Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Nova Scotia Talent Trust Continues to Invest in Emerging Artists with $72,000 in Scholarships


October 3, 2023 - MEDIA RELEASE

The NS Talent Trust Continues to Invest in Aspiring Nova Scotian Artists.  

3 October 2023
Halifax/K'jipuktuk, NS
Having completed the scholarship selection process for 2023, the NS Talent Trust has awarded scholarships to 41 emerging Nova Scotian artists from all over the province who are pursuing studies in Dance, Music, Theatre, Film, Literary Arts, and Visual Arts.
This year's Talent Trust recipients come from Guysborough, East Chezzetcook, Windsor Junction, Hammonds Plains, Prospect, Maitland, Northside East Bay, Greenhill, Upper Kennetcook, Mineville, Hackett's Cove, Hantsport, Brookside, Lower Sackville,
 as well as Bedford, Dartmouth and Halifax.  It is incredible to see aspiring artists hailing from so many Nova Scotian communities.  Many will begin their artistic journeys in schools and programs all around the world, from Toronto and New York to Italy and Scotland. Whatever path they choose, this year's scholarship recipients represent the very best of Nova Scotia's talent.

Beginning with the very first scholarship recipient, Portia White, NSTT scholarship recipients consistently promote and enhance the Arts & Culture sector in Nova Scotia.  With the support of the NSTT, they have the opportunity to perfect their craft with some of the best mentors and programs the world has to offer.  Just as Portia White built a successful career and long-lasting legacy, many other Talent Trust recipients have gone on to do the same - artists like Reeny Smith, Breagh Isabel, Shauntay Grant, and Walter Borden.  With over $2.5 million in scholarships to more than 1000 artists since 1944, there are endless stories of incredible creativity, perseverance, and success among the Talent Trust alumni.

Our scholarship recipients are chosen through a thorough and collaborative process by the Scholarship Selection Committee.   This Committee functions independently and is comprised of twelve professional artists representing the six disciplines of Music, Dance, Film, Theatre, Literary Arts, and Visual Arts. The Committee members volunteer their time and expertise to review applications, provide the recipients with meaningful feedback, and name the scholarship recipients based on their skill, dedication and potential.  It is with sincere gratitude to the Scholarship Selection Committee members that we present this year's scholarship recipients.
This year's 51 successful scholarships were chosen from a field of 106 applications over two submission periods ending March 1st and May 1st 2023.

Five scholarships of $2000 each are supported by the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council Nova Scotia Arts Endowment Fund.  This year's recipients are Devon Pennick-Reilly, Anisa Sobhani, Michelle Hebert, Sahara Nyathi, and Lucas Arab. 

The CN Halifax Community Fund Scholarship was established in 2021 by the CN Halifax Community Board.  This $1,000 scholarship goes to contemporary dancer, Joel Lawrence.

The Anne-Marie Woods/Imani Enterprises African Diaspora Travel Scholarship of $1000 was generously sponsored by Anne-Marie Woods, past Talent Trust scholarship recipient. The recipient of this scholarship is Harmony Adesola.

Together with our generous donors, sponsors, and supporters, the Talent Trust was able to award $72,000 in scholarships in 2023.  Our sincere thanks go to Arts Nova Scotia, the RBC Foundation, the CN Halifax Community Board, the Craig FoundationAnne-Marie Woods, and our community who have made it possible to provide support to these gifted artists when they need it the most.  

Below is the complete list of the 2023 Nova Scotia Talent Trust scholarship recipients.

You can read the Press Release here.
 Media Contact: 
 Andrea Urquhart, Executive Director 
 Nova Scotia Talent Trust 
 (902) 492 6801 
About the NSTT
Since 1944, the NS Talent Trust has provided more than $2.5 million in scholarships and special awards to over 1,000 Nova Scotians pursuing careers in the disciplines of Music, Dance, Film, Theatre, Literary Arts, and Visual Arts.  It is the only organization of its kind in the country.

Nova Scotia Talent Trust Scholarship Recipients 2023


CN Community Fund Scholarship
Joel Lawrence

Maitland NS ● Contemporary

NS Arts Endowment Fund Scholarship
Sahara Nyathi

Halifax NS ● Ballet, Contemporary

Isabella Brennan
Halifax NS ● Ballet

Minuet Charron
Halifax NS ● Contemporary, Choreography

Lara Frame
Prospect NS ● Ballet

Rebecca Swift
Mineville NS ● Contemporary, Ballet

Stan Tonin
Windsor Junction NS ● Contemporary, Ballet

Aidan Vaudreuil-Wakeham
Lower Sackville NS ● Ballet


NS Arts Endowment Fund Scholarship
Devon Pennick-Reilly

Halifax NS ● Narrative Screenwriting

Calcifer Harris
East Chezzetcook NS ● Film, Video

Caroline MacKeen
Guysborough NS ● Filmmaking

Literary Arts

NS Arts Endowment Fund Scholarship
Michelle Hebert
Halifax NS ● Creative Non-Fiction

Rae Steeves
Halifax NS ● Creative Non-Fiction


Jenny Chen
Halifax NS ● Piano

Sherry Chen
Hammonds Plains NS ● Piano

Makye Clayton
Halifax NS ● Hip Hop, Music Production 

Kate Dietz
Hacketts Cove NS ● Classical Voice

Kailan Fournier-Poteet
Halifax NS ● Clarinet

Lucas Goudie
Halifax NS ● Drum Kit

Devin Huang
Bedford NS ● Piano

Jacob MacDonald
Upper Kennetcook NS ● Cello

Sophia Maskine
Halifax NS ● Classical Voice

Shaw Nicholson
Halifax NS ● Trumpet

Ameilia Parks
Halifax NS ● Horn

Mackenzie Sechi
Northside East Bay NS ● Opera

Abigail Sinclair
Halifax NS ● Classical Voice

Patrick (Hsiu-Ping) Wu
Halifax NS ● Composition

Alex Yang
Bedford NS ● Piano

Luyan (Lucy) Zhang
Bedford NS ● Piano


NS Arts Endowment Fund Scholarship
Anisa Sobhani

Dartmouth NS ● Musical Theatre

Olivia Martin
East Chezzetcook NS ● Film & TV Acting

Annika Murray
Greenhill NS ● Musical Theatre

Jilian Peters
Dartmouth NS ● Musical Theatre

Visual Arts 
NS Arts Endowment Scholarship
Lucas Arab

Halifax NS ● Scenic & Projection Design

Alexis Cluney
Hammonds Plains NS ● Interdisciplinary Design

Emily Flinn
Halifax NS ● Painting & Printmaking

Oscar Jarsky
Dartmouth NS ● Printmaking & Drawing

Maya Keleris
Halifax NS ● Painting & Printmaking

Kaya Panthier
Halifax NS ● Painting & Printmaking

Anna Syme
Hantsport NS ● Drawing & Painting

Naomi Zamir
Brookside NS ● Metalsmithing & Jewelry Making

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