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 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:

You can download the 2019 General Application Guidelines here. The 2020 General Guidelines will be added end of September.

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 2020 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. The saving feature works best with Chrome as your browser.
  • If you encounter any technical difficulties like: system does not save what you have already filled in, get in touch with scholarship(at) 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.

Note: Our online application system works best when using Google Chrome as your browser (Internet Explorer won't work).

If you have any questions about your scholarship application for 2020 please get in touch by email at scholarship(at) 

For applicants wishing to apply to both deadlines, please be aware that you cannot apply online to both deadlines at the same time. You can only apply to the Fall/Winter deadline after the Spring/Summer application deadline has closed. (We estimate that the Fall/Winter online application form opens on March 11.)

The Deadlines for 2019 have passed. 
The application form for 2020 will open in early January 2020. 
Please sign up for our Newsletter to receive information on our upcoming 2020 application deadlines.

Contact Us

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

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