Bursaries and scholarships are made available through the generosity of people who believe in Sage Hill.
- Applicants may apply for one bursary.
- Bursaries are awarded to those who clearly demonstrate financial need.
You may apply for a bursary during the application process. Bursary requests undergo a separate adjudication procedure.
SHARON DRUMMOND MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship will be granted to an emerging writer who is a participant in the Spring Poetry Colloquium, and is offered in memory of Calgary poet Sharon Drummond by her family.
Born in Michigan, Sharon Drummond moved to Calgary in 1976 and lived there until her death in 2005. A gifted and dedicated writer, she published three books of poetry, Still the Rush, Into This Room, and Where It Began. Drummond also devoted time as a writing instructor, as an integral member of the Writers’ Guild of Alberta, and as a mother to her three daughters. Her daughter said, “ Her time at Sage Hill was so important to her; it changed her life,” which is why this bursary exists.
SAGE HILL DIRECTOR’S BURSARIES
($200 – 500)
The Sage Hill Writing Experience Board of Directors is please to award bursaries to worthy participants in the Spring Colloquium who have demonstrated financial need.
Summer Adult Experience
For Saskatchewan Writers
W.O. MITCHELL BURSARY
This bursary is awarded to a writer wishing to attend a Summer Workshop or Colloquium, offered by the Saskatoon Branch of the Canadian Women’s Press Club. Duties of the successful applicant may include light physical labour, clerking, and some money management.
Known as Canada’s Mark Twain, W. O. Mitchell was born in Weyburn Saskatchewan. As a Canadian writer and broadcaster, Mitchell’s work often depicted prairie life. Best known for his novel, Who Has Seen the Wind and for his radio series, Jake and the Kid, he was also a high school teacher, a creative writing professor, and founded the creative writing program at the Banff Centre. Mitchell was awarded five doctorates from Canadian universities, became an officer of the Order of Canada, was a member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada, and has two schools named after him in his honour. He’s one of Canada’s best storytellers, and, like Tommy Douglas, everyone prairie person has a Bill Mitchell story.
JOHN V. HICKS SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded to a Saskatchewan writer through the generosity of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild, in honour of the late John V. Hicks, former Poet Laureate of Prince Albert, for his contributions and years of service to the literary arts.
John V. Hicks’ parents immigrated to Canada from England when their son was just an infant. Settling in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan as a professional accountant, Hicks did not publish his first of nine books until 1978, decades after working on his poetry craft. An artistic mentor at the Prince Albert Arts Centre, his dedication to the arts was recognized with an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Saskatchewan, awarded with the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, and honoured with the lifetime award for excellence from the Saskatchewan Arts Board.
JERRY RUSH SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is offered to Saskatchewan candidates between 19 and 24 years of age who show skills in writing poetry, and donated by the Saskatchewan Writers Guild in honour of the late Jerry Rush, a beloved poet and teacher.
Born in Saskatchewan, Jerry Rush was a poet, teacher, editor, and member of The Correction Line, a Regina writing group. Rush published two books in the 1980’s Earth Dreams and The Bones of Their Occasion, shortly before he lost his battle to cancer in 1986.
For All Writers
JOAN STOICHEFF MEMORIAL BURSARY
This bursary is awarded to a worthy writer in any genre. Offered in memory of long-time supporter Joan Stoicheff.
SAGE HILL SECRETARY BURSARY
This bursary is awarded to a worthy writer accepted into the Summer Poetry Workshop.
This bursary is awarded to a writer in any genre. Offered in memory of Robert Kroetsch.
Robert Kroestch was born in Alberta. During his life he lived in and travelled to many places yet always provided a perspective and commentary on his home province. After completing his English and Philosophy degree at the University of Alberta, Kroestch worked in the Canadian North. Following this he completed his Master’s degree and PhD in the United States, met his first wife, and helped raise their two daughters. A professor first at Binghamton University then at the University of Manitoba, Kroestch continued to write and publish wherever he was. Retiring – from teaching, though not from writing – Kroestch returned to Alberta and died in a car accident at 83 years old on his way home after a literary festival. He won numerous awards throughout his life including the Office of the Order of Canada, the Killam Award, and the Governor General’s Award for Fiction for The Studhorse Man.
Applicants may also query organizations such as local art councils, cultural offices and service clubs in their own community for other sources of support. Saskatchewan writers may be eligible for assistance from the Saskatchewan Arts Board www.saskartsboard.ca; contact the Literary Arts Consultant (306-964-1163).