Bursaries & Winners


The Festival Committee expresses its gratitude to the organizations, firms and individuals who have so generously donated Bursaries. Each year, due to the generosity of our Patrons, Donors, and Corporate Supporters, the Mid Island Performing Arts Festival typically awards bursaries to dozens of deserving young performers totalling more than $20,000. Each prospective recipient must be studying now or planning further study in the field for which the award is given and is carefully reviewed to be certain he/she qualifies before being recommended by professional Adjudicators.

Memorial Bursaries

In Memoriam Donor
Past Festival Members $1000 Mid Island Performing Arts Festival (N)
Evelyn Swinburne $750 Estate of Evelyn Swinburne (N)
Peg Prestley $750 Family and Friends (Scholarship Fund) (N)
Creighton/deRidder $700 Estate of Mary Martha Creighton (NS)
Joe and Peg Bertram $500 Family and Friends (Scholarship Fund) (N)
Andrew Dunsmore $500 The Rotary Club of Nanaimo (N)
Marlyn Thomson $250 Family and Friends (Scholarship Fund) (N)
Ken Bertram $250 Family and Friends (Scholarship Fund) (N)
Audrey Bertram $250 Family and Friends (Scholarship Fund) (N)
Helen Ruth Martin $250 BCRMTA – Mid-Island Branch (N)
Dorothy Atkinson $250 Pamela Atkinson Brown (N)
Evelyn Ramadan $100 Sharon Wishart (N)
Kathy Fawdry $100 Sharon Wishart (N)
Dorothy Howard $50 Donna Falconer (N)
Ken Marcinek $50 Joanne Marcinek (PA)

Other Bursaries & Donors

Mid Island Performing Arts Festival Dance Gala $5000 Nanaimo
Mid Island Performing Arts Festival Special Awards $3000 Nanaimo
Nanaimo Lions Club $1000 Nanaimo
Rose Bursaries $1000 Nanaimo
Kirkwood Parent-Teacher Liaison Committee $750 Nanaimo
BC Registered Music Teachers-Mid-Island Br. $500 Nanaimo
Nanaimo Theatre Group $450 Nanaimo
Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra $400 Nanaimo
Performing Fabrics & Dancewear $400 Nanaimo
Anonymous $200 Nanaimo
Jim Ursulak Woodwind Bursary $200 Nanaimo
Nanaimo Concert Band $150 Nanaimo
F. Chopin Bursary /Teresa Marusarz-Borek $150 Nanaimo
Piano Technicians Guild VI Chapter $100 Victoria
Nanaimo Ballet School PAC $100 Nanaimo
Torchbearer Gamma Chapter Beta Sigma Phi $100 Nanaimo
Innovate Dance Arts $100 Parksville
Beta Nu Master Chapter M1635 Beta Sigma Phi $75 Nanaimo
Mary Mark Brass Bursary $50 Nanaimo
Betty Reynolds and Family String Bursary $50 Nanaimo