The Don Snider “Go Wildly Forward” Scholarship

The Don Snider “Go Wildly Forward” Scholarship is an Edmonton Folk Music Festival program that recognizes and honours EFMF volunteers who demonstrate, through their actions and attitudes, a positive motivation to be engaged meaningfully in the community and the world at large. Persons selected will have a spirit of adventure, a desire to communicate, and a willingness to share their knowledge and experience with others. Don Snider embodied these qualities over 40 years of working in the Arts, as Production Manager of the EFMF, and travelling the world.

The number, term, or value of the awards may vary dependent on the applications received. However, the committee expects to provide two Don Snider “Go Wildly forward” Scholarships in 2024:

  • one two-year $10,000 scholarship ($5,000 in each of autumn 2024 and 2025)
  • a second award of $2,000 in 2024

Applications are now open. The deadline to apply is May 10th, 2024

What are the eligibility requirements?

To meet the criteria for an award, applicants must:

  • Volunteer for the Edmonton Folk Music Festival
  • Be in good standing with the Festival for at least two years
  • Intend to pursue a program of study leading to a recognized licence, certificate, diploma, undergraduate or professional degree

Reviewers will give priority to students who emphasize:

  • maturity and commitment to their studies
  • motivation to be engaged meaningfully in their community and the world at large
  • willingness to share their knowledge and experience with others
  • financial need and what difference an award will make in allowing them to “go wildly forward”
  • spirit of adventure

How To Apply:

The application for the Don Snider “Go Wildly Forward” Scholarship is found on Edmonton Community Foundation’s (ECF) website:

Create an account:

Log in and select “Apply for a Student Award/ Bursary/ Scholarship"

Click on “Apply Now” for the “Don Snider “Go Wildly Forward” Scholarship” and begin your application:

Important notes:

The Awards Panel will review applications and select award recipients by the end of June of each year. Candidates will be advised of the status of their application by email in early July. In general, student programs should not start before August 1. Applicants are invited to re-apply for this award in subsequent years whether their application is successful or not.

Before an award is confirmed, you may be asked for an interview or additional documentation.

Awards are intended to assist recipients with mandatory costs such as tuition and fees. For students with severe financial constraints or unique circumstances, awards may be provided to assist with costs related to attending school, such as books, supplies, and childcare.

Awards will not be confirmed until all conditions are met.

It is the responsibility of the recipient to adhere to all regulations of the accepting post-secondary institution regarding all fee payments and to ensure that registration and/or enrollment status is not jeopardized. In particular, fee deadlines may impact students prior to award confirmation. Students are also responsible for all expenses not covered by the award, in accordance with institution payment deadlines. No part of any award issued by the Edmonton Folk Music Festival can be applied to amounts owing from previous years.

What schools and programs are eligible?

Awards can be used at any public university, college, or technical institute in Alberta, as well as at any private institution or vocational school accredited by Alberta Advanced Education and Technology. For schools outside Alberta, institutions must be equivalently accredited.

An applicant’s program of study must lead to a recognized degree, applied degree, diploma, certificate or licence.

All applications must be received by the deadline.
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