Post-Secondary Scholarships

Post-Secondary Scholarship

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

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.

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


  • 2021 Zoe Leung (Kwantlen) and Nicola Ponsart (ECUAD), Medalta Scholarship; Georgia Fairhurst and Dimos Kefalas (Langara) Workshop Scholarship
  • 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

Endowed by the NWCF and matching grants from the Provincial government, the award is administered by Emily Carr University and awarded annually to one of their students.


Tianna Barton – 2017
Kyra Tapp – 2016​
Chrissy Soula Poulos – 2015
Richard Chapplo – 2013
Sarah Ladany – 2011
Kelly Austin – 2010
Suzanne Morrissette – 2008
Joelle Septe – 2005
Melisa Pavlovic – 2007
Joelle Septe – 2006

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