Awards & Scholarships
Every year SMEA presents a number of awards, scholarships and bursaries to recognize outstanding music leaders, students and volunteers and to support the continued success of music education in Saskatchewan.
SMEA Outstanding Achievement Award
This award recognizes one outstanding accomplishment OR an ongoing dedication to excellence in music. The recipient need not be nor have even been a SMEA member.
SMEA Honourary Lifetime Award
Presented to retired or current members who have demonstrated one or more of the following:
Raised the profile of the value of music education in Saskatchewan
Made a significant contribution to music education initiatives
Made significant contributions to SMEA and music education in Saskatchewan.
CMEA/ACME Builders Award
The Builders Award seeks to recognize those who advance music education in any Canadian province, through building community or establishing significant collaborative efforts.
CMEA/ACME New Teacher's Award
The New Teacher Award seeks to recognize newer music educators who advance music education in any Canadian province, through building community or establishing significant collaborative efforts.
Rj Staples Memorial Scholarship
A $500 annual scholarship in honour of Rj Staples awarded to a University of Saskatchewan third or forth year Music Education student on the basis of academic achievement and the student’s contribution in performing areas and groups within the Department of Music.
Frank Connell Memorial Scholarship
A $500 annual scholarship in honour of Frank Connell awarded to a University of Regina third or forth year Music Education student on the basis of academic achievement and the student’s contribution in performing areas and groups within the Department of Music.
Five (5) annual bursaries worth $200 each awarded to an SMEA member planning to take post-secondary classes to pursue either their master/graduate degree or an advanced certificate in music education.
A memorial scholarship has been set up in memory of Graeme Steen, and it will be awarded to the top student in each the Provincial Honour Groups Choir and Provincial Honour Groups Band as decided by the conductor and Honour Groups Chair.
Maureen Patterson Memorial Scholarship
Maureen Patterson was a wonderful person who inspired her students to be the best that they could be. This memorial scholarship is presented on an as merited basis by the SMEA Board of Directors.
We Need Your Support!
Awarding these scholarships remains a priority for SMEA, but in order to do so, we need your support! As a result, we are challenging all music teachers, former music students and anyone who believes music education is worth supporting, to make a donation to the SMEA, which will directly benefit our Special Scholarship Fundraising program. All contributors will be issued a charitable tax receipt and will be acknowledged in our newsletters and annual report for that period. Any amount of support is worthwhile and greatly appreciated. Thank you for your support!