Scholarships: Getting to know MAC’s new arts grants

By Cathleen Enns and Charlene Brown

The Student Scholarships program provides assistance to Manitoban students pursuing professional careers in the arts, engaged in study in Canada and abroad.


The Program

The Scholarship program supports training or study in any artistic discipline for full-time students at certified educational institutions.


Grant types and amounts

This program has four grant types: undergraduate, graduate, in Canada, and abroad. For programs in Canada, undergraduate students can apply for $ 2,000 and graduate students can apply for $ 3,000. If the program is outside of Canada, undergraduate students can apply for $ 3,000 and graduate students can apply for $ 4,000.


Who can apply

In order to apply to the Scholarships program, you must be admitted or accepted to an undergraduate or graduate level program in an arts discipline at a post-secondary institution.

You must also first have a valid profile as a student-of-the-arts on MAC’s Online Application System. Make sure to submit your profile to MAC at least 15 business days before you want to start your application.


When you can apply

The Scholarships program will have one deadline in a given calendar year.  The deadline for the Scholarships program is April 30th.

Applicants must submit their applications for any MAC program by 11:59 PM on the day of the deadline. Ideally, submit your application during MAC office hours 8:30 – 4:30 Monday to Friday to ensure availability of assistance, if need be.


How decisions are made

Your application to the Scholarships program will be assessed by a jury representing a discipline or group of disciplines. This jury will use the following criteria to evaluate your proposed project:

  • Artistic Merit (60%)
  • Educational merit (30%)
  • Feasibility (10%)

If you’re interested in reading up on MAC’s evaluation process, you should check out our Peer Assessment Handbook.


Applied to MAC before?

Still wondering if this program is right for your project? Our new programs continue to fund the kinds of activities that were supported in our previous programs.

Specifically, the Scholarships grant supports the activities that were eligible in the following program:

  • Student Bursaries

If you’re still not sure, get in touch with us. We would be happy to help you!


Summary of changes from previous Student Bursary program:

  • new deadline
  • no budget required
  • you must have a valid Student-of-the-arts profile to apply
  • the award of a MAC student scholarship is not taxable