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Richard Dickens Music Scholarship Fund
Fund Categories: Scholarship
Application Deadline: March 31st

Established in memory of Richard Dickens to support a student who has demonstrated exemplary aptitude and achievement in music and who is continuing full-time studies in music at the post-secondary level.  This scholarship is awarded by the Richard Dickens Scholarship Committee and administered by the BC Interior Community Foundation. 

Mr. Richard Dickens was born in Los Angeles in 1942. He started teaching music in 1965 in Revelstoke, where he started the band program. Four years later, the program had grown to 300 students and he moved on to Kamloops, where he established a dynasty of quality music ensembles at Kamloops Secondary School. His groups won numerous awards and commendations, but for Dick, the greatest joy was to see students carry on in music beyond high school. Dick established this scholarship in his will to support this belief in post-secondary music education. After retirement, Dick continued to support music through community work, his role as School Trustee, and advocacy for a post-secondary music program in Kamloops. This scholarship came into existence after his unfortunate passing in 2009.


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    Richard Dickens Music Scholarship Academic Application Form

    Richard Dickens Music Scholarship


    • Amount: $2,000 per year for up to four years.
    • Selected by the BC Interior Community Foundation Scholarship Committee together with School District #73 secondary school music teachers.
    • The successful applicant must claim the award by December 31st of the year following the year awarded.

    You must meet all of the criteria below to qualify and apply for this award.

    • Student who has graduated from School District #73 in the year of application.
    • Intending on registering in a Canadian University or College music program at an accredited/approved educational institution.

    • Student’s most current official transcripts.
    • 10-minute recording demonstrating your technical/musical skills.
    • Two (2) letters of reference from music teachers, at least one of which must be your school music teacher.
    • A letter detailing your music background and your service to any music programs that you participated in on a school, district and community level.
    Only students who graduate in the same year as their application are eligible.
    Must be in School District #73

    Successful Applicant Agreement

    In order to be eligible for this award, you must agree to all statements.
    • In applying for the above award, I understand that, if I am the successful applicant, the funds will be directed to my account at an eligible post-secondary institution upon proof of registration being submitted to BC Interior Community Foundation (BCICF) by email at scholarships@bcicf.ca.
    • I understand that if I am awarded this scholarship I will submit proof of continuing studies to receive that year’s award.
    • I understand that I will have up to December 31st of the year following the year  notified of being the successful candidate to claim the award.
    • I declare that all the information that I have provided with this application is true and accurate.
    • If any information is inaccurate, I understand that this award may be reassessed and/or withdrawn.
    • BCICF may publicly announce the award made, noting the amount of the funds and naming me as a recipient, as well as publishing any photo provided by me or taken by BCICF for promotional purposes.

    Application Checklist

    Use the application checklists below to ensure that you have completed all necessary components and submitted the required documents.
    Please be aware that incomplete applications will not be considered.

    Maximum file size: 516MB

    We're here to help you. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns:
    BC Interior Community Foundation is open Tuesday to Friday from 9am - 4pm.
    Should you wish to contact us, email scholarships@bcicf.ca or call 250- 434-6995.


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