Bursary Program

The Arts Carleton Place Student Bursary Program offers a $1,000.00 bursary to both Carleton Place High School and Notre Dame Catholic High School. The schools decide on how much and to whom the money will be awarded. Recipient is to be chosen by the school, based on the criteria listed below.


  • Must be a student at Carleton Place High School or Notre Dame Catholic High School
  • Must have been accepted into a recognized post-secondary institution and is registered into a full-time arts program
  • Must have demonstrated a commitment to their art form in their high school and or community

Eligible programs may include, but are not limited to:

  • Performing Arts (theatre, music, dance)
  • Visual Arts (drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, media, animation, film)
  • Applied Arts (graphic design, industrial design, fashion/textile design, interior design, decorative art, functional art, architecture, creative advertising, radio broadcasting)
  • Literary Arts (literature, creative writing, poetry, song-writing)

Students interested in this award should contact their high school for more information.

Past Award Winners

ACP has awarded Kiera Buchanan, of Carleton Place High School, a $1,000 bursary. The university course she is taking is a Bachelor in Cultural Studies with a specialization in Art. Kiera will be going into the Teacher Education stream with her teachables being Indigenous studies and Art. The recipient of the ACP $1,000 bursary at Notre Dame High School is Ella Hall.  She is taking a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa. Congratulations and good luck to both recipients!

ACP has awarded Mikayla Van der Ham, of Carleton Place High School, a $1000 bursary.  She will be headed off to Queen’s University in the fall to study concurrent education.  Ultimately, she would like to teach art to children.  She has taken art classes throughout her time at CPHS and has stood out in every one.
Congratulations to Elizabeth Brennen, winner of the $1000 2020 ACP Student Bursary for Notre-Dame High School, who is studying Concept Art at Algonquin College. Best wishes from Arts Carleton Place Association.

On June 28th, Lee Thirlwall presented on behalf of ACP a $1000 Bursary to Breanne Murray, from Notre Dame Catholic High School, who is off to Vancouver to study at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design.
On June 29th, Suzanne Deschênes, President of Arts Carleton Place, presented $500 ACP Bursaries to Carleton Place High School’s Kierra Bencz and Emma Lewis.  Kierra Bencz will be studying Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa while Emma Lewis has chosen to study in the field of Human Kinetics also at the University of OttawaEmma Lewis demonstrated a strong commitment to the arts in her high school and is also the recipient of the Maurice Price Foundation Merit Award presented by Jamie Bell.  Lewis also placed 2nd in the IODE English essay competition.

On June 28th, at Carleton Place High School, Interim President Suzanne Deschênes presented the $500 Bursary to Kristian Johnson who will be off to Nipissing University in North Bay to study History and Drama.  Kristian is hoping to become a teacher and we wish him success. At Notre Dame High School Lee Thirlwall presented a bursary of $250 to Katie Regis, who will be going to Ryerson University for a degree in Interior Design and $250 to Cameron Miller for his further education.

The bursary recipients were: Ben Ivens and Jessica Neil from Notre Dame High School and Nick Busby from Carleton Place High School.

Arts Carleton Place is pleased to announce our Bursary Winners: $500 was awarded to Leah West from Notre Dame High School who is pursuing Drama at Queen’s U., $250 to Josh Tyson who is going to Brock U. in Dramatic Arts and $250 to Katie Irvine who is attending York U.  for her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre.

At Carleton Place High School, Board member Carol Stephen presented the $500 Bursary to Pierre Yves Boulerice who will be studying game design at Sheridan College. At Notre Dame High School, Treasurer Ashley Stufko presented $250 to Sarah Derdzinski who is starting her BA in Fine Arts at Ottawa University. Joshua Ivens received $250 to study pre-Animation & Illustration at Algonquin College.

We are pleased to announce that Jade Armstrong, graduate of Notre Dame HS is pursuing further studies at Sheridan College in animation and has become an Arts CP member. Ashton Christina from Carleton Place HS will be attending Trent University studying Anthropology/forensic facial reconstruction combining art and science. Each student has received $500.

Arts Carleton Place is pleased to announce our 2013 Bursary Award winners:  The $500 Carleton Place High School recipient is Amir Van Alphen who is at Bishop University in Music Education.  Notre Dame High School had 2 recipients: $250 to Rachel Moffa who is studying Fine Arts at Ottawa University and $250 to Jessica Moran who is at Algonquin College in Animation. Thank you to Elsie Campbell, Board member, who presented the awards to the winners in June.

Congratulations to the 2012 bursary winners who are:
Mitchell Woodruff of Carleton Place High School
Chantal Horan and Steven MacMillan of Notre Dame High School

Congratulations to the Arts Carleton Place $500 bursary winners for this year:
Carleton Place High School – Aurora Judge – OACD for sculpture
Notre Dame High School – Alex Stalker – Algonquin College – video game development

This year, we have awarded two bursaries of $500 each to Devin Brown, Carleton Place High School and to Gabrielle Hoover, Notre Dame Catholic High School.
The Board presented $300 one-time awards to the following arts community organizations: LiPS Slam Poetry, the Mississippi Mudds Youth Choir, the Carleton Place & District Community Band and to business and community supporter SRC Music for their Youth Programme.

Arts Carleton Place presented the 2009 Student Award to the following successful applicants: Lisa Hartwig, Stephanie Hachey and Rebekah Young.

After a successful “Sounds of Downtown” fundraiser in September, Arts Carleton Place presented the 2008 Bursary Awards to students Lauren Leblanc, Andrew Dixon, Nathan Flint, Jessie Bonnah and Emerging Artist Award winner Lindsay Fry.

The 2007 Opportunity Award which is presented to a practicing artist in the community goes to Anne McRae, a local songwriter and musician.

The 2007 recipients are Matthew Clement from Carleton Place High School who is going to be studying visual arts at York University and Danielle Smith from Notre Dame High School who plans to study graphic design at the Ontario College of Art and Design.

Congratulations to All!