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Bursaries

AU bursaries are intended to help those students who need it most. AU considers it a priority to address financial privation that jeopardizes students' ability to continue their studies. As Canada’s Open University, AU strives to remove the barriers of income level in part by providing, and encouraging support for, student financial bursaries.

If the award description states that the application should be submitted to the Office of the Registrar, application documents should be submitted to

Student Awards Administrative Assistant
Office of the Registrar
Athabasca University
1 University Drive
Athabasca, AB T9S 3A3

Phone: 1-800-788-9041 ext 6197
Fax: (780) 675-6174
awardsinfo@athabascau.ca

All bursaries managed by Athabasca University require students to follow an application process as outlined in the description of each bursary listed below.

**IF APPLICATION DEADLINE DATE FALLS ON A HOLIDAY OR WEEKEND, APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED THE FOLLOWING BUSINESS DAY.**

  • Albert & Pirkko Karvonen Environment Bursary
    ***Approaching deadline! Apply by December 31***
  • Albert & Pirkko Karvonen Environment Bursary

    Donor: Albert & Pirkko Karvonen
    Value: $1,000 Towards Course Enrolment
    Number Awarded: 5
    Annual Application Deadline: May 15
    December 31

    The Albert & Pirkko Karvonen Environment Bursary is intended to assist Bachelor of Science program students with the costs associated with tuition fees. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and be residents of Alberta.

    Application Form

    Apply by submitting a completed application to the Student Awards Unit.

  • Alberta Blue Cross 50th Anniversary Bursary
  • Alberta Blue Cross 50th Anniversary Bursary

    Donor: Alberta Blue Cross Corporation Foundation
    Value: $1,000
    Number Awarded: 2
    Annual Application Deadline: October 15

    Description of Award
    The Alberta Blue Cross 50th Anniversary Bursary is awarded annually to two current AU undergraduate nursing degree program students who have achieved the highest grade average on two 3 credit nursing courses taken through Athabasca University. The grade average on the two AU nursing courses must be 80 percent or better. Eligible students must be residents of Alberta and demonstrate financial need. Students can receive these scholarships once only.

    Conditions of Eligibility
    Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible to apply for these scholarships:
    • Be current AU undergraduate nursing degree program students
    • Have an 80% grade average on two AU 3 credit nursing courses
    • Be Alberta resident
    • Have demonstrated financial need
    • Submit the completed application, and any supporting documents, to the Student Awards Administrative Assistant, Office of the Registrar at AU.

    Application Form

    Apply by submitting a completed application to the Student Awards Unit.

  • AU Access Fund for Students with Disabilities
  • AU Access Fund for Students with Disabilities

    Donor: Emil C. Fredericks
    Value: Up to 1500
    Number Awarded: Varies
    Annual Application Deadline: October 15th

    Students must have an identified learning, physical, or mental disability. A disability is a functional limitation resulting from physical, sensory or mental impairment, which, for an indefinite period, affects the ability of the student to perform the activities necessary to participate fully in post-secondary learning.

    Candidates must be participating in undergraduate or graduate coursework at Athabasca University. Preference will be given to students in an AU degree, diploma, or certificate program who have made noteworthy progress toward graduation and who have an identified financial need for funding assistance.

    Application Form

    Apply by submitting a completed application to the Student Awards Unit.

  • AU Access to Students With Disabilities Education Bursary
  • AU Access to Students With Disabilities Education Bursary

    Donor: Athabasca University
    Value: A credit for one 3 credit course at an undergraduate or masters level.
    Number Awarded: Varies
    Annual Application Deadline: October 15th

    Awarded to a student, or potential student, with an identified learning, physical, or mental disability. A disability is a functional limitation resulting from a physical, sensory, or mental impairment, which, for an indefinite period, affects the ability of the student to perform the activities necessary to participate fully in post-secondary learning.

    Applicants must have expressed significant determination to commence studies at AU but be in such desperate financial privation, that investing in personal education is monetarily impossible, as confirmed by the ASD Office.

    Application Form

    Apply by submitting a completed application to the Student Awards Unit.

  • AU Access To Students With Disabilities Technology & Support Service Bursary
  • AU Access To Students With Disabilities Technology & Support Service Bursary

    Donor: Athabasca University
    Value: Varies - Maximum single award will not exceed $4,000
    Number Awarded: Varies
    Annual Application Deadline: October 15th

    Awarded to Athabasca University students that have an identified learning, physical, or mental disability. A disability is a functional limitation resulting from a physical, sensory, or mental impairment, which, for an indefinite period, affects the ability of the student to perform the activities necessary to participate fully in post-secondary learning. Preference will be given to students who are not eligible for alternative funding sources via the 'Canadian Studies Grant for Students with Disabilities' or 'Employability Assistance for Persons with Disabilities'.

    Conditions of Eligibility

    An applicant must meet the following criteria to be eligible to apply for this award:

    • Be a current Athabasca University undergraduate or graduate student.
    • Have an identified learning, physical, or mental disability, as defined in the description of the bursaries above.
    • Student must be registered with the AU – Access for Students with Disabilities Office.
    • Availability of alternative funding sources
    • Demonstration of financial need
    • Verified need for technology and/or support services
    • Appropriateness of the technology and/or support services as determined by the Assistive Technologist, and/or ASD Office.
    • A vendor quotation that supports the requests for ASD technology or support service expenditures
    • Submission of the fully completed application, and required enclosures, to the Student Awards Administrative Assistant within the Office of the Registrar at AU, by the deadline

    Preference will be given to students who are not eligible for alternative funding sources via the 'Canadian Studies Grant for Students with Disabilities' or 'Employability Assistance for Persons with Disabilities'.

    Application Form

    Apply by submitting a completed application to the Student Awards Unit.

  • AU Community Contributor Bursary
  • AU Community Contributor Bursary

    Donor: Athabasca University
    Value: $2000
    Number Awarded: 20
    Annual Application Deadline: October 15

    Awarded to current AU undergraduate program students who have completed at least 9 AU credits. Recipients will be selected on the basis of demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to applicants who have made contributions to their local community via any level of volunteerism and/or other extracurricular activities. Students are only eligible to receive this award once within any five-year period.

    Application Form

    Apply by submitting a completed application to the Student Awards Unit.

  • AU Doctoral Level Student Bursaries
  • AU Doctoral Level Student Bursaries

    Donor: Athabasca University
    Value: $2500 towards course enrolment
    Number Awarded: Maximum 10 Annually
    Annual Application Deadline: March 15
    October 15

    The AU Doctoral Level Student Bursaries are intended to assist students continue with their education without interruption to their studies due to financial need or exceptional life circumstances.

    Current AU doctoral level program students in financial need and/or those AU students faced with exceptional life circumstances are invited to apply. Applicants must have completed a minimum of 3 AU credits at the doctoral level and have a cumulative AU program GPA of 3.0. Additional circumstances such as disabilities, single parent/caregiver status, and so forth may be taken into consideration.

    Applications are accepted year round until all the bursaries are disbursed. No student can receive more than two of these bursaries in a five year period.

    Application Form

    Apply by submitting a completed application to the Student Awards Unit.

  • AU First Nation Colleges Student Awards
  • AU First Nation Colleges Student Awards

    Donor: Externally Funded
    Value: Up to $2000 (Tuition costs associated with three, 3 credit Athabasca University courses)
    Number Awarded: Three per competition, two competitions per year
    Annual Application Deadline: July 1
    November 1

    The Athabasca University (AU) – First Nation Colleges Student Awards are intended to recognize the achievement of Alberta First Nation College students who wish to pursue studies at Athabasca University (AU), yet face financial barriers that inhibit their ability to do so. Students attending or from First Nation Colleges in Alberta are eligible to apply. Preference may be given to students from Red Crow College. Students may reapply and receive this award more than once.

    An applicant must meet the following criteria to be eligible to apply for this award:
    • Be a current AU student. (degree program, certificate or unclassified).
    • Demonstrate financial need.
    • Demonstrate their desire to achieve their educational goals.
    • Submit the completed application, and any supporting documents, to the Student Awards Administrative Assistant, Office of the Registrar at AU.
    • GPA of 2.0 or higher at Red Crow College (or other First Nation College with in Alberta)
    • GPA of 2.0 or higher at AU if reapplying for this award.

    Application Form

    Apply by submitting a completed application to the Student Awards Unit.

  • AU Graduate Level Student Bursaries
  • AU Graduate Level Student Bursaries

    Donor: Athabasca University
    Value: $1500 towards course enrolment
    Number Awarded: 20 (10 bursaries offered twice a year)
    Annual Application Deadline: September 15
    April 15

    The AU Graduate Level Student Bursaries are intended to assist students with their education without interruption to their studies due to financial need or exceptional life circumstances.

    Current AU graduate level program students (Masters, Post-Masters, and Post-Baccalaureate) in financial need and/or those AU students faced with exceptional life circumstances are invited to apply. Applicants must have completed a minimum of 9 AU credits at the graduate level and have an AU program GPA of 3.0. Additional circumstances such as disabilities, single parent/caregiver status, and so forth may be taken into consideration.

    Applications are accepted year round until all the bursaries are disbursed. No student can receive more than two of these bursaries in a five year period.

    Application Form

    Apply by submitting a completed application to the Student Awards Unit.

  • AU MBA Faculty of Business Bursary
  • AU MBA Faculty of Business Bursary

    Donor: Anonymous
    Value: One full installment of MBA fees/cost of course tuition
    Number Awarded: 2 per year
    Annual Application Deadline: November 15
    May 15

    The AU MBA Faculty of Business Bursary award is intended to assist AU MBA students continue with their education without interruption to their studies due to financial need. Current AU MBA students in financial need are invited to apply or students may be invited to apply by the Faculty of Business. Applicants must have completed a minimum of 9 credits toward their MBA program and have a cumulative AU program GPA of 3.0. Students can receive this award once.

    Application Form

    Apply by submitting a completed application to the Student Awards Unit.

  • AU Natural Disaster Convocation Bursary
  • AU Natural Disaster Convocation Bursary

    Donor: Athabasca University
    Value: Varies - Up to $1000
    Number Awarded: Varies
    Annual Application Deadline: Applications accepted ongoing

    The AU Natural Disaster Convocation Bursaries are intended to assist AU students who have been affected by a natural disaster and incurred unexpected expenses that may impede their ability to attend AU’s Convocation ceremony.

    Application Form

    Apply by submitting a completed application to the Student Awards Unit.

  • AU Natural Disaster Emergency Bursary
  • AU Natural Disaster Emergency Bursary

    Donor: Athabasca University
    Value: Course Tuition Fees
    Number Awarded: Varies
    Annual Application Deadline: Applications accepted ongoing for monthly adjudication

    The AU Natural Disaster Emergency Bursaries are intended to assist AU students with continuing with their education without interruption due to being affected by a natural disaster. Recipients are eligible to apply for a second bursary upon successful completion of initial bursary funded course.

    Application Form

    Apply by submitting a completed application to the Student Awards Unit.

  • AU PLAR Bursary
  • AU PLAR Bursary

    Donor: Athabasca University
    Value: $750 Towards PLAR Assessment
    Number Awarded: 2
    Annual Application Deadline: February 15

    The AU PLAR Bursary will enable applicants in financial need to have access to AU’s PLAR process and, as a result, the credit that results from that process.

    Application Form

    Apply by submitting a completed application to the Student Awards Unit.

  • AU Undergraduate Student Bursaries
  • AU Undergraduate Student Bursaries

    Donor: Athabasca University
    Value: $750 towards course enrolment
    Number Awarded: 48 annually, 12 every four months
    Annual Application Deadline: June 15
    September 15
    December 15
    March 15

    The AU Undergraduate Bursaries are intended to assist AU program students continue with their education without interruption to their studies due to financial need or exceptional life circumstances.

    Current AU students in financial need and/or those AU students faced with exceptional life circumstances are invited to apply. Applicants must have completed a minimum of 3 AU credits at the undergraduate level. Additional circumstances such as disabilities, single
    parent/caregiver status, and so forth may be taken into consideration.

    Applications are accepted year round until all the bursaries are disbursed. No student can receive more than two of these bursaries in a five year period.

    Application Form

    Apply by submitting a completed application to the Student Awards Unit.

  • Edmonton-Glenora Rotary Bursary
  • Edmonton-Glenora Rotary Bursary

    Donor: Edmonton-Glenora Rotary and Athabasca University
    Value: $1000
    Number Awarded: 1
    Annual Application Deadline: October 15

    Awarded annually to an AU undergraduate program student who has successfully completed a minimum of 9 AU credits between October 16, of the previous year and October 15, of the current year, who currently resides in the Alberta Capital Region.
    See map of Capital Region: http://www.municipalaffairs.alberta.ca/mc_capital_region_plan.cfm.

    The recipient is selected based on financial need, with preference given to female applicants. It is recommended that applicants have a history of contributions to community through volunteerism, and active participation, along with a demonstrated enthusiasm to succeed through life-long learning. The recipient of this bursary should be willing to provide a visit to the Rotary Club to participate in a short acknowledgment ceremony.

    Application Form

    Apply by submitting a completed application to the Student Awards Unit.

  • Faculty of Health Disciplines Travel Bursaries
  • Faculty of Health Disciplines Travel Bursaries

    Donor: Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation
    Value: $1,000
    Number Awarded: 4
    Annual Application Deadline: February 15
    May 15
    August 15
    November 15

    These bursaries are intended to help offset travel costs incurred by students participating in travel required in Faculty of Health Disciplines’ programs. Examples of required travel include beginning orientation and/or clinical placement. These funds are awarded to current AU students who reside in North or
    Central Alberta, who have demonstrated financial need and commitment to the health profession and who are enrolled in a program in the Faculty of Health Disciplines in which travel is required.

    Students can receive this award only once during their program.

    Conditions of Eligibility:

    Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible to apply for this bursary

    • Be a current student (undergraduate or graduate) enrolled in any program within the Faculty of Health Disciplines, graduate or undergraduate
    • Demonstrate financial need
    • Must reside in Northern or Central Alberta
    • Provide an explanation of their commitment to the health profession
    • Submit the fully completed application, and any required enclosures, to the Student Awards Unit at Athabasca University.

    Application Form

    Apply by submitting a completed application to the Student Awards Unit.

  • First Peoples Technology Bursary
  • First Peoples Technology Bursary

    Donor: Athabasca University
    Value: Up to $1250
    Number Awarded: 3
    Annual Application Deadline: May 15
    August 15
    February 15

    Awarded to current AU undergraduate program or collaboration program students in their 1st, 2nd, or 3rd year of study who are in good academic standing, who have demonstrated a financial need, and who possess identified technological obstacles to continuing academic study at Athabasca University.

    Recipients must be of Aboriginal descent as defined by their Indigenous nation of origin. While proof of ancestry is not required, proof of community acceptance and participation should be addressed in the application.

    Application Form

    Apply by submitting a completed application to the Student Awards Unit.

  • MAIS - Making a Difference Student Bursary
  • MAIS - Making a Difference Student Bursary

    Donor: Anonymous
    Value: $2,400
    Number Awarded: 1
    Annual Application Deadline: Temporarily Closed

    The MAIS – Making a Difference Bursary is intended to assist an AU MAIS (Master of Arts in Integrated Studies) program student to continue with their education without interruption to their studies due to financial need and exceptional life circumstances. Current AU Masters level program students in financial need and/or those AU students faced with exceptional life circumstances are invited to apply. Applicants must have completed a minimum of 6 AU credits at the masters level and have an AU program GPA of 3.0. Additional circumstances such as disabilities, single parent, aboriginal or recent (within three years) immigrant will be taken into consideration. The award will be renewable annually to the same individual providing the eligibility criteria are maintained.

    Application Form

    Apply by submitting a completed application to the Student Awards Unit.

  • MEF Metis Scholar Awards
  • MEF Metis Scholar Awards

    Donor: Metis Education Foundation (MEF)
    Value: $2500
    Number Awarded: 4
    Annual Application Deadline: January 15

    This award is to alleviate the costs of tuition and learning resources and to encourage the post secondary achievement of Métis undergraduate students while attending Athabasca University.

    Conditions of Eligibility:

    · Be a Canadian citizen
    · Be enrolled as a full-time student in a university certificate or bachelor’s degree or have completed over the previous academic year at least 12 AU
    credits (4 courses) leading to an undergraduate degree offered by AU
    · Demonstrate financial need
    · Have a cumulative GPA of 2.3, or better, at the time of application
    · Provide proof of Métis heritage by submitting one of the following;

    a. A photocopy of a valid Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) membership card (which can be obtained by applying to the MNA Head Office) or valid Métis membership in any of the following: Métis Settlements of Alberta, Métis Nation of Ontario, Manitoba Métis Federation, Métis Nation – Saskatchewan, Métis Nation British Columbia; or
    b. A photocopy of a parent’s, grandparent’s, aunt’s/uncle’s, or sibling’s valid membership card in any of the above named Métis organizations (along with proof of this kinship connection); or
    c. Other valid proof of Métis genealogy (as validated by either MNA/ RLI)

    · Submit an essay of 500 words detailing their background/experience with the Métis community and describing how the receipt of a Métis Scholar Award will support the recipient’s academic goals and/or benefit his/her community in the future
    · Not be receiving RLI Métis Training to Employment (MTE) funding for the same course of study
    · Not be a Registered or Treaty Indian

    Application Form

    Apply by submitting a completed application to the Student Awards Unit.

  • Peggy Harrison Single Parent Bursary
  • Peggy Harrison Single Parent Bursary

    Donor: Anonymous
    Value: $2000 Awarded as a Tuition Credit
    Number Awarded: 5
    Annual Application Deadline: May 15

    This bursary is intended to assist AU program students, who are single parents that reside in: the City of Edmonton, Alberta; the Northwest Territories; the Yukon or Nunavut, to continue with their education without interruption to their studies due to financial need. Applicants must be able to demonstrate their commitment to volunteerism in their community.

    Application Form

    Apply by submitting a completed application to the Student Awards Unit.

  • Rotary Club of Athabasca Bursary
  • Rotary Club of Athabasca Bursary

    Donor: Rotary Club of Athabasca
    Value: $500
    Number Awarded: 1
    Annual Application Deadline: February 15

    Awarded annually to an Athabasca University degree program student who has completed at least 12 AU credits. Applicants must be permanent residents of Northern Alberta. The recipient will be selected based on financial need. Preference will be given to the applicant who has made contributions to his/her community through volunteerism, active participation in their community, and have demonstrated an enthusiasm to succeed through life long learning.

    The recipient should be willing to visit the Rotary Club of Athabasca to participate in a short acknowledgment ceremony.

    Application Form

    Apply by submitting a completed application to the Student Awards Unit.

Updated January 15 2015 by Student & Academic Services

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