Scholarships & Bursaries

To support curricular and entrepreneurial perseverance of students and emerging glass artists, many scholarships and bursaries are offered to Espace VERRE’s students and graduates.

La persévérance Christian Poulin Bursary

Every year, an anonymous foundation offers a $1,250 scholarship to a student registered for the college programme’s 4th semester, to motivate perseverance towards receiving their diploma. It allows the student to pay tuition fees, buy glass art tools and materials.

Faire la différence Foundation Bursaries

The Faire la différence Foundation offers four annual bursaries of $1,250 each for Espace VERRE’s graduates starting their careers in the glass art field. The funding can be used to purchase equipment, tools, as well as cover some of the transitional Fusion program’s rental fees.

Houdé-Mendel Bursary

This annual juried bursary permits its laureate the use of the Houdé-Mendel kiln for six months. The bursary was created, following François Houdé last wishes, in coalition with the Montreal glass collectors Mrs and Mr. Mendel, of supporting kiln working research and innovation

Donald Robertson Bursary

This annual juried bursary enables its laureate to use the Houdé-Mendel kiln for six months. The bursary supports research and innovation in kiln working and pâte de verre, and shares the vision of the Houdé-Mendel Bursary.

Gilles Désaulniers Bursary

The Gilles Désaulniers scholarship grants a research and creation residency in pâte de verre and lost wax at Atelier Silex in Trois-Rivières for a period of one month between January and May 2023. This grant is made possible by the generosity of Atelier Silex which wishes to pay tribute to Gilles Désaulniers, a glass artist and pioneer of art glass in Quebec and Canada who used this studio for 30 years.

Józef Bursary

An anonymous donor offers two annual bursaries of $1,250 each to students enrolled full-time in the 3rd semester of the college program to encourage them to continue their education until graduation. The name of the scholarship honors the donor’s uncle who passed away too young.

Verre et Société Bursary

Launched in 2023, the Verre et Société bursary offers $1,500 to support the development of an artistic project culminating in the creation of a work, installation or production highlighting the notions of environment or inclusion. Thanks to the generosity of Pierre Balloffet, member of the Espace VERRE Board of Directors, the bursary may cover production costs such as the purchase of materials, studio rental and assistants.

Univerr osbl Bursary

Founded in 2023, Univerr osbl is a non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage and promote the practice of glassblowing. In 2024, Univerr osbl is proud to offer a $500 bursary to support a graduating student in starting up production and/or setting up a glassblowing workshop.  The bursary will be used to purchase glassblowing equipment and tools, or to cover the cost of further training courses.

Chalumeau Bursary

The Chalumeau grant, created in 2024 by Espace VERRE’s Board of Directors, has the dual aim of encouraging the development of production and technical skills through practice and mentoring, by offering the recipient free use of the chalumeau workshop for 12 months at a rate of 2 days per month, to which may be added 4 days of mentoring with members of Univerr osbl.