Hilda Cliffe Scholarship

Hilda Cliffe was active in the arts and culture in New Westminster since 1963. She served as President of the Vagabond Players from 1972-74, on the Board of the Arts Council since 1988, and as President from 1991 – 2001. She also served as a Director on the Board of the Massey Theatre and on the Raymond Burr Performing Arts Centre Society task force. At the regional and provincial level, Hilda served on the Board of the South West Regional Arts Council and the Assembly of BC Arts Councils. Hilda Cliffe was a member of the City of New Westminster’s Arts and Culture Commission and played a significant role in assisting with the creation of the first Arts and Culture Policy by the City of New Westminster.

Hilda Cliffe represented the Arts Council at numerous committees including the City of New Westminster Arts & Culture Commission, City of New Westminster Museums & Art Centre Strategic Planning Committee; City of New Westminster Canada Day Committee; City of New Westminster Murals Committee; Chair of the Arts Council of New Westminster Selection Committee; and the New Westminster Endowment Grant Chair.

Hilda Cliffe was recognized for her commitment to the Arts in our community as the recipient of The Queens Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002, and the BC Governor General Award and the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce Bernie Legge Cultural Award in 2000.

Hilda Cliffe exemplified the spirit of giving back to your community through her dedication and commitment to the arts. The Arts Council continues to honour Hilda’s contribution to the Arts with an annual scholarship in her name.

Hilda Cliffe passed away on May 3rd, 2021. You can read her obituary here


To support the continued legacy of Hilda Cliffe, please click the link to donate to the Hilda Cliffe Scholarship Fund


In partnership with the Douglas College Foundation

Jackson Poling is a Composer and Pianist living in Langley, BC. He is planning on transferring to UBC in the Fall for a Bachelor’s Degree in composition and is going to miss Douglas very much. He has learned a great deal about who he wants to be, and is excited to learn more.

In partnership with the Douglas College Foundation

Anja Frohnsdorf is a 20 year old, Vancouver-based producer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and audio engineer. For as long as she can remember, Anja has been enamoured by music, and she did anything she could to get her hands into it. She did theatre, choir, concert band, and taught herself any instrument she could find. She is a self-produced recording musician, having released her debut EP “The Mess We Make” in May of 2020, and her debut full-length album “Eulogy” is set to release in the Fall of 2022. Since joining the Douglas College Music Technology Program, she has launched her career in producing and mixing under her studio, WILDSMOKE Studios. Anja is moved most by the idea of telling story through music both lyrically, and sonically, and she hopes her music can connect with listeners both aesthetically and emotionally.

In partnership with New Westminster Secondary School

Emily Simko has always been involved in the arts. Her passion began at a young age. Emily participated in school talents shows, jazz band, drama, to performing in school plays and musicals. Emily was also on the student council in grades 7 and 8.

At New Westminster Secondary school Emily’s main focus was the arts. Emily took drama, dance, was in the musical theatre program as well was a peer tutor in the drama program for grades 9 and 10. Emily was a cast member in the musicals ‘Crazy for You’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast. Emily also performed in the musical revue ‘What is Love’ at the Anvil Centre. 

Outside of school Emily volunteered her time as a cast member since 2012 to 2019 with the Royal City Youth Ballet. With RCYB, Emily performed various roles in the ballet the ‘Nutcracker’ as well one summer in the ballet ‘Coppelia’ as well danced with GOH Ballet, out of Vancouver, in the ballet the  ‘Nutcracker’.

Emily has been involved for many years with a local dance studio, formally known as the Northwest Academy of Performing Arts and now known as Royal Principal Ballet Academy, in New Westminster. Emily has danced in various styles of dance. Emily has competed in Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, Contemporary and Musical Theatre. With her dance studio she has performed in Disneyland, and on Princess Cruises, competed in Vancouver and around the lower mainland and well internationally in Seattle and New York City. Emily also had volunteered her time and was a teachers assistant at her dance studio and assisted ballet class for 5-6 year olds. Emily has volunteered her time and has performed in the Hyack Christmas parade and the Century House.

In the last 2 years Emily has also focused on getting experience in the acting side for film and T.V. Emily has taken acting workshops and scene study classes in Vancouver. To get some on set experience, Emily worked as a background actor one summer for a couple movies for Netflix and a Hallmark movie. 

Emily has been accepted to the 4 year Bachelors of Fine Arts degree program in Acting in sunny Los Angeles at the American Musical and Dramatic Arts Academy.  

In partnership with the Douglas College Foundation

Biography to come

2021 Recipient – Anja Frohnsdorf

May 7, 2021

In partnership with the Douglas College Foundation Anja Frohnsdorf is an 18 year old music student in Douglas College’s Music Technology Diploma program. She is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist who has […]

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2020 Recipient – Claire Fabian

May 7, 2020

In partnership with New Westminster Secondary School Claire was born and grew up in New Westminster with her mom, dad and older sister, and spent most of her time growing […]

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2020 Recipient – Natalie Peters

May 7, 2020

In partnership with the Douglas College Foundation Theatre DiplomaBiography to come

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2020 Recipient – Selena Clark

May 7, 2020

In partnership with the Douglas College Foundation Basic Musicianship CertificateBiography to come

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2019 Recipient – Benjamin Paul

May 7, 2019

In partnership with New Westminster Secondary School Ben is a Theatre and Live Events Technician from New Westminster, with experience working in the industry since 2015. During his time at […]

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2019 Recipient – Natalie Peters

May 7, 2019

In partnership with the Douglas College Foundation Theatre DiplomaBiography to come

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2018 Recipient – Ekaterina Della Vedova

May 7, 2018

In partnership with New Westminster Secondary School Biography to come

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Arts Council of New Westminster announce scholarship recipient for 2018

May 1, 2018

The Arts Council of New Westminster is proud to announce Hailey Connor as the 2018 recipient of the ACNW Scholarship through the Douglas College Foundation. Hailey is studying as an […]

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Arts Council of New Westminster announce scholarship recipient for 2016

May 1, 2016

The Arts Council of New Westminster is proud to announce Arash Rahmani as the recipient of the ACNW Scholarship through the Douglas College Foundation. Arash is studying as a classical […]

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2014 Recipient – Sarah Quinn

June 1, 2014

Sarah Quinn is a skilled and highly-trained voice, piano, music and speech arts teacher of 9 years. With extensive knowledge in communication and experience and certification in speech arts, drama […]

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Supporting Education in Arts

April 3, 2014

The Arts Council  contributed to the Douglas College Foundation—this  was a great opportunity as all donations were being matched. So the Arts Council donation of $8,000 designated for our Scholarship […]

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