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.

Post Secondary Entrance Awards

For students planning to attend post secondary programs in the fall, entrance awards are available through the institution you will be attending.  Entrance awards can be a great source of money to pay of school.  Check with your institution directly for information as deadlines and application processes vary by school.  Good luck!

Deadlines are just around the corner!

Optimist International Essay Contest

Application Deadline: January 8

Please submit 4 hard copies of your essay and completed application form to Ms. Halter by 4 pm on January 8.  Winning essays at the Red Deer Club level will move on to the District level for the chance to win $2,500.  This year's essay topic is: “Can Society Function without Respect?”  Please note that this contest is open to all students under age 18 as of October 1st, 2017.  Scholarships awarded are to be used at a college, university or trade school only.

Schulich Leader Scholarship (Nomination Required)

Application Deadline for consideration as Notre Dame's nominee: January 12

Notre Dame can nominate one student for the Schulich Leader Scholarship.  To be considered, please submit your completed application package to Mrs. Reed or Mrs. McQuay by the end of the day January 12, 2018.

Scholarships, Awards & Bursaries List

Scholarships, Awards & Bursaries

Use this list to get started on your search for scholarships, awards & bursaries. Use PDF zoom button to make information easier to read. Refer to the links provided in this sheet to verify the criteria and application information for each award.

Additional Sources


Alberta Learning Information Services (ALIS)

Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Board Scholarships

Alberta Student Aid

Alberta Blue Cross

Alberta Teacher's Association Local #80

Scholarships Canada

Student Awards

Student Scholarships


Queen Esther Education Foundation

Red Deer Regional Health Foundation

The Leonard Foundation

Universities Canada

CWA Foundation

First Nations, Metis and Inuit:

Alberta Métis and Non-Status Indian Bursary Program

Aboriginal Scholarship Guide

Aboriginal Bursaries Search Tool

Belcourt Brosseau Métis Awards

Indspire Building Brighter Futures: Bursaries, Scholarships and Awards

ATCO Pipeline Indigenous Education Awards Program


GoodCall guide

Disabled World

Disability Awards 

Voice of Albertans with Disabilities 


Alberta Schools' Athletic Association

Softball Alberta

Ringette Canada

Alexander Rutherford Scholarship

The application for the Alexander Rutherford Scholarship for studies beginning in September 2018 will be available June 2018. Apply once you have final grade 12 marks.