This scholarship was established in 2006 in tribute to Len and Ivy Freeston’s deep love of the arts and each other. Endowed by their son and daughter-in-law, it is intended to provide a graduating high school student the opportunity to pursue post-secondary education for a career in the arts. By fostering future artists and those who want to work in performing, visual and fine arts, this scholarship lends a helping hand to those aspiring students who understand that art is what feeds the soul.


Endowed by Barbara Burggraf and Brian Freeston

Where Tenable

Calgary Board of Education and Calgary Catholic School District (City of Calgary schools only)

Field of Study

Fine, visual or performing arts






Open to students registered in grade 12 who are completing the requirements of a high school diploma. Applicants must have demonstrated academic progress and have a minimum 70% average in grade 12.   Applicants must have demonstrated positive citizenship qualities as revealed by the participation in non-academic activities for the school and community.

Applicants are required to submit an original essay of approximately 500 words on their passion for the arts and their career goals.


Online application available at Applicants should check with their guidance office for more information and are encouraged to discuss their application with the Scholarship Coordinator at their high school.

Selection & Payment

Recipients are selected in August. To claim the award, within two (2) years of notification of award the recipient must be registered in an eligible program of post-secondary study of at least two years duration. Payment will be made to the post-secondary institution.


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