Scholarships & Student Awards

St. Mary’s University offers an extensive range of scholarships and bursaries to students. Scholarships and bursaries play a vital role in financially assisting a student obtain their post-secondary education.

If you have any questions about our student awards program,
please call Enrolment Services at (403) 531-9130.

Applying for Awards

Most awards require the submission of an application. For awards made by non-University agencies, application forms and deadlines may differ. Inquiries should be directed to those agencies. Awards distributed by St. Mary’s University are listed in this section.

Award Application forms are available on the St. Mary’s University website. They must be received by the University by the specified application deadline dates. All supporting documents for the application, such as letters of reference and résumés, are also due by the application deadlines. The decisions of the Awards Committee are final.

The 2017-2018 awards application is now closed. Successful applicants will be notified by letter before the start of the Fall 2017 term.

Payment of Awards

Unless otherwise noted, students in receipt of awards administered by the University must maintain registration in at least nine credit hours per term and must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0. Awards will first be applied to any tuition and fees owed to the University, and the balance may be issued by cheque. The University assumes liability for the payment of awards only to the extent that gifts from donors or returns from particular investments for these purposes will permit. If a student is granted an award, St. Mary’s University reserves the right to release pertinent information to provincial funding bodies.

President’s Circle Scholarship

This scholarship is automatically awarded to new students entering from high school who achieve an average of 80 per cent or higher on averages calculated on the five best Grade 11 or Grade 12 admission subjects. The amount will vary and will automatically be applied to tuition and fees, half the value in the Fall term and half the value in the Winter term:

  • $500 if registered in 3 courses (9 credits) per term
  • $750 if registered in 4 courses (12 credits) per term
  • $1000 if registered in 5 courses (15 credits) per term
  • $1250 if registered in 3 courses (9 credits) per term
  • $1500 if registered in 4 courses (12 credits) per term
  • $1750 if registered in 5 courses (15 credits) per term
  • $1900 if registered in 3 courses (9 credits) per term
  • $2200 if registered in 4 courses (12 credits) per term
  • $2500 if registered in 5 courses (15 credits) per term

Post-Secondary Transfer Scholarship

University students who transfer to St. Mary’s University with a minimum of 30 transferable university-level credits may be eligible for the Post-Secondary Transfer Scholarship, a one-time award from $800 up to a maximum of $1,000. To become eligible for the Post-Secondary Transfer Scholarship, applicants must:

  • be working toward the completion of their first baccalaureate degree program
  • be enrolled in a degree program at St. Mary’s University
  • present a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on all transferred courses
  • be registered in a minimum of 80 per cent of a fullcourse load (12 credit hours or four courses) in each semester. Recipients whose registration drops below the required 80 per cent minimum before the change of registration deadline will forfeit their scholarship.

For President’s Circle Scholarships and Post-Secondary Transfer Scholarships, St. Mary’s University identifies eligible students through the admission process. No separate application is required. Recipients who continue to achieve academic excellence in subsequent years may qualify to receive other awards based on their academic performance.

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Agnes & Norman Dawson Memorial Bursary
Value: $1,000
Norman and Agnes Dawson were long time Calgarians. During their 51 years of marriage they were excellent role models for family and friends, demonstrating honesty, integrity, fairness, compassion, community awareness, volunteerism and religious faith. This bursary is awarded to a continuing full-time student who has a strong work ethic, financial need and is dedicated to the pursuit of post-secondary education. The successful candidate will be involved as a volunteer in the community and will demonstrate active participation in a faith community.

Alberta Blue Cross Entrance Scholarship
Value: $750
This scholarship is awarded to an Alberta student who has demonstrated academic excellence and is entering the first year of post-secondary studies at St. Mary’s University. Recipients will be selected on the basis of academic merit and financial need. Recipients of this award must not be receiving more than $3,500 in other scholarships, bursaries or awards.

Alice Austin Memorial Bursary
Value: $3,000
Alice Austin was committed to lifelong learning and the mission of St. Mary’s University. This bursary is a reflection of that commitment and is awarded to a continuing student who demonstrates financial need.

Barry-Dewaele Family Scholarship
Value: $1,000
This scholarship is awarded to a full-time student with a documented disability who has been granted academic accommodations. Full-time status is generally understood as registration in nine credit hours per academic term although there may be occasions when academic accommodations require a reduced course load. Preference is given to a student who has demonstrated leadership and/or service to the community.

Bishop O’Byrne Entrance Scholarship
Value: $1,500
This scholarship is awarded to a student from one of the Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Calgary who demonstrates outstanding scholastic achievement and who has been active in a parish in ministry or another formal parish program. Candidates must submit a letter from their parish priest describing their level of involvement in activities such as liturgy, music, ministry, catechetics or other parish activities. This scholarship is provided by the Knights of Columbus Council 9658 of the Monsignor John S. Smith Council.

Bishop Paul O’Byrne Bursary
Value: $700
The Assembly of Women Religious, Calgary Diocese, have donated funds for this bursary, which is awarded to a female student in financial need who, while not necessarily Roman Catholic, is involved in her community faith tradition.

Calgary Italian Sportsman Dinner Association Scholarship
Value: $1,000
This award continues the Calgary Italian Sportsman Dinner Association’s long-standing tradition of supporting education in Calgary. This scholarship is awarded annually to a full-time continuing student who demonstrates academic merit, participation in athletics, and financial need.

Calgary Juventus Scholarships
Value: $1,000 (3)
These scholarships are awarded to full-time students with good GPAs. In order to be eligible, students must be former Juventus players and/or members of St. Mary’s University Lightning Athletics.

Campbell Family Bursaries
Value: up to $500 per course (Spring/Summer/Fall/Winter)
These bursaries are awarded to full- or part-time students, who are transitioning from the Humanities 101 Program into a program at St. Mary’s University in pursuit of an undergraduate degree, and who demonstrate financial need. Applicants must submit a brief letter outlining why this bursary, and gaining this education, are going to make a difference to them. Successful candidates will continue to be awarded up to $500 per course, provided they maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in each term. These bursaries were established by the Campbell Family in recognition of their commitment to help former Humanities 101 students overcome barriers and succeed. Eligible students are identified through the admission process and will be invited to apply.

Cluny St. Mary’s Parish Scholarship
Value: $500
The rural parish of St. Mary’s in Cluny has a permanent scholarship fund to assist a rural student to attend St. Mary’s University. Applications will be accepted from students with good academic standing who come from a rural area.

Dr. Allan P. Markin Continuing Student Scholarships
Value: $1,000 (5)
St. Mary’s University, in recognition of the contributions of Dr. Allan P. Markin, awards five scholarships to continuing students. These scholarships are automatically awarded to the five students with the highest GPA in the previous academic year who carried a course load of 30 credit hours or more. To be eligible for this award, students must register for a continuing year at St. Mary’s University and carry a minimum course load of 30 credit hours.

Dr. David J. Lawless Scholarship
Value: $4,000
This scholarship honours the life work in Catholic education of Dr. David Lawless, who spent the last three years of his career in higher education helping to establish St. Mary’s University and serving as its President. This scholarship is awarded annually to the student of the University in a first undergraduate degree program who demonstrates exceptional academic achievement on completion of the first full year of studies. Preference will be given to a student who has demonstrated a commitment to St. Mary’s University and its educational philosophy through active participation in campus life and activities. Applicants must submit a brief letter outlining their campus involvement or letter(s) of recommendation attesting to their participation in campus life.

Dr. Michael Duggan Social Justice Award
Value: $500
This award honours Dr. Michael Duggan’s extensive work in social justice activities. It provides support to a student who shows leadership in working for social justice locally, nationally or internationally.

Dr. Ved Madan Math & Computer Science Award
Value: $500
This award is made annually at the end of the Fall term to a student with the highest academic achievement in mathematics or computer science. No application is required.

Dr. Vic Grossi Memorial Bursary
Value: $2,000
This bursary was established in memory of Dr. Vic Grossi, a dedicated professor at St. Mary’s University who demonstrated a true talent and passion for teaching. Dr. Grossi was also a prominent psychologist in Calgary for more than 25 years. The bursary will be awarded annually to a 3rd or 4th year student in the Bachelor of Arts, 4-year Psychology degree program who intends to pursue a career in Psychology. The applicant must submit a personal letter outlining plans for a future career in Psychology. The successful applicant will be selected on the basis of their supporting letter and financial need.

Edward & Geraldine Perry Bursary
Value: $1,000
This bursary is awarded to a continuing student with a commitment to working toward social, economic and political justice locally, nationally and internationally. The bursary will be awarded on the basis of financial need and participation in such work. A letter of reference regarding the student’s social justice involvement must accompany the application. This bursary was established by Edward and Geraldine’s daughter Kathryn in recognition of their long term commitment to St. Mary’s University.

Fogolar Furlan Di Calgary Scholarships
Value: $1,500 (2)
These scholarships are awarded to full-time continuing students in good academic standing.

Fr. Rupert MacLellan Scholarship
Value: $1,000
The Fr. Rupert MacLellan Scholarship is awarded to a full-time student in third or fourth year at St. Mary’s University. This scholarship is based on excellent academic performance.

George Alloro Memorial Bursary
Value: $1,000
George Alloro was best known to the people of Calgary as the man who lit up Confederation Park with an annual display of Christmas lights. He also worked tirelessly as a community volunteer to help others less fortunate. This memorial bursary in his name is awarded to help a student of good moral character who is involved in volunteer and community work and who is in need of financial assistance.

Gerry Watkins Bursaries
Value: $2,000 (3)
In recognition of the contribution of Gerry Watkins, a faithful volunteer in the early years of St. Mary’s University, the University awards these bursaries to students in serious financial need.

Gertie Bastedo Award
Value: $400
The Gertie Bastedo Award is awarded to a full-time continuing student in a degree program in their third or fourth year at St. Mary’s University who has achieved the greatest increase in grade point average from their first year at the University. No application is required.

Gordon Elliott Opportunity Fund Scholarship
Value: $2,000
St. Mary’s University, in memory of Gordon Elliott, awards this scholarship to a continuing First Nation, Métis, or Inuit (FNMI) student. The scholarship is automatically awarded to a FNMI student with the highest GPA in the previous academic year. To be eligible for this award, students must register for a continuing year at St. Mary’s University. No application is required.

Guido & Julia Blasetti Family Bursaries
Value: $2,000 (2)
The Guido and Julia Blasetti Family Bursaries are awarded to continuing full-time St. Mary’s University degree program students in good academic standing who demonstrate financial need.

Hafith Jergeas Memorial Scholarship
Value: $1,000
The Hafith Jergeas Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a continuing full-time student at St. Mary’s University who demonstrates high academic performance with a minimum GPA of 3.3.

Irene Kelemen Memorial Scholarship
Value: $1,000
This scholarship is awarded to a full-time student in good academic standing who has overcome personal challenges. Preference will be given to a student from rural Alberta. A brief submission regarding the personal challenges and one letter of reference from an instructor, teacher or counsellor are required.

Jim Look Memorial Scholarship
Value: $1,000
The Jim Look Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to a full-time student in their first year of studies at St. Mary’s University. The student must be a member of a varsity athletics team and have demonstrated a commitment to team spirit and sportsmanship. Applicants must provide a letter of recommendation from a previous coach and/or the St. Mary’s University Sport Manager.

Leonard C. Hergott Scholarship
Value: $500
This scholarship is awarded to a student with a minor or concentration in Catholic Studies. Applicants must demonstrate superior academic performance and involvement in the community and parish. This scholarship was established by Mrs. Evelyn Hergott in recognition of her husband’s involvement and interest in Catholic education.

Linda Nielsen Memorial Scholarship
Value: $5,000
This scholarship is awarded to a full-time student with a concentration in Business & Management Studies or a minor in Management. The successful applicant must be in good academic standing, demonstrate a strong work ethic and community involvement (local, national or international), and/ or have been an active participant on the St. Mary’s University Social Justice Committee. Preference will be given to students who have financial need.

Louise Hughes Bursary
Value: $3,500
The Louise Hughes Bursary will be given to a continuing student (full- or part-time) who demonstrates financial need. Preference will be given to a single parent or a student from Saskatchewan.

Margaret Soloski Memorial Bursary
Value: $2,000
Margaret Soloski enjoyed life and was a positive role model to everyone who knew her. To honour her faith and dedication, the Margaret Soloski Memorial Bursary is awarded to a continuing full-time student who is in financial need and who has successfully completed a senior level Theology or Religious Studies course. Preference will be given to a student active in St. Mary’s University Campus Ministry.

Maria-Pilar Lawless Memorial Bursary
Value: $1,000
In memory of Maria-Pilar Lawless, this bursary is awarded to a continuing full-time student in good standing who demonstrates financial need and who has successfully completed two courses in European History (HIST 307, HIST 321, HIST 323, HIST 329, HIST 331, HIST 337) and both SPAN 201 and SPAN 203 at St. Mary’s University. Preference is given to a student in the Bachelor of Arts, 4-year History degree program.

Maughan Family Scholarship
Value: $1,000
This scholarship is intended for a graduate from one of the Calgary Catholic School District high schools and will be awarded to a student living within the Calgary area who shows superior academic achievement and a demonstrated commitment to the Catholic faith. Letters of recommendation must come from 1) the student’s guidance counsellor and 2) the high school chaplain or the student’s religious education instructor.

Michael J. Beaton Memorial Bursary
Value: $1,000
The Michael J. Beaton Memorial Bursary is awarded to a full time St. Mary’s University student who demonstrates financial need.

Michael A. Dabreo and The Caribees Bursary
Value: $750
This bursary is awarded to a student entering first year of fulltime studies at St. Mary’s University who demonstrates financial need. Preference is given to applicants from the Caribbean or Central America.

Nicole Gagnon Scholarship
Value: $2,000
This scholarship is awarded to a student who is entering their first year of study and shows high academic achievement combined with service to the community and/or demonstrated leadership. Letters of reference must testify to the applicant’s community involvement or leadership. Preference will be given to students involved in social justice initiatives within the community.

Notre Dame des Rocheuses Scholarships
Value: $1,000 (2)
These scholarships are awarded to students entering their first year of study at St. Mary’s University. Applicants must demonstrate good academic achievement and be registered as full-time students.

O’Leary Family Scholarship
Value: $20,000 over 4 years
The O’Leary Family Scholarship is offered to an entering student with superior scholastic standing, demonstrated leadership abilities and a commitment to community involvement. This scholarship, tenable over four years of study towards a first degree, has a maximum value of $20,000. Successful candidates will be awarded $5,000 per year of study provided they maintain a superior grade average in each year of study. After the first year of study, a holder of this scholarship must be enrolled in a degree program, have demonstrated involvement in St. Mary’s University campus life, and meet the award renewal criteria. A covering letter, application and two letters of reference attesting to the applicant’s leadership abilities and/or community involvement are required.

Paul & Carol Hill Scholarships
Value: $31,000 over 5 years (Year 1 BA: $5,000; Year 2 BA: $5,000; Year 3 BA: $5,000; Year 1 BEd: $8,000; Year 2 BEd: $8,000)
The Paul and Carol Hill Scholarships are awarded to students who are entering St. Mary’s University in a three-year Bachelor of Arts degree program and who are intending to enroll in the Bachelor of Education (Elementary) degree program in order to become a teacher in a Catholic school (five-year commitment full time). First preference will be given to students from Athol Murray College of Notre Dame, Saskatchewan, who have met academic entrance requirements and who have demonstrated involvement in volunteer and extra-curricular activities while attending Athol Murray College of Notre Dame. If no Athol Murray College graduates apply, the scholarships are made available to students from Catholic high schools in Saskatchewan, followed by applicants from Catholic high schools in Alberta or other jurisdictions. After the first year of study, a holder of the scholarship must be registered in a course load of 30 credit hours or more in the academic year in which the award is presented, demonstrate involvement in volunteer activities with children or youth, and maintain a superior grade average. Candidates must submit an essay with their application which details why they wish to become a teacher in a Catholic school.

Providence Scholarship
Value: $2,000
The Sisters of Providence have owned and operated the Father Lacombe Care Centre – formerly Lacombe Home – since 1909, and they have a particular dedication to ministry among the less fortunate in our society. The Providence Scholarship is awarded to a continuing student with a minimum GPA of 3.0 who is registered as a full-time student at St. Mary’s University and has demonstrated active participation in a volunteer activity over the past year with either children or the elderly. A letter of reference must accompany the scholarship application.

Queen of Peace Scholarship
Value: $1,000
This scholarship is awarded to a continuing student who is intending to pursue a science or mathematics major. The student must demonstrate excellent academic achievement and show interest in teaching. Preference will be given to a graduate of St. Mary’s High School, Calgary. The donor hopes that the recipient will one day endow another scholarship to continue the tradition of supporting students in their pursuit of higher education.

Regina & Peter Fridgen Memorial Bursary
Value: $1,500
This bursary is awarded to a recent high school graduate who demonstrates financial need and is in good academic standing in Grade 12 subjects. Single mothers and students with disabilities are particularly encouraged to apply, but the award is not restricted to these groups.

Robert Spence Foundation Scholarships
Value: $2,500 (2)
Robert Spence operated a well-known retail shoe business in Calgary. He and his wife, Annette, were very active in the Francophone community in Calgary and in the Ste. Famille Roman Catholic parish. After the death of her husband,
Mrs. Spence set up a scholarship endowment foundation from the proceeds of the estate in order to ensure in perpetuity the original objective of Mr. Spence, which was to assist needy students with their post-secondary studies. These scholarships are awarded to students who have good academic standing (a minimum average of 70 per cent) in Grade 12 subjects and who demonstrate financial need. Preference is given to residents of Alberta.

Rotary Club of Calgary Chinook, Father Greg McLellan Memorial Bursary
Value: $2,000
Father Greg McLellan, in 1977, was a founding member and Charter President of the Rotary Club of Calgary Chinook. This bursary is awarded annually to a full-time continuing student who actively volunteers in the community. The bursary is awarded on the basis of financial need and community involvement. Applicants are asked to make a brief submission outlining course interests and future goals, and to provide a letter of reference attesting to volunteer activities/leadership within the community.

Rotary Club of Calgary Fish Creek Bursary
Value: $2,000
This bursary is awarded annually to a full-time continuing student who actively volunteers in their community and demonstrates leadership, exemplifying the Rotary motto, “Service Above Self.” The bursary will be awarded on the basis of financial need, participation and/or leadership in extracurricular activities, and community involvement. A brief submission outlining course interest and future goals, and one letter of reference attesting to volunteer activities/leadership within the community are required. The successful recipient will be asked to address a regular meeting of the Rotary Club of Calgary Fish Creek.

St. Bonaventure Parish Entrance Scholarship
Value: $1,000
This scholarship, provided by St. Bonaventure Parish, is awarded to a full-time student who demonstrates scholastic achievement and has been active in a parish. The candidate must submit a letter of reference from a parish representative. Preference will be given to a student from St. Bonaventure Parish in Calgary.

St. Mary’s University Bursaries
Value: Varies
Bursaries are awarded in both the Fall and Winter terms to full-time students demonstrating financial need. A separate application is required for each term.

St. Mary’s University Endowment Bursaries
Value: Varies
Students who have been awarded a loan through the Canada Student Loans Program, or a similar program administered by the Student Loan Service of Alberta Learning or equivalent agency in any province or territory in Canada, may be eligible for a bursary. Up to $8,000 will be awarded in the amounts of $4,000 or $2,000 to those with greatest financial need. Each recipient must maintain full-time status and be registered in a minimum of four courses per semester. Beyond these criteria, the bursary will be automatically granted solely on the basis of financial need as determined by the Student Loan Service. No separate application is required.

St. Vincent Pallotti Entrance Scholarship
Value: $1,200
This scholarship is awarded to a student who demonstrates a deep commitment to parish ministries and academic pursuits. While academic excellence is important, this scholarship’s principal criterion is service within the student’s parish and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary.

Vice-President Academic Scholarship
Value: $1,000
This scholarship is awarded to a full-time student entering St. Mary’s University who demonstrates outstanding academic achievement.

Vice-President Advancement Scholarship
Value: $1,000
This scholarship is awarded to a full-time student entering St. Mary’s University.

Vice-President Finance Bursary
Value: $1,000
This bursary is awarded to a full-time student entering St. Mary’s University who demonstrates financial need.

Vice-President Student Services Leadership Awards
Value: Varies (5)
Given to the five members of the Student Legislative Council Executive.
President – 2 course tuition in both Fall and Winter terms
Vice-President Events – 1 course tuition in Winter term only
Vice-President External – 1 course tuition in Winter term only
Vice-President Finance – 1 course tuition in Winter term only
Vice-President Internal – 1 course tuition in Winter term only

Violet C. Risling Memorial Bursaries
Value: $1,000 (2)
These bursaries are awarded to students registered in their second year of studies at St. Mary’s University. The students must have completed their first year of studies at St. Mary’s University with good academic achievement. Financial need is the primary criterion for these bursaries.

Willis & Betty O’Leary Undergraduate Degree Program
Scholarships
Value: $1,000 (5)
The Willis and Betty O’Leary Undergraduate Scholarships are awarded annually to the students with the highest grade point average in each of the St. Mary’s University four-year undergraduate degree programs. Students must be enrolled on a full-time basis in a St. Mary’s University degree program. One $1,000 scholarship is awarded for each of the following degrees: Biology, English, History, Liberal Studies and Psychology. No application is required.

Calgary Retired Teachers’ Association Award
Value: $1,000
This award was established by the Calgary Retired Teachers’ Association in recognition of their commitment to excellence in the teaching profession. The award will be given annually to a second year Bachelor of Education (Elementary) degree program student upon successful completion of the Fall term practicum. The successful applicant will be selected on the basis of demonstrated excellence in performance during the Fall practicum. The applicant must submit a personal letter describing their practicum experiences and outlining their future goals in the teaching profession. A letter of support from their Fall term practicum advisor or cooperating teacher will also be required. Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need. The recipient may be asked to attend a regular meeting of the Calgary Retired Teachers’ Association.

Dr. Linda Dudar Awards for Music and the Fine Arts in Education
Value: $500 (2)
These awards were established by Steve and Irene Groch in recognition of Dr. Linda Dudar’s long term commitment to Catholic Education, Leadership and Fine Arts within the Bachelor of Education (Elementary) degree program at St. Mary’s University. Two awards of $500 will be given annually to students in the second year of the program. Successful applicants will be selected on the basis of commitment to and involvement with Catholic education and the community, leadership, and/or involvement in an area of the Fine Arts such as music (choral, liturgical or instrumental). Applicants must submit a brief essay in support of their application.

Guillaume & Antoinette Biron Scholarship
Value: $2,000
This scholarship is awarded to a student enrolled in the second year of the Bachelor of Education (Elementary) degree program at St. Mary’s University who demonstrates high academic performance, a strong commitment to the vocation of teaching and a commitment to parish work. The commitment to parish work must be long-term and ongoing. A letter of reference from a parish priest must accompany the application.

Holy Spirit CWL Bursary
Value: $1,000
This bursary is awarded to a student in either the first or second year of the Bachelor of Education (Elementary) degree program with financial need, who demonstrates active participation in their faith community or who is involved as a volunteer in the community. Applicants must submit a brief letter outlining their participation in their faith community or volunteer involvement. Preference will be given to a student from Holy Spirit Parish.

Paul A. Giesinger Memorial Bursary
Value: $1,500
This bursary was established by Meg Giesinger, in memory of her husband, Paul. It is awarded to a student enrolled in the second year of the Bachelor of Education (Elementary) degree program at St. Mary’s University who is active in a parish and has financial need. Applicants are required to submit a letter of reference supporting their parish work.

Paul & Carol Hill Scholarships
Value: $16,000 over 2 years (Year 1: $8,000, Year 2: $8,000)
The Paul and Carol Hill Scholarships are awarded to students who possess an undergraduate degree and wish to enter the Bachelor of Education (Elementary) degree program directly, in order to become a teacher in a Catholic school (2-year commitment full time). First preference will be given to students from Athol Murray College of Notre Dame, Saskatchewan, who have demonstrated involvement in volunteer and extracurricular activities while attending Athol Murray College of Notre Dame. If no Athol Murray College applicants apply, the scholarships are made available to students from Catholic high schools in Saskatchewan, followed by applicants from Catholic high schools in Alberta or other jurisdictions. After the first year of study, a holder of the scholarship must demonstrate involvement in volunteer activities with children or youth, and maintain a superior grade average. Candidates must submit an essay with their application which details why they wish to become a teacher in a Catholic school.

St. Isidore Bursary
Value: $1,000
This bursary was established by the Valentine Family in recognition of their long term commitment to St. Mary’s University. The bursary will be awarded to a student in the Bachelor of Education (Elementary) degree program who is from a rural area and demonstrates financial need. Applicants must be active participants in their faith community. Preference will be given to a student in the first year of the program. However, second year students who have greater financial need may be considered.

St. Mary’s University Education Bursaries
Value: Varies
Bursaries are awarded in both the Fall and Winter terms to full-time students demonstrating financial need. A separate application is required for each term.

St. Mary’s University Education Entrance Scholarships
Value: $1,000 (8)
The St. Mary’s University Education Entrance Scholarships are awarded automatically to students entering the Bachelor of Education (Elementary) degree program on the basis of highest achievement as determined by the admissions score.

St. Mary’s University Education Excellence Scholarships
Value: $1,000 (8)
The St. Mary’s University Education Excellence Scholarships are awarded to students entering their second year of the Bachelor of Education (Elementary) degree program on the basis of grade point average, and a letter of reference from a program practicum supervisor, cooperating teacher or practicum school principal. Applicants are also required to submit a letter of reference supporting their work as a volunteer with children or youth.

St. Mary’s University Endowment Bursaries
Value: Varies
Students who have been awarded a loan through the Canada Student Loans Program, or a similar program administered by the Student Loan Service of Alberta Learning or equivalent agency in any province or territory in Canada, may be eligible for a bursary. Up to $8,000 will be awarded in the amounts of $4,000 or $2,000 to those with greatest financial need. Each recipient must maintain full-time status and be registered in a minimum of four courses per semester. Beyond these criteria, the bursary will be automatically granted solely on the basis of financial need as determined by the Student Loan Service. No separate application is required.

Steve and Irene Groch Education Excellence Awards
Value: $1,000 (up to 5)
These awards were established by Steve and Irene Groch in support of the Bachelor of Education (Elementary) degree program at St. Mary’s University. Awards will be given annually to students entering their second year of the program, and will be awarded based on overall merit with a particular focus on grade point average, leadership, and excellence in all areas of achievement. Consideration will also be given to the applicants’ demonstrated interest and involvement in Fine Arts and Music. Applicants must submit a brief essay in support of their application outlining their leadership skills, training, education and experience in their fine arts area of interest, and their area of specialization.

Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Education Student Award
Value: Crystal Award
Awarded annually at the Spring convocation ceremony to the student graduating from the St. Mary’s University Bachelor of Education (Elementary) degree program who is most passionate and competent in the subject of Social Studies, in particular History. Three students will be nominated by St Mary’s University and interviewed by a panel of active or retired Alberta Social Studies teachers. Final selection of one student is made by the panel.

St. Mary’s University Gold Medal
Value: Gold Medal
The Gold Medal is awarded annually to the student graduating from a St. Mary’s University degree program with the highest cumulative grade point average. A student must have a GPA of 3.50 or higher to be eligible.

There are several awards for continuing students which are administered by external sources that require students to be nominated by their post-secondary institutions.

Dr. Gary McPherson Leadership Scholarship
Value: $2,000
Dr. Gary McPherson was a renowned advocate for people with disabilities. He devoted himself to inspiring leadership and bringing out the best in everyone. He was a member of the Order of Canada, the Alberta Order of Excellence and both the Edmonton and Alberta Sports Hall of Fame. The purpose of this award is to recognize students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, especially in the area of disability, and/ or initiative to improve the conditions and lives of others. This scholarship is sponsored by the Government of Alberta. Applicants are selected on the basis of the role and contribution each applicant has made at their school. Academic achievement, financial need and other activities may also be taken into consideration. Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents, currently living in Alberta, and enrolled full time in a post-secondary undergraduate program at a designated Alberta institution in the year of nomination. Eligible students will be nominated by the Enrolment Services Office.

Jason Lang Scholarship
Value: $1,000
This scholarship was established in the memory of Jason Lang, a 17-year-old high school student who was killed in a school shooting. The purpose of this award is to reward the outstanding academic achievements of Alberta post-secondary students. To be eligible, a student must:

  • have a minimum GPA of 3.2
  • be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant and a resident of Alberta
  • be entering the second, third or fourth year of postsecondary studies
  • have completed at least 24 credit hours in the 2016-2017 academic year (September to April)
  • be enrolled full time in at least one term in the 2017-2018 academic year.

All eligible students will be nominated by the Registrar and contacted by the end of August to complete an application form. If you are not contacted and believe you are an eligible candidate, please contact the Registrar.

Jimmie Condon Athletic Scholarships
Value: $1,800 (two disbursements of $900; December and April)
The Jimmie Condon Athletic Scholarship was established in honour of Jimmie Condon, philanthropist and long-time supporter and promoter of amateur sports in Calgary. The purpose of this scholarship is to reward athletic and academic excellence of post-secondary students attending an Alberta university, college or technical institute. Applicants must be Alberta residents, be enrolled full time, be a member of a designated sports team, be maintaining a practice or training program acceptable to their coach, and maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in their previous semester. Students entering the first semester of post-secondary study do not have to meet this requirement. Individual coaches nominate students and applications are submitted to Student Aid Alberta by the Enrolment Services Office for processing.

Languages in Teacher Education Scholarship
Value: $2,500
The purpose of this award is to reward Alberta students enrolled in a recognized Alberta teacher preparation program that will allow them to teach languages other than English in Alberta schools. This scholarship was created by an endowment to the Alberta Heritage Scholarship Fund to build capacity in the area of language education. Applicants are selected on the basis of being enrolled in an Alberta teacher preparation program that will allow them to become a language teacher after they graduate. To help meet the needs of the increasing FNMI (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) student participation, consideration will be given to students eligible to teach aboriginal languages. Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents (visa students are not eligible), Alberta residents, and currently enrolled full time. Eligible students will be nominated by the Enrolment Services Office and are eligible to receive the scholarship only once.

Louise McKinney Post-Secondary Scholarship
Value: $2,500
The purpose of this award is to recognize exceptional academic achievement and encourage outstanding students to continue their studies at the post-secondary level. The Alberta Heritage Scholarship Fund Endowment Program established this award in honour of Louise McKinney. The eligible student must:

  • have the highest undergraduate GPA
  • be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant and a resident of Alberta
  • be entering the second, third or fourth year of postsecondary studies
  • have completed at least 24 credit hours in the 2016-2017 academic year (September to April).
  • be enrolled full-time in at least one term in the 2017-2018 academic year.

Eligible students will be nominated by the Registrar and contacted by the end of August to complete an application form.

Laurence Decore Award for Student Leadership
Value: $1,000
The purpose of this award is to recognize those post-secondary students who have demonstrated outstanding dedication and leadership to fellow students and to their community. The award was initiated by the Alberta College and Technical Institute Student Executive Council (ACTISEC) in honour of Laurence Decore, former Edmonton mayor and leader of the Alberta Liberal party. Applicants are selected on the basis of involvement in student government, student societies, clubs or organizations. In addition, candidates may be involved in student organizations at the provincial or national level or in non-profit community organizations. Applicants must be Alberta residents currently enrolled in a minimum of three full courses at a designated Alberta post-secondary institution. Eligible students will be nominated by the Enrolment Services Office and contacted by the end of January.

Alberta Teachers’ Association Local #55 Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a high school graduate of the Calgary Catholic School District who attends St. Mary’s University the year following graduation. This award was instituted to assist the student in funding tuition costs at
St. Mary’s University and to give recognition to deceased teachers for their significant involvement in the Alberta Teachers’ Association and/or Local #55. For additional information on this scholarship and to obtain an application form, visit the Alberta Teachers’ Association Local #55 website, ataloc55.ab.ca/scholarships.html. Refer to the website for application deadline.

Alberta Scholarship and Bursary Programs
A list of scholarships and bursaries is available at http://alis.alberta.ca/hs/fo/pay/scholarships.html.

Alexander Rutherford Scholarship
This scholarship, valued at up to $2,500, is available to students who are Alberta residents and who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement throughout high school. For further information visit studentaid.alberta.ca/scholarships/alberta-scholarships/alexander-rutherford-scholarship/.