Captain Paul L. Bender Bursary in Music (OTSS) (762220101902)



Captain Paul L. Bender Bursary in Music


This fund was established in 2006 by Captain Paul L. Bender in honour of his son Martin Bender.

Captain Bender served his country during the Second World War in the Merchant Navy where he was awarded the Certificate of Competency as Master Mariner. After the war, he served in the Royal Canadian Navy and then the Public Service of Canada where he represented Canada in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the United Nations Commission on Trade Development (UNCTAD) and the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) mainly in the area of maritime law. He was awarded the Certificate in Public Service Studies by Carleton University in 1967 and the Advanced Certificate in Public Administration by the University of Ottawa in 1970. Since his retirement in 1984, Captain Bender has actively contributed to his community as a volunteer with Canadian Executive Service Oversees (CESO), the former City of Nepean and the Ottawa Police Service. Captain Bender’s son, Martin, received his Concours: Premier Prix in French horn from the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec in 1979 and is an honours graduate of Carleton University’s Music Program in 1996. He is very active in teaching and playing the French horn on a professional level with various Ottawa community orchestras. This bursary fund is Captain Bender’s way of encouraging young musicians to pursue their passion of music, of expressing his own enthusiasm for music, and his wish to share it with others, as does his son Martin. The donor thanks the Government of Ontario, which helped create this fund through its generous matching contributions.


To provide financial assistance to students in the School of Music with a demonstrated need.


Eligibility Criteria

The applicant must:

1. be registered as a full-time student in the 3rd or 4th year of an undergraduate program or in a master’s program in the School of Music of the University of Ottawa. Preference will go to those focusing on French horn performance, and secondly on the bassoon);

2. demonstrate a genuine interest in pursuing a musical career;

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

4. demonstrate financial need, as determined by the Financial Aid and Awards Service of the

University of Ottawa.

Value of the Award: Minimum $1,000

Number of Awards: Variable

Frequency of the Award: Annual

Level of the Award: Undergraduate or Graduate

Application Contact: Financial Aid and Awards Service

Application Deadline: October 31st


Applications must be made through Online Scholarships and Bursaries, which can be accessed through, and should include:

1. the Financial Questionnaire; and

2. a brief statement (maximum 250 words) describing their intentions with their music degree


[1] OTSS: Ontario Trust Student Support

[2] OSAP: Ontario Student Assistance Program