Don and Norine Lowry Awards for Women of Excellence

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What are the eligibility requirements?

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

  • Be a woman
  • Reside in the City of Edmonton and be able to demonstrate permanent residence or citizenship of Canada
  • Be pursuing a program of study in the fields of water, power, finance, energy, accounting, healthcare, safety and/or community relations leading to a recognized certificate, diploma, undergraduate or graduate degree, or professional designation at a school operating in Edmonton
  • Clearly demonstrate how the proposed course of study will help the applicant reach her career aspirations

Consideration and priority will be given to:

  • Commitment to an ongoing career in their field of study in Edmonton
  • Community involvement (e.g. volunteerism) or leadership
  • Participation in sports and recreation (running, swimming, biking, dancing, and etc.)
  • Educational goals related to establishing their excellence as a leader in their chosen field
  • Financial Need

What can “Women of Excellence” mean?

“Be curious. Be bold. Be kind.” – Ruth Kelly

For the 2019 Don and Norine Lowry Awards for Women of Excellence, the panel would like to honour Ruth Kelly by granting The Spirit of Ruth Kelly Award to one applicant who can best demonstrate the entrepreneurial spirit and values that Ruth exemplified.

Ruth Kelly was a dreamer and a driver of change who made the community of Edmonton better. After graduating from the University of Alberta with an Arts degree, Ruth worked in advertising and publishing. In 1997 she started Venture Publishing which published a variety of magazines including Alberta Venture, Alberta Oil, and a wide variety of controlled-circulation publications.

Ruth supported numerous causes in the community, taking an active role in entrepreneurial and charitable organizations, including serving as chair for many organizations such as Epcor’s Community Essentials Council, the Chamber of Commerce, the Business School at MacEwan University, and the Capital Region’s United Way campaign. She was part of the University of Alberta’s School of Business Advisory Council, on the board of Magazines Canada, and on the Mayor’s Business Roundtable.

Ruth’s involvement in Edmonton left a lasting impact on those who knew her, worked with her, or even briefly passed through her orbit.

For a more complete account of Ruth’s life and achievements please read this piece from Liane Faulder in the Edmonton Journal.

What schools and programs are eligible?

Awards can be used at any public university, college, or technical institute operating in Edmonton, as well as at any private institution or vocational school in Edmonton which is accredited by Alberta Innovation and Advanced Education.

An applicant’s program of study must lead to a recognized graduate, undergraduate, or applied degree, diploma, certificate, or professional designation.

Programs must relate to one or more of the following fields of study: water, power, finance, energy, accounting, healthcare, safety and/or community relations.

What documents do I need to provide:

With the completed application form, applicants must provide:

  • Two reference letters which recommend the student and the course of study. Each reference letter must be from a third party individual (e.g. employer, volunteer contact, teacher), and should clearly address how the applicant meets the criteria and priorities described above. Reference letters should be signed, dated and current, and should provide contact information for the writer.
  • A summary which outlines the applicant’s employment and educational history.
  • A statement of marks for most recent studies. Official transcripts are not required. A photocopy or print out from a school website is acceptable. Provide marks as of the time of application; do not submit updates unless requested.

Before an award is confirmed, recipients must provide:

  • Proof of enrolment in the program of choice. If available, please submit this with your application.

What is the application process?

The Awards Panel will review applications and select award recipients by the end of July. Candidates will be advised of the status of their application in early August. Edmonton Community Foundation will notify accepting post-secondary institutions of any scholarship recipients once all award conditions have been fulfilled.

In general, awards will be paid directly to the institution of study, to be applied to tuition.

The deadline for the application is May 31st

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