Awards for Students Experiencing Financial Need

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What are the eligibility requirements?

Applicants should complete a single application form to be considered for all three awards programs.

In order to meet the criteria for an award, applicants must demonstrate the following in their application:

  • Be permanent residents or citizens of Canada and be residents of Alberta
  • Have attended an Edmonton and area school for at least a portion of their education (kindergarten to grade 12)
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Be pursuing a program of study leading to a recognized license, certificate, diploma, or undergraduate or professional degree in Alberta (or Canada, see Application for details)

Consideration and priority will be given to:

  • Current residents of Edmonton or the four surrounding counties
  • Volunteer work and community service
  • Commitment to studies, maturity, and likelihood of program leading to improved employment opportunities
  • Family and personal circumstances
  • First year students pursuing full-time studies at an Alberta school
  • Students who attended an inner city school

Important Notes:

  • Students entering Master or Doctoral programs are not eligible
  • Students entering academic upgrading, bridging, and university-college entrance programs may be eligible (see Application for details)
  • Awards may be provided to students attending school outside Alberta (but within Canada) when circumstances warrant (e.g. when a program is not offered in Alberta); applicants should clearly address why they have selected their school of choice

What is the application process?

With the completed application form, applicants must provide a personal letter, two current reference letters, proof of attendance at an Edmonton or area school, a statement of marks for most recent studies, and proof of application or admittance to the school of choice (see Application for details).

Applicants will receive notification of decisions by email within approximately three months of the application deadline. Edmonton Community Foundation will notify accepting post-secondary institutions of any award recipients once all award conditions have been fulfilled. In general, student programs should not start before August 1. Applicants may re-apply in subsequent years, but each application is for a single school year only. Public recognition of the award is expected.

What schools and programs are eligible?

Awards can be used at any public university, college, or technical institute in Alberta. Private institutions and vocational schools accredited by Alberta Enterprise and Advanced Education are also eligible.Awards may be provided to students attending school outside Alberta (but within Canada) when a program is not available within Alberta

An applicant’s program of study must lead to a recognized undergraduate degree, applied degree, diploma, certificate or licence. Graduate programs (Master or Doctoral programs) are not eligible although students entering professional programs (e.g. MD, DDS LLB) may apply. Academic upgrading, bridging, or college preparation programs may be eligible. Students entering these programs must indicate how completion of study will help them gain admission to a post-secondary program or lead to future gainful employment.

How will awards be paid?

Awards are intended to assist recipients with costs such as tuition, fees, books and supplies. In general, awards will be paid directly to the post-secondary institution upon receipt of invoice. Awards to institutions will not be confirmed until all conditions are met.

It is the responsibility of the recipient to adhere to all regulations of the accepting post-secondary institution regarding all fee payments and to ensure that registration and/or enrollment status is not jeopardized. In particular, fee deadlines may impact students prior to sponsorship confirmation. Students are responsible for all expenses not covered by the award, in accordance with institution payment deadlines. No part of any award issued by Edmonton Community Foundation can be applied to amounts owing from previous years.

The deadline for the application is May 15

All application must be received by the Edmonton Community Foundation by the deadline. If May 15 falls on a weekend, applications will be accepted until 11:59pm the following business day.
If you have any questions please e-mail: studentawards@ecfoundation.org