Adrian Sheppard Memorial Scholarship in Film Studies

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In 2016, the Film Studies program in The School for Studies in Art and Culture lost a beloved member of our community. Adrian Sheppard passed away in a tragic accident shortly before he was to begin the Masters program in Film Studies at Carleton University. Adrian, who had recently competed his B.A. in Film Studies at Carleton, was a young man full of promise, with a passion for the cinema, and a thirst for knowledge.

Last November, a memorial scholarship was established in his name through the generosity of his friends and family. The scholarship is intended to help promising Film Studies students at Carleton, in their final year of the B.A., who intend to continue their studies at the graduate level and pursue a career in film. It is meant to reward students who demonstrate academic achievement, enthusiasm, generosity, and who regularly contribute to a positive atmosphere in the classroom. The Adrian Sheppard Memorial Scholarship was awarded for the very first time in September 2017.



Adrian was a much-loved member the Film Studies community at Carleton, and he will be missed by all of us. In his time in our program, as both an undergraduate and a graduate student, he made many friends, and excelled as a student. He was always working hard, contributing to discussions in class, talking to friends and professors about film and art, and participating in many extra-curricular activities. Adrian’s energy, his enthusiasm, and his genuine intellectual curiosity, touched everyone he met here.


Last year, the Adrian Sheppard Memorial Scholarship was established and fully endowed with over $25,000 in donations from Adrian’s family, friends, and fellow students. This incredible accomplishment is truly a testament to his legacy at Carleton, and beyond. This year, we are seeking to raise an additional $5,000 so that every September, an award of $1,000+ will be presented to a deserving student, in perpetuity.


This scholarship is intended to honour Adrian’s memory at Carleton, and reward new generations of outstanding Film Studies students each year.