John K. Nikel Scholarship Application Guidelines
Current Grade 12 students or individuals who graduated from high school in 2020. Applicants MUST reside in the northern portion of the Province of Alberta. This includes all points north of the City of Red Deer.
Amount, Number and Timing of Scholarship:
The John K. Nikel Scholarship is valued at $2500.00. One scholarship will be awarded annually in the South and one in the North of the province of Alberta. The awards will be presented during the Alberta International Band Festival.
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, some 50 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 11th, 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. Nikel Scholarship has been established as a legacy of this commitment. The scholarship will assist a young Albertan with aspirations of being a band director to purse their post-secondary studies.
Application and Selection Process:
Each year, prior to the Alberta International Band Festival, application forms and related materials will be made available to band directors and potential candidates via email and on the AIBF website. Interested applicants will be required to submit their complete applications so they are received by the assigned deadline each year. For 2020, the deadline is March 1st, 2020.
The successful applicant will be selected based on the strength of his/her application by the AIBF Scholarship Selection Committee. The decision of the Committee will be final.
The successful applicant will be notified by telephone and in writing. A certificate of acknowledgement will be presents to the recipient at the Feature Concert for the Alberta International Band Festival in Edmonton on Wednesday, March 11th, 2020 at the ATB Financial Barn at 7:00 PM. The scholarship itself will be paid when proof of registration in an appropriate post-secondary institution for the fall of 2020 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.
AIBF Professional Deveopment Scholarships North
The Alberta International Band Festivals are pleased to announce four professional development scholarships, valued at $500 each (for a total of $2,000 annually).
- Two scholarships will be awarded annually at the final awards of the Alberta International Band Festival in Edmonton. (Any band teacher residing and working north of the City of Red Deer.)
- Two scholarships will be awarded annually at the final awards of the Alberta International Band Festival in Calgary.
It is the intent of the scholarship that the funds be put towards costs incurred by the recipient educator to attend high quality professional development conferences. Examples could include:
- The Alberta Band Association Conference
- The Chicago Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic
- Music Mentors International Workshops
Applications will only be accepted from directors whose bands are registered and participating in the Alberta International Band Festival.
We are very grateful to the Alberta International Band Festival Scholarship Fund for their generosity in funding this professional development for four educators for 2020.
The application deadline is March 1st, 2020. Please view guidelines for submission requirements below.
The successful applicants in the southern portion of the Province of Alberta will be notified by telephone and in writing. A certificate of acknowledgement will be presented to the recipients at the Festival Concert for the Alberta International Band Festival on Wednesday, March 11th, 2020 @ 7 PM in Edmonton at the ATB Financial Arts Barn.
The scholarship monies will be paid directly to the successful applicants upon presentation of receipts from the chosen conference (examples could include registration fee, transportation costs or hotel costs). In all matters concerning the eligibility and payment, the decision of the AIBF Scholarship Committee shall be final.