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Daria Telizyn Piano Scholarship - Matthew Pope

September 10, 2010

Matthew Pope is studying his life’s passion at Western.

The piano performance student says because of the generous Daria TelizynPiano Scholarship, he has greater confidence in himself to pursue his dreamsand has had the opportunity to study under an amazing teacher. He says the$4,625 scholarship allowed him to relax a little in his first year knowing thefinancial stress was partially alleviated.

“There is so much to figure out before starting university such as pickingcourses, finding a place to live, finding where everything is on campus, but themost important thing to figure out is how to pay for it,” says Matthew.

He notes the scholarship has been a blessing to him in so many ways and saysthere are so many young people out there who have big dreams andambitious goals like him, but without the means of being able to pursue them.

“Young people like me are the leaders of tomorrow and it is important thatpeople recognize this and invest in us, the future,” says Matthew.

The Daria Telizyn Piano Scholarship is awarded to a piano student entering thefirst year of study in a Bachelor of Music degree program with exceptionalacademic standing, who through the audition process demonstratesexemplary performance talent and promise. This scholarship is open tointernational students as well as Canadian citizens and permanent residents.Preference will be given to international students from the Ukraine whenselecting among equally qualified candidates.

The Chair of the Ukrainian Studies Foundation made this generous pledge in the spirit of its mandateto promote Ukrainian students and Ukrainian studies across Canada. Thescholarship was named in honour of Ukrainian Canadian pianist DariaTelizyn, BMus’81, whose unsurpassed concert performances took her tovenues throughout North America and Europe. The Western alumna diedon March 21, 2005 at the age of 44, following a series of illnesses.

After Matthew graduates with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Mathewplans to continue to follow his passion and pursue a Master’s degreeand ultimately have a career as a performer, as both a pianistand conductor.

This article appeared in the 2010 edition of Student Awards Recipient Report
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