Luciana Fernandes

Luciana received the 2011 Canada Games Young Artist of Excellence Award in 2016. She completed her undergrad at Dalhousie University, then relocated to British Columbia to pursue her MFA in directing at UBC.


Luciana returned to Halifax in 2018 to participate in Neptune Theatre’s Chrysalis Project, which provides practical experience and mentorship to emerging theatre artists.

Devin Huang

Devin began playing piano in 2013 at the age of seven, and has won both awards and competitions since then.


He was the 2017 recipient of the first ever Gordon Murray rising Star Award, and one of the winners of the 2017/18 Chebucto Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, an honour which gave him the opportunity to perform with the Orchestra in the spring of 2018.

Ian Parsons

Ian received Talent Trust scholarships to pursue studies in dance. He trained at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts in Halifax, then attended Canada’s National Ballet School.


Ian began teaching ballet after touring with CATS in 2013, and relocated from London, UK back to Canada three years later. 

Charley Young

Born in Alberta, Charley moved to Nova Scotia to pursue her BFA at NSCAD University. She received the Charlotte Wilson-Hammond/Visual Arts Nova Scotia Award and the Lieutenant Governor Award. 


Charley is a practing artist who teaches drawing and printmaking at NSCAD University and Mount Allison University in New Brunswick.

Lee Yuen-Rapati

Lee received the Talent Trust 2011 Canada Games Award in 2017, the year he began the MA Typeface Design program at the University of Reading in the UK, which is considered by many in the design industry as the best in the world. 


He completed his Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Design at NSCAD University, where he taught as a guest lecturer for two years prior to beginning his MA.

Shanice Skinner

Shanice, a soprano born in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with an Honours Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance in 2017.


Shanice was Nova Scotia’s alto selection for the 2014 National Youth Choir, and soprano for the 2016 National Youth Choir tour in Alberta. She won the Talent Trust Portia White award in 2016, and received a scholarship in 2018 to continue her voice studies.

Scholarship Eligibility

Please read this information carefully to see if you're eligible to apply for a Talent Trust scholarship. Follow the Next button to learn about the support materials required to complete your application. 

  • The Nova Scotia Talent Trust Scholarship program funds pre-professional artists. A pre-professional artist is one who is not yet established as a professional artist in his or her discipline and is enrolled in a study program privately or at an institution. Our program is intended for applicants whose primary goal is to become a professional artist.
  • An eligible applicant is anyone who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident who has lived in Nova Scotia for at least two years prior to the date of application and has filed taxes in Nova Scotia in 2021 and 2022, including any Nova Scotian who is currently studying outside the province. This means that a potential applicant (or their parents) must file their income taxes in the province of Nova Scotia.
  • Generally, applicants whose studies proceed without interruption from secondary to post-secondary levels, including graduate studies, are eligible.
  • Individuals who are already established in professional careers in areas outside of the arts who wish to embark upon a professional career in the arts, or those who have established careers in one artistic discipline and wish to move to another (e.g. transition from visual arts to literary arts) are also eligible to apply to the Nova Scotia Talent Trust, provided they can submit examples of their work demonstrating serious potential in their chosen discipline.
  • Young Applicants: Unless they are enrolling in full-time professional training institutions, applicants who are not yet in high school will only be supported when they are undertaking programs outside their regular school instruction, such as summer instructional camps or private study.
  • You are not eligible if:
    • You (or for young students: your parents) file income tax in a province other than Nova Scotia.
    • You have received a grant from the Province of Nova Scotia in the past (through Arts Nova Scotia Grants to Individuals program).
    • You have received a grant from Canada Council for the Arts.
    • You are eligible to apply for financial support in another Canadian province (and hence file income tax in that province).
    • You intend to take art teacher training or creative arts therapy training (we don’t support those programs of study).
  • Those who have completed formative study and have begun to work as established or professional artists should apply to the Grants to Individuals program offered by Arts Nova Scotia.
  • If you have had interruption to your studies, contact the Scholarship Program Coordinator at scholarship(at) to check your eligibility before completing an application.
  • The Talent Trust is an open and encouraging organization that invites applications from all pre-professional artists. We support the artistic endeavours of all Nova Scotians from all areas of the province and all walks of life. In particular, we welcome applications from individuals who may be making their first attempt to gain funding for their work. Even if you feel uncertain, please give us a try.
  • Every application we receive is treated with respect and careful consideration. The Scholarship Selection Committee's decisions are final. We encourage that you ask for feedback. The Talent Trust embraces the principles of transparency and equality.


Contact Us

Nova Scotia Talent Trust
P.O. Box 575
Halifax, NS B3J 2R7
Phone: 902-492-6801 (Executive Director)  (Scholarship Program Coordinator)

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