Edmonton Refugee & Emerging Communities Scholarship

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The deadline is May 1, 2020.

Are you eligible for the EREC Scholarship?

You should consider applying if:

  • You are a member of an emerging community
  • You are a resident of the greater Edmonton area
  • You will be pursuing studies in the greater Edmonton area in the upcoming academic year

We define EMERGING COMMUNITY as: A group of people who are immigrants, refugees, or part of a family that includes immigrants or refugees from a particular cultural, national, or ethnic background where a significant number of the members of that community face barriers to full participation in education and employment in the greater Edmonton area.

If you meet the criteria above, you are eligible to apply! However, highest priority will be given to applicants who are able to demonstrate:

  • Financial need
  • Community involvement and/or volunteering
  • English language learners and/or recent immigrants

Our understanding of Community Involvement

Examples include but are not limited to: social justice, child or elder care, mental health, environmental advocacy, cultural and ethnic organizations, social enterprises, community interest groups and religious groups, sports of artistic participation.

Eligible Institutions and Programs

The scholarship can be used at any public university, college, or technical institute in the greater Edmonton area.

The program of study must lead to a recognized undergraduate, professional or applied degree, a diploma, or certificate. Academic upgrading, college preparation, after degrees, graduate programs, and international students are ineligible.

Required Documents
  • One (1) reference letter. This can be from a current or past employer, a volunteer contact, a board member, or another person who knows about your community and/or employment involvement. The letter must outline your past involvement and anticipated future involvement.
  • Proof of Enrollment for the upcoming term. This can be in the form of unofficial documents but must clearly outline program tuition costs. You don’t need this to apply – however, it is required for us to confirm and pay out the scholarship.

Selection Process

The Awards Panel will review applications and select award recipients during the summer. All applicants will be notified of the status of their application by email in July/August. Selected recipients will receive notification by email within two (2) months of the application deadline.

  • In general, awards will be paid directly to the students, and are intended to offset the cost of tuition and supplies.
  • Recipients are encouraged to pledge a minimum 10 volunteer hours with the Africa Centre within their awarded year.
  • A public recognition of the awards will take place in August 2020, recipients are strongly encouraged to be in attendance to receive their awards.

The deadline for applications is May 1st

All applications must be received by the deadline. If you have any questions please e-mail: [email protected]