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Scholarships, Bursaries, and Awards

Students applying for post-secondary schools should consider applying for scholarships and bursaries.

 

​Scholarships and bursaries are available from a variety of organizations and institutions as well as from the Alberta Government.  To find the scholarship(s) and bursary(ies) best suited to your career choice, the student must be prepared to research extensively the list below.

  1. Student Aid Alberta Scholarships 
  2. Ask your school counselor for support and suggestions.

For more scholarship opportunities, check out the links below.  Please note:  Some scholarships appear on more than one database.

Alberta Blue Cross

Alberta Education:  Various

 

Alberta Heritage Scholarships

 

Alberta Low Impact Development Partnership Society (ALIDP) Scholarship

 

Alberta Scholarships

 

Catholic Women's League of Canada National Bursary

 

Edmonton Catholic Teachers Association (for students whose parents are members of ECT/ATA)

 

Edmonton Community Foundation

 

​Edmonton, The City of Champions Lions Club Scholarship

 

ECSSA Scholarship

   Contact Wilma Ellenburgh, President of ECCSA

 

Horatio Alger Association of Canada

 

John Hasselfield Endowment Foundation

 

MindFuel (formerly Science Alberta Foundation)

 

Newman Theological College Scholarship

 

Royal Bank Aboriginal Award

 

Scholarships Canada

 

Student Scholarships​

 

University of Alberta Registrar

 

Vietnamese Canadian Friendship Society Scholarship

 

YMCA Foundation Scholarships & Awards

 

​District Bursaries, Scholarships, Awards and Trust Funds

 

Applications for any of the scholarships must be from students who are currently graduating from the District in the year of their application.

Below you will find general and application information on the available District Bursaries, Scholarships, Awards and Trust Funds:

 

Anne Anderson Scholarship

 

Amount:

Variable

Description:
The Anne Anderson Scholarship has been awarded to Aboriginal students in the Edmonton Catholic School District since 1979.  Dr. Anne Anderson had a pioneering role in Nehiyaw Pimatisiwin Cree language instruction.   Aboriginal Learning Services is honoured to present this award to Aboriginal students in our school district in Dr. Anne Anderson’s name.

Award:
This award is monetary and the amount and number of awards given are variable.  Successful applicants will be notified and receive their award before the end of the school year.

Criteria:
Aboriginal students in junior high and high school can be recommended for this award by school sponsorship.  The award is given based on achievement in at least two of the following areas:

  • Academics
  • Leadership
  • Community/School Involvement
  • Aboriginal Language and Culture

  
Deadline:   May 27

Please Submit:

  • Student letter describing their achievement and the impact it has made on them
  • Letter of reference from a teacher, coach, administrator, or FNMI Liaison
  • Academic transcripts
  • Name of current school, grade level, home address and phone number
  • Letter of acceptance to post-secondary program (if applicable)

 

Send Application Packages to:

Aboriginal Learning Services
Attn: Shirley Mykituk
Sacred Heart Centre
9624  108 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T5H 1A4

Contact Information:

Shirley Mykituk
Tel: 780-944-2000
Fax: 780-944-2007
Email:  Shirley.Mykituk@ecsd.net
 

Audrey Eileen Costigan Memorial Scholarship

 

 Amount:

$2,500.00 for both one male and one female Grade 12 student annually

Description:
Audrey Eileen Costigan was a devoted and enthusiastic teacher who taught with the Edmonton Catholic
School Board for more than two decades.  A natural athlete, Audrey was passionate about promoting a
healthy attitude with respect to physical fitness in her students as well as the community.  Audrey enjoyed
a number of sports including running, swimming, golf, tennis, aerobics and Yoga.  Audrey dedicated a
great deal of time to volunteer as a coach in various school programs.  She also served as a volunteer
fitness instructor at the YMCA and taught fitness at the Kinsmen Sports centre for 27 years.  Audrey
believed in giving back to her school and the community.

Audrey passed away on May 27, 2009 after a 3 ½ year battle with cancer.  During this time, Audrey
continued to be physically active and did her utmost to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  She was an inspiration
to all who knew her!

Criteria:
The following criteria will be used in the selection process:

  • A graduate of Edmonton Catholic Schools
  • Is enrolled in a post-secondary program at the University of Alberta​
  • ​Demonstrates excellence in their leadership ability by working with children
  • Displays the willingness to help others further their learning
  • Demonstrates ability to be involved in leading a healthy, active lifestyle
  • Displays active athletic involvement through participation on one or more school athletic teams,
    or other team or individual athletic involvement outside the school setting
  
Deadline:  June 15

Application Form:
Audrey Eileen Costigan Memorial Scholarship 

A completed application form must be received by the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Planning.  Submissions with the application form should include:

  • A letter of interest explaining how they embody the characteristics similar to Audrey Eileen Costigan
  • Enclosed copy of high school transcripts
  • Letter of conditional acceptance to a post secondary program
  • 2 letters of reference – one for community involvement and one for leading a healthy active lifestyle
  
Selection:
A selection committee will determine the recipients of this award.

Presentation:
The two recipients will receive the award at their school year end award ceremony.  Audrey's husband,
Norm Onofrychuk, and son, Nicholas Onofrychuk, sponsors of the Scholarship will be involved in the
presentation.

Submissions should be sent to:

Assistant Superintendent of Educational Planning
Catholic Education Services
9807  106 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5K 1C2

 

The Club Calabria Heritage Association Scholarship Fund

Amount:                                        
Up to $1000 will be disbursed amongst applicants chosen and the amount per person shall be at the discretion of the scholarship committee appointed by the board of directors

Criteria (Eligibility):
To be eligible, the applicant must:

  • Applicants must be of Italian background, matrilineal or patrilineal
  • The applicants must be enrolled in a high school graduating program
  • The applicants must provide proof of registration in a post-secondary educational institution (university, technical institute or community college)
  • The applicants must give proof of achieved marks along with official transcripts from the Department of Education
  • The applicants must possess leadership qualities
  • The applicant must show involvement in their school, community and community organizations, and their Parish
  • The applicant must submit 3 letters of reference from teachers or members of the community who know the applicant
  • Applicants must submit a concise statement outlining why they feel they are qualified for the scholarship
     
Administered:  
  • Applications are available through the Guidance Department of your high school
  • Application deadline is June 30th, of the current school year.
  • Recipients shall be announced by the committee and the decision of this committee shall be final
  • Applications must be mailed or delivered to:
    CLUB CALABRIA HERITAGE ASSOCIATION – 
    1626 Kerr Road Edmonton, AB. T5E 4A7

 Deadline:  June 30
 
 

Edmonton Refugee & Emerging Community Awards

 
Amount:    $1,​000 for one male and $1000 for one female Grade 12 student annually
 
Description:
These awards were established by Edmonton's immigrant community, to help young refugees in Edmonton access post-secondary education, achieve their educational dreams, and build a stronger community. The purpose of the award is to enhance the quality of life for refugees and members of emerging communities living in the greater Edmonton area by supporting education that would increase their ability to obtain employment in their chosen field, or pursue further educational opportunities at a post-secondary level.

Criteria (Eligibility):
The following criteria will be used in the selection process:
  • Is a recent graduate of Edmonton Catholic Schools or currently in grade 12 at an Edmonton Catholic Schools high school
  • Is a refugee, immigrant or member of an emerging community
  • Is accepted to post-secondary studies in the Edmonton area
  • Is experiencing financial need which could otherwise prevent the student from pursuing their studies
  • Has a history of positive community involvement.
     
Deadline:  June 15

Application:
A completed application must be received by the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Planning by the due date above.   An application will be considered complete when it includes:
  • The applicants name, address, phone number and current high school or high school attended
  • A letter of interest indicating their financial need and positive community involvement
  • 2 letters of references – one from a teacher and one from a community member (not a relative)
  • Letter of conditional acceptance to a post-secondary program
     
Selection:
A selection committee will determine the recipients of this award.

Presentation:
The two recipients will receive the award at their school's year-end award ceremony. 

Submissions should be sent to: 
Assistant Superintendent of Educational Planning 
Catholic Education Services 
9807 – 106 St NW 
Edmonton AB T5K 1C2

   

Frank Schneider Educational Trust Fund

 
Amount: $500 Minimum
Description:
It is intended to assist the eligible children of District employees.

Criteria (Eligibility):
To be eligible, the applicant must:
  • Be a graduate of the District
  • Be enrolled in a post-secondary program with the intention of entering the field of education
  • Indicate a need for financial assistance

Deadline:   June 15
 
Application:
Submissions must be received by the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Planning.  The submission will include:
  • A letter of interest and a completed application form
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Documentation to indicate the criteria have been met
        
Application Form:
The Frank Schneider Educational Trust Fund Application Form 

Selection:
The recipient will be selected from the qualified applicants by a committee comprising representation from the District.

Presentation:
The award will be presented at the recipient's high school award ceremony.
 
Submissions should be sent to:
Assistant Superintendent of Educational Planning
Catholic Education Services
9807  106 St NW
Edmonton AB T5K 1C2
 
 

Geraldine MacIntosh Memorial Bursary

 

Amount:

$1000 *Amount Increased from $500

Description:
The award is to be presented annually to an English as a Second Language (ESL) student who is graduating from Grade 12 and entering any post-secondary institution the following academic year.

Criteria (Eligibility):
To be eligible, the applicant must:
  • Be a graduate of the District
  • Have an academic average sufficient to gain entrance to a post-secondary institution
  • Be a well-rounded student who is presently taking, or has taken, an active role in school community activities
  • Show financial need
  • Have landed immigrant status
  • Have received ESL assistance at any point in their education with the District
 
Deadline: June 15
 
Application:
The application should be received by the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Planning.  The submission will include:
  • A short essay (maximum of 400 words) briefly describing:
    • Future goals
    • The impact the ESL program has had or will have in helping the student achieve his/her educational goals
    • Financial need
    • Community involvement
  • Documentation to indicate that the student has met the criteria indicated
  • Three letters of recommendation
          
Selection:
The recipient will be selected from the qualified applicants by a committee comprising representation from the District.

Presentation:
The award will be presented at the recipient's high school award ceremony.
 
Submissions should be sent to:
Assistant Superintendent of Educational Planning
Catholic Education Services
9807  106 St NW
Edmonton AB T5K 1C2
 
 

Italian Women's Society Academic Scholarship

 

Amount:

$500

Description:
Applicant must be of Italian background (one or both parents of Italian heritage - natural or legal, or one of the grandparents of Italian heritage).

Criteria (Eligibility):
  • Applicant must be of Italian heritage (one or both parents of Italian origin - natural or legal, or one of his/her grandparents of Italian origin)
  • Applicant should be enrolled in their final year at a District high school and must have maintained an "honours" standing (80%+) in academic subjects throughout their high school career
  • Applicant should possess leadership qualities and demonstrate a willingness to serve (e.g. community.)
  • Applicant must be enrolled in a post-secondary (university) institution at the time the award is given
        
Deadline:  June 15
 
Application:
These may be given to the school counsellor or to the contact person. 
     
The contact person is:
Rosa Bilotta
15615  100 Street
Edmonton, AB  T5X 4E1
Phone: 780-456-2402
   Application Form:
Italian Women's Society Academic Scholarship Application Form 

Selection:
The selection will be made by a committee comprising representation from the District.

Presentation:
This award will be presented at the annual gala hosted by the "Italian Women's Society."
 
 
 

John and Vera Dunnigan Physical Education Scholarship

Amount:

$1000 *Amount Increased from $500

Description:
This scholarship shall recognize and honor a student graduate of the District who is studying Physical Education for the purpose of teaching.

Criteria (Eligibility):
To be eligible the applicant must
 
  • Be a graduate of the District
  • Be enrolled at a post-secondary program with the intention of teaching Physical Education
  • Indicate a need for financial assistance
 
Deadline:    June 15
 
Application:
The submission will be received by the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Planning.  Submissions should include:
  • A letter of interest and a completed application form
  • Letters of support from administrators or teachers
  • Documentation to indicate compliance with criteria 1 & 2 as stated above
 
Application:
John and Vera Dunnigan Physical Education Scholarship Application Form 

Selection:
A recipient will be selected from the qualified applicants by a committee comprising representation from the District.

Presentation:
Awarded annually at the recipient's high school award ceremony.
 
Submissions should be sent to:
Assistant Superintendent of Educational Planning
Catholic Education Services
9807  106 St NW
Edmonton AB  T5K 1C2
 
 

Kay Krausert Award Fund

 

Amount:

 $500

Description:
The fund was established to provide a yearly scholarship to a District Grade 12 business education student for further education at a recognized post-secondary education institution.

Criteria (Eligibility):
To be eligible, students must:
  • Graduate from a District high school
  • Have majored in business education (CTS) with successful completion of three grade 12 courses in the business/information processing components of CTS
  • Demonstrate a strong service commitment while attending senior high school
  • Be enrolled in a post-secondary institution for further education in the area of business
        
Deadline:  June 15
 
Application:
Application form must be received by the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Planning.

Application Form:
Kay Krausert Award Fund Application Form 

Selection:
The recipient will be selected from the qualified applicants by a committee comprising representation from the District.

Presentation:
Awarded annually at the recipient's high school award ceremony.
 
Submissions should be sent to:
Assistant Superintendent of Educational Planning
Catholic Education Services
9807  106 St NW
Edmonton AB  T5K 1C2
 

Pura Scholarship

 

Amount:

 $500.00 

Description:
This scholarship is to recognize a grade 12 graduate of ECSD who will be entering a university, college or post-secondary technical institute, pursuing studies in an area of practical arts:
  • Business Education
  • Home Economics
  • Industrial arts
  • Vocational Education
  • Any technical field
        
Criteria (Eligibility):
To be eligible, the applicant must:
  • be a graduate of Edmonton Catholic Schools
  • be enrolled in a post-secondary program, pursuing studies in an area of practical arts
        
Deadline:  June 15
 
Application:
Application form must be received by the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Planning.  Submissions should include:
  • Name, address, telephone number, date of birth
  • High school(s) attended, work experience, interests and activities
  • Record of grade 12 marks
  • Proof of registration at a post-secondary educational institution and area of study
        
Selection:
The selection and scholarship administrative committee shall select the recipient from among the applicants.

The successful applicant well be notified by letter and requested to notify of the intent to be present to receive the scholarship.

Presentation:
Awarded annually at the recipient's school graduation ceremony/awards day.
 
Submissions should be sent to:
Assistant Superintendent of Educational Planning
Catholic Education Services
9807  106 St NW
Edmonton AB  T5K 1C2
 
 

Robert Steele Bursary

 

Amount:

 Four Awards of $750.00 each

Description:
Edmonton Catholic Schools is offering the Annual Robert Steele Bursary in honour of the founder of Aboriginal Learning Services, Mr. Robert Steele, an educator and leader who was committed to the success of First Nations, Metis and Inuit students attending Edmonton Catholic Schools until his retirement in 2006.
The Robert Steele Bursary is awarded to full-time FNMI High School students graduating from Edmonton Catholic Schools who have demonstrated integrity and perserverance in overcoming adversity, as well as strength of character, a good academic record, a commitment to pursue post-secondary education and a desire to contribute to society.


Four awards of $750.00 each

Criteria:

  • Be enrolled full-time in their final year of high school and progressing toward graduation with plans to enter a post-secondary institution in the fall semester.
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to the community
  • Be involved in co-curricular activities
  • Maintain a good academic standing
     

Deadline:  Third week of March

Please Submit:

  1. Copy of most recent transcripts.
  2. A personal essay of at least 300 words describing academic history, volunteer activities, co-curricular involvement, family commitments, education plans and career goals.
  3. Current address and phone number.
  4. One letter of reference from school administrator, teacher, grad coach or community leader.
Send Application Packages to:
Aboriginal Learning Services
Attn: Pam Sparklingeyes
Sacred Heart Centre
9624  108 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta  T5H 1A4
  
Contact Information:
Pam Sparklingeyes
Tel: 780-944-2000
Fax: 780-944-2007
Email:  Pam.Sparklingeyes@ecsd.net  
 
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