Simon Shaw

Simon Shaw graduated with many awards and honours, including four Talent Trust scholarships, in the spring of 2007 from the Newark and Sherwood School of Violin Making and Repair, Newark, England. This institution is one of the foremost violin making schools in the world. Simon is now a professional luthier practicing in Halifax.

Marc Djokic

Marc began his violin studies at the age of six with his father, violinist Philippe Djokic. He has been the recipient of several awards and scholarships including the Kiwanis Festival of Music Rose Bowl Prize, the Hudson Community Scholarship, the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation Scholarship Award, and several NSTT Awards, including the prestigious Raymond Simpson Award, and the Lieutenant Governor's Award.

Marielle Groven

The Nova Scotia Talent Trust has supported me every step of the way, from my earliest beginnings in the study of music to my current pursuit of a master's degree in music composition at McGill. Thanks to their generous support, I have been given the means to realize my dream of making a career in music as a composer and arranger of music. For this, I am deeply grateful.

Natalie Alcorn

It is amazing to know that there are so many wonderful people who invest so much time and effort because they truly care about the successful development of our futures as artists. I am so thankful to have such support from the Nova Scotia Talent Trust- it is incredibly encouraging and helpful on so many levels.

Denise Djokic

Cellist Denise Djokic is one of the most exciting talents of her generation and has thrilled audiences worldwide with the youthful vigour, confidence and passion of her playing.

Scholarship Application

Support Materials

The NSTT strongly advises all applicants to complete their application well before the deadline date in order to avoid technical problems. 

What You Will Need:

2018 General Application Guidelines. Download it here.

Guidelines for Support Material specific to your discipline:

Other items you will need:

  • Application Checklist with requirements for all disciplines. Download it here.
  • PDF files ready for download (such as artist résumé, annotated index, etc.).
  • Link to your support material on YouTube or Vimeo and/or SoundCloud, if applicable.  
  • Link to your study program (be as precise in chosing the link as possible). 
  • If you are doing private study: PDF file with study outline, curricular goals, letter of interest by teacher and your teacher’s résumé (as listed in the 2018 General Application Guidelines). Please contact your teacher at least 4 weeks before the deadline to give him/her enough time to prepare these files for you.

Online Application Tips:

  • Allow yourself 60-75 minutes to complete the online application. To see an example of what the online application looks like, click here.
  • Use Google Chrome as your browser for best results. 
  • In order to submit a scholarship application, you must first create an account. Please remember your username and password. This will allow you to save your application online and continue to fill it out at a later date. 
  • If you encounter any technical difficulties like: system does not save what you have already filled in, get in touch with immediately.
  • Watch the instructional videos below. 

Please watch the following instructional videos before pressing the next button; these will help you to understand what materials and links to have ready when starting the application process. Thank you!


All online applications and related support material will be kept by the NSTT for a period of two years of receipt of the application, after which time the NSTT will destroy all online applications and related support material.

Our online application system works best when using Google Chrome as your browser. We recommend using that browser when filling out your online application.

Our application deadlines for 2017 for studies in the arts have passed. Please come back in early January 2018. 


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