The Belva Thomas Charity Bursary of the Préville Fine Arts Centre

Founder of the Préville Fine Arts Centre in 1974, Belva Thomas was a leader in cultural and community activism in Montreal for over 50 years. A celebrated humanitarian, musician, community and social development entrepreneur, we honor the memory of Mrs.Thomas by creating this Préville Fine Arts Centre Charity Bursary in her name.

The Préville Fine Arts Centre Mission Statement

The Préville Fine Arts Centre is a non-profit, fine arts program focusing on music, art and education in the community of Montreal’s South Shore and beyond. Préville offers musical, artistic, science and technology and cultural education to enrich the lives of families and learners of all ages and backgrounds in a bilingual setting. We are committed to offering quality, accessible instruction at an affordable price.

In accordance with our Mission Statement, the Belva Thomas Charity Bursary provides financial assistance to students who would not otherwise have the financial means to attend the Préville Fine Arts Centre and its Online Summer Camp. The Belva Thomas Charity Bursary aims to give children between the ages of 5-16 who demonstrate financial need, the opportunity to discover, explore, create and inspire others in the areas of music and the arts; science and technology.

Purpose of the Bursary

The Belva Thomas Charity Bursary is meant to support one or more of the following purposes:


Any student between the ages of 5 – 16 who is interested in arts, music, culture, science and technology. 

Criteria For Application of Bursary

  • A personal statement of a few words describing why you would like a bursary from the Preville Fine Arts Centre
  • Submissions will be reviewed by a committee comprised of members of the  Préville Fine Arts Centre Administration


Will cover the full cost of attending the Préville Fine Arts Centre Online Summer Camp. Note: bursary has no cash value.

Due to Covid 19 and the need to support and serve our community, there are many bursaries available at this time. Please do not hesitate to apply!

Deadline to Apply

We are currently accepting applications. Bursaries available for all 6 sessions. First session begins July 6; last session begins August 10.