Sponsored by The Ena Williams Scholarship Fund.
Major bursary: $40,000 to be awarded in instalments.
Minor bursary: $5,000.
Date of competition
Monday 15 May 2023 at 6.30 pm
4 pm on Friday 5 May 2023
Ian Hanger Recital Hall
- The award is open to female students enrolled full-time at QCGU and studying either classical violin or classical piano, or female QCGU alumni 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 to full terms and conditions regarding offer and acceptance to the overseas 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. 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.
Applicants must complete an application form and submit supporting documents:
- a postgraduate study and career plan
- a budget for overseas study and details of other available funding
to the Operations Administrator (Room 2.64) or by email on email@example.com
Late applications and applications without supporting documents will not be accepted.
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 Major award should be paid in two instalments: one prior to departure to study abroad and the second upon receipt of a satisfactory progress report. The timing will be finalised following consultation with the recipient and as approved by the chair of the judging panel.
- If the winner of the Major Award has not already secured a written offer to study overseas, the judging panel may offer her an initial payment of $5,000 out of the prize money for the Major Award which must be used by the winner to travel to one or more of the institutions nominated in her application for the purpose of audition and preliminary tuition.
- Should the winner of the Major Award be unsuccessful in gaining acceptance to one of the nominated institutions by 6 months after the competition date, then unless the judging panel unanimously agrees to an extension or other alteration to these conditions, she will forfeit her conditional entitlement to the prize and the remaining part of the Major Award (approx. $35,000) will be offered to the Minor Award winner, on condition that she:
- If the competition runner up is able to satisfy the conditions, she will be entitled to the funds remaining in the Major Award in lieu of the Minor Award and the Minor Award will be returned to the endowment and will be available for future prizes.
- If the competition runner up is unable to satisfy the conditions, she may retain her entitlement to the Minor Award provided that she is able to satisfy conditions attached to that award and the funds remaining in the Major Award will be returned to the endowment and will be available for future prizes.
a. gains acceptance to one of her nominated institutions by the date which is 6 months after the re-offer date;
b. commences her overseas study within 18 months of the re-offer date;
c. if the competition runner up has not already received payment under the Minor Award, the judging panel may also offer her an initial payment out of the prize money remaining for that year of the Major Award;
- 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.