Scholarships & Grants

THE PRESIDENT’S BURSARY AWARD was established in 2012 to assist deserving and talented young guitarists in the GTA to further their development as musicians.

The award was developed at the suggestion of Eli Kassner, with initial funding from then-president Harold Levy, and is supported through the ongoing generosity of Guitar Society donors.

The President’s Bursary Award is intended to assist talented young classical guitarists who are aiming toward careers in music. 

One award of not less than $1,000 will be given out each year; awards will not be split among candidates, but the jury may decide to give more than one award in a given year.

Eligibility guidelines are spelled out in detail on the APPLICATION FORM [PDF].

Beginning this year, the two-year residency requirement has been removed.  The award is open to students up to and including the Master’s level. 

The winner will have an opportunity to perform a short concert at the Guitar Society’s Toronto Guitar Weekend in April.

The deadline to apply is January 15, 2020.

Past winners of this award include:

Trevor Cooper

Patrick Teggart
Nevan Prostran

Adam Batstone
Shawn Pickup

Shawn Pickup
Emad Bagheri

No award

Erez Sussman

James Renwick