conference,
  2. An article for the NSMEA journal/Newsletter.

NSMEA Development Grant Application

NSMEA Music Workshop Funding Request

The NSMEA offers funding for NSMEA members who undertake to present a workshop for music educators. Applicant is offered fifty percent (50%) of the cost to a maximum of $250.


  1. Any NSMEA member may apply
  2. Application forms shall be submitted no later than one month before the requested workshop.
  3. A complete financial statement and a report of workshop highlights must be sent within seven (7) days of the completion of the workshop to the NSMEA Professional Development Committee. A cheque will then be forwarded.
  4. Funding requests will be granted at the discretion of the Professional Development funding committee. The decision of the Professional Development committee will be final.

NSMEA Workshop Grant Application

Summer Study Bursary Application

Five scholarships of $150 each are being offered by the NSMEA. Application is open to any music student attending Grade 12 or under in Nova Scotia. Priority will be given to first time applicants. Bursaries are to be used to defray costs at any summer music camp. The decision of the selection committee will be final.

The application must be accompanied by:

  1. A letter written by the applicant indicating your interests in summer study and your specific needs;
  2. A letter of recommendation from your music teacher, who is an active member of NSMEA, indicating specific recommendations regarding progress, potential and responsibility. An additional letter from a music teacher who is not a member of NSMEA is also acceptable.
    **Because of Work To Rule of NSTU members, a letter from your music teacher is not required for the 2016-2017 application year.  HOWEVER, you must include the following information in your application:
         Your teacher's name, contact information and if they are an
         NSMEA member
  3. If you wish to be considered for the Frances Tyrrell Memorial Summer Study Bursary in addition to the Summer Study Bursary, please detail your leadership qualities and experience in your application letter and indicate that you are applying for this bursary. Frances Tyrrell was a music educator and the Music Supervisor for the former Halifax County-Bedford District School Board. Priority will be given to applicants who demonstrate leadership qualities in their involvement with music. The successful applicant will receive an award of $200 to defray the
    cost of a summer music camp.

Applications must be received no later than May 15.

The successful applicant will be notified before the end of June.

Summer Study Bursary Application