The Steven Irving Memorial Music Scholarship is dedicated to the memory of Steven Irving, a gifted musician who attended Bowness Senior High School between 1993 and 1996.  His love for and appreciation of all types of music was demonstrated by his involvement in the Bowness Concert and Jazz Bands, where he played saxophone and keyboard.

Steven also played drums in a rock band outside of the school program. For many years he studied piano with his grandmother, receiving his Grade Ten from the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto) in 1995.  In 1997 Steven began a Fine Arts program at the University of Calgary, majoring in piano. In addition to enjoying school, extracurricular activities, sports and church, Steven especially loved camping with his family and spending time with his dog, Cindy.  He was a kind person who cared deeply about all living things.  His talent and sensitivity were expressed in his music and his poetry, and it would be his fondest wish to help others pursue further education in music, his greatest love.


Ellen Mayo, Loree Irving, and friends and family of Steven Irving

Where Tenable

Bowness High School

Field of Study

Music programs






Open to students registered in grade 10 or 11 in the Music program (band or choral) at Bowness High School who are completing the requirements of a high school diploma. Applicants must have demonstrated academic progress.

Applicants are required to submit a brief essay of approximately 500 words describing (1) how his or her musical contributions, either in school or in the community, has added value to the school or community, (2) what has personally been learned from this involvement (3) how receiving this award would make a difference in his or her life. This essay should also identify any financial barriers the student has to pursuing further music education (through camp or lessons). Students must be pursuing further musical education through either camp opportunities or private instruction.


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 will be selected by staff at Bowness High School, including a representative from EducationMatters and will be notified by September. Payment will be made to the student.


May 30