The John K. Nikel Scholarship (AIBF South)
Current Grade 12 students or individuals who graduated from high school in 2020. Applicants MUST reside in the southern portion of the Province of Alberta. This includes the City of Red Deer and all points south.
AMOUNT, NUMBER AND TIMING OF THE SCHOLARSHIP:
The John K. Nikel Scholarship is valued at $2,500. One scholarship will be awarded annually and announced on February 28th, 2023 at the Alberta International Band Festival Showcase Concert.
In 1971, Mr. John Nikel had a vision for a band festival that would provide an opportunity for young Albertans to perform and learn in a positive, educational environment. This vision resulted in the first Alberta International Band Festival (then the Alberta Stage Band Festival) with 8 jazz bands performing in the first year. Now, 52 years later, the Festival annually hosts more than 300 school and community concert and jazz bands in Edmonton and Calgary and is recognized for its commitment to education through world-class adjudicators and excellent performance venues. In keeping with the original vision of Mr. Nikel, the festival continues to be managed by volunteers, mostly band directors, in both Edmonton and Calgary as a not-for-profit venture.
Mr. Nikel passed away on January 11, 2008, leaving a huge legacy of support for the Arts in Alberta. Mr. Nikel continued to advocate tirelessly for music education, particularly band programs in schools until the end. The John K. Memorial Nikel Scholarship has been established as a legacy of this commitment. This scholarship will assist a young Albertan with aspirations of being a band director to pursue their post-secondary studies.
The application deadline is 5:00 PM on Wednesday, February 15th, 2023. Please see below for submission requirements.
Please encourage your students to apply if the criterion for the scholarship applies to them. If you have questions about this award, please contact the chair of the Alberta International Band Festival for Southern Alberta - Mike Jewitt at [email protected].
The successful applicant will be notified by telephone and in writing. A certificate of acknowledgement will be mailed to the recipient after the announcement on Tuesday, February 28th, 2023. The recipient will be also provided with the necessary details in regards to the award disbursement.
The scholarship itself will be paid when proof of registration in an appropriate post-secondary institution for the fall of 2023 has been received by the Alberta International Band Festival. The scholarship monies will be paid directly to the post-secondary institution towards tuition and fees. In all matters concerning the eligibility and payment, the decision of the AIBF Scholarship Committee shall be final.
APPLICATIONS MAY BE SUBMITTED ONLINE.
The Mike Sakatch Jazz Prospect Scholarship
The Mike Sakatch Jazz Prospect Scholarship is an award open to all Alberta International Band Festival high school participants who intends to pursue music at the post-secondary level following high school. The scholarship is NOT restricted to grade 12 students.
The Mike Sakatch Jazz Prospect Scholarship is valued at $500.
It is intent of the scholarship that the funds offset the expense of post-secondary or extracurricular musical studies and provide the recipient with an extra incentive to continue with their music education. Examples include but are not limited to:
- Post-secondary tuition
- Private music lessons
- Attendance at a summer music camp that will enhance their musical development.
The application deadline is Wednesday, February 15th, 2023. Please see application form for submission requirements.
The successful applicant in the southern portion of the Province of Alberta will be notified by telephone and in writing.
The scholarship monies will only be granted when the recipient submits proof of enrollment in an acceptable program of study. In all matters concerning the eligibility and payment, the decision of the AIBF Scholarship Committee shall be final.
APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE AT - https://forms.gle/TRCGyK7VEZcGf91t7
*** The deadline for applications is Wednesday, February 15th, 2023 at 5:00 PM.
Any questions about the application should be directed to Mike Jewitt at [email protected]. Please ensure that "Jazz Prospect Scholarship Application" is in the heading.