Albert Tunis Memorial Scholarship (OSOTF) (722220101589)



Albert Tunis Memorial Scholarship


This fund was established in 2002 by Andrew Tunis, professor at the School of Music of the University of Ottawa and his family, in memory of his father, Albert A. Tunis (September 26, 1921 – February 4, 2002). Albert Tunis was born in Winnipeg in 1921 and moved to Montreal shortly thereafter. In his early years he manifested a particular interest in theatre and music and although he pursued his career in the public relations field, he always maintained a keen interest in music. After enlisting in the Royal Canadian Air Force in World War II, he completed a B.A. (honours sociology) at McGill University. While a student at McGill he was very active as a journalist, becoming editor-in-chief of the McGill Daily, as well as working for the Montreal Gazette. Following his studies, he taught sociology at the University of New Brunswick, was News Editor of the Fredericton Gleaner, and then began a long career in public relations. As such he held positions with the Government of New Brunswick, the University of New Brunswick, and the Graduates Society of McGill University. In 1964 he became Director of the Information Office of McGill University, and in 1970 became Registrar of Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. In 1973, he began to work for the Standards Council of Canada as Director of Information and Education. His work for the Standards Council continued well beyond his retirement in 1987. His relationship with the University of Ottawa School of Music goes back to 1974, when his son, Andrew first became a student there. Over the years he has been a supporter of the School, regularly attending concerts, as well as volunteering his time and expertise to help with the publication of the newsletter Da Capo. His intelligence, sense of humour, and warmth were greatly appreciated by all who worked with him.

The founder of this fund appreciates the generosity of another benefactor who wishes to remain anonymous as well as the matching contributions of the University of Ottawa and the Government of Ontario through the Ontario Trust for Student Support program.


To provide financial assistance to students registered in the Baccalaureate in Music (B.Mus) or in the Master in Music (M.Mus) at the School of Music, Faculty of Arts of the University of Ottawa and who show outstanding potential in piano performance.


Eligibility Criteria

The applicant must:

1. be registered full-time in the Baccalaureate of Music (B.Mus) or in the Master in Music (M.Mus) at the School of Music, Faculty of Arts of the University of Ottawa;

2. be an Ontario resident, as per OSAP [2] rules;

3. demonstrate financial need, as determined by the Financial Aid and Awards Service of the University of Ottawa; and

4. demonstrate academic and performance excellence in piano.

Value of the Award: Minimum $500

Number of Awards: Variable

Frequency of the Award: Annual

Level of the Award: Undergraduate and Graduate

Application Contact: Financial Aid and Awards Service

Application Deadline: October 31


Applications must be made through Online Scholarships and Bursaries, which can be accessed through, and should include the Financial Questionnaire.


[1] OSOTF: Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund

[2] OSAP: Ontario Student Assistance Program