Scholarship Success

Whether you are considering an apprenticeship, a certificate, a diploma or a degree program, post-secondary education costs money and you need to be prepared for the expense. Scholarships can be a great way to help finance the expense. It's important to note that scholarships are typically based on conditional acceptance from a post-secondary institution, as scholarships are meant to help pay for school. You do not have to be fully accepted into a program at the time you apply for scholarships, but you do not get the money until you actually attend school. 

There are two categories: Entrance Awards (awarded by a post secondary institutions) and External Awards (awarded by various organizations).

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Post-Secondary Entrance Awards

For students planning to attend post-secondary programs in fall 2022, entrance awards are available through the institution you will be attending. Entrance awards can be a great source of money to pay for school.  Some are automatic consideration based on your application to study.  Some scholarships required a separate application and deadlines are often before admission deadlines! Application requirements and deadlines vary by school.  Check with your institution directly for more information. 

External Awards

This list contains is just one resource summarizing a few external awards for scholarship research efforts:

The Notre Dame Scholarship List

Notre Dame Awards (School-Based Awards)

Every grade 12 student should apply to the Notre Dame Awards. The application will open early spring.  Please contact Mrs. Nivens if you have questions about the Notre Dame Awards. (Note that actual awards available this school year may vary from what is posted.)

Alexander Rutherford Scholarship

Students can now log in to their Alberta Student Aid accounts to apply online for the 2021-22 Alexander Rutherford High School Achievement Scholarship.  For more information on the Alexander Rutherford Scholarship, including eligibility and how to apply, visit: 

Upcoming Application Deadlines

Terry Fox Humanitarian Award Program - the deadline to apply is December 1 (in previous years the deadline has been February 1)

CPA Inside Track High School Student Award - the deadline to apply is November 30. Note: Applicants can be enrolled in GRADE 10, 11 or 12 at an Alberta high school in order to be eligible to apply.

Soroptimist Violet Richardson Award - applications are now being accepted - the deadline to apply is December 31.

Horatio Alger Scholarship Program - This is a scholarship program open to GRADE 11 students. The application process will reopen in December 2021.  Check the website for details.

Schulich Leader Award - Notre Dame can nominate one student for consideration for this award.  Please submit a completed application to Ms. Halter by January 5 in order to be considered.  Include a list of universities you wish to attend, your top 3 achievements (academic or other), a 600 word essay demonstrating why you should win, an optional 250 word essay to outline extenuating circumstances, a short blurb to explain where you see yourself in 10 years, the names of 2 references that will supply letters if you are successful, and a copy of detailed academic report confirming your average. A brief interview will follow prior to Notre Dame making a selection. Students considering a career as a medical practitioner and programs in Biological Sciences are not eligible for this award. Check eligibility requirements and partner universities / programs of study before you apply.

Optimist International Essay Contest 2022 - The topic for the 2022 Optimist International Essay Contest is: “How Does an Optimistic Mindset Change My Tomorrow?”  Essay submissions are evaluated at the Red Deer Club level.  Winners go on to the District level.  The winning prize at the District level is $2,500. Completed essays must be submitted to Ms. Halter before 4:30 pm on Thursday January 27 (

Optimist International Oratorical Contest 2022The topic for the 2022 Optimist International Oratorical Contest is: “Staying Optimistic in Challenging Times''.  The possible progression of contestants all depends on the number of contestants but can be expected to look like this: Club, Zone, Area, District, Regional, Worlds. The scholarship money is at District, Regional and Worlds and is $2,500, $5,000 and $15,000 respectively. This year the District Oratorical contest will be held in Red Deer on May 7, 2022.  In order to compete, contestants must submit their registration by March 11.