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Richard Dickens Music Scholarship Fund
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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.  For application information, please click below.

*Please note that this application is currently being updated; this award will not be available until 2022.

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.

Application Deadline: March 31st
Richard Dickens Music Scholarship Academic Application Form

Application Criteria:

  • This scholarship is for an award of $2,000 per year for up to four years, and will be awarded to a University/College Student in Canada registered in a music program at a valid accredited/approved educational institution.
  • You must be a student who has graduated from School District #73 in the year of application.

Application Checklist:

✓ Completed application form.
✓ 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.

I hereby make application for the Richard Dickens Music Scholarship. I understand that if I am awarded this scholarship the funds will be directed to my account at the University/College in Canada where I am registered. I will submit proof of continuing studies to receive that year’s award. I will have eighteen (18) months after being notified of being the successful candidate to claim the reward. The BC Interior Community Foundation may publicly announce the award made, noting the amount of the funds and naming me as a recipient, as well
as publishing any photo I have provided online or in-print (photo is optional, and will not affect your
application). 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.


Submit this form and any other required information to the BC Interior Community Foundation by email: scholarships@bcicf.ca by March 31st. Incomplete applications will not be considered.



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