Bursary Information

The Victoria Conservatory of Music is pleased to offer a financial aid program for individuals and families who need financial support in their pursuit of music education. Awards are granted to qualifying students to cover a portion of their tuition.

Bursary Funds
We are grateful to the donors whose generous contributions make our bursary program possible. The following are the bursary funds that have been created to assist our students are in pursuing their musical goals.

1. VCM Bursary
Successful applicants will be awarded the VCM Bursary, which can be applied as a 30% discount on most registrations.  The VCM Bursary is a pool of funds comprised of the following:

Millicent J Archer BursaryNorah Elizabeth Jones Jeffrey Bursary
Jack & Kay Barraclough Memorial BursaryMaria Manna Bursary
Jack & Hilda Beastall BursaryMichael Manning Bursary
Beatty Bursary – Sacred MusicJean D. Marcus Bursary Fund
Ray Buckett Memorial BursaryMcAlphine, Donald Peter Bursary
Marjorie Corah BursaryEmile & Mary Michaux Memorial Scholarship
Thomas A Crerar Memorial BursaryDorothy Naylor Bursary
Phyllis Cripps Memorial BursaryIrene Palinkas Bursary Fund
Edith & Vera Critchard BursaryCharles Palmer Organ Bursary
Evelyn M.R. Drake BursaryIvy Screech Bursary Fund
Thomas Henry Lewis Evans Memorial BursaryEstate of Naomi Skinner Bursary
First Nations Piano BursaryCharlton L. Smith Early Childhood Music Bursary
Stanley Flitcroft BursaryAlan Soulsby Memorial Bursary
Margaret Gage Scholarship FundVictor Stringer Bursary Fund
Nellie & John Gillespie BursaryTD Canada Trust Bursary
Captain Massy Goolden Bursary FundAnthony Thorn Memorial Bursary
Marjorie Hansen Piano BursaryOtto Tiemann Bursary Fund
Judith Harreman Memorial Voice ScholarshipVCM General Endowed Bursary Fund
James & Gladys Henderson BursaryMr & Mrs Arthur Welsley Vining Bursary
Velda Holland Piano BursaryPaul & Nora Wharf Scholarship/Bursary
I.O.D.E. Martlet Chapter BursaryDorothy White Bursary
Beatrice Coyle Widdup Bursary


2. Eric and Shirley Charman Young Musicians’ Bursary
Successful applicants who are 25 years of age and under will be awarded the Eric and Shirley Charman Young Musicians’ Bursary, which can be applied as a 20% discount on most registrations.  This will be in conjunction with the VCM Bursary for a combined 50% discount on most registrations.


Applying for Bursaries

Application TypeApplication periodBursary Use period
Returning StudentApplication period from March 1st to May 31st, notification by June 30thAvailable against registrations for the following academic year September 1 to August 31
New StudentContinuous intake, all applications received by 15th of each month will be processed by the end of the monthAvailable for classes starting and/or lessons occurring in the following month through to August 31
Emergency – for returning students whose circumstances have changedContinuous intake, all applications received by 15th of each month will be processed by the end of the monthAvailable for classes starting and/or lessons occurring in the following month through to August 31
Summer IntensiveApplication period opens February 1st. Deadlines vary depending on program, please refer to Summer Intensive page for more informationAvailable against registrations for Summer Intensive occurring in the following June to August

Applications are via our online form, click here.



Financial aid is available to current students or new students wishing to enroll at the VCM. Bursaries are granted on the basis of financial need. Students who cannot demonstrate financial need will not be considered for assistance. As funds are limited, bursary eligibility is based on the following criteria:

  • Income status – families whose annual household income does not exceed $80,000. Exceptional cases may be considered (i.e. three or more siblings registered at VCM).
  • Student’s and family’s account at the VCM must be in good standing.
  • New Student bursaries, issued outside of the standard application time period, will only be considered in cases where a student is new to the VCM (not registered in anything at the VCM in the past 24 months).
  • Those who are currently receiving any Music Therapy bursaries through the VCM are not also eligible for the general VCM Bursary.
  • Bursaries are for individuals only and cannot be awarded to businesses, trusts, or other organizations.  In addition, any lessons, sessions, or classes being billed to or paid for by third party funding organizations or programs (such as AFU, distance learning, etc.) are not eligible.
  • Any lessons or classes within the Collegium Program are not eligible for the general VCM Bursary or the Eric and Shirley Charman Young Musicians’ Bursary, since the Collegium Program already has discounts and scholarships applied to it.
  • Emergency bursary applications from returning students, issued outside of the standard application time period, will only be considered in cases where financial circumstances have changed, such as job losses, etc.

Other rules

  • Bursaries are applied via a discount against tuitions and are not refunded nor do they have a cash value.
  • The VCM reserves the right to verify all aspects of the applicant’s financial circumstances and possible resources and request further financial information if required.
  • Bursary recipients may be asked to contribute some of their time and talent to the VCM as volunteers. For this purpose, the student’s name may be forwarded to the Volunteer Coordinator.
  • Bursaries can only be applied to tuitions paid directly to the VCM (i.e. Camosun tuition is paid directly to Camosun, therefore VCM bursaries cannot be applied).
  • Bursaries cannot be retroactively applied to courses with a start date prior to awarding nor to private lessons that have already taken place.