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Richmond Community Foundation opens 2021 scholarship applications

Scholarship applications are open for students applying to post-secondary studies in music and performing arts.
In 2020, Erin Purghart, a student in UBC’s film and theatre program, was one of three recipients of the Richmond Community Foundation’s $5,000 Phyllis Taylor Scholarship.

High school students have until May 3 to apply for a Richmond Community Foundation (RCF) scholarship.

The Phyllis Taylor Scholarship is awarded annually to students of British, Scottish or Irish descent who are pursuing post-secondary studies in the fields of music or the performing arts.

Preference is given to applicants who have a strong Richmond connection and a history of community involvement.

Last year, the foundation awarded the scholarship to three students – Erin Purghart, Emma Gold and Seth Kitamura – with a total value of $15,000.

According to Ed Gavise, executive director at RCF, the scholarship is the foundation's single largest financial award. 

“Students studying music or the performing arts need time to practice and hone their craft. This scholarship gives them the freedom to focus on developing their talent," said Gavsie.

"At the foundation, we're proud to support burgeoning musicians and performers, because we know how much they enrich our community. Hopefully, we can help them reach an even larger stage."

The foundation’s scholarship was established for local performing arts students in 2004 when Phyllis Taylor, a Richmond music teacher and world-class pianist, passed away.

Established in 1990, the RCF is a non-profit organization that contributes grants and scholarships to local students.

For requirements and application details for the Phyllis Taylor Scholarship, visit

Submission deadline is May 3.