Recognizing the power of education to change lives, Calgary Foundation provides financial support to help students achieve their goals.

Established by generous donors, over 200 Student Award Funds provide over 500 scholarships, awards, and bursaries annually at post-secondaries locally, provincially and across the country. While the majority of student awards are awarded directly by various educational institutions, Calgary Foundation also administers its own awards. Most of these awards are for students graduating from Calgary and area high schools and/or attending Alberta post-secondary institutions. Download a full listing of all Student Awards or use the search tool below to discover student awards you may be eligible for.  

Interested in learning more about establishing a student award? Please connect with Jessica Zutz, Director, Awards Program.

Online application forms for the awards listed below will be available on or before January 31, with awards available for students attending post-secondary studies in the 2024-2025 academic year.

Student award applicants must be enrolled at a post-secondary institution recognized by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) as a “qualified donee.” To determine if your post-secondary institution is a qualified donee, please visit the CRA’s website.

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Aufricht Family Fund Student Award

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

Click here to learn more about the Aufricht Family Fund Student Award.

One or more awards valued at $4,000-$5,000 applied directly to tuition. Renewable for three years of consecutive study as long as student achieves good academic standing (cumulative GPA greater than or equal to 2.0) and maintains a full-time course load (as defined by the post-secondary institution). Students planning a gap year may apply.

Applicant must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Be graduating this year from a Calgary High School or Charter School.
  • Be entering first year at the University of Calgary or SAIT, pursuing an undergraduate degree or diploma full-time.
  • Be in need of financial support. (Applicants must not be recipients of an award/bursary of equal or greater value from EducationMatters or the Calgary Foundation).
  • Demonstrate high academic standing (cumulative Grade 12 average greater than or equal to 80%)
  • Demonstrate leadership and community involvement.
  • Provide one letter of reference.

Bates Wardle Award for Lifeguards

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.

Click here to learn more about Frankie Bates, Bob Wardle, and the Bates Wardle Award for Lifeguards.

Two awards valued at $750 each, ideally one award for Innisfail students and one award for Cochrane students. Awards provided to recipients through their school.

Applicant must:

  • Be aged 12 and upwards to Grade 12, pursuing certification or advancing training as a lifeguard.
  • Be a well-rounded student who contributes to the community through volunteering.
  • Be attending one of the following schools: Bow Valley High School, Cochrane High School, St. Timothy Jr./Sr. High School, Innisfail Middle School, Innisfail High School, St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Catholic School, or École Secondaire Notre Dame High School (residency within the Innisfail catchment school boundary).
  • Provide one letter of reference (optional).

Beyond the North Scholarship

Established to help a Grade 12 student graduating from a Fairview, Alberta area high school attend a recognized Canadian university.

One scholarship of $1,000, applied directly to tuition.

Applicant must:

  • Be graduating Grade 12 this year from a high school in the Fairview, Alberta area: Fairview High School, Fairview and Area Learning Store, St. Thomas Moore Catholic School, Hines Creek Composite School, or Worsley Central School.
  • Be directly entering a four-year undergraduate degree at a recognized Canadian University in the upcoming year.
  • Demonstrate high academic standing, community involvement, and future goals and aspirations beyond the north.

Bill Gibson Bursary

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

One award available, valued at $10,000,  applied directly to tuition. Renewable for up to three consecutive years of study as long as recipient achieves good academic standing (cumulative GPA greater than or equal to 2.7 or 70%) and maintains a full-time course load, as defined by the post-secondary institution (up to four years of support total).

Applicant must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, residing in Calgary.
  • Be a grade 12 student graduating this year from the Calgary Board of Education or Calgary Catholic School District.
  • Be entering first year of a full-time undergraduate degree program at a Calgary post-secondary institution, directly from high school (no gap year).
  • Be able to demonstrate leadership in the Calgary community by volunteering through community organizations, athletics, and cultural activities.
  • Demonstrate financial need. (Applicants must not be recipients of award/bursaries of equal or greater value from EducationMatters or Calgary Foundation). 
  • Provide one letter of reference.

New bursary available in even years.

Bradley Hillmo Anderson Memorial Award

The Bradley Hillmo Anderson Memorial Award was established in 2001 in memory of Bradley Hillmo Anderson.

Brad graduated from William Aberhart High School and was enthusiastic about his recent enrolment in Business at Mount Royal University (then Mount Royal College). He was a free spirit who pursued life with vigor, taking part in family events and participating in activities with his many friends. Resourceful and entrepreneurial, Brad’s creativity brought to life many business ideas, new opportunities, and exciting adventures. Brad was very much his own man who involved himself with social issues and enjoyed nothing more than engaging in serious discussions with friends on a myriad of subjects.

Sailing held a special place in the Anderson family’s lives; Brad enjoyed sailing on the Glenmore Reservoir with his dad and brother, serving as foredeck crew during race days with the Glenmore Sailing Club, and yachting during family summer vacations on Vancouver Island. In Brad’s memory, the Bradley Hillmo Anderson Memorial Award supports students in their post-secondary endeavors.

Click here to learn more about Bradley Hillmo Anderson.

One or more awards valued at approximately $500, applied directly to tuition.

Applicant must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Be registered in full-time study and have a minimum 2.75 GPA.
  • Be entering any year of study in their first degree or diploma program.
  • Be attending a qualified Calgary post-secondary institution.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Demonstrate community involvement. Preference given to applicants with sailing experience.

Calgary Black Chambers Blakes Law Scholarship

The Calgary Black Chambers Blakes Law Scholarship was established by the Calgary Black Chambers, in conjunction with Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP​. Calgary Black Chambers is a non-profit organization, consisting of individuals working to support diversity in and around Calgary, and to foster the growth of Black culture in Calgary. The Calgary Black Chambers serves as mentors and advocates, fostering the growth of great students and future professionals. Its four pillars are: Mentorship, Scholarship, Fellowship and Advocacy.

Click here to learn more about Calgary Black Chambers Scholarships.

One award valued at $7,000, applied directly to tuition.

Applicant must:

  • Be a Black Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Be currently enrolled full-time in any year of study in a Juris Doctor (JD) program.
  • Be attending the University of Calgary or graduated from a Calgary high school and attending a Canadian post-secondary institution.
  • Demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and community involvement.
  • Provide a summary of their involvement and leadership in the community.
  • Provide one reference letter from a community leader.

Calgary Black Chambers Business Scholarship

The Calgary Black Chambers Business Scholarships (supported by BMO and TD) were established by the Calgary Black Chambers, a non-profit organization, consisting of individuals working to support diversity in and around Calgary, and to foster the growth of Black culture in Calgary. The Calgary Black Chambers serves as mentors and advocates, fostering the growth of great students and future professionals. Its four pillars are: Mentorship, Scholarship, Fellowship and Advocacy.

Click here to learn more about Calgary Black Chambers Scholarships.

One Calgary Black Chambers Business Scholarships application is submitted for consideration for the following scholarships:

BMO Community Leadership Scholarship – One award of $5,000, applied directly to tuition. Emphasis on involvement in community leadership.

TD Business Leadership Scholarship – One award of $7,000, applied directly to tuition. Emphasis on involvement in business leadership.

Applicant must:

  • Be a Black Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Be attending a Calgary post-secondary institution or have graduated from a Calgary high school and attending a Canadian post-secondary institution.
  • Be entering second year or beyond of a full-time undergraduate Commerce or Business Administration degree or diploma program.
  • Demonstrate good academic standing (cumulative GPA greater than or equal to 2.7 or 70%).
  • Demonstrate community and business involvement.
  • Provide one letter of reference from a business or community leader.

Calgary Black Chambers Legacy Scholarship

The Calgary Black Chambers Legacy Scholarships were established by the Calgary Black Chambers, a non-profit organization, consisting of individuals working to support diversity in and around Calgary, and to foster the growth of Black culture in Calgary. The Calgary Black Chambers serves as mentors and advocates, fostering the growth of great students and future professionals. Its four pillars are: Mentorship, Scholarship, Fellowship and Advocacy.

Click here to learn more about Calgary Black Chambers Scholarships.

One Calgary Black Chambers Legacy Scholarships application is submitted for consideration for the following scholarships:

  • Calgary Black Chambers Anderson Ruffin Abbott Academic Achievement Scholarship
    • emphasis on outstanding academic achievement (cumulative GPA greater than or equal to 3.7 or 80%)
  • Calgary Black Chambers John Ware Fellowship Scholarship
    • emphasis on community leadership
  • Calgary Black Chambers Olivier Le Jeune Advocacy Scholarship
    • emphasis on advocacy and social justice
  • Calgary Black Chambers Viola Desmond Mentorship Scholarship
    • emphasis on mentorship
  • Calgary Black Chambers Violet King Legacy Scholarship
    • emphasis on personal development

Two awards available for each scholarship listed above, valued at $2,500 each, applied directly to tuition. Of the two awards available for each scholarship, one award is for a Grade 12 student graduating this year and entering the first year of their undergraduate degree or diploma program, and one award is for a student entering second year or beyond of their undergraduate degree or diploma program.

Applicant must:

  • Be a Black Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate degree or diploma program.
  • Be attending a Calgary post-secondary institution or have graduated from a Calgary high school and attending a Canadian post-secondary institution.
  • Demonstrate good academic standing (cumulative GPA greater than or equal to 2.7 or 70%).
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Demonstrate school and/or community involvement.
  • Provide one reference letter.

Calgary Black Chambers Nutrien Community Scholarship

The Calgary Black Chambers Nutrien Community Scholarship (supported by Nutrien) was established by the Calgary Black Chambers, a non-profit organization, consisting of individuals working to support diversity in and around Calgary, and to foster the growth of Black culture in Calgary. The Calgary Black Chambers serves as mentors and advocates, fostering the growth of great students and future professionals. Its four pillars are: Mentorship, Scholarship, Fellowship and Advocacy. 

Click here to learn more about Calgary Black Chambers Scholarships.

One award valued at $7,000, applied directly to tuition. 

Applicant must: 

  • Be a Black Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Be a Grade 12 student graduating this year from a Calgary High School and entering the first year of a full-time undergraduate degree or diploma program at a Canadian post-secondary institution.
  • Be studying in the field of agriculture or engineering. 
  • Provide a brief summary of their demonstrated involvement in community, preferably in the area of sustainability.  
  • Provide one reference letter. 

Calgary Black Chambers Onward Onyx Queer Award

The Calgary Black Chambers Onward Onyx Queer Award was established by Calgary Black Chambers, inspired by Heather Campbell, a member of Calgary Black Chambers, in celebration of her birthday. Calgary Black Chambers is a non-profit organization, consisting of individuals working to support diversity in and around Calgary, and to foster the growth of Black culture in Calgary. The Calgary Black Chambers serves as mentors and advocates, fostering the growth of great students and future professionals. Its four pillars are: Mentorship, Scholarship, Fellowship and Advocacy. 

Contributing to the vision of a community free from homophobia and transphobia, the Calgary Black Chambers Onward Onyx Queer Award was established to affirm, empower, and support Black 2SLGBTQIA+ students to live their lives authentically.

Click here to learn more about Calgary Black Chambers Scholarships

One or more awards valued at approximately $3,000, applied directly to tuition.

Applicant must:

  • Be a Black Canadian citizen or permanent resident, who identifies as Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex or Asexual (2SLGBTQIA+).
  • Be enrolled full-time in any year of study of an undergraduate degree or diploma program.
  • Be attending a Calgary post-secondary institution or have graduated from a Calgary high school and attending a Canadian post-secondary institution.
  • Demonstrate good academic standing (cumulative GPA greater than or equal to 2.7 or 70%) and financial need.
  • Write a short essay sharing their connection to the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, describing their future plans and aspirations, and how financial support will help them achieve their goals.

Calgary Black Chambers Pembina Leadership Scholarship

The Calgary Black Chambers Pembina Leadership Scholarship (supported by Pembina Pipeline Corporation) was established by the Calgary Black Chambers, a non-profit organization, consisting of individuals working to support diversity in and around Calgary, and to foster the growth of Black culture in Calgary. The Calgary Black Chambers serves as mentors and advocates, fostering the growth of great students and future professionals. Its four pillars are: Mentorship, Scholarship, Fellowship and Advocacy.

Click here to learn more about Calgary Black Chambers Scholarships.

Five awards valued at $7,000 each, applied directly to tuition.

Applicant must:

  • Be a Black Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Be entering second year or beyond of a full-time undergraduate degree or diploma program, studying Commerce, Business Administration, Economics, Engineering, Computer Science, Land Administration, Political Science, or Policy Studies.
  • Be attending a Calgary post‐secondary institution or have graduated from a Calgary high school and attending a Canadian post‐secondary institution.
  • Demonstrate good academic standing (cumulative GPA greater than or equal to 2.7 or 70%).
  • Demonstrate school and/or community involvement.
  • Provide one reference letter.

Administered through Calgary Black Chambers, Calgary Black Chambers Pembina Leadership Scholarship recipients may be eligible to receive an internship offer from Pembina Pipeline Corporation.

Calgary Catholic School District Kerry Dyte Educational Scholarship

The Kerry Dyte Educational Scholarship was established in 2005 by Kerry Dyte to allow a student to attend a post-secondary educational institution who otherwise might not be able to due to financial restrictions.

One scholarship valued at $4,000 minimum, applied directly to tuition.

Applicant must:

  • Be graduating Grade 12 this year from a Calgary Catholic High School.
  • Be entering first year of a full-time undergraduate degree or diploma program at a qualified Canadian post-secondary institution in the upcoming fall.
  • Demonstrate outstanding citizenship and leadership.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Provide one letter of reference.

Calgary Foundation First Nations, Métis and Inuit Graduate Bursary

This bursary provides financial support to First Nations, Métis and Inuit students who plan to pursue graduate post-secondary education.

Two bursaries valued at $3,000 each, applied directly to tuition.

Applicant must:

  • Be a First Nations, Métis, or Inuit student.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Be attending any year of study at an Alberta post-secondary institution pursuing a graduate degree, including medicine and law.
  • Write a short essay sharing their connection to First Nations, Métis and/or Inuit culture and community, describing their educational journey, through community or schooling, and future plans and aspirations. How will financial support help them achieve their goals?
  • Provide one letter of reference.

CEEA Energy Industry Award

The CEEA Energy Industry Award was established by the Canadian Energy Executive Association (CEEA), a not-for-profit organization operating in the Canadian energy industry. Through business and social events, and national engagement programs, CEEA works to bring together leaders, Indigenous stakeholders, policymakers, and academia to discuss important topics affecting the Canadian energy industry and its future. This award was established to enable and encourage some of the brightest students to choose a career in the energy industry.

One or more awards valued at $10,000, applied directly to tuition.

As long as the recipient maintains award eligibility, award is renewable for up to two consecutive years of undergraduate degree or diploma study based on years of study remaining in recipient’s program when the award is initially received (up to three years of support total for degree programs, and up to two years of support total for diploma programs).

Applicant must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Be attending a Canadian post-secondary institution.
  • Be entering second year or beyond in a full-time petroleum-focused undergraduate degree program (e.g., Petroleum/Mechanical/Chemical Engineering, Geology, Geophysics, etc.). Preference given to students entering their second year of study. OR be entering first year or beyond in a full-time petroleum-focused undergraduate diploma program (e.g., Petroleum/Mechanical/Chemical/Instrumentation Engineering Technology, etc.). 
  • Demonstrate school and/or community involvement and leadership, and high academic standing (cumulative GPA greater than or equal to 3.7 or 80%).
  • Provide one letter of reference.

CEEA Energy Industry Award for Journeyperson Certification

The CEEA Energy Industry Award for Journeyperson Certification was established by the Canadian Energy Executive Association (CEEA), a not-for-profit organization operating in the Canadian energy industry. Through business and social events, and national engagement programs, CEEA works to bring together leaders, Indigenous stakeholders, policymakers, and academia to discuss important topics affecting the Canadian energy industry and its future. This award was established to enable and encourage students pursuing Journeyperson Certification at a Canadian post-secondary institution to choose a career in the energy industry. 

One or more awards valued at $1,500, applied directly to tuition. 

As long as the recipient maintains award eligibility, award is renewable for up to one year of Journeyperson Certification study, as based on years of study remaining in recipient’s program when the award is initially received (up to two years of support total). As applicable, award must be renewed within two calendar years of award receipt.  

Applicant must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.  
  • Be attending a Canadian post-secondary institution in the upcoming academic year (Fall or Winter term).  
  • Be entering third or fourth year of study in a petroleum-focused Journeyperson Certification program (e.g., Boilermaker, Crane and Hoisting Operator, Heavy Equipment Technician, Industrial Mechanic (Millwright), Instrumentation and Control Technician, Ironworker, Machinist, etc.).   
  • Be actively employed in a petroleum-focused role, with intent to complete Journeyperson Certification and work in the petroleum industry.  
  • Demonstrate school and/or community involvement and leadership.  


CEEA Indigenous Award

The CEEA Indigenous Award was established by the Canadian Energy Executive Association (CEEA), a not-for-profit organization operating in the Canadian energy industry. Through business and social events, and national engagement programs, CEEA works to bring together leaders, Indigenous stakeholders, policymakers, and academia to discuss important topics affecting the Canadian energy industry and its future. This award was established to enable and encourage First Nations, Métis and Inuit students to choose a career in the energy industry.

One or more awards valued at $10,000, applied directly to tuition.

As long as the recipient maintains award eligibility, award is renewable for up to three consecutive years of undergraduate degree or diploma study (up to four years of support total for degree programs, and up to two years of support total for diploma programs).

Applicant must:

  • Be a First Nations, Métis, or Inuit student.
  • Be directly entering first year of a full-time petroleum-focused undergraduate degree or diploma program at a Canadian post-secondary institution. (E.g., Petroleum/Mechanical/Chemical Engineering, Geology, Geophysics, Petroleum/Mechanical/Chemical/Instrumentation Engineering Technology, etc.).
  • Demonstrate school and/or community involvement and leadership, and good academic standing (cumulative GPA greater than or equal to 2.7 or 70%).
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Provide one letter of reference.

Clay Riddell Community Hero Scholarship

The Clay Riddell Community Hero Scholarship was created in 2019 to honour youth who exemplify all of the traits that Mr. Riddell lived by – leadership, integrity and generosity. The award will be given annually to up to two deserving youth heroes that are connected with a participating Shaw Birdies for Kids presented by AltaLink charity. Recipients will be invited to attend and be publicly recognized at this year’s Shaw Charity Classic.

Up to two $7,500 post-secondary scholarships available, applied directly to tuition.

Applicant must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Be connected with a participating 2024 Shaw Birdies for Kids presented by AltaLink charity.
  • Demonstrate community involvement, exemplifying each of the traits of leadership, integrity and generosity.
  • Be currently enrolled in Grade 11 or graduating Grade 12 this year, and entering first year of full-time studies at a Canadian post-secondary institution within three years of receiving the scholarship.
  • Provide a reference letter from a representative of a participating 2024 Shaw Birdies for Kids presented by AltaLink charity.
  • Be in good academic standing for acceptance to technical school, college or university.

Douglas Parnham Memorial Scholarship

Established in memory of Douglas Parnham, founder of the Calgary Boys’ Choir to celebrate its 45th Anniversary.

To learn more about Douglas Parnham and Calgary Boys’ Choir history, click here.

One award valued at $1,000, applied directly to tuition.

Applicant must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Be studying music, specializing in Choral Music and Music Education.
  • Be enrolled in third year of study or beyond of an undergraduate degree or studying at the Graduate level.
  • Be attending University of Alberta, University of Calgary, University of Lethbridge, Ambrose University, MacEwan University, Concordia University of Edmonton or The King’s University.
  • Demonstrate a choral background, passion for teaching, music education for youth and leadership in choral conducting.
  • Provide one letter of reference.

Dr. Scott Rairdan Memorial Award

The Dr. Scott Rairdan Memorial Award was established to recognize aptitude and encourage learning in Large Animal Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Scott Rairdan graduated from William E. Hay Composite High School in 1973 with honours. He starred on the football team, served on the student’s union executive, participated in intramural sports, curling and ski clubs. Scott was outgoing, positive, and clearly an achiever who was well respected by his peers. After completing two years of pre-veterinary medicine at the University of Alberta, Scott was accepted into the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan and subsequently graduated in 1979. After building a successful veterinary practice, Dr. Rairdan went on to co-found Davis-Rairdan Embryo Transplants Ltd., an industry leader in bovine embryo transfers. Scott’s sudden passing at the young age of 40 years spawned the creation of the Scott Rairdan Foundation Fund at Calgary Foundation. Awards such as this one bestowed upon deserving young people serve to honour Scott’s memory and celebrate his zest for life!

Click here to learn more about Dr. Scott Rairdan.

One or more awards valued at $2,500, applied directly to tuition. Renewable for up to three consecutive years of study as long as the recipient maintains award eligibility (up to four years of support total). 

Applicant must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Be in any year of study pursuing a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at a Canadian post-secondary institution, with an emphasis on large animal or mixed practice veterinary medicine.
  • Demonstrate aptitude and experience in large animal veterinary medicine. Preference given to students pursuing a career in large animal theriogenology and/or embryo transfer.
  • Demonstrate leadership and active participation in extra-curricular activities.

Every Woman Can: The Maria Eriksen Memorial Bursary

As an outspoken voice for the advancement and equality of women, Dr. Maria Eriksen was a social advocate involved with various initiatives since the women’s movement began in the 1970s. Her most recent project was tackling a huge issue facing Alberta’s immigrants—obtaining the Canadian accreditation or training they require in order to become fully employed in their field.

Dr. Eriksen was the founding chair of the Immigrant Access Fund Society of Alberta (now Windmill Microlending), a nonprofit organization that offers micro loans to internationally trained and educated immigrants to help overcome the financial barriers they face in becoming able to work in their field in Alberta.

The Maria Eriksen Memorial Bursary supports professional development or technical training at an accredited institution to assist an individual’s successful transition to life in Canada.

Click here to learn more about the Maria Eriksen Bursary.

Five bursaries at $2,000 each, applied directly to tuition.

Applicant must:

  • Be an immigrant woman (Canadian citizen or permanent resident) residing in Alberta.
  • Be attending school in order to return to her pre-immigration field of work.
  • Be in financial need and enrolled in an accredited educational institution for the upcoming Fall.

Please note: only applicants who worked in their home country pre-immigration and are returning to this field of work are eligible to apply for this bursary. Applicants must have been employed in a specific field of work (beyond a high school diploma or equivalency).

First Nations, Métis and Inuit Undergraduate Bursary

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.

Six bursaries valued at $3,000 each, applied directly to tuition. Four bursaries provided by the Thorner/Johnston/DiMarzo Family Fund at Calgary Foundation and two bursaries provided by Calgary Foundation.

Applicant must:

  • Be a First Nations, Métis, or Inuit student.
  • Demonstrate financial need. 
  • Be enrolled in final year of study of an undergraduate degree, diploma, or certificate program at an Alberta post-secondary institution in the upcoming fall.
  • Write a short essay sharing their connection to First Nations, Métis and/or Inuit culture and community, describing their future plans and aspirations and how financial support will help them achieve their goals.
  • Provide one letter of reference.

Fogolâr Furlan di Calgary Graduate Scholarship in Italian Studies

The Fogolâr Furlan di Calgary is one of sixteen similar associations in Canada whose founding members originate from the region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia in Italy. One of the mandates of our association is the preservation of our language and, as such, we are pleased to offer this scholarship to students of Italian in Canada. Our founding members emigrated from their homeland because they sought opportunity and advancement in a new country. They worked hard for the interests of their families and the pursuit of a post-secondary education was something sought for their children. Therefore, it is only fitting that we would establish a scholarship that would promote education and financially assist students studying Italian.

One award at approximately $5,000 applied directly to tuition.

Applicant must:

  • Be an Alberta resident (either a permanent resident or a permanent resident studying full-time at a post-secondary outside the province).
  • Be pursuing a graduate degree (Masters or Doctoral) in an Italian Studies program in any year of study.
  • Be committed to Italian culture.
  • Demonstrate high academic standing.
  • Provide one letter of reference.

Fogolâr Furlan di Calgary Scholarship in Italian Studies for Alberta Students

The Fogolâr Furlan di Calgary is one of sixteen similar associations in Canada whose founding members originate from the region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia in Italy. One of the mandates of our association is the preservation of our language and, as such, we are pleased to offer this scholarship to students of Italian in Canada. Our founding members emigrated from their homeland because they sought opportunity and advancement in a new country. They worked hard for the interests of their families and the pursuit of a post-secondary education was something sought for their children. Therefore, it is only fitting that we would establish a scholarship that would promote education and financially assist students studying Italian.

One award at approximately $1,500, applied directly to tuition.

Applicant must:

  • Be an Alberta resident (either a permanent resident or a permanent resident studying full-time at a post-secondary outside the province).
  • Be pursuing a major in Italian Studies.
  • Be entering fourth year of undergraduate studies.
  • Be committed to Italian culture.
  • Have achieved a GPA 3.0 or higher in previous year’s studies.

Fraser W. Lockwood Memorial Scholarship

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.

Click here to learn more about the Fraser W. Lockwood Memorial Scholarship.

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).

Applicant must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Be entering first year of full-time undergraduate studies at a Canadian post-secondary institution, immediately following graduation from Grade 12 from either a Public (Calgary Board of Education) or Separate (Calgary Catholic School District) school in Calgary.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Have contributed to the community by volunteering through church, community organizations, athletics, and cultural or political activities.
  • Provide one letter of reference.
  • Preference will be given to students whose families have a connection to the Filipino community.

Friends of the Stockmen’s Memorial Foundation Award

The Stockmen’s Memorial Foundation was officially organized in 1980 by fifty founding members comprised of ranchers, farmers and individuals to commemorate the Canadian livestock industry. Created with a generous donation by Dr. Bob Church, a member of the pioneering Church family, the award recognizes their legacy, contributions, continuance and preservation of western traditions.

One or more awards valued at approximately $1,000, applied directly to tuition.

Applicant must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Be entering second year or beyond in an Agriculture or Agriculture-related Program at a Canadian post-secondary institution.
  • Demonstrate community involvement and good academic standing (cumulative GPA greater than or equal to 2.7 or 70%).
  • Write a short original essay (500-750 words) describing their agricultural background, historical family connections, connection to the livestock/agriculture industry in Western Canada and aspirations to continue the tradition.
  • Provide one letter of reference.

Grace & Good Fortune Bursary for Single Mothers

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, applied directly to tuition.

Applicant must:

  • Be a single mother with one or more dependent children.
  • Reside in Calgary or area.
  • Be attending full or part-time undergraduate studies at a Calgary post-secondary institution.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Write an essay that explains their education and career plans and describes their experiences as a single mother and how achieving a post-secondary education will support their goals and dreams.
  • Provide one letter of reference.

Jeanne Henuset-Fraser Memorial Bursary for Rural Manitoba Students

Established to honour the memory of Jeanne Henuset-Fraser, to enable students from a rural background to fulfill their educational dreams at a Canadian post-secondary institution of their choice. Jeanne was raised on a farm in Pipestone Manitoba, the oldest of five siblings. She excelled in school, however, the passing of her mother necessitated Jeanne to quit school at the tender age of 12 to look after her father and her four younger brothers. As she couldn’t fulfill her dreams for higher education, she was always a strong advocate for all her nieces and nephews to attain a higher education. Jeanne hoped that this bursary would enable others to fulfill their dreams.

One or more bursaries, ranging from $500 to $2,500 in value, applied directly to tuition.

Applicant must:

  • Identify as a woman.
  • Have resided in rural Manitoba (outside of Winnipeg and Brandon).
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Be entering second year of study or beyond at a Canadian post-secondary institution in the upcoming Fall.
  • Be pursuing a certificate, diploma or degree that will lead to direct employment in the field of study following graduation from the current certificate, diploma or degree program (e.g. trades, medicine, law, physiotherapy, environmental sciences, nursing, and education).
  • Provide one letter of reference.

Jim Dinning / Calgary Lougheed Scholarship

In recognition of Jim Dinning’s contributions to public affairs of Alberta, both as a senior member of the Executive of the Government of the Province of Alberta and as a member of the Legislative Assembly representing the provincial constituency of Calgary Lougheed.

One award valued at a minimum of $2,000, applied directly to tuition.

Applicant must:

  • Be entering second year of full-time studies in their first undergraduate program attending one of the following: Alberta University of the Arts, Bow Valley College, Mount Royal University, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, University of Calgary. 
  • Demonstrate commitment to community development and leadership (has contributed to the community by volunteering through community organizations, athletics, and cultural or political activities). 
  • Demonstrate high academic standing (cumulative GPA greater than or equal to 3.7 or 80%).
  • Provide one letter of reference.

John and Ann Scheer Memorial Award

In memory of John and Ann Scheer, deeply rooted members of the Wheatland community and proud farmers of the family homestead east of Strathmore. The John and Ann Scheer Memorial Award has been established to honour their passion for life-long learning, their unrelenting optimism and perseverance through life’s challenges, and their enthusiasm for serving the Wheatland community they loved. The award will recognize a graduating Grade 12 student from a Wheatland County high school who is pursuing post-secondary education, has shown personal perseverance in their own life, and has demonstrated service to their community.

One award valued at $1,000, applied directly to tuition.

Applicant must:

  • Be graduating Grade 12 this year from a Wheatland County high school (Strathmore High School, Holy Cross Collegiate, Strathmore Storefront School, Golden Hills Learning Academy, or Wheatland Crossing School).
  • Be enrolled in their first year of a certificate, diploma, or degree program in any field of study at a Canadian post-secondary institution.
  • Demonstrate community involvement through volunteerism, and personal perseverance.

John Shirra Memorial Scholarship

The John Shirra Memorial Scholarship was established by John’s family, friends and business colleagues whose lives have been enriched by knowing John during his life. Born and raised in Calgary, John established two small side businesses prior to completing a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary and a Master of Business Administration from Nijenrode, the Netherlands School of Business. MBA in hand, John returned to Calgary to pursue his career in oil and gas where he rose to the role of Treasurer at Poco Petroleums before his death at age 34. John succeeded in business because he was a tireless worker and dedicated employee but first and foremost, he was a friend to all, and despite long hours at work, he maintained a balanced lifestyle. He enjoyed participating in sports, including skiing, tennis, squash, cycling and golf, and loved spending time in the mountains hiking and camping. John had a great sense of humour, a strong community spirit, and enjoyed organizing activities with his friends. As a continuing tribute to a great friend, family member and businessman, the John Shirra Memorial Scholarship was established in 1994 in John’s memory. The John Shirra Memorial Scholarship supports University of Calgary Bachelor of Commerce students who demonstrate John’s characteristics of friendship, community spirit, humour, adventure, athletics, and entrepreneurial spirit in financing their studies.

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Two or more awards valued at $1,500 each, applied directly to tuition.

Applicant must:

  • Be enrolled in 3rd year or beyond in the Bachelor of Commerce program at the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary.
  • Demonstrate commitment to community development and leadership.
  • Demonstrate athletic involvement.
  • Provide one letter of reference.
  • Financial need may be considered.

Julia Turnbull Leadership Award

During her career in civil litigation and family law, long-time Calgarian Julia Turnbull has focused on finding, encouraging, and championing the qualities she believes will create a bright future for Canada. Established by Julia Turnbull to recognize future leaders, the Julia Turnbull Leadership Award supports graduating Grade 12 Calgary students who have an active and engaged interest in leadership.

Click here to learn more about Julia Turnbull and the award.

Six or more awards at $1,000 each, applied directly to tuition.

Applicant must:

  • Be entering their first year of full-time undergraduate studies directly from Grade 12 from a Calgary Board of Education, Calgary Catholic School District, or Calgary Charter School.
  • Demonstrate outstanding commitment to school and community leadership, through initiative and volunteerism. Preferably engaged in student politics (student council, student union, Model UN, etc.), youth councils or committees, and/or debate or speech clubs. 
  • Provide one letter of reference.

Kathleen & Russell Lane Canadian Art Award

An award for Canadian students working in visual arts (Applied Arts, Drawing, Multimedia (excluding electronic), Photography, Painting, Print Making or Sculpture).

One award at approximately $1,000, applied directly to tuition.

Applicant must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen.
  • Be registered in full-time study at a post-secondary institution in Alberta.
  • Be entering their final year of studies in visual arts (excluding electronic media).
  • Have good academic standing.
  • Provide an artist’s statement and vision, including how this award will be helpful in the applicant’s artistic/academic career.
  • Provide a maximum of eight electronic images of work with an attachment that details title, year, medium and size of each work.
  • Provide two letters of reference (one must be from a studio professor).

The Kathryn Huget Leadership Award

The Kathryn Huget Leadership Award was established in memory of Kathryn Huget to recognize her leadership in business. Kathryn was a long-time champion of the important role of women in the workplace. This award supports students who are working to improve the role of leadership in business and specifically the advancement of women in leadership roles.

One award valued at a minimum of $1,000, applied directly to tuition.

Applicant must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident or on a Canadian student visa.
  • Be studying at the Master’s or PhD level.
  • Preferably be studying in the areas of: organizational behaviour, business administration, business and commerce, sociology or psychology.
  • Provide a summary of their involvement in business and leadership, and how they are working to improve the business workplace for women.
  • Provide one letter from a business reference.

Preference given to women currently in leadership roles.

Kids Cancer Care Derek Wandzura Memorial Scholarship

This special scholarship is named in memory of Derek Wandzura, a charming little boy who, with his smile and engaging personality, could hold the attention of any room. On Christmas Eve in 1986, at the age of five, Derek was diagnosed with medullablastoma, an aggressive brain cancer. During his four-year cancer journey, Derek relapsed three times and endured countless medical procedures. Even the toughest treatments could not stop the cancer and, at the age of nine, Derek passed away beside his mother, while they were sleeping on the morning of April 26, 1991. As the namesake of the scholarship, Derek’s spirit lives on in the countless young people who live their dreams, thrive and do great things with the help of a scholarship in his name.

Click here to learn more about Derek Wandzura.

The Kids Cancer Care Derek Wandzura Memorial Scholarship is a one-time award available to childhood cancer patients and survivors, for use in post-secondary studies.

Awards vary each year starting at $1,000, applied directly to tuition. Additional funding may be available to applicants demonstrating extenuating circumstances as a result of their experience with cancer. 

Applicant must:

  • Be a childhood cancer patient or survivor. Diagnosis must have occurred at age 18 or younger.
  • Be a resident of Southern Alberta*. Proof of current address/residency may be requested. Applicants must not be a recipient of the Kids with Cancer Society Bursary.
  • Be enrolled in any year of study at a post-secondary institution in the upcoming academic year (fall or winter semester) pursing undergraduate degree, diploma, or certificate program.

*Southern Alberta includes Red Deer and the rural areas east, west and south of Red Deer. For information about bursaries for Northern Alberta residents, please visit the Kids with Cancer Society website.

For questions regarding the Kids Cancer Care Derek Wandzura Memorial Scholarship, please contact Rachel McInnes, Education Program Coordinator at Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta.

The Kinsmen Club of Calgary Scholarship

Three or more awards available at approximately $1,000 each, applied directly to tuition.

Applicant must:

  • Demonstrate a commitment to community development and leadership.
  • Contribute to the community by volunteering with a non-profit group or has held a position of responsibility with a community organization.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Be currently attending an accredited post-secondary institution in Canada and be enrolling in their final year of any undergraduate degree or diploma program in the upcoming fall.
  • Demonstrate satisfactory academic standing.
  • Provide one reference letter.
  • Be a resident of southern Alberta or has graduated from a southern Alberta high school (south of and including Red Deer).

Kirby Morrow Memorial Scholarship

Established in memory of Kirby Morrow, a prominent voice actor and former Vancouver Acting School instructor, to honour his passion for the industry and to help support other young performers pursue their passions. Kirby had a huge impact on so many lives. He lived to give to others. This Legacy Scholarship is dedicated to helping dreamers like Kirby get quality education in the Performing Arts. By creating a lasting legacy in his name, maybe some day the Scholarship will help another Kirby from some small town realize their dreams.

Two awards valued at $750 each, applied directly to tuition.

Applicant must:

  • Be an Alberta or British Columbia resident.
  • Be enrolled in first year of an undergraduate degree or diploma program at an Alberta or British Columbia post-secondary institution at the date of the scholarship deadline.
  • Be studying Theatre, Theatre Arts, Drama, Film, Radio, Television, Animation or Script Writing.
  • Submit a video (3 minutes or less) demonstrating their passion for Theatre, Theatre Arts, Drama, Film, Radio, Television, Animation or Script Writing and how this scholarship will help them pursue their dreams.

The Kyle Block Law Scholarship

The Kyle Block Law Scholarship is in memory of Kyle Alfonso Block, known by his many friends, teammates and fellow musicians for his quick wit, kind heart and adventurous spirit. After graduating from William Aberhart High School, Kyle attended the University of British Columbia where he achieved top honours in Engineering and Economics. He went on to study law at the University of Saskatchewan. Kyle had a passion for hockey and music and believed strongly in equal opportunity for all. In his long and high-level hockey career, Kyle played on teams such as the Junior A Yorkton Terriers and the UBC Thunderbirds. He was known by all as a great teammate. While pursuing his post-secondary studies in British Columbia and Saskatchewan, Kyle continued to play hockey and music with his friends and teammates.

The Kyle Block Law Scholarship assists recipients to pursue post-secondary studies who are or have been active in competitive sport, music, fine arts or social justice issues.

One or more awards valued at a minimum of $2,500, applied directly to tuition.

Applicant must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Be enrolled in second year of study or beyond in a Juris Doctor program.
  • Be enrolled in a qualified post-secondary institution in Alberta, Saskatchewan, or British Columbia.
  • Demonstrate financial need and good academic standing (cumulative GPA greater than or equal to 2.7 or 70%), and involvement (past or present) in competitive sports, music, fine arts or social justice issues.
  • Provide one letter of reference.

The Kyle Block Scholarship

The Kyle Block Scholarship is in memory of Kyle Alfonso Block, known by his many friends, teammates and fellow musicians for his quick wit, kind heart and adventurous spirit. After graduating from William Aberhart High School, Kyle attended the University of British Columbia where he achieved top honours in Engineering and Economics. He went on to study law at the University of Saskatchewan. Kyle had a passion for hockey and music and believed strongly in equal opportunity for all. In his long and high-level hockey career, Kyle played on teams such as the Junior A Yorkton Terriers and the UBC Thunderbirds. He was known by all as a great teammate. While pursuing his post-secondary studies in British Columbia and Saskatchewan, Kyle continued to play hockey and music with his friends and teammates. 

The Kyle Block Scholarship assists recipients to pursue post-secondary studies who are or have been active in competitive sport, music, fine arts or social justice issues.

One or more awards valued at a minimum of $2,500, applied directly to tuition.

Applicant must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident studying engineering, business, or economics. 
  • Be enrolled in second year of study or beyond in an undergraduate degree or diploma program. 
  • Be enrolled in a qualified post-secondary institution in Alberta, Saskatchewan, or British Columbia. 
  • Demonstrate financial need and good academic standing (cumulative GPA greater than or equal to 2.7 or 70%), and involvement (past or present) in competitive sports, music, fine arts or social justice issues. 
  • Provide one letter of reference.

Legacy Fund for Youth from Care

This bursary was established in 2000 to provide funds for applicants that have been under permanent guardianship of Alberta Children’s Services, Calgary Region.

Award amount varies, applied directly to tuition.

Applicant must:

  • Have been under permanent guardianship with Calgary Children’s Services at the time they turned 18 years of age.
  • Be over 18 years and under the age of 31 at the time of application (Priority is given to individuals over the age of 21 for whom a Support and Financial Assistance Agreement (SFAA) is not an option).
  • Not be under a SFAA.
  • Meet the entry requirements of the post-secondary program for which the applicant is applying.
  • Provide a statement outlining achievements, aspirations or plans for the future, volunteer and work experience.
  • Provide a reference letter of support from a significant person in your life.

Selection is based upon: Financial need, future aspirations, demonstrated commitment to follow through.

The Michael Gee Scholarship Fund Award

In memory of Michael Gee, a 15 year old U18 ‘A’ hockey player with NW Calgary Athletic Association. This award is based on hockey and academic performance and open to Calgary residents graduating Grade 12 playing hockey in the Calgary Minor Hockey Association – U18 Boys AA or AAA (major), U18 Girls AA or AAA.

One award, valued at $2,400, applied directly to tuition.

The recipient is eligible to claim the scholarship funds when entering post-secondary education.

Applicant must:

  • Be nominated by their coach as most deserving player on the team (only one nomination per coach).
  • Be a Calgary resident playing hockey in the Calgary Minor Hockey Association – U18 Boys AA, AAA (major), U18 Girls AA or AAA.
  • Be graduating Grade 12.
  • Have achieved a minimum of 82.5% at their educational institution.

Okotoks Rotary Career Opportunity Awards

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

Two awards valued at $1,500 each, applied directly to tuition. Ideally one award for a Christ the Redeemer Catholic Schools student, and one award for a Foothills School Division student.

Applicant must:

  • Be graduating Grade 12 this year from an Okotoks High School: Foothills Composite High School, Holy Trinity Academy, St. Luke’s Outreach Okotoks, Cameron Crossing School, or The Centre for Learning@HOME and entering an accredited Canadian post-secondary institution.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Demonstrate leadership and motivational skills through participation in student, community, and/or business activities.
  • Demonstrate academic standing adequate to gain admittance to the school and program of choice.
  • Provide one letter of reference.

Optimist Club William J. Cummer Scholarship

Established in recognition of the 70th anniversary of the Optimist Club of Calgary and long-standing member, William Cummer, for his service and contributions to the Club.

One award at approximately $2,500, applied directly to tuition. Additional awards may be available.

Applicant must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and Alberta resident.
  • Be entering final year of study in first certificate, degree or diploma program.
  • Demonstrate volunteerism, service to youth, and leadership.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Be in good academic standing.
  • Provide one letter of reference.
  • Preference will be given to students from the Calgary area.

Owen Hart Foundation Awards

The Owen Hart Foundation Awards were established in memory of Owen Hart who died while working for the World Wrestling Federation (WWF).

Click here to learn more about the Owen Hart Foundation Awards.

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. Two awards provided to students at each eligible high school. Additional small awards may be available.

Applicant must:

  • Be graduating Grade 12 from one of the following Calgary high schools: Forest Lawn, Western Canada, Ernest Manning, Crescent Heights, or Sir Winston Churchill.
  • Plan to attend an accredited post-secondary institution in the next academic year, including college, university or technical school.
  • Be motivated toward improving their life through education.
  • Have at least a 70% average or above or acceptance to post-secondary based on entry requirements.
  • Demonstrate their goals and education/career dreams, strength and abilities, and contributions to their school and/or broader community.
  • Demonstrate financial need. Preference given to students who hold part-time employment.
  • Provide one letter of reference.

Patrick Adams Memorial Scholarship

Created by University of Calgary Environmental Design Alumni, this scholarship honours Pat Adams, a graduate of the Faculty of Environmental Design (EVDS) in Architecture at the University of Calgary.  

The Patrick Adams Memorial Scholarship is available to students entering their first year of a Master’s Degree program in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape (SAPL) at the University of Calgary.  

Pat was a gregarious and passionate individual with multiple interests and a long career that began in the Canadian Navy, included several years in the oil industry from Alberta to the North Sea, and followed with many years of contribution to the housing and construction industry in Edmonton until his passing in 2018. Pat was a leader, a tenacious problem solver and a mentor to his friends, colleagues and the staff he directed in multiple roles over his lifetime. His commitment to learning continued beyond architecture to earning a Master of Business Administration degree. 

The Scholarship is intended to support a student whose path to graduate studies has been non-linear and who is motivated to incorporate enquiry and practical holistic problem solving into their studies and work. 

One scholarship valued at a minimum of $4,000, applied directly to tuition. Renewable for one year, based on satisfactory academic standing (cumulative GPA greater than or equal to 3.0). Additional small one-time awards may be offered.

Applicant must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or on a student visa.
  • Be entering their first year of a Master’s Degree program in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape (SAPL) at the University of Calgary in the upcoming Fall.
  • Be pursuing a career related to architecture, planning or landscape.   
  • Submit a curriculum vitae.   
  • Provide two reference letters (at least one must be an academic reference).   
  • Demonstrate a non-linear path to graduate studies, motived by enquiry and a respect for practical holistic problem solving.  

Academic standing may be considered.

Phyllis Weston English Scholarship

The Phyllis Weston Award was established in memory of Phyllis Weston who taught for 40 years in Calgary Public Schools. Her teaching had a lasting impact on many students.

Click here to learn more about Phyllis Weston.

One award at approximately $1,000, applied directly to tuition.

Applicant must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and an Alberta resident.
  • Have attended their final year of high school in Calgary.
  • Be a full-time student registered at the University of Alberta, University of Calgary or University of Lethbridge entering their final year of studies in an Education Degree Program with a specialization in English and planning to become a high school English teacher.
  • Have good academic standing.
  • Provide one letter of reference.

Shannon Burwash Award for Encouragement in Equine & Agricultural Studies Memorial Scholarship

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.

To learn more about Shannon Burwash click here. To read about past recipients click here.

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.

Two awards valued at $1,000 each, applied directly to tuition.

Applicant Criteria:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Be entering first or second year of full-time study at a Canadian post-secondary.
  • Be in one of the following fields of study: agriculture, agri-business, animal health technology, or veterinary medicine with potential application to horses or the horse industry.
  • Demonstrate good academic standing (cumulative GPA greater than or equal to 2.7 or 70%).
  • Show leadership and volunteerism in school and the community.
  • Provide two letters of reference.
  • Preference will be given to students with a rural background and/or with extensive participation in the horse industry.

Financial need may be considered.

*Note: If you are entering your third year of undergraduate study or beyond (including any year of a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program), please apply for the Shannon Burwash Award for Leadership and Excellence in Equine, Agribusiness, and/or Agriculture Activities.

Shannon Burwash Award for Leadership and Excellence in Equine, Agri-Business and/or Agricultural Studies

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.

To learn more about Shannon Burwash click here. To read about past recipients click here.

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.

Two awards valued at $2,000 each, applied directly to tuition.

Applicant Criteria:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Be entering more advanced years of study (third year and beyond) in any of the following fields: agriculture, agri-business, animal health technology, or veterinary medicine that can be applied to horses or the horse industry.
  • Be attending an accredited Canadian post-secondary institution.
  • Provide two letters of reference.
  • Preference will be given to students with a rural background and/or with extensive participation in the horse industry who plan to pursue an equine-oriented career.

Financial need may be considered.

*Note: If you are entering your first or second year of study, please apply for the Shannon Burwash Award for Encouragement in Equine & Agricultural Studies.

Shelagh Neary Mikulak Memorial Scholarship for Leadership and Innovation in Library Sciences

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, past president of the Special Libraries Association of Western Canada, and volunteer with the Canadian Library Association and Canadian Association of Law Libraries, Shelagh dedicated her time to encouraging the professional development of others in her field.

Click here to learn more about Shelagh Neary Mikulak.

Two awards at approximately $2,000, applied directly to tuition.

Applicant must:

  • Be enrolled in a Library and Information Sciences or Library Technician program, (Certificate, Diploma, or Graduate degree) who demonstrates a passion for the library sciences field.
  • Be in any year of study at a Canadian post-secondary institution.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Provide one letter of reference.

Smillie Family Education Award

This award has been established in recognition of the community service contributions and professional achievements in rural Canada across six provinces plus two territories by four generations of the extended Smillie family (Burrow, Robbins, Smillie, Smiley).

The Smillie Family Education Award encourages and supports post-secondary educational opportunities for students who have resided in rural towns, villages, hamlets or on agricultural operations across Canada. Applicants should demonstrate active leadership and volunteerism in their community and how this award would assist them in achieving their goals.

Three awards valued at $1,500 each, applied directly to tuition.

Applicant must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident who has resided in a rural Canadian community.
  • Be entering first or second year of a full-time undergraduate degree or diploma program at a qualified Canadian post-secondary institution.
  • Be enrolled in a program that can lead to a career in agriculture, education, or health care.
  • Demonstrate good academic standing (cumulative GPA greater than or equal to 2.7 or 70%) and financial need.
  • Demonstrate leadership and volunteerism in school and the community.
  • Provide one letter of reference.

For specific questions about award applications, please contact our Student Awards team.

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