Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards
Searching for scholarships takes a great deal of time and lots of work. We recommend that you start your search early and that you talk to the school counselor if you have any questions. Most scholarships are awarded to graduating Grade 12 students who are planning on attending a post-secondary institution the following September, but there are some opportunities that exist for grade 10 and 11 students also. You must be aware of deadlines and get your applications in early. Remember, it never hurts to submit an application and many scholarships go unclaimed every year because no one applies for them.
TIPS FOR SEARCHING FOR SCHOLARSHIPS:
- Register with a scholarship search service. Most of these websites provide you with tons of information about scholarships and will email you information as it becomes available. You must create a profile about yourself and the information will start to pour in. Some examples of these services can be found at www.yconic.com , www.scholarshipscanada.com or www.studentscholarships.org.
- Check websites like www.alis.alberta.ca/scholarships for scholarships and bursaries offered through the Alberta Heritage Scholarship Fund. This is also the site you use when applying for the Rutherford Scholarship.
- Start collected letters of reference early. If you had a great experience with a teacher or an employer, ask that person to write you a letter of reference. Some times it is easier to ask that person when you are dealing with him or her than it is to come back to that person after the fact.
- Apply, apply, apply. Make sure that you are qualified for the particular scholarship you are applying for but if in doubt, apply anyway. Many, many scholarships are not awarded every year because no one applies for them.
- Check with your parents’ employers as to whether or not they have a scholarship program being offered to children of employees. Often this is a quick, easy way to get some scholarship money.
- Keep records of all of your “involvement” in school (student council, yearbook, newspaper, etc.), athletic endeavors, your community volunteer efforts (church, local clubs, etc.) and all of the great coaches and mentors you have been involved with. This is what is going to set you apart from all the other applicants.
- Lastly, be the best student you can be. Most scholarships have some sort of academic requirement. The higher your grades, the more likely you will be to meet and exceed the required criteria.
SOME USEFUL WEBSITES:
You will find a great deal of information about Scholarships and Financial Assistance on the web. Please use the following web addresses to help find information that is applicable to you.
For general information on scholarships in Alberta, please go to http://www.alis.alberta.ca/scholarships
For information on scholarships offered through Edmonton Catholic Schools, please go to www.ecsd.net/ParentsStudents/OtherResources/BursariesScholarshipsAwards/Pages/default.aspx
POST-SECONDARY SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION (Edmonton area):
University of Alberta,
Concordia University of Edmonton:
King’s University College: http://www.kingsu.ca/financial-aid
Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT): www.nait.ca/33720.htm
OTHER USEFUL WEBSITES:
Apprenticeship and Industry Training:
Apprenticeship training leads to some of Alberta's most challenging and satisfying careers. This site provides information about Alberta's world renowned apprenticeship system and how you can access apprenticeship training. https://tradesecrets.alberta.ca/financial-assistance/scholarships/
School Finder: Find information on more than 1,400 universities, colleges and career colleges in Canada, including admission requirements, costs, programs and contact details. http://www.schoolfinder.com/