Scholarships

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 the fall of 2022, entrance awards are available through the institution students apply to. Entrance awards can be a great source of money to pay for school.  Some are automatic based on submitting an application.  Some require a separate application and deadlines are often earlier than admission deadlines! Application requirements and deadlines vary by school.  Check with each institution directly for more information. 

External Awards

This list is just one resource containing information on external scholarships, awards and bursaries.  There are definitely more out there!  This list is intended to be a starting point for student research.

The Notre Dame Scholarship List

Notre Dame Awards (School-Based Awards)

The Notre Dame Awards application is now open! EVERY grade 12 student should apply to these school based awards! The deadline to apply is May 27. Note: The Eye Studio scholarship, the Maureen Barmby Award and the Denis Cote Memorial Scholarship can be accessed through this application.

Alexander Rutherford Scholarship

Students can 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: 

For students looking to apply to these funds for the 2022-23 school year, the application will be available in August 2022.

Upcoming Application Deadlines

myBlueprint ScholarshipsGrade 12 students: log into myBlueprint (and determine your eligibility for a variety of different scholarships opportunities recently posted within myBlueprint):

  • myBlueprint $1000 Scholarship (enter the contest by May 28)

Red Deer Regional Catholic Education Foundation - The deadline to apply is May 23.

Daughters of Wisdom Social Justice Scholarship - The deadline to apply is May 23.

Notre Dame Awards - EVERY grade 12 student should apply to these school based awards! The deadline to apply is May 27.  Note: The Eye Studio scholarship, the Maureen Barmby Award and the Denis Cote Memorial Scholarship can be accessed through this application.

ATA LOCAL 80 Scholarships - The deadline to apply is May 31.

Sylvan Lake Rotary 4 Way Test Scholarship - The deadline to apply is June 1.

Piper Creek Optimist Club Young Leaders Award - The deadline to apply for this bursary is August 31.