Charmaine Letourneau Scholarship

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What are the eligibility requirements?

In order to meet the criteria for an award, applicants must :

  • Be Deaf or Hard of Hearing (the extent of hearing loss must be significant).
  • Be permanent residents or citizens of Canada.
  • Be residents of Alberta.
  • Be pursuing an academic or training program at a qualified post-secondary or vocational school in Alberta. Alternatively the educational institution could be outside Alberta if it specializes in programming for Deaf or Hard of Hearing students (more detail below).
  • Demonstrated knowledge (whether basic or fluent) of sign language.
  • Demonstrate financial need.

Consideration and priority will be given to:

  • Involvement in local Deaf organizations and a demonstrated commitment and involvement as a volunteer.
  • Leadership within school or community.
  • Diligence and effort in studies.
  • Regular attendance and punctuality in school or in the workplace.
  • Likelihood the program of study will lead to employment or further educational opportunities.
  • Commitment to the qualifying program and the proposed field of study or employment.

Personal and reference letters should highlight the above criteria and priorities.

What documents do I need to provide?

With the completed application form, applicants must provide:

  • a personal letter outlining how you meet the criteria of the Charmaine Letourneau Scholarship and describing how a scholarship would make a difference to your pursuit of post-secondary education.
  • two reference letters (see application for details)
  • audiogram or other medical documentation of hearing loss
  • transcripts or statement of marks for most recent studies.
**For more details on the supporting documents please see the “Supporting Documents” section of the application

What schools and programs are eligible?

Awards can be used at any public university, college, technical institute, or community consortium in Alberta, as well as at private colleges accredited to grant degrees or private vocational schools which are recognized by the Province of Alberta. Awards may be provided to students attending school outside Alberta when a program is not available within Alberta. Awards may also be provided for studies at educational institutions outside Alberta which specialize in programming for Deaf or Hard of Hearing students, such as:

  • Gallaudet University (Washington, DC)
  • National Technical Institute for the Deaf (Rochester, NY)
  • California State University at Northridge (Northridge, CA)

An applicant’s program of study must lead to a recognized degree (undergraduate, graduate, professional or applied), diploma, certificate or license. Academic upgrading, bridging, or college preparation programs may be eligible. Students must indicate how completion of study will help them gain admission to a post-secondary program or lead to future gainful employment.

What is the application process and how will the awards be paid?

The Awards Panel will review applications and select award recipients by the end of October of each year. Applicants may be invited to participate in an interview (in person or by Skype or Facetime). The interview will be conducted in ASL or we can arrange for an interpreter if the applicant’s knowledge of ASL is more rudimentary. Candidates will be advised of the status of their application by email in early November of each year. Edmonton Community Foundation will notify accepting post-secondary institutions of any Charmaine Letourneau Scholarship recipients once all award conditions have been fulfilled. Applicants may re-apply in subsequent years, but each application is for a single school year only.

Awards are intended to assist recipients with mandatory costs such as tuition and fees. In general, awards will be paid directly to the 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 enrolment status is not jeopardized. In particular, fee deadlines may impact students prior to sponsorship confirmation. Students are also responsible for all expenses not covered by the award, in accordance with institution payment deadlines. No part of any award issued by the Edmonton Community Foundation can be applied to amounts owing from previous years.

The deadline for the applications is August 31

All applications must be received by the Edmonton Community Foundation by the deadline. If August 31 falls on a weekend, applications will be accepted until 11:59 pm the following business day.
If you have any questions please e-mail: studentawards@ecfoundation.org