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. He received a Master of Science in Marine Law and Policy from Cardiff University (Wales) in 1975. 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. For his service to Canada, he was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.
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 a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident or a person with the protected/refugee status;
2.      be registered as a full-time student in the third, fourth or fifth year of an undergraduate program (including the BMus combined programs), in a master’s program or in the Graduate Diploma in Music Performance program at the School of Music of the University of Ottawa. Preference will go to those focusing on French horn performance; if no one is identified, the bassoon will be considered as an alternative*;
3.      demonstrate a genuine interest in pursuing their musical career;
4.      be an Ontario resident, as per OSAP[2] rules; and
5.      demonstrate financial need, as determined by the Financial Aid and Awards Service of the
          University of Ottawa.
6.      Previous recipients of this bursary are also eligible.
*Note: At the discretion of the Selection Committee, especially gifted first- or second-year undergraduate students who show unusual talent can also be considered for this bursary.
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 31
Applications must be made through Online Scholarships and Bursaries, which can be accessed through the uoZone portal, 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