Student Awards

High School Students

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Most of Calgary Foundation’s awards are for Canadian citizens and permanent residents.



Established to provide assistance to well-rounded Grade 12 students with satisfactory academic standing, who demonstrate positive character traits, are active in school and/or community activities and who require financial assistance to undertake post-secondary education.

There are up to four bursaries to cover the cost of tuition up to a maximum of $5,500 annually. Bursaries are renewable for three years of consecutive study as long as students maintain satisfactory academic standing and enrollment in a full-time course load (as defined by their post-secondary institution) and contribute to education through employment. The applicant must be:

  • In need of financial support. (Students must not be recipients of an award/bursary of equal or greater value from Education Matters or the Calgary Foundation).
  • Graduating from Bowness High School or James Fowler High School.
  • A Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Entering his/her first year of full-time studies. With prior approval, students may take a gap year or a leave to participate in a co-op program, etc.
  • A resident of Alberta attending an Alberta High School for at least three years.
  • In good academic standing for acceptance to technical school, college or university.
  • Able to demonstrate strong citizenship qualities and positive character traits.
  • In need of financial support and able to contribute to post-secondary schooling through continued summer or part-time employment.

Established by the Aufricht Family to support students entering the University of Calgary or Southern Alberta Institute of Technology.

One or more awards valued at $3,000-$5,000 applied directly to tuition. Renewable for three years of consecutive study as long as student achieves good academic standing and maintains a full-time course load (as defined by the post-secondary institution). Students taking a gap year may apply. The applicant must be:

  • A Canadian citizen of permanent resident.
  • Entering the University of Calgary or SAIT.
  • In need of financial support.
  • High academic standing.
  • Involved in the community.

Established by Julia Turnbull to recognize future leaders, especially those with an interest in volunteering internationally.

Five (or more) awards at $1,000 each, applied directly to tuition. The applicants must be:

  • Entering their first year of full-time undergraduate studies directly from Grade 12 from either a Public (Calgary Board of Education), (Calgary Catholic School District) or charter school in Calgary.
  • Demonstrate school leadership (preferably through student politics), community leadership and initiative, and volunteerism (local and international).

Established in 2018 by family and friends in memory of Frances (Frankie) Bates. This award celebrates those who volunteer to help others and recognizes the importance of the role that lifeguards play in the community. There are two $750 awards, ideally one for the Innisfail area schools and one for the Bow Valley. The applicant must be:

  • Aged 12 and upwards to Grade 12, pursuing certification or advancing training as a lifeguard.
  • A well-rounded student who contributes to the community through volunteering
  • Attending one of the following schools: Bow Valley High School, Cochrane High School, St. Timothy Jr./Sr. High School, Innisfail High School, St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Catholic School. There are two $750 awards.

Established to honour the legacy of Shannon’s love for the horse and extensive involvement in the Quarter Horse industry. Shannon was an active director and treasurer for both the Quarter Horse Association of Alberta and the Canadian Quarter Horse Association, and was an Alberta director for the American Quarter Horse Association. Her involvement also extended to Equine Canada committees.

The goal of these awards is to attract and encourage horse-oriented students to pursue post-secondary education so they are better prepared for leadership and excellence in the equine industry.

These awards are for well-rounded Canadian students enrolled in full-time post-secondary studies at an accredited Canadian post-secondary institution. Preference will be given to students with a rural background and/or participation in the horse industry who are pursuing a career in agriculture, agribusiness or equine-oriented studies.

Two awards valued at $1,000 each. Applicants must be:

  • Entering first or second year of study at a Canadian post-secondary.
  • Any field of study with emphasis on horses, agriculture, agri-business, animal health technology or equine veterinary medicine.
  • Good academic achievement.
  • Leadership and volunteerism in school and the community.
  • Financial need may be considered.

*Note: If you are entering your third year of undergraduate study or beyond, please apply for the Shannon Burwash Award for Leadership and Excellence in Equine, Agribusiness, and/or Agriculture Activities.

In memory of Shelagh Mikulak who was a leader in the library community, an innovator in her field, and an inspiration to those she worked with. Shelagh valued and respected the individuals she worked with throughout her career, mentoring aspiring and established librarians alike. As a long-standing and executive member of the Calgary Law Library Group, she dedicated her time to encouraging the professional development of others in her field.

One or more awards at approximately $1,000. The applicant must be:

  • Enrolled in a Library Technician program, Certificate Program, Undergraduate or Graduate degree who demonstrates a passion for the library sciences field.
  • In any year of study at a Canadian post-secondary.
  • Able to demonstrate financial need.

The Rotary Career Opportunity Fund is a program of the Rotary Club of Okotoks.

2 awards at $1,500 each.

Applicants must be:

  • Graduating Grade 12 from an Okotoks High School: Foothills Composite High School, Holy Trinity Academy or St. Luke’s Outreach Okotoks
  • In financial need
  • Student must have demonstrated leadership and motivational skills through participation in student, community, and/or business activities.
  • Academic achievement must be adequate to gain admittance to the school and program of choice.

Awards will be presented at High School Awards ceremonies in September.

The Owen Hart Awards were established in memory of Owen Hart who died while working for the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). These awards recognize students who are motivated to improve their lives through education. High academic achievement is not a requirement, but acceptance to a college, university or technical school is – a minimum 70 percent average and acceptance to post-secondary is required.

Ten or more awards valued at $4,000 each (applied directly to tuition). Additional honorariums valued at $500 may be offered.

Applicant must:

  • Be graduating with completed grade 12 from one of the following high schools: Forest Lawn, Western Canada, Ernest Manning, Crescent Heights, or Sir Winston Churchill
  • Plan to attend an accredited Canadian post-secondary institution in the next academic year, including college, university or technical school
  • Be motivated toward improving his/her life through education.
  • Have at least a 70 per cent average or above or acceptance to post-secondary based on entry requirements.
  • Provide a brief summary of their goals, plans and/or career dreams, family circumstances, contributions to the school community and/or the broader community. The summary should also define the applicant’s abilities and strengths and descriptions of any personal challenges or obstacles that the applicant had to overcome.
  • Preference given to students who hold part-time employment.

This bursary was established by the Canadian Progress Club Stampede City to honour the contributions of their longest serving member, Bill Gibson.

The bursary is $10,000, applied directly to tuition and renewable for three (3) years of consecutive study as long as the student achieves good academic standing and maintains a full-time course load (as defined by the institution).

The applicant must be:

  • A Canadian citizen, residing in Calgary.
  • A grade 12 student graduating from the Calgary Board of Education or Calgary Catholic School District.
  • Accepted to an undergraduate degree program at a Calgary post-secondary institution.
  • In need of financial support
  • Able to demonstrate leadership in the Calgary community by volunteering through community organizations, athletics, and cultural activities.

Established to honour the memory of Fraser Lockwood, this scholarship recognizes the special ties he and his family developed with the Filipino community throughout his life.

One award valued at $2,500 minimum applied directly to tuition. Renewable for three consecutive years of study as long as student maintains enrollment in a full-time course load (as defined by the institution). The applicant must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident entering his/her first year of full-time undergraduate studies immediately following graduation from Grade 12 from either a Public (Calgary Board of Education) or Separate (Calgary Catholic School District) school in Calgary.
  • Have received acceptance to university or college.
  • Be in need of financial support.
  • Have contributed to the community by volunteering through church, community organizations, athletics, and cultural or political activities. Preference will be given to students whose families have a connection to the Filipino community.


Established by a donor who recognizes the unique challenges that single mothers face, especially the financial strain of a single income household and juggling work, school, childcare costs and motherhood. The donor wishes to help women seeking to fulfill their lives through education by opening up career choices that are satisfying and rewarding while quenching the desire for independence and self-sufficiency. This bursary is intended to support, encourage, and uplift women who experience the unusual demands of being the sole, key figure in their child or children’s lives.

One or more awards valued at a minimum of $2,000.

Following is the criteria:

Open to single mothers, studying full or part-time at a Calgary post-secondary, able to demonstrate financial need.

Established by members of the Thorner/Johnston/DiMarzo Family, this bursary provides financial support to First Nations, Métis and Inuit students who plan to pursue post-secondary education.

Three awards valued at $3,000 each, applied directly to tuition.

Applicant must:

  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Be attending or planning to attend full-time studies at a Canadian post-secondary institution
  • Write a short 500 word essay that shares their personal story, connection to First Nations, Métis and/or Inuit heritage, describing their future plans and aspirations

The mentors have been positive for Talia, and in my life as well. They’ve had a positive influence on the family as a whole.

Candace Basque

Talia's Mom