Sponsored by The Ena Williams Scholarship Fund.
Major bursary: $40,000 to be awarded in instalments.
Minor bursary: $5,000.
Date of competition
Ian Hanger Recital Hall.
- A female student enrolled full time at QCGU studying either classical violin or classical piano, or a female QCGU alumnus who studied either classical violin or classical piano at an undergraduate or postgraduate level and graduated no more than two years prior to the application open date.
- Students and alumni must be Australian citizens.
- Applicants must be 25 years of age or less at the date the application opens.
- Applicants must have received a written offer to study abroad in the European Union, North America or Canada (or an acceptable equivalent) or be willing to actively pursue such opportunity immediately following the competition with such study to be commenced within 18 months after the competition date.
- Applicants must be available to play at a public recital before commencing the study, which is to be pursued with the award—date to be confirmed.
- Previous Major Award recipients of the Ena Williams Award for Postgraduate Study Overseas are ineligible to reapply. Previous Minor Award recipients may reapply.
Applicants must also provide a postgraduate study and career plan, including budget for overseas study and details of other available funding. Applicants must also have proof of acceptance to study overseas, or nominate three institutions they will be applying to. (Refer full Terms and Conditions regarding offer and acceptance to the oversears institution.)
- Competitors must complete an application form including a postgraduate study and career plan, a budget for overseas study and details of other available funding.
- Selected applicants will be invited by the judging plan to perform in a public competition (to be held on 13 May 2019 in the Ian Hanger Recital Hall at 6.30 pm). They will be required to play a program of their own choice of between 15-20 minutes showing contrast within the program.
- A judging panel of five comprising two pianists (one external to Griffith and one member of Griffith staff), two violinists (one external to Griffith and one member of Griffith staff) and one person invited by Griffith, who will chair the panel (a trustee of the Trust or their nominee).
- No judge may be the teacher of the student who is competing.
- The winning recipients will be chosen based on their performance and written application. The recipients will be announced immediately following the competition.
Glenda Page, a keen pianist, was born in Innisfail, Northern Queensland and established this scholarship fund in memory of her mother Ena Williams. Glenda would have loved to study piano at a higher level, but at that time there was no conservatorium in Brisbane. Glenda was a longtime member of Zonta and enjoyed listening to her nephew (Matthew) and niece (Rachel) play violin.
- The first payment of $5,000 must be used by the winner to travel to one or more of the three institutions nominated in her application for the purpose of audition and preliminary tuition.
- The second payment of $15,000 – on written confirmation of an offer and acceptance to study at an overseas institution. To be paid prior to departure to study overseas.
- The final payment is paid on receipt of a satisfactory progress report from the overseas institution/teacher. To be completed three months after commencement of overseas study.
- Should the winner of the Major Award be unsuccessful in gaining acceptance to one of the nominated institutions by six months after the competition date, then, unless the judging panel unanimously agrees to an extension or other alteration to these conditions, the recipient will forfeit the conditional entitlement to the award, and the remaining part of the Major Award (approx. $35,000) may be offered to the Minor Award winner.
- Recipient must be available to play at a public recital before commencing the study, which is to be pursued with the award – date to be confirmed on confirmation of offer of study.
- The Minor Award should be paid in one instalment prior to departure for that trip or within one month of the announcement of the winning recipient.
- The winner of the Minor Award is expected to use the funds to travel abroad to undertake casual tuition within 18 months after the competition date.
- If the winner of the Minor Award is unable to utilise the funds in this way within 18 months after the competition date, she will forfeit her conditional entitlement to the prize. The funds shall be returned to the endowment and will be available for future prizes.
Should either winner be unable to secure a position for overseas postgraduate study or tuition that is satisfactory to the judging panel and commence the position within 18 months after the competition date, her conditional entitlement to the prize should be forfeited.