Ernest Gagnon and Cécile Gagnon-Côté Scholarship (OSOTF) (762220100987)



Ernest Gagnon and Cécile Gagnon-Côté Scholarship


In 1992, the Ernest Gagnon Endowed Fund was created in honour of musician and author Ernest Gagnon who was one of the first people to collect, transcribe and publish the lyrics and music of French-Canadian folk songs that had been passed along in the oral tradition from generation to generation from the early days of New France up to the end of the 19th century.

In 1997, the Cécile Gagnon-Côté Endowed Fund was created to honour Cécile Gagnon-Côté, daughter of the well known Québec organist, Gustave Gagnon (1842-1930) and niece of Ernest Gagnon (1834-1915). Cécile was an accomplished pianist, and in 1892, at the age of 18, she organized the Quebec Ladies’ Morning Musical Club together with five of her peers. In 1910, she became a founder and the first president of theWomen’s Musical Club of Edmonton, which more recently gave rise to Edmonton Opera.

In 2007, Maître Ernest A. Côté decided to combine the funds to create the Ernest Gagnon and Cécile Gagnon-Côté scholarship.

The donor thanks the Alumni Association and the Government of Ontario for contributions made under their matching program.


To provide financial aid to undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Music who demonstrate vocal or instrumental talent.


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 a baccalaureate or master’s of music program at the University of Ottawa;

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

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

5. demonstrate vocal or instrumental talent.

Value of the Award: Minimum $2,500 at the undergraduate level

Minimum $5,000 at the graduate level

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 the uoZone portal, and should include:

1. the Financial Questionnaire; and

2. two letters addressed to the president of the selection committee, describing musical

achievements of the candidate.


[1] OSOTF: Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund

[2] OSAP: Ontario Student Assistance Program