There are many opportunities for students to earn and achieve financial support for post-secondary studies. 

Students should actively seek out and research all available financial support. They can see their guidance counselor for more details. As scholarships and bursaries have firm guidelines and application deadlines, students should leave themselves ample time to complete the application process. Students should make note of all deadlines and ensure they have all documentation in on time. There are many opportunities available for scholarship outside of grade 12 as well. It is never too soon to begin to seek out opportunities and to apply. 

A scholarship is awarded first on the basis of academic achievement while a bursary is awarded primarily on the basis of financial need. Neither has to be repaid. More Information is available from Student Services.

Many post-secondary institutes and scholarship granting agencies, require references. Teachers and administration write many letters for students. Being specific in the purpose of the reference letter and ensuring students allow ample time to
complete the letter is always very helpful and makes for a stronger reference in the end.

Western Canada High School Specific Awards

There are many awards specifically for Western Canada High School students.

Grade 10

Deadline

Award

Value

Criteria

Nominated

H. J. Robinson Outstanding Student Scholarship

$150.00

Superior academics, exceptional citizenship qualities.

(Western Canada)

Grade 11

Deadline

Award

Value

Criteria

Nominated 

Bob Clark Memorial Scholarship

$175.00

Outstanding contribution to one or more of Western’s technical programs, above average grades.

(EducationMatters)

Nominated 

McKillop Scholarship

$750.00

Academic excellence, all around citizenship.

(EducationMatters)

Grade 12

Deadline

Award

Value

Criteria

Nominated

Terry Allen Leadership Award

$200.00

Member of the student governing body, leadership, citizenship.

(EducationMatters)

Nominated

Downtown Rotary Club Scholarship

$1500.00 plus plaque

Post-secondary education, strong academics, citizenship.

(Rotary Club)

Nominated

George Desson Citizenship Award

Plaque

Student citizenship. (One female, one male)

Application by May 1st

Adrienne Goudie Memorial Bursary

$400.00

Post-secondary education, financial need, character, involvement in school.

(EducationMatters)

Nominated

Premier's Citizenship  Award

Plaque

Supports and contributes to Alberta communities through voluntary public service.

Nominated

Husky / Western Partnership Community Award

$500.00 plus  $500.00 to a charity of choice

Has and does give to the "community" of WCHS epitomizing the "spirit of the partnership" - working with others, contributing and giving of energy and self to the school in a variety of activities.

Application due May 5

WCHS Alumni Foundation Legacy Fund

12 x $2000.00

Pursuing post-secondary study within one year of graduation, financial need, and citizenship.

(Alumni Foundation)

Nominated

Dr. G. Fred McNally Memorial Scholarship

$1,000.00

Post-secondary education, academic achievement, character, citizenship.

(Calgary Foundation)

Nominated

Merit Contractors Association

$300.00

Pursuing post-secondary education with excellence in CTS courses.

(Merit Contractors)

Apply by May 1st

David E. Mitchell Annual Bursary

$2,000.00

Pursuing post-secondary studies, leadership, citizenship, contributing to deserving of the support provided by this Bursary.

(Education Matters)

Nominated

Old Boys Memorial Scholarship

3 x $1200.00

Attending The University of Calgary within one year of graduation, citizenship, service, academic achievement.

(Alumni Association)

Application due May 1st  

Keith Yu Memorial Scholarship

$500.00 each

  1. Computer Student -outstanding computer skills, awarded upon proof of registration for further education in a field related to computer technology.
  2.   Choral Music Award -outstanding choral ability, awarded upon proof of registration for further education in a field related to choral music.

www.educationmatters.ca

 Grade 10

Deadline

Award

Value

Criteria

July 1 (of Gr.12 year)

Alexander Rutherford Scholarships

$400 (unlimited)

75% to 80% average in 5 selected subjects, including English 10. Apply in Grade 12. www.studentaid.alberta.ca   

 Grade 11 

Deadline

Award

Value

Criteria

July 1 (of Gr.12 year)

Alexander Rutherford Scholarship

$800 (unlimited)

75% to 80% average in 5 selected subjects including ELA 20-1. Apply in Grade 12. www.studentaid.alberta.ca

Grades 10 - 12 Sponsorship

Deadline

Award

Value

Criteria

 May 1st

 Aaron Family Scholarship

$450

Applicants are required to be continuing on into post-secondary studies in theatre or technical theatre. 

www.educationmatters.ca

December

House of Commons Page Program

Salary

Canadian citizen. Academics at least 80%.Superior knowledge of both official languages. Accepted into university in the Ottawa region. www.parl.gc.ca

November

Immigrants of Distinction Awards

 

Categories include sports, Youth achievement and Volunteer Service for students who were born outside of Canada but have made a contribution to the country. Scholarship and Dinner Reception. www.immigrantservicescalgary.ca

May 1st

Western Canada Leader of Tomorrow Award

$1000

An equal weighting of school citizenship and academic merit. Preference given to students who have chosen a more demanding academic path. www.educationmatters.ca

  

Grade 12 Awards: Government

Deadline

Award

Value

Criteria

Various

Alberta Heritage Scholarship Fund

Various

Summary of scholarships. Individual scholarships are listed below. Information copy only in file. studentaid.alberta.ca/

July

Alexander Rutherford Scholarships

$1300

75% to 80% average in 5 selected subjects including ELA 30-1 OR ELA 30-2. studentaid.alberta.ca/

July

Alexander Rutherford Scholars

$1500 x 10

One of 10 top academic students in the province based on application for Alexander Rutherford. No separate application required. studentaid.alberta.ca/

June

Read Daily Bulletin

Dr. Ernest & Minnie Mehl Scholarship

$3500

Based on scholastic achievement on Grade 12 diploma exams, financial need and individual commitment. Principal's recommendation is required. studentaid.alberta.ca/

July

Read Daily Bulletin

Anna and John Kolesar Memorial Scholarship

$1200

Highest academic average in English 30 plus two other academic subjects. Neither parent has a University Degree. Must be enrolled eventually into a faculty of education. studentaid.alberta.ca/

Ongoing

Registered Apprentice Program Scholarship

$1000 - 50 awarded annually

For high school graduates completing a minimum 250 hours in RAP and who will continue in a regular apprenticeship program. Employer and school recommendations. www.tradesecrets.org.

 

Grade 12 Awards: Athletic

Note: Numerous Athletic Scholarships are available to students playing various sports. Contact coaches, your Physical Education Curriculum Leader, or the Athletic Director in your school for additional information.

 

Financial Assistance

Deadline

Form of Assistance

Description

Ongoing

Students Finance Board

The Federal and Provincial governments both provide student loan plans. The Student Finance Board administers both Province of Alberta and Canada Student Loans. Both loans are applied for on one application form. It is recommended that students apply before May 31st to receive money by September 1. Application forms may be obtained from Student Services in April/May, or online at studentaid.alberta.ca/

Ongoing

Alberta Opportunities Bursary

Provides non-repayable assistance of $500 - $3000. Post-secondary students with a minimum of $4000 of student loans qualify. Priority is given to students with the highest need.

studentaid.alberta.ca/

Ongoing

U.S. Student Loan Information

This site contains financial information specifically for Canadian and International students wanting to study in the U.S. www.internationalstudentloan.com.

Scholarships

There are many opportunities for students to earn and achieve financial support for post-secondary studies. 

Students should actively seek out and research all available financial support. They can see their guidance counselor for more details. As scholarships and bursaries have firm guidelines and application deadlines, students should leave themselves ample time to complete the application process. Students should make note of all deadlines and ensure they have all documentation in on time. There are many opportunities available for scholarship outside of grade 12 as well. It is never too soon to begin to seek out opportunities and to apply. 

A scholarship is awarded first on the basis of academic achievement while a bursary is awarded primarily on the basis of financial need. Neither has to be repaid. More Information is available from Student Services.

Many post-secondary institutes and scholarship granting agencies, require references. Teachers and administration write many letters for students. Being specific in the purpose of the reference letter and ensuring students allow ample time to
complete the letter is always very helpful and makes for a stronger reference in the end.

Western Canada High School Specific Awards

There are many awards specifically for Western Canada High School students.

Grade 10

Deadline

Award

Value

Criteria

Nominated

H. J. Robinson Outstanding Student Scholarship

$150.00

Superior academics, exceptional citizenship qualities.

(Western Canada)

Grade 11

Deadline

Award

Value

Criteria

Nominated 

Bob Clark Memorial Scholarship

$175.00

Outstanding contribution to one or more of Western’s technical programs, above average grades.

(EducationMatters)

Nominated 

McKillop Scholarship

$750.00

Academic excellence, all around citizenship.

(EducationMatters)

Grade 12

Deadline

Award

Value

Criteria

Nominated

Terry Allen Leadership Award

$200.00

Member of the student governing body, leadership, citizenship.

(EducationMatters)

Nominated

Downtown Rotary Club Scholarship

$1500.00 plus plaque

Post-secondary education, strong academics, citizenship.

(Rotary Club)

Nominated

George Desson Citizenship Award

Plaque

Student citizenship. (One female, one male)

Application by May 1st

Adrienne Goudie Memorial Bursary

$400.00

Post-secondary education, financial need, character, involvement in school.

(EducationMatters)

Nominated

Premier's Citizenship  Award

Plaque

Supports and contributes to Alberta communities through voluntary public service.

Nominated

Husky / Western Partnership Community Award

$500.00 plus  $500.00 to a charity of choice

Has and does give to the "community" of WCHS epitomizing the "spirit of the partnership" - working with others, contributing and giving of energy and self to the school in a variety of activities.

Application due May 5

WCHS Alumni Foundation Legacy Fund

12 x $2000.00

Pursuing post-secondary study within one year of graduation, financial need, and citizenship.

(Alumni Foundation)

Nominated

Dr. G. Fred McNally Memorial Scholarship

$1,000.00

Post-secondary education, academic achievement, character, citizenship.

(Calgary Foundation)

Nominated

Merit Contractors Association

$300.00

Pursuing post-secondary education with excellence in CTS courses.

(Merit Contractors)

Apply by May 1st

David E. Mitchell Annual Bursary

$2,000.00

Pursuing post-secondary studies, leadership, citizenship, contributing to deserving of the support provided by this Bursary.

(Education Matters)

Nominated

Old Boys Memorial Scholarship

3 x $1200.00

Attending The University of Calgary within one year of graduation, citizenship, service, academic achievement.

(Alumni Association)

Application due May 1st  

Keith Yu Memorial Scholarship

$500.00 each

  1. Computer Student -outstanding computer skills, awarded upon proof of registration for further education in a field related to computer technology.
  2.   Choral Music Award -outstanding choral ability, awarded upon proof of registration for further education in a field related to choral music.

www.educationmatters.ca

 Grade 10

Deadline

Award

Value

Criteria

July 1 (of Gr.12 year)

Alexander Rutherford Scholarships

$400 (unlimited)

75% to 80% average in 5 selected subjects, including English 10. Apply in Grade 12. www.studentaid.alberta.ca   

 Grade 11 

Deadline

Award

Value

Criteria

July 1 (of Gr.12 year)

Alexander Rutherford Scholarship

$800 (unlimited)

75% to 80% average in 5 selected subjects including ELA 20-1. Apply in Grade 12. www.studentaid.alberta.ca

Grades 10 - 12 Sponsorship

Deadline

Award

Value

Criteria

 May 1st

 Aaron Family Scholarship

$450

Applicants are required to be continuing on into post-secondary studies in theatre or technical theatre. 

www.educationmatters.ca

December

House of Commons Page Program

Salary

Canadian citizen. Academics at least 80%.Superior knowledge of both official languages. Accepted into university in the Ottawa region. www.parl.gc.ca

November

Immigrants of Distinction Awards

 

Categories include sports, Youth achievement and Volunteer Service for students who were born outside of Canada but have made a contribution to the country. Scholarship and Dinner Reception. www.immigrantservicescalgary.ca

May 1st

Western Canada Leader of Tomorrow Award

$1000

An equal weighting of school citizenship and academic merit. Preference given to students who have chosen a more demanding academic path. www.educationmatters.ca

  

Grade 12 Awards: Government

Deadline

Award

Value

Criteria

Various

Alberta Heritage Scholarship Fund

Various

Summary of scholarships. Individual scholarships are listed below. Information copy only in file. studentaid.alberta.ca/

July

Alexander Rutherford Scholarships

$1300

75% to 80% average in 5 selected subjects including ELA 30-1 OR ELA 30-2. studentaid.alberta.ca/

July

Alexander Rutherford Scholars

$1500 x 10

One of 10 top academic students in the province based on application for Alexander Rutherford. No separate application required. studentaid.alberta.ca/

June

Read Daily Bulletin

Dr. Ernest & Minnie Mehl Scholarship

$3500

Based on scholastic achievement on Grade 12 diploma exams, financial need and individual commitment. Principal's recommendation is required. studentaid.alberta.ca/

July

Read Daily Bulletin

Anna and John Kolesar Memorial Scholarship

$1200

Highest academic average in English 30 plus two other academic subjects. Neither parent has a University Degree. Must be enrolled eventually into a faculty of education. studentaid.alberta.ca/

Ongoing

Registered Apprentice Program Scholarship

$1000 - 50 awarded annually

For high school graduates completing a minimum 250 hours in RAP and who will continue in a regular apprenticeship program. Employer and school recommendations. www.tradesecrets.org.

 

Grade 12 Awards: Athletic

Note: Numerous Athletic Scholarships are available to students playing various sports. Contact coaches, your Physical Education Curriculum Leader, or the Athletic Director in your school for additional information.

 

Financial Assistance

Deadline

Form of Assistance

Description

Ongoing

Students Finance Board

The Federal and Provincial governments both provide student loan plans. The Student Finance Board administers both Province of Alberta and Canada Student Loans. Both loans are applied for on one application form. It is recommended that students apply before May 31st to receive money by September 1. Application forms may be obtained from Student Services in April/May, or online at studentaid.alberta.ca/

Ongoing

Alberta Opportunities Bursary

Provides non-repayable assistance of $500 - $3000. Post-secondary students with a minimum of $4000 of student loans qualify. Priority is given to students with the highest need.

studentaid.alberta.ca/

Ongoing

U.S. Student Loan Information

This site contains financial information specifically for Canadian and International students wanting to study in the U.S. www.internationalstudentloan.com.

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