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New Donor-Funded Student Awards in 2019

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By Michelle Cyca

Posted on December 13, 2018 | Updated August 06, 2019, 9:07AM

Four new avenues of financial support are available for Emily Carr students.

Thanks to the generosity of Emily Carr donors, four new awards have been created for students. Three scholarships and one graduation award will alleviate financial pressures on the fortunate student recipients, and allow them to focus their energy on creativity and learning.

  • The Van Gogh Designs Furniture and Wood Design Graduation Award is a $1,000 award granted to a graduating industrial design student. The inaugural winner will be selected from work exhibited at the 2019 Grad Show. This award will be granted for the next five years.
  • The Gathie Falk Visual Arts Scholarship is a $2,500 award for a graduate student in Visual Arts, funded by the Y.P. Heung Foundation. The inaugural recipient will be chosen in the Spring 2019 semester, and this award will be granted for the next five years.
  • The Bill Reid Visual Arts Scholarship is a $2,500 award for an undergraduate student in Visual Arts, also funded by the Y.P. Heung Foundation. Preference will be granted to Indigenous students. The inaugural recipient will be chosen in the Spring 2019 semester, and this award will be granted for the next five years.
  • The Yau Family Foundation Scholarship will provide two $5,000 scholarships to graduate students in the MFA program. The inaugural recipients will be chosen in the Spring 2019 semester, and these awards will be granted for the next three years.

Two of the new awards were funded by the Y.P. Heung Foundation. Founded in 2012, the Foundation is dedicated to supporting programs, organizations and post-secondary schools throughout Vancouver and British Columbia. Their charitable activities focus on the areas of art and culture, education and health.

“We are pleased to provide the Gathie Falk Award and Bill Reid Award to students at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design. These awards reflect our mission to support arts and education, as well as our continued commitment to youth in this province,” says Raymond Heung, trustee of the Y.P. Heung Foundation.

Donor-funded awards are an incredible resource for Emily Carr students, and enable the University to provide financial support to hundreds of students each year.

“I can’t imagine a life without drawing every day,” said student Stephanie Broder, recipient of the Alvin Balkind Memorial Scholarship. “This opportunity to build a career out of something I love so dearly is an exciting prospect. It means so much to me to know there are people who will support the dreams of developing artists.”

In the 2017/18 academic year, donors provided more than $287,000 in graduation awards, scholarships and bursaries to 287 students. More than half of all award funds are the result of donations.

For a complete list of donor-funded awards, visit our Donor page. Other external scholarships can be found under Scholarships + Financial Aid.

To learn more about our donor community, contact the Advancement Office.