Mara Sawchyn, a student in Capilano University’s Bachelor of Music Therapy program, is this year’s winner of the Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund National Scholarship. The scholarship is given to the top fourth year Music Therapy student in Canada, based on leadership, academic excellence, creativity and innovation.
Mara’s inspiration for applying for the scholarship was her final practicum in an inpatient psychiatric care hospital. She was challenged to find creative and innovative ways to facilitate the Music Therapy groups. Staff noticed how effectively the clients were responding to the music experiences, and to Mara’s leadership style.
She is so pleased to receive this recognition, which came after a making a career change and balancing family and school responsibilities. Mara has started her internship working with seniors in longterm care and with adults in psychiatric care.
Last year’s Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund National Scholarship winner was also a Capilano University Music Therapy student – Sheila Harry.