• Scholarships are awarded at all grade levels for excellence in a wide range of achievements such as academic, athletics, citizenship, community involvement, subject areas, and due to financial need.
  • Although most scholarships are applied for in Grade 12, the work that students do in Grades 10 and 11 helps to earn those scholarships. Leadership skills, volunteer experiences, citizenship and academics are large components of many scholarships.
  • Scholarship information is posted on the Student Services Office bulletin board beside the Main Office and by searching helpful websites.

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.

SPRING SCHOLARSHIPS

William Aberhart Alumni Scholarship (2 awards of $1750)

Open to students registered in grade 12 at William Aberhart High School who are completing the requirements of a high school diploma.  Applicants must have demonstrated academic achievement progress and have a minimum 80% average in grades 11 and 12. Student must have attended William Aberhart High School through both grade 11 and 12.

Applicants are required to submit an original essay on the value of school and community service.

Applicants are required to submit two letters of reference, one from a teacher and one from a member of the community demonstrating the student’s volunteer and leadership activities at school and/or in the community.

Apply online at www.educationmatters.ca    Due May 1, 2019

Hugh Roberson Science Prize ($1000)

Open to students registered in grade 12 who are completing the requirements of a high school diploma. Applicants must have demonstrated academic excellence in their grade 12 year, and must have completed Biology 30, Chemistry 30 and Physics 30.  Apply online at www.educationmatters.ca    Due May 1, 2019

Education Matters Awards (amount varies)

There are over 40 different scholarships with varying criteria that are available for students in their grade 12 year.

Apply online at www.educationmatters.ca

Two deadlines of May 1, and May 30, 2019   (be sure to check deadlines for each scholarship)

Alberta Citizenship Awards (up to $5000)

A nominee must:

Be a Canadian Citizen, a Permanent Resident, or Protected Person (visa students are not eligible)

Be an Alberta resident

Be graduating from high school in the current academic year

The nominee must have displayed outstanding characteristics in:

Citizenship, Leadership, and Community service and/or engagement in volunteer work, and must also have shown initiative and had a positive impact in the community/school.

For the Alberta Centennial Award and Queen's Golden Jubilee Award only, the nominee must also be enrolled full-time (60%) in a post-secondary program for the fall or winter term.

Nomination Forms are online at https://studentaid.alberta.ca/scholarships/alberta-scholarships.aspx?SK=212

Forms and all criteria listed under the application process are due into Student Services by May 6, 2019.

ATA Scholarships (up to $800)

This scholarship recognizes students of outstanding merit whose parent/guardian is a current, retired or deceased member of the ATA Local 38.   Due May 31, 2019

Apply online at https://local38.teachers.ab.ca/Pages/headlines.aspx

Alexander Rutherford (up to $2500)

Alberta Residents who are enrolled in a Post-Secondary Program of at least one semester in length

Apply online at https://studentaid.alberta.ca/scholarships/alberta-scholarships/alexander-rutherford-scholarship/  once your official high school transcript marks are available and when you are enrolled in full-time post-secondary studies.


The 4-Step Process

Step 1 - Use Search Engines

This is probably the most important step, as it is likely to yield the largest number of results, and the data you get is easy to use (i.e. it’s sortable, hotlinked and concise, and it refers only to scholarships you actually are qualified for).

There are two major Canadian search engines:

These search engines are better for Canadian post-secondary studies than U.S.-based search engines. They have tens of thousands of scholarships in their databases.

  • Create an account. It’s free!
  • Fill out the registration form in detail. The more information you provide in the form, the better a job they can do of matching you with the right scholarships.

U.S.search engines:

Although Peterson’s claims to have over a million scholarships in its database, again, this does not mean a U.S. search engine will do a better job for Canadian schools. However, for those seriously considering U.S. or international education, these search engines are obviously worthwhile.

Step 2 - Check for School-Based Awards

All schools offer various entrance scholarships of all 4 types; some offer more money than others. Some are automatic consideration, but others require application. Check the websites of each school carefully In general, it is more important to find the right school than to go for the best scholarships.

However: If you are at or near the top of the honour roll, it might be worth your while to look at the extremely valuable scholarships they offer to the best of the best. Many universities have special scholarships targeting students with certain characteristics (e.g. a specific cultural/ethnic background, or a disability etc.)

  • If you possess one of these special characteristics, your chances of obtaining a scholarship from the school that targets it are obviously enhanced.
  • Finding these scholarships, however, would be an onerous job. Fortunately, the vast majority of universities publish all their scholarship information to the Student Awards and Scholarships Canada search engines and you therefore do not have to worry too much about missing one of these.
  • If there is a scholarship at a certain school for a special characteristic that you possess, you should already have found out about it through step 1.

Step 3 - Check Your Connections

Many, many scholarships go unawarded year after year because they are so narrow in focus and are not known to the search engines.

  • Any organization that you or your extended family are associated with could have one of these. Enquire. Ask your family and contacts to enquire on your behalf.
  • This step is a bit more time consuming than the first two and will yield few, if any, results.
  • However, any scholarship you do find using this method will have very few other applicants and therefore you will have a really good chance of receiving it.

Step 4 - Apply to Education Matters/Rutherford

The Rutherford Scholarship is given to any Alberta resident who is either a citizen or a landed immigrant whose marks in Grades 10, 11, and/or 12 are in excess of 75% on five selected subjects.

  • This scholarship is applied for in Grade 12 and the deadline for the committee’s receipt of the application is May 1. Forms are available online or in the Student Services office.
  • Education Matters is the organization that coordinates a number of scholarships exclusive to students attending CBE or Calgary Catholic schools.
  • Every spring they put out a package of information on the various scholarships students can apply for.
  • For this year, at this time, you will need to look at this package in order to determine which of their scholarships you are and are not eligible for.

Scholarships

  • Scholarships are awarded at all grade levels for excellence in a wide range of achievements such as academic, athletics, citizenship, community involvement, subject areas, and due to financial need.
  • Although most scholarships are applied for in Grade 12, the work that students do in Grades 10 and 11 helps to earn those scholarships. Leadership skills, volunteer experiences, citizenship and academics are large components of many scholarships.
  • Scholarship information is posted on the Student Services Office bulletin board beside the Main Office and by searching helpful websites.

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.

SPRING SCHOLARSHIPS

William Aberhart Alumni Scholarship (2 awards of $1750)

Open to students registered in grade 12 at William Aberhart High School who are completing the requirements of a high school diploma.  Applicants must have demonstrated academic achievement progress and have a minimum 80% average in grades 11 and 12. Student must have attended William Aberhart High School through both grade 11 and 12.

Applicants are required to submit an original essay on the value of school and community service.

Applicants are required to submit two letters of reference, one from a teacher and one from a member of the community demonstrating the student’s volunteer and leadership activities at school and/or in the community.

Apply online at www.educationmatters.ca    Due May 1, 2019

Hugh Roberson Science Prize ($1000)

Open to students registered in grade 12 who are completing the requirements of a high school diploma. Applicants must have demonstrated academic excellence in their grade 12 year, and must have completed Biology 30, Chemistry 30 and Physics 30.  Apply online at www.educationmatters.ca    Due May 1, 2019

Education Matters Awards (amount varies)

There are over 40 different scholarships with varying criteria that are available for students in their grade 12 year.

Apply online at www.educationmatters.ca

Two deadlines of May 1, and May 30, 2019   (be sure to check deadlines for each scholarship)

Alberta Citizenship Awards (up to $5000)

A nominee must:

Be a Canadian Citizen, a Permanent Resident, or Protected Person (visa students are not eligible)

Be an Alberta resident

Be graduating from high school in the current academic year

The nominee must have displayed outstanding characteristics in:

Citizenship, Leadership, and Community service and/or engagement in volunteer work, and must also have shown initiative and had a positive impact in the community/school.

For the Alberta Centennial Award and Queen's Golden Jubilee Award only, the nominee must also be enrolled full-time (60%) in a post-secondary program for the fall or winter term.

Nomination Forms are online at https://studentaid.alberta.ca/scholarships/alberta-scholarships.aspx?SK=212

Forms and all criteria listed under the application process are due into Student Services by May 6, 2019.

ATA Scholarships (up to $800)

This scholarship recognizes students of outstanding merit whose parent/guardian is a current, retired or deceased member of the ATA Local 38.   Due May 31, 2019

Apply online at https://local38.teachers.ab.ca/Pages/headlines.aspx

Alexander Rutherford (up to $2500)

Alberta Residents who are enrolled in a Post-Secondary Program of at least one semester in length

Apply online at https://studentaid.alberta.ca/scholarships/alberta-scholarships/alexander-rutherford-scholarship/  once your official high school transcript marks are available and when you are enrolled in full-time post-secondary studies.


The 4-Step Process

Step 1 - Use Search Engines

This is probably the most important step, as it is likely to yield the largest number of results, and the data you get is easy to use (i.e. it’s sortable, hotlinked and concise, and it refers only to scholarships you actually are qualified for).

There are two major Canadian search engines:

These search engines are better for Canadian post-secondary studies than U.S.-based search engines. They have tens of thousands of scholarships in their databases.

  • Create an account. It’s free!
  • Fill out the registration form in detail. The more information you provide in the form, the better a job they can do of matching you with the right scholarships.

U.S.search engines:

Although Peterson’s claims to have over a million scholarships in its database, again, this does not mean a U.S. search engine will do a better job for Canadian schools. However, for those seriously considering U.S. or international education, these search engines are obviously worthwhile.

Step 2 - Check for School-Based Awards

All schools offer various entrance scholarships of all 4 types; some offer more money than others. Some are automatic consideration, but others require application. Check the websites of each school carefully In general, it is more important to find the right school than to go for the best scholarships.

However: If you are at or near the top of the honour roll, it might be worth your while to look at the extremely valuable scholarships they offer to the best of the best. Many universities have special scholarships targeting students with certain characteristics (e.g. a specific cultural/ethnic background, or a disability etc.)

  • If you possess one of these special characteristics, your chances of obtaining a scholarship from the school that targets it are obviously enhanced.
  • Finding these scholarships, however, would be an onerous job. Fortunately, the vast majority of universities publish all their scholarship information to the Student Awards and Scholarships Canada search engines and you therefore do not have to worry too much about missing one of these.
  • If there is a scholarship at a certain school for a special characteristic that you possess, you should already have found out about it through step 1.

Step 3 - Check Your Connections

Many, many scholarships go unawarded year after year because they are so narrow in focus and are not known to the search engines.

  • Any organization that you or your extended family are associated with could have one of these. Enquire. Ask your family and contacts to enquire on your behalf.
  • This step is a bit more time consuming than the first two and will yield few, if any, results.
  • However, any scholarship you do find using this method will have very few other applicants and therefore you will have a really good chance of receiving it.

Step 4 - Apply to Education Matters/Rutherford

The Rutherford Scholarship is given to any Alberta resident who is either a citizen or a landed immigrant whose marks in Grades 10, 11, and/or 12 are in excess of 75% on five selected subjects.

  • This scholarship is applied for in Grade 12 and the deadline for the committee’s receipt of the application is May 1. Forms are available online or in the Student Services office.
  • Education Matters is the organization that coordinates a number of scholarships exclusive to students attending CBE or Calgary Catholic schools.
  • Every spring they put out a package of information on the various scholarships students can apply for.
  • For this year, at this time, you will need to look at this package in order to determine which of their scholarships you are and are not eligible for.

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