At the UBC School of Music, we have several scholarships and awards available for our undergraduate and graduate students.
Bernard Wigmore Cox Memorial Fund
Established in the loving memory of Bernard (Bernie) Cox (1929-2016) by his family in 2018. The fund provides financial support to UBC School of Music students who are members of the UBC Symphony Orchestra. $1,000 will be available each year to reimburse one or more deserving students for expenses related to the repair and maintenance of their instruments.
The Bernard Wigmore Cox Memorial Fund was established in loving memory of Bernard (Bernie) Cox (1929-2016) by his family in 2018. The fund is intended to provide financial support to UBC School of Music students who are members of the UBC Symphony Orchestra. $1,000 will be made available each year to reimburse one or more deserving students for expenses related to the repair and maintenance of their instruments. About the Fund From the Memorial Fund, an amount of $1,000 is available each year to reimburse one or more deserving students for expenses related to the repair and maintenance of their instruments—with a preference given to the care of woodwind instruments. Students may also be reimbursed for the cost of sheet music and scores.
Students who require financial assistance to support their music studies, will be invited to apply for this support by an annual mid-year deadline (January 15) with a short rationale of their financial need, a letter of recommendation from their supervisor, and financial receipts.
Funding approval will be determined by a committee of UBC School of Music faculty, including (but not limited to) the Director of Orchestras. Students should submit their applications to the Assistant to the Director. Please include Bernard Cox Memorial Scholarship in the subject line of your email.
Bernie held the position of Histology Technician for the UBC School of Medicine, Department of Anatomy for 37 years. He was responsible for a wide variety of complex histological techniques and microscopic preparations for the Department. His duties also included the preparation of hundreds of anatomy study slides for medical students each year.
Bernie also served as Department Photographer. This position included dark room techniques associated with the development of negatives and subsequent printing of pictures. For many years, he was an enthusiastic member of the Department of Anatomy’s slow pitch softball team and played well into his eighties. His meticulous attention to detailed technical work extended to his hobbies.
He maintained a collection of musical instruments and had a particular interest in woodwinds, their construction, and the constant challenge of maintaining their tonality. He composed his own music and was a long time enthusiastic follower of the UBC Symphony Orchestra.
Karen McKellin International Leader of Tomorrow (KMILOT) Award
The School of Music Karen McKellin International Leader of Tomorrow (KMILOT) Award recognizes students who demonstrate superior promise as musicians as well as outstanding academic achievement and involvement in other fields of endeavour such as student affairs and community service.
There is no application process for most scholarships in Music. New and returning students in all School of Music degree programs are automatically considered for these scholarships, which vary from $500 to $3,500 (awarded to over 100 B.Mus. students). Returning B.Mus. student scholarship recipients must meet the basic minimum academic requirements: registered for 27 percentage grade credits in the prior Winter Session, 75% average, no fails or standing deferreds. Please note that scholarships are not guaranteed to be renewed.
Joseph and Melitta Kandler Scholarship
An annual scholarship of $4500 has been endowed for a BMus student in their third or fourth year or a graduate student in the School of Music. The scholarship assists with the cost of pursuing advanced music training or research outside of Canada through a program of study approved by the school.
Johann Strauss Foundation — Lotte and John Hecht Memorial Scholarships
Established by the Johann Strauss Foundation, and augmented by generous annual support from the Hecht Foundation, the Strauss-Hecht Scholarships are available for advanced study of music at specified public or private institutions in Austria. We offer up to three $5000 scholarships annually.