Post-Secondary Scholarships

Mitra Mahmoodi, Self portrait day 2/7, 2018, Ceramics, 29.5 x 23.5 x 16.5 inches. Photo credit: the artist

Helmy Louwe Younker Memorial Endowment Post-Secondary Scholarships

In the interest of expanding our collaboration with other institutions and supporting the professional ambitions of student makers, the North-West Ceramics Foundation is partnering with three educational institutions in the Lower Mainland to provide Post-Secondary Scholarships to outstanding students. The scholarships assist students from Emily Carr University of Art and Design and Kwantlen Polytechnic University, both of which have four-year ceramics programs, to attend a one-month summer residency at the Medalta International Artists-in-Residence in Medicine Hat, Alberta, and from Langara College, which has a two-year program, to attend workshops of their choice. These scholarships represent a new initiative on the part of the NWCF to support students and to promote contemporary ceramics education and practice in all of its forms in Western Canada. Starting in 2023, the post-secondary scholarships have been supported by the generous donation of Richard Younker through the Helmy Louwe Younker Memorial Endowment.

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Learn more about the Langara student experience at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.


  • 2023 Ice Fredericks  (ECUAD), Claudia Zilin Shen (Kwantlen), Medalta Scholarship; Ilana Fonariov (Selkirk College); Claudia Zilin Shen and Eloisa Mae Uy (Kwantlen) Shadbolt residency
  • 2022 Kelly Yorke (Kwantlen) and Julia Chang (ECUAD), Medalta Scholarship; Kacey Hughes and  Kelly Yorke (Kwantlen); Courtney Mott and Kassandra Lee (Langara), Shadbolt residency
  • 2021 Zoe Leung (Kwantlen) and Nicola Ponsart (ECUAD), Medalta Scholarship; Georgia Fairhurst and Dimos Kefalas (Langara) Workshop Scholarship
  • 2020–no scholarship awarded due to Covid 19
  • 2019 Leslie Dominique Gonzaga Sanchez (Kwantlen) and Alexandra McCoy (ECUAD), Medalta Scholarship; Kelsey Sparrow (Langara) Workshop Scholarship
  • 2018 Kacey Hughes (Kwantlen) and Mitra Mahmoodi (ECUAD), Medalta Scholarship
  • 2017 Aimee Risby (Kwantlen) and Logan Kenler (ECUAD), Medalta Scholarship

Emily Carr Endowment Fund NWCF Scholarship

Kelly Austin, Stilled Composition 57, 2018 stoneware, porcelain, timber, acrylic paint 60cm, x 30cm x 30cm

Terms for the North-West Ceramics Foundation scholarship were created in 2000, with the initial investment  matched by the Provincial Government. The North-West Ceramics Foundation Endowment Fund is administered by Emily Carr University and, after the initial five (5) year endowment, awarded annually to one of their students.


2023 – Kimberly Ronning
2022 – Yun-Tzu Chang – 2022
2021 – Azadeh Mehryar – 2021
2020 – Kaitlyn Langille-Herlehy
2019 – Anna Luth
2018 –  Tianna Barton
2017 – Tianna Barton
2016 – Logan Kenler
2015 – Chrissy Soula Poulos
2014 – Richard Chapplow
2013 – Richard Chapplow
2012 – Sarah Ladany
2011 – Sarah Ladany
2010 – Kelly Austin
2009 – Emma Kelser
2008 – Suzanne Morrissette
2007 – Melisa Pavlovic
2006 – Joelle Sept


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