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Athabasca University

Awards for Undergraduate Students

Scholarships & Awards Via Application (Application Required)

These are monetary awards, usually based on academic excellence coupled with other criteria including, but not limited to, career pursuits, volunteer activity, and active community participation. Some awards also take financial need into account.

Applying for an Award

If you wish to apply for an award, it is important to follow the application instructions exactly. In the past, students have been disqualified for incomplete or inaccurate submissions. Instructions for each award are included within the award description.

  • Albert & Pirkko Karvonen Environment Award
  • Albert & Pirkko Karvonen Environment Award

    Donor: Albert & Pirkko Karvonen
    Value: $1,500
    Number Awarded: 5
    Annual Application Deadline: May 15
    December 31

    Albert & Pirkko Karvonen Environment Award is intended to recognize the academic achievement of Bachelor of Science program students who have excelled in an environmental project course. Applicants must be residents of Alberta and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

    Application Form

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

  • Albert & Pirkko Karvonen Environment Bursary
  • 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
    ***Approaching deadline! Apply by October 15***
  • 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.

  • Alberta Historical Resources Foundation Travel Awards - Alberta Museums Association (AMA) Conference Travel Award
  • Alberta Historical Resources Foundation Travel Awards - Alberta Museums Association (AMA) Conference Travel Award

    Donor: Alberta Historical Resources Foundation and Athabasca University
    Value: Up to $1,000
    Number Awarded: Varies
    Annual Application Deadline: Six weeks prior to conference date.

    The Alberta Historical Resources Foundation (AHRF) Travel Awards are available to current Athabasca University (AU) students enrolled in one of the AU Heritage Resources Management Programs who wish to attend the Alberta Museums Association conference. Applicants must be in good academic standing and be able to explain why attendance at the conference will be beneficial to their career and educational advancement. Students are eligible to receive an award to the Alberta conference only once. This award can be applied to conference registration fees and travel costs only.

    Application Form

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

  • Alberta Historical Resources Foundation Travel Awards - National Conference Travel Award
  • Alberta Historical Resources Foundation Travel Awards - National Conference Travel Award

    Donor: Alberta Historical Resources Foundation and Athabasca University
    Value: up to $2,000
    Number Awarded: Varies
    Annual Application Deadline: Six weeks prior to conference date.

    National Conference Travel Award
    Value: Up to $2,000

    The Alberta Historical Resources Foundation (AHRF) Travel Awards are available to current Athabasca University (AU) students enrolled in one of the AU Heritage Resources Management Programs who wish to attend a national conference such as the CMA National Conference or the Heritage Canada Conference. Applicants must be in good academic standing and be able to explain why attendance at the conference will be beneficial to their career and educational advancement. Students are eligible to receive the national conference once only. This award can be applied to conference registration fees and travel costs only.

    Application Form

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

  • Alberta Historical Resources Foundation Undergraduate Course Scholarships in Heritage Resource Management
  • Alberta Historical Resources Foundation Undergraduate Course Scholarships in Heritage Resource Management

    Donor: Alberta Historical Resources Foundation and Athabasca University
    Value: $750
    Number Awarded: One for each course in the HRM Undergraduate Certificate Program

    Awarded annually (July 1 of previous year to June 30 of the current year) to the students who have completed and achieved the highest standing in each of the following undergraduate level courses:

    HERM 301 – Introduction to Heritage Resources Management
    HERM 312 – Heritage Research
    HERM 322 – Heritage Collections
    HERM 327 – Canadian Heritage Policy
    HERM 339 – Conservation
    HERM 342 – General Principles of Planning Historic Places
    HERM 361 – Interpretive Programming
    PHIL 334 – Ethics and Heritage

    Preference for the above awards competitions will be given to students residing in Alberta and to those students enrolled in the AU Heritage Resources Management programs. Students who qualified for admission into the AU Heritage Resources Management programs through the Alberta Intern program are not eligible for this award. Scholarships available only to students that are Canadian citizens or permanent residents with a Canadian address.

  • Alberta Innovates - Technology Futures Graduate Student Scholarship
  • Alberta Innovates - Technology Futures Graduate Student Scholarship

    Donor: Alberta Advanced Education and Technology and Alberta Innovates - Technology Futures
    Value: Varies
    Number Awarded: Varies

    Each year, Alberta Advanced Education and Technology, in partnership with Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures (AITF) invests in the support of academically superior graduate students undertaking full time research education at an Alberta University, leading to a research based master’s or doctoral degree.

    The Alberta Innovates Graduate Student Scholarship program (GSS) is designed to enable these promising students to succeed in areas of scientific research which are strategically important to Alberta. The structure of the Alberta Innovates Graduate Student Scholarship program (GSS) is designed to connect scientific enabling platforms with strategically focused research areas. In Alberta, this means accelerating the development of the enabling platforms of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Nano, and Omics, in support of the application areas of Health, Bio-industries, Energy, and Environment.


    Detailed information is available Alberta Innovates Technology Futures Graduate Student Scholarship at http://www.albertatechfutures.ca/GSS.aspx

    Applications are accepted by Athabasca University Faculty of Graduate Studies at http://fgs.athabascau.ca/contact.php

  • Alberta Student Mobility Awards
  • Alberta Student Mobility Awards

    Donor: Multiple Various Donors
    Value: In Province (Alberta) Course Tuition Fee credit
    Number Awarded: 5 Annually

    The Alberta Student Mobility Awards are intended to acknowledge, reward and support new AU students from Alberta who have transferred credits from another Educational Institution towards an AU degree program.

    Nomination Eligibility Criteria
    • Be active in an AU undergraduate degree
    • Be registered for their first AU course with a start date within the period of July 1 to June 30, of the preceding year
    • A minimum of 15 transfer credits awarded
    • Has successfully completed at least 2, three credit courses within the period of July 1 to June 30 of the preceding year
    • Be a resident of Alberta
    • Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada
    • Students receiving third party sponsorship for tuition fees will be ineligible
    • Highest cumulative GPA in the two best courses completed in the applicable award year

  • Alberta Women's Science Network Undergraduate Scholarship in Science and Computing Science
  • Alberta Women's Science Network Undergraduate Scholarship in Science and Computing Science

    Donor: Alberta Women's Science Network
    Value: $3,000
    Number Awarded: 2
    Annual Application Deadline: Temporarily Closed

    Awarded annually to female students enrolled in a degree program with either the Centre for Science or School of Computing and Information Systems who have completed a minimum of nine Athabasca University 300 level (or higher) credits in the past 12 months.

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

  • AU Academic Leadership Scholarship
    ***Approaching deadline! Apply by October 15***
  • AU Academic Leadership Scholarship

    Donor: Athabasca University (AU)
    Value: $1500
    Number Awarded: Varies - two awards per undergraduate degree designation
    Annual Application Deadline: October 15

    These scholarships are awarded to current Athabasca University (AU) undergraduate students enrolled in a degree program. Students earning credit towards an AU Bachelor degree designation who have achieved a cumulative AU grade point average (GPA) of 3.60 or higher and who have completed at least 15 AU credits are eligible to apply.

    Preference will be given to applicants who have proven leadership skills and/or have contributed to their local community via volunteerism and active participation in extracurricular cultural and/or recreational activities. Students are 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 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 Research Tools Award
  • AU Access to Research Tools Award

    Donor: Sun Microsystems of Canada Ltd.
    Value: Up to 500
    Number Awarded: Varies
    Annual Application Deadline: Ongoing

    These awards are intended to facilitate the research conducted by AU graduate program students to assist in partially covering the costs incurred while completing a thesis/dissertation or major project. Examples of anticipated expenses that a student may incur include purchasing licenses for statistical software such as SPSS, NVIVO, mileage to conduct interviews for the research, or obtaining copyright permission to use a particular research tool/instrument.

    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 Award for a Mature Undergraduate Student
  • AU Award for a Mature Undergraduate Student

    Donor: Athabasca University
    Value: $750
    Number Awarded: 1
    Annual Application Deadline: February 15

    The AU Award for a Mature Undergraduate Student is one of the awards in the AU Student Stand Out Awards Portfolio and the premise is to recognize that all AU students Stand Out! The AU Student Stand Out Awards are a portfolio of awards aimed at recognizing the students’ drive to reach desired educational goals, despite the challenges along the way.

    This award is for an undergraduate AU program student that is 40 to 60 years of age beginning university education for the first time. Applicants must be current students beginning their first year of AU post secondary study after April 1st of the previous year and who has successfully completed a minimum of 6 AU credits. The candidate must have an overall AU cumulative GPA of 3.0 to be eligible.

    Application Form

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

  • AU Award for Lifelong Learning
  • AU Award for Lifelong Learning

    Donor: AU Student Stand Out Awards Portfolio
    Value: $750
    Number Awarded: 2

    Awarded annually (July 1 of the previous year to June 30 of the current year) to undergraduate program students of sixty years of age or older (as at July 1 of the previous year) who have the highest final mark average on the best 15 AU program credits (not completed by challenge credit). Students may receive this award once only.

  • AU Award in Anthropology
  • AU Award in Anthropology

    Donor: Emil C. Fredericks
    Value: $1000
    Number Awarded: 1

    Awarded annually (July 1 of previous year to June 30 of current year) to the student who has completed and achieved the highest standing in a senior anthropology course.

  • AU Award in Geology
  • AU Award in Geology

    Donor: Emil C. Fredericks
    Value: $1000
    Number Awarded: 1

    Awarded annually (July 1 of previous year to June 30 of current year) to the student who has completed and achieved the highest standing in a senior geology course.

  • AU Award in History
  • AU Award in History

    Donor: Emil C. Fredericks
    Value: $1000
    Number Awarded: 1

    Awarded annually (July 1 of previous year to June 30 of current year) to the student who has completed and achieved the highest standing in a senior history course.

  • AU Award in Sociology
  • AU Award in Sociology

    Donor: Emil C. Fredericks
    Value: $1000
    Number Awarded: 1

    Awarded annually (July 1 of previous year to June 30 of current year) to the student who has completed and achieved the highest standing in a senior sociology course.

  • AU Career Advancement Award - Graduate
    ***Approaching deadline! Apply by October 15***
  • AU Career Advancement Award - Graduate

    Donor: Athabasca University
    Value: $1250
    Number Awarded: up to 8
    Annual Application Deadline: October 15

    Awarded to eight students (either graduate or undergraduate) who are currently enrolled in an Athabasca University (AU) certificate or diploma program. AU degree program students are not eligible.

    Graduate level certificate or diploma program students must have a cumulative AU GPA of 3.00 or higher and must have completed at least 6 AU credits by the application deadline.

    Recipients will be selected based on proven leadership skills and dedicated pursuit of career advancement or professional development in their area of specialization.


    Application Form

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

  • AU Career Advancement Award - Undergraduate
    ***Approaching deadline! Apply by October 15***
  • AU Career Advancement Award - Undergraduate

    Donor: Athabasca University
    Value: $1250
    Number Awarded: up to 8
    Annual Application Deadline: October 15

    Awarded to eight students (either graduate or undergraduate) who are currently enrolled in an Athabasca University (AU) certificate or diploma program. AU degree program students are not eligible.

    Undergraduate certificate or diploma program students must have a cumulative AU grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 or higher and must have completed at least 9 AU credits by the application deadline.

    Recipients will be selected based on proven leadership skills and dedicated pursuit of career advancement or professional development in their area of specialization.

    Application Form

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

  • AU Community Contributor Bursary
    ***Approaching deadline! Apply by October 15***
  • 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 Community Leadership Award
    ***Approaching deadline! Apply by October 15***
  • AU Community Leadership Award

    Donor: Athabasca University
    Value: $1500
    Number Awarded: 8
    Annual Application Deadline: October 15

    Awarded to current Athabasca University (AU) program students enrolled in any undergraduate program who have achieved a cumulative AU GPA of 3.00 or higher and who have completed at least 15 AU credits.

    Preference will be given to applicants who have proven leadership skills, exhibited a genuine concern for the well-being and betterment of fellow citizens, or have contributed to their local community via volunteerism and active participation in extracurricular cultural and/or recreational activities. Students are 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 Convocation Scholarships
  • AU Convocation Scholarships

    Donor: Athabasca University Student Academic Awards Fund
    Value: $1000 for Undergraduate Degree, Graduate Degree and Advanced Graduate Diploma. $500 for University Certificate and University Diploma.
    Number Awarded: One for each designation

    Awarded annually to the graduating students with the highest grade point average in a specific number of Athabasca University credits from each degree, diploma, or certificate designation. The number of credits will vary on the program in which the student is graduating. Only students with a minimum GPA of 3.5 in the specified number of credits will be considered.

  • AU English Language Certificate Award
  • AU English Language Certificate Award

    Donor: AU Student Stand Out Awards Portfolio
    Value: $750
    Number Awarded: 1

    Awarded annually to a current TELUQ student taking the joint TU-AU English Language Certificate program who has achieved the highest final mark average on 6 of the nine required AU credits between July 1 of the previous year and June 30 of the current year. A student may receive this award once only.

  • AU First in Family to Attend University Award
  • AU First in Family to Attend University Award

    Donor: Athabasca University
    Value: $1000
    Number Awarded: 2
    Annual Application Deadline: February 15

    The AU First in Family to Attend University Award is one of the awards in the AU Student Stand Out Awards Portfolio and the premise is to recognize that all AU students Stand Out! The AU Student Stand Out Awards are a portfolio of awards aimed at recognizing the students’ drive to reach desired educational goals, despite the challenges along the way.

    These awards are for current Athabasca University students who are the first in their family (grandparents, parents, nor siblings have earned a post secondary credential, i.e. university, college or technical diploma, certificate or degree) to attend university. Students enrolled in an undergraduate degree program with a minimum of 9 AU program credits (not completed by challenge credit) and a minimum cumulative AU GPA of 3.0 are invited to apply.

    Application Form

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

  • AU First Nation Colleges Student Awards
    ***Approaching deadline! Apply by November 1***
  • 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 Glass Ceiling Awards
  • AU Glass Ceiling Awards

    Donor: Athabasca University
    Value: $1000
    Number Awarded: 2
    Annual Application Deadline: February 15

    The AU Glass Ceiling Awards is one of the awards in the AU Student Stand Out Awards Portfolio and the premise is to recognize that all AU students Stand Out! The AU Student Stand Out Awards are a portfolio of awards aimed at recognizing the students' drive to reach desired educational goals, despite the challenges along the way.

    These awards are for current Athabasca University (AU) students who are using education to break the barriers that determine the level to which they can advance their career. Students enrolled in an undergraduate or masters level degree program with a minimum of 15 AU program credits (not completed by challenge credit) and a minimum cumulative AU GPA of 3.0 are invited to apply.

    Application Form

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

  • AU Graduate Student Scholarship
    ***Approaching deadline! Apply by October 15***
  • AU Graduate Student Scholarship

    Donor: Emil C. Fredericks
    Value: $1500
    Number Awarded: 1
    Annual Application Deadline: October 15

    Awarded to an Athabasca University (AU) graduate level program student. Applicants that have received tuition subsidies or reimbursements from their employer(s) are not eligible for this scholarship. Applicants must have a cumulative AU graduate GPA of 3.60 or greater.

    Preference will be given to applicants who have demonstrated the ability to balance full time employment, family commitments, and community roles while taking a significant course load (9 AU credits per year, or more) and establishing an excellent record of academic achievement. Students are eligible to receive this award once within any five-year period.

    Students of doctoral programs are not eligible.

    Application Form

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

  • AU Institutional Leadership Scholarship
    ***Approaching deadline! Apply by October 15***
  • AU Institutional Leadership Scholarship

    Donor: Athabasca University
    Value: $1000
    Number Awarded: 2
    Annual Application Deadline: October 15

    Awarded to current undergraduate or graduate Athabasca University (AU) program students who have achieved a cumulative AU GPA of 3.60 or higher and have completed at least 15 AU credits.

    Recipients will be selected based on involvement in, and contributions to, AU's community and/or governance. Students are 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 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 PLAR Scholarship
  • AU PLAR Scholarship

    Donor: Athabasca University
    Value: $1000
    Number Awarded: 1
    Annual Application Deadline: February 15

    This scholarship will be awarded annually to a current AU undergraduate student who has successfully completed the Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) process.

    Students must be enrolled in an AU degree program, have a cumulative AU GPA of 3.60 or higher at an undergraduate level, be within 30 credits of completing their undergraduate degree program and have not received this award previously.

    Applicants will be asked to write a short essay (1000 words) explaining the contribution of the PLAR process to their success as learners.

    Application Form

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

  • AU President's Award for a Visiting Student from an Alberta University
  • AU President's Award for a Visiting Student from an Alberta University

    Donor: Athabasca University
    Value: One undergraduate course (tuition + fees)
    Number Awarded: 1

    Awarded annually to a visiting student from either the University of Alberta, University of Calgary, University of Lethbridge, Mount Royal University or MacEwan University who achieves the highest final mark for an AU undergraduate course completed between May 1st of the previous year and April 30th of the current year.

  • AU President's Scholarship for a Blue Quills Student
  • AU President's Scholarship for a Blue Quills Student

    Donor: Office of the President, Athabasca University
    Value: $1000
    Number Awarded: 1

    Awarded annually to the student from Blue Quills First Nations College graduating with an Athabasca University (AU) degree (regardless of discipline) who has the highest AU GPA in courses that contribute to the degree.

  • AU Undergraduate Outstanding Achievement Scholarships
  • AU Undergraduate Outstanding Achievement Scholarships

    Donor: Athabasca University
    Value: $1,000 for degree program recipients; $500 for certificate or diploma program recipients.
    Number Awarded: One for each year of an undergraduate degree, certificate, or diploma program.

    Awarded annually to current students with the highest grade average on the best 15 AU credits that are earned during their first year (1 to 30 credits), second year (31 to 60 credits), third year (61 to 90 credits) or fourth year (91 to 120 credits) of program study in an undergraduate program from July 1 to June 30 of the previous year. A GPA of 3.60 or higher must be attained on the best 15 AU credits within either the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year of study to be eligible.

    Students may receive these scholarships once in a year of program study, as defined above.

  • AU Undergraduate Refugee Award
  • AU Undergraduate Refugee Award

    Donor: Athabasca University
    Value: $750
    Number Awarded: 1
    Annual Application Deadline: February 15

    The Undergraduate Refugee Award is one of the awards in the AU Student Stand Out Awards Portfolio and the premise is to recognize that all AU students Stand Out! The AU Student Stand Out Awards are a portfolio of awards aimed at recognizing the students’ drive to reach desired educational goals, despite the challenges along the way.

    The AU Undergraduate Refugee award is for a program student with the highest final mark average on his or her best 15 AU program credits (not completed by challenge credit) who has arrived in Canada as a refugee within the last ten years.

    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.

  • Bachelor of Arts First-Year Achievement Scholarship
  • Bachelor of Arts First-Year Achievement Scholarship

    Donor: Emil C. Fredericks
    Value: $750
    Number Awarded: 2

    Awarded annually to active Athabasca University Bachelor of Arts program students with the highest GPA after completing their first 15 AU credits.

  • Barbara Roberts Memorial Award
  • Barbara Roberts Memorial Award

    Donor: Athabasca University
    Value: $250
    Number Awarded: 1
    Annual Application Deadline: April 15

    Please click here for more information.

    This annual award recognizes outstanding written work by an undergraduate student on topics on women, gender and feminism.

    To be eligible, you must be an Athabasca University undergraduate student and your essay must meet the selection criteria.

    Your essay, cover sheet and authorization form must be submitted electronically to the Students Awards Unit via an AU tutor or instructor by April 15th.

    Application Form

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

  • Bill Birge Award in English 155
  • Bill Birge Award in English 155

    Donor: Mr. Bill Birge, former Associate Vice-President, Finance and Administration
    Value: $120
    Number Awarded: 1

    Awarded annually (July 1 of previous year to June 30 of current year) to the student with the highest grade in English 155 - Developing Reading and Writing Skills.

  • Certified General Accountants of Alberta Scholarship
  • Certified General Accountants of Alberta Scholarship

    Donor: Certified General Accountants Association of Alberta
    Value: $500
    Number Awarded: 1

    Awarded annually to the Bachelor of Management student entering the third year of the program with the highest average in three Athabasca University courses in financial accounting or management accounting that are acceptable for credit in the Certified General Accountants of Alberta program.

    The nominee must have completed 60 credits (including transfer credits) by June 30 of the current year, and must have a cumulative AU GPA of 3.50 or higher to be eligible.



  • Claude Dupuis Scholarship in Organizational Behaviour
  • Claude Dupuis Scholarship in Organizational Behaviour

    Donor: Mr. Claude Dupuis
    Value: $100
    Number Awarded: 1

    The recipient will be the eligible student who has achieved the highest grade average in both ORGB 300 and ORGB 364 completed at Athabasca University through individualized study. Both courses must have been completed between July 1 of the previous year and June 30 of the current year.

    The eligible recipient must be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada. Current AU staff are not eligible for this award.

  • Derrick Rowlandson Memorial Award
    ***Approaching deadline! Apply by September 30***
  • Derrick Rowlandson Memorial Award

    Donor: Athabasca University
    Value: In Province Tuition credit
    Number Awarded: 1
    Annual Application Deadline: September 30

    Awarded annually to a staff member, current student, graduand, or past graduate of Edwin Parr Composite High School wanting to take, or who is currently taking, an AU course or courses. Individual must be enrolled in an undergraduate program at AU. Preference will be given to those contributing to the betterment of their community through volunteerism or active participation. Preference will also be given to those applicants that do not have access to the AU Staff Tuition Allowance (policy number 100 011).

    Application Criteria:

    · Staff member, current student, graduand, or past graduate of Edwin Parr Composite School in Athabasca, Alberta

    · AU undergraduate program student

    · Demonstration of community volunteerism or active participation

    Application Form

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

  • Dipak Saraswati Memorial Award
  • Dipak Saraswati Memorial Award

    Donor: Friends and family of Dipak Saraswati
    Value: $200
    Number Awarded: 1

    Awarded annually (July 1 of previous year to June 30 of current year) to the student who has completed and achieved the highest standing in MATH215.

  • Dr. Fredrick W. Camp Memorial Scholarship
  • Dr. Fredrick W. Camp Memorial Scholarship

    Donor: Alberta Oil Sands Technology and Research Authority
    Value: $500
    Number Awarded: 1

    Awarded annually to the Bachelor of Science student with the highest GPA in three AU science courses completed between July 1 of the previous year and June 30 of the current year. Two of the three courses must be in chemistry, biology and nutrition.

    You must have a cumulative AU GPA of 3.60 or higher to be eligible.

  • Dr. Gary McPherson Leadership Scholarship
  • Dr. Gary McPherson Leadership Scholarship

    Donor: Alberta Heritage Scholarship Fund
    Value: $2,000
    Number Awarded: 3
    Annual Application Deadline: February 1

    Please click here for more information.

    Application Form

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

  • Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation Post - LPN BN Scholarship
  • Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation Post - LPN BN Scholarship

    Donor: Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation
    Value: $1500
    Number Awarded: 2

    This award offers recognition and provides a financial reward for students who are excelling in the post-LPN Bachelor of Nursing program.

    Students can receive this award only once during their program.

    Conditions of eligibility:
    Nomination for this award will be based on the following criteria
    • Be a student in good standing in the post-LPN BN program
    • Has successfully completed NURS 401 Professional Practice with Adults with Health Alterations
    • Demonstrate academic excellence, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.6
    • Resident of central or northern Alberta
    • Have never received award
    • Data will be obtained from the previous year, January 1 to December 31
    • Top 2 candidates with be chosen based on overall Program GPA

  • Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation Post - RN BN Scholarship
  • Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation Post - RN BN Scholarship

    Donor: Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation
    Value: $1500
    Number Awarded: 2

    This award offers recognition and provides a financial reward for students who are excelling in the post-RN Bachelor of Nursing program.

    Students can receive this award only once during their program.

    Conditions of eligibility:
    Nomination for this award will be based on the following criteria:
    • Be a student in good standing in the post-RN BN program
    • Have completed a minimum of 24 nursing credits at Athabasca University
    • Demonstrate academic excellence, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.6
    • Resident of Central or Northern Alberta
    • Data will be obtained from the previous year, January 1 to December 31
    • Have never received award

  • Edmonton-Glenora Rotary Bursary
    ***Approaching deadline! Apply by October 15***
  • 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.

  • Eveline Lepine Memorial Scholarship
  • Eveline Lepine Memorial Scholarship

    Donor: Eveline Lepine Memorial Scholarship Fund
    Value: $100
    Number Awarded: 1

    Awarded annually (July 1 of previous year to June 30 of current year) to the student with the highest standing in Psychology 290.

    The Eveline Lepine Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by friends and co-workers following her death in 1994. For over ten years she served Athabasca University and its students with competence and commitment, primarily through the Calgary Learning Centre. She was also a student of AU and was completing Psychology 290 at the time of her death.

  • Excellence in Research Scholarship
    ***Approaching deadline! Apply by October 15***
  • Excellence in Research Scholarship

    Donor: Athabasca University
    Value: $3000
    Number Awarded: 8
    Annual Application Deadline: October 15

    Awarded to current AU graduate degree program students who have achieved a cumulative AU GPA of 3.60 or higher and have completed at least 15 AU credits in the AU graduate degree program in which the student is enrolled. Preference will be given to applicants who have the potential to make a significant contribution to the research in their area of study. Students are only eligible to receive this award once while completing their graduate degree program.

    Application Form

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

  • Faculty of Health Disciplines Travel Bursaries
    ***Approaching deadline! Apply by November 15***
  • 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.

  • Fessenden-Trott Scholarship
  • Fessenden-Trott Scholarship

    Donor: Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada
    Value: $9000
    Number Awarded: 1
    Annual Application Deadline: May 15

    Please click here for more information.

    The Fessenden-Trott Scholarship rotates annually for students attending university in specific geographical areas in Canada. For the current eligible geographical area please refer to the scholarship listing available at the above website link for more information.

    Candidates must have completed the first year of their first bachelor degree program by the deadline date of June 15th at a Canadian educational institution and entering their second year of their bachelor degree program in full time studies.

    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.

  • Gateway to AU Undergraduate Course Awards
  • Gateway to AU Undergraduate Course Awards

    Donor: Multiple Various Donors
    Value: Out of Province (Alberta) Course Tuition Fee
    Number Awarded: 5 Annually

    The Gateway to AU Undergraduate Course Awards are intended to acknowledge, reward and support out of Province, degree or certificate program students, who have demonstrated successful completion of their first two undergraduate courses at Athabasca University.

    Nomination Eligibility Criteria
    • Be active in an AU Undergraduate Degree program or University Certificate
    • Be registered for their first AU course with a start date within the period of July 1 to June 30, of the preceding year
    • Has successfully completed at least 2, three credit courses within the period of July 1 to June 30 of the preceding year
    • Be a resident of Canada, in any Province other than Alberta
    • Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada
    • Students receiving third party sponsorship for tuition fees will be ineligible
    • Highest cumulative GPA in the two best courses completed in the applicable award year

  • Getzlaf Family Foundation Award in Nursing
  • Getzlaf Family Foundation Award in Nursing

    Donor: Getzlaf Family Foundation
    Value: $2,000
    Number Awarded: 1

    The Getzlaf Family Foundation Award recognizes the contributions and achievement of those students completing the clinical courses in their nursing program at Athabasca University. It is intended to help assist the students who travel away from work to complete these courses.

    Nomination Criteria:
    The Bachelor of Nursing student enrolled in NURS441 with the highest AU GPA will be selected. Minimum GPA of 2.5 is required. Student must reside within Canada.

    Recipient will be selected annually on December 15th.

  • Governor General of Canada Silver Medal
  • Governor General of Canada Silver Medal

    Donor: The Governor General of Canada
    Value: Medal
    Number Awarded: 1

    Awarded annually to the student graduating from an undergraduate program with the highest grade average in Athabasca University credits. You must have a GPA of 3.50 or higher to be considered.

    The recipient must have completed a minimum of 45 AU credits to be eligible. For the Bachelor of Nursing, the required minimum is 25 AU credits.

  • Graduate Citizenship Award
    ***Approaching deadline! Apply by October 15***
  • Graduate Citizenship Award

    Donor: Alberta Advanced Education and Technology
    Value: $2,000
    Number Awarded: 5 for Residence of Alberta - 1 for International Graduate Students
    Annual Application Deadline: October 15

    Please click here for more information.

    Apply by submitting a completed application to:

    Athabasca University Graduate Students' Association
    10818 Jasper Avenue PO Box 35092
    Edmonton, AB T5J 0B7
    Phone: 1-866-625-5943 Fax: 780-497-7003
    Email: augsa@augsa.com

    Application Form

  • Graduate Level Student Travel Awards
  • Graduate Level Student Travel Awards

    Donor: Athabasca University
    Value: Up to $1000 for conference travel in North America Up to $1500 for international conference travel
    Number Awarded: Varies
    Annual Application Deadline: March 31 or when budgeted funds have been fully expended

    These funds are intended to support dissemination/presentation opportunities which showcase the high quality of research being conducted by graduate students at Athabasca University.

    Applications are accepted on a first come first serve bases until the funds are spent for the budget year of April 1 to March 31.

    Conditions of Eligibility
    Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible to apply for this award:
    • Be a current student enrolled in graduate studies at Athabasca University
    • Be presenting or disseminating research at a conference or workshop- Provincial, National or International
    • Be a non-Alberta resident
    • Be a Canadian citizen or have permanent resident status in Canada
    • Be in good academic standing in their graduate program, minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.
    • Submit a fully completed application, and any required enclosures, to the Student Awards Unit at Athabasca University
    • Eligible students may receive a maximum of two travel awards during their program of study

    NOTE: Students who are in their final year of their program, are eligible for the award if the presentation is conducted within three months after their graduation, and the presentation occurs within the same fiscal year (April 1 to March 31) in which the award was granted.

    Application Form

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

  • Graduate Student Scholarship
  • Graduate Student Scholarship

    Donor: Alberta Scholarship Programs
    Value: $3,000
    Number Awarded: Varies

    Please click here for more information.

    Alberta Scholarship Programs Award
    To reward the outstanding academic achievement of students studying at the Masters level.

  • Harold Cardinal Essay Prize for Aboriginal Students
  • Harold Cardinal Essay Prize for Aboriginal Students

    Donor: Athabasca University
    Value: 1st: $3000, 2nd: $1500, 3rd: $500
    Number Awarded: One prize for each place
    Annual Application Deadline: December 31

    These prizes are awarded annually in recognition of outstanding achievement by Athabasca University (AU) undergraduate students for written work on the preservation of Aboriginal and treaty rights. The essay must be an original work that is properly documented and formatted. Original essays formally submitted for coursework from any AU undergraduate program are considered eligible for submission. Applicants must be of Aboriginal descent and must also be able to demonstrate commitment to Aboriginal rights, a history of advocacy for Aboriginal people, and contribution to community, law, politics, or government as they pertain to Aboriginal people.

    Students are only eligible to receive this award once within an AU undergraduate program.

    Application Form

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

  • Honours List
  • Honours List

    Donor: Athabasca University
    Value: Name posted on Honours List
    Number Awarded: Varies

    Awarded to Athabasca University (AU) undergraduate degree program students who have achieved a program GPA of 3.60 or higher in the last 30 credits that contributed to the program benchmark. The 30 credits can be a combination of transfer credit and a minimum of 15 AU credits.

    Only the AU courses that students have completed toward undergraduate credential will be used in the GPA calculation.

    Students will be notified by the Office of the Registrar when they have qualified for the Honours List. Athabasca University does not recognize Honours List recipients on the official student record.

    Students must meet the following conditions to be deemed eligible for the Honours List:

    a. Be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program.
    b. Have completed a minimum of 15 AU credits at the program benchmark.
    c. Have reached a program benchmark in their program in the six month time periods ending June 30 or December 31.
    d. Have achieved a grade point average of 3.60 or higher on the AU credits earned since the previously recognized program benchmark up to the current program benchmark (e.g. 1-30 credits or 31-60 credits or 61-90 credits, or 91-120 credits).
    e. Have any combination of transfer credit and a minimum of 15 AU credits that are collectively recognized towards an undergraduate credential. A "P" indicating a pass in pass/fail grade mode contributes towards credit earned, but is not included in the GPA calculation.
    f. Not have any current penalties associated with academic or non-academic misconduct on their student record.

  • Human Resources Institute of Alberta Scholarship
    ***Approaching deadline! Apply by October 15***
  • Human Resources Institute of Alberta Scholarship

    Donor: Human Resources Insitute of Alberta
    Value: $1500
    Number Awarded: 1
    Annual Application Deadline: October 15

    This scholarship is awarded annually to a student enrolled in one of the Athabasca University (AU) undergraduate programs that focus on human resources (Bachelor of Administration Industrial Relations and Human Resources (BADM IRHR) program, Bachelor of Management Human Resources Management (BMAN HRM), or Bachelor of Human Resources and Labour Relations (BHRLR), University Certificate in Human Resources and Labour Relations (UC - HRLR). The applicant must have a current AU cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher and have completed at least 9 AU credits in his or her current program. Preference will be given to those actively pursuing a career in Human Resources and who are contributing to community and/or student affairs.

    Application Form

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

  • Indigenous Careers Award
    ***Approaching deadline! Apply by October 1***
  • Indigenous Careers Award

    Donor: Government of Alberta
    Value: $2000
    Number Awarded: Up to 16 annually
    Annual Application Deadline: January 15
    October 1

    The Indigenous Careers Award is intended to encourage a larger proportion of Indigenous Albertans to pursue and complete post secondary studies in certificate, diploma or bachelor's degree programs that lead to high demand career outcomes in Alberta.

    Application Form

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

  • Irma Burkholder Byrne Memorial Scholarship
  • Irma Burkholder Byrne Memorial Scholarship

    Donor: Dr Tim Byrne
    Value: $500
    Number Awarded: 1

    Awarded annually to an undergraduate program student with the highest grade average in the best 30 Athabasca University credits in Humanities.

  • Jason Lang Scholarship
  • Jason Lang Scholarship

    Donor: Alberta Heritage Scholarship Fund
    Value: $1,000
    Number Awarded: Varies
    Annual Application Deadline: January 15
    September 15

    Please click here for more information.

    Government deadlines for receiving nominees from participating institutions are October 15th and February 15th. In order to meet these deadlines, Athabasca University requires student applications by September 15th and January 15th.

    Conditions of Eligibility:

    Please refer to page 1 of the application form.

    Application Form

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

  • Ken and Janny Hutchinson Scholarship in Architecture
  • Ken and Janny Hutchinson Scholarship in Architecture

    Donor: Daytona Homes and Ralph Hutchinson
    Value: $2500 credit for tuition and fees
    Number Awarded: Up to Two
    Annual Application Deadline: September 1

    This award is meant to recognize the professional and academic achievements of incoming Architecture Program students at Athabasca University. This award will assist with the tuition and fees associated with these courses of study.

    Application Form

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

  • Laurence Decore Award for Student Leadership
  • Laurence Decore Award for Student Leadership

    Donor: Alberta College and Technical Institute Student Executive Council (ACTISEC)
    Value: $1,000
    Number Awarded: 1
    Annual Application Deadline: January 15

    Please click here for more information.

    Apply by submitting a completed application to:

    Athabasca University Students’ Union
    500 Energy Square
    10109 106 ST NW
    Edmonton AB T5J 3L7

    Phone Local: 780.497.7000
    Toll Free: 1.855.497.7003
    Email: admin@ausu.org
    Website: https://www.ausu.org

    Application Form

  • Lois Hole Humanities and Social Sciences Scholarship
    ***Approaching deadline! Apply by October 15***
  • Lois Hole Humanities and Social Sciences Scholarship

    Donor: Alberta Heritage Scholarship Fund
    Value: $5,000
    Number Awarded: 1
    Annual Application Deadline: October 15

    Please click here for more information.

    In honor of Lois Hole, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta from February 2000 to January 2005. The scholarship recognizes student leadership and community service which exemplify the principles the late Lieutenant Governor believed in and lived.

    Conditions of Eligibility
    An applicant must meet the following criteria to be eligible to apply for this award:
    • Be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident – via students are not eligible
    • Be an Alberta Resident
    • Have a GPA of 3.6 or greater
    • Have completed 15 AU credits
    • Full-time enrolment in the second or subsequent year of post-secondary study in an AU undergraduate arts or social science degree program
    • 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

    Application Form

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

  • Lori Oddson Memorial Scholarship in Chemistry 217
  • Lori Oddson Memorial Scholarship in Chemistry 217

    Donor: Athabasca University
    Value: $250
    Number Awarded: 1

    Please click here for more information.

    Awarded annually to a female Athabasca University student displaying outstanding academic achievement in CHEM 217: Chemical Principles I, July 1 of previous year to June 30 of current year. Preference will be given to candidates who have demonstrated an enthusiasm for chemistry and a commitment to the discipline.

    This scholarship is funded by Athabasca University (AU) in memory of Lori Oddson, an esteemed AU staff member who was known for her generosity, her extraordinary commitment to colleagues and students, and her unwavering sense of truth and fairness.

  • Lorraine Robertson (Wright 1947) Memorial Scholarship in Nursing
  • Lorraine Robertson (Wright 1947) Memorial Scholarship in Nursing

    Donor: The Alumnae Association of the Calgary General Hospital School of Nursing
    Value: $1,000
    Number Awarded: 1
    Annual Application Deadline: May 15

    Awarded annually to a student pursuing a Bachelor of Nursing degree at Athabasca University (AU). The award is intended to recognize a fourth year Bachelor of Nursing program student who demonstrates academic excellence and resides in the City of Calgary or Southern Alberta.

    Application Form

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

  • Louise McKinney Scholarship
  • Louise McKinney Scholarship

    Donor: Alberta Heritage Scholarship Fund
    Value: $2,500
    Number Awarded: 4
    Annual Application Deadline: September 1

    Please click here for more information.

    Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.8 or greater. Students may receive this award multiple times.

    Conditions of Eligibility:

    Please refer to page 1 of the application form.

    Application Form

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

  • Marlene M. Burnett Award in Nursing
  • Marlene M. Burnett Award in Nursing

    Donor: David and Marlene Burnett
    Value: $1,000
    Number Awarded: 3

    The Marlene M. Burnett Awards recognizes the contributions and achievement of those students completing clinical courses in their nursing program at Athabasca University. They are intended to help assist the students who travel away from work to complete these courses.

    Nomination Criteria:
    The Bachelor of Nursing student enrolled in NURS 401, NURS 435 or NURS 437 with the highest AU GPA will be selected. Minimum GPA of 2.5 is required. Student must reside within Canada.

    Recipient will be selected annually on December 15th.

  • 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.

  • Nick Evasiuk Scholarship in Sociology
  • Nick Evasiuk Scholarship in Sociology

    Donor: Dr. Michael Gismondi and Ms. Joan Sherman
    Value: $250
    Number Awarded: 1

    Awarded annually (July 1 of the previous year to June 30 of the current year) to the student with the highest grade in Soci 287: Introduction to Sociology.

    This scholarship has been established to honour Nick Evasiuk's contributions to the community of Athabasca. A longtime businessman and social democrat, he will be remembered as a very special person, a poet, advocate of peace and justice, and friend of the environment. Throughout his lifetime, he demonstrated a personal attitude of caring and a business attitude of fairness towards everyone he encountered each day. Nick once described himself this way: I think of myself to be sort of a visionary, a person of hope... my hope springs from my faith in the ability (of humankind)... to come up with solutions to the problems which our generation has perpetrated.

  • Non Native Speakers of English Scholarship
  • Non Native Speakers of English Scholarship

    Donor: AU Student Stand Out Awards Portfolio
    Value: $750
    Number Awarded: 1

    Awarded annually (July 1 of the previous year to June 30 of the current year) to the AU undergraduate student that is a non native speaker of English who achieves the highest final average mark in any two courses of English 140, 143, 146, 149, 155, 177 or 189. A student may receive this award once only.

  • Northlands Park Endowment Awards - Undergraduate
    ***Approaching deadline! Apply by October 15***
  • Northlands Park Endowment Awards - Undergraduate

    Donor: Northlands Park
    Value: $500
    Number Awarded: 1
    Annual Application Deadline: October 15

    Awarded annually to undergraduate students who have completed at least 15 credits from Athabasca University (AU). Applicants will be selected based on having achieved an AU cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 or higher in an undergraduate program and have demonstrated contributions to farming and volunteerism in agricultural communities and organizations. Preference will be given to those who are pursuing a career in agriculture or agribusiness ventures. Recipients may only receive this award once.

    Application Form

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

  • Northlands Park Endowment Awards - Graduate
    ***Approaching deadline! Apply by October 15***
  • Northlands Park Endowment Awards - Graduate

    Donor: Northlands Park
    Value: $500
    Number Awarded: 1
    Annual Application Deadline: October 15

    Awarded annually to graduate students who have completed at least 15 credits from Athabasca University (AU). Applicants will be selected on the basis of having achieved an AU program Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 or higher and have demonstrated contributions to farming and volunteerism in agricultural communities and organizations. Preference will be given to those who are pursuing a career in agriculture or agribusiness ventures. Recipients may only receive this award once.

    Application Form

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

  • Patrick Heffernan Memorial Scholarship
  • Patrick Heffernan Memorial Scholarship

    Donor: Mrs. Patricia Wieshlow (Heffernan)
    Value: $500
    Number Awarded: 1

    Awarded annually to the student entering the second year of an undergraduate degree program with the highest GPA in Athabasca University courses (30 credits must be completed by June of the current year, up to 18 credits of which can be transfer credits).

  • 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.

  • Premier Ed and Marie Stelmach First in Family Award
  • Premier Ed and Marie Stelmach First in Family Award

    Donor: Alberta Treasury Branch (ATB)
    Value: $1500
    Number Awarded: One (1)
    Annual Application Deadline: February 15

    This award is for current Athabasca University students who are the first in their family (grandparents, parents, nor siblings have earned a post-secondary credential, i.e. university, college or technical diploma, certificate or degree) to attend university. Student who is a resident of rural Alberta and has the highest cumulative GPA of applicants from this award and the AU First in Family Award will receive the Premier Ed and Marie Stelmach First in Family Award.

    Application Form

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

  • Profiling Alberta's Graduate Students
  • Profiling Alberta's Graduate Students

    Donor: Alberta Scholarship Programs
    Value: Up to $1000 for an Alberta conference Up to $2000 for a national conference Up to $3000 for an international conference
    Number Awarded: Varies
    Annual Application Deadline: March 31 or when budgeted funds have been fully expended

    These funds are intended to support dissemination/presentation opportunities which showcase the high quality of research being conducted by graduate students at Athabasca University. Award funds are intended to assist with the cost associated with travel expenses.

    Applications are accepted on a first come first serve bases until the funds are spent for the budget year of April 1 to March 31.

    Conditions of Eligibility
    Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible to apply for this award:
    • Be a current student enrolled in graduate studies at Athabasca University
    • Be presenting or disseminating research at a conference or workshop- Provincial, National or International
    • Be an Alberta resident
    • Be a Canadian citizen or have permanent resident status in Canada
    • Be in good academic standing in their graduate program, minimum GPA of 3.0 is required
    • Submit a fully completed application, and any required enclosures, to the Student Awards Unit at Athabasca University
    • Eligible students may receive a maximum of two travel awards during their program of study

    NOTE: Students who are in their final year of their program, are eligible for the award if the presentation is conducted within three months after their graduation, and the presentation occurs within the same fiscal year (April 1 to March 31) in which the award was granted.

    Application Form

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

  • Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarships
  • Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarships

    Donor: Government of Alberta
    Value: Varies
    Number Awarded: Varies

    Please click here for more information.

    To commemorate the Queen’s visit to Alberta in May 2005, this scholarship is designed to reward the high level of achievement of students pursuing graduate studies who reside in the province of Alberta.

    To be eligible for this award students need to:
    - be enrolled as a full-time student in a graduate program,
    - be a Canadian Citizen or permanent resident and
    - be a resident of Alberta.

    Recipients are nominated by the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

  • Ray and Loretta Lee Scholarship for New Canadians
  • Ray and Loretta Lee Scholarship for New Canadians

    Donor: Dr. Frits Pannekoek
    Value: $1500
    Number Awarded: 1

    The Ray and Loretta Lee Scholarship for New Canadians is intended to reward Bachelor of Arts degree program students who have demonstrated their commitment to pursuing and excelling in post-secondary studies at Athabasca University.

    Nomination Criteria:
    • Permanent Resident status declared on General Application form. Not open to Canadian citizens
    • Bachelor of Arts program student
    • Will have completed at least one, 3 credit course
    • Must have at least one, 3 credit course currently in progress

    Selection Criteria:
    • Highest number of AU credits completed
    • Highest cumulative GPA, minimum required is 3.6
    • May only receive the award once

    Awarded annually based on academic achievement July 1 of previous year to June 30 of current year

  • 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.

  • Syncrude/Athabasca University Aboriginal Scholarship
  • Syncrude/Athabasca University Aboriginal Scholarship

    Donor: Syncrude Canada Ltd.
    Value: $2500
    Number Awarded: 1
    Annual Application Deadline: August 31

    This award is available to students who are entering any of the following degree programs at Athabasca University:

    Bachelor of Administration (major in Management, Industrial Relations, or Organizational Behaviour)
    Bachelor of Administration (post diploma in Management, Industrial Relations, or Organizational Behaviour
    Bachelor of Commerce
    Bachelor of Commerce (Post Diploma)
    Bachelor of Human Resources and Labour Relations
    Bachelor of Human Resources and Labour Relations (Post Diploma)
    Bachelor of Management
    Bachelor of Management (Post Diploma)
    Bachelor of Nursing
    Bachelor of Science
    Bachelor of Science (Post Diploma)
    Bachelor of Science in Computing and Information Systems
    Bachelor of Science in Computing and Information Systems (Post Diploma)
    Preference will be given to those students entering their first year of full-time studies at Athabasca University. Students in other years may also apply. Applicants must be Alberta residents of Aboriginal ancestry: Indian, Inuit, or Métis. This award may not be received by the same person more than once.

    Application Form

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

  • TD Insurance Meloche Monnex Award
  • TD Insurance Meloche Monnex Award

    Donor: TD Insurance Meloche Monnex
    Value: $1000
    Number Awarded: 1

    Awarded annually (July 1 of previous year to June 30 of current year) to the student who has completed and achieved the highest standing in FNCE 370. Only students who are Alberta residents and in an undergraduate degree program are eligible to be nominated.

  • Thomas Edge Scholarship
  • Thomas Edge Scholarship

    Donor: Athabasca University Student Academic Awards Fund
    Value: $500
    Number Awarded: 1

    Awarded annually to the student with the highest average in three AU courses from the following areas: Canadian Studies, Industrial Relations, Labour Studies, Native Studies, and Women's Studies.

  • Undergraduate Lab Travel Awards - In Province
    ***Approaching deadline! Apply by October 15***
  • Undergraduate Lab Travel Awards - In Province

    Donor: Athabasca University
    Value: up to $500
    Number Awarded: Varies
    Annual Application Deadline: October 15

    These awards are intended to help offset the travel costs that students incur in order to take part in the required laboratory component of Athabasca University (AU) undergraduate science courses.

    They are awarded to current AU undergraduate students who have successfully completed (passed) a 3 credit science course, in which travel to complete lab work occurred between October 16, of the previous year and October 15, of the current year. Successful completion of the science course is required.

    Preference will be given to those students that have never received an undergraduate lab travel award. Students traveling for LABB 207 who have successfully completed BIOL 204 and/or BIOL 205 are eligible to apply for this award.

    Application Form

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

  • Undergraduate Lab Travel Awards - Out of Province
    ***Approaching deadline! Apply by October 15***
  • Undergraduate Lab Travel Awards - Out of Province

    Donor: Athabasca University
    Value: up to $1000
    Number Awarded: Varies
    Annual Application Deadline: October 15

    These awards are intended to help offset the travel costs that students incur in order to take part in the required laboratory component of Athabasca University (AU) undergraduate science courses.

    They are awarded to current AU undergraduate students who have successfully completed (passed) a 3 credit science course, in which travel to complete lab work occurred between October 16, of the previous year and October 15, of the current year. Successful completion of the science course is required.

    Preference will be given to those students that have never received an undergraduate lab travel award. Students traveling for LABB 207 who have successfully completed BIOL 204 and/or BIOL 205 are eligible to apply for this award.

    Application Form

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

  • Walker Family Bachelor of Commerce Award
  • Walker Family Bachelor of Commerce Award

    Donor: Barry and Valerie Walker
    Value: $1000
    Number Awarded: 1
    Annual Application Deadline: February 15

    Awarded annually to students pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce degree at Athabasca University (AU). The award is intended to recognize students who demonstrate academic excellence and reside in rural or remote areas of Canada. Applicants must be fourth year students.

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

    -Be a current, Bachelor of Commerce program student, preference will be given to students in the Accounting major.
    -Have completed the third year of the program and are entering the fourth year of the program (must be in the final 30 credits of the program).
    -Reside in a rural or remote area of Canada (not a major City) is preferred.
    -Demonstrate academic achievement of a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
    -Submit a fully completed application, to the Student Awards Administrative Assistant within the Office of the Registrar at AU by the deadline.

    Application Form

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

  • Wayne Blair Memorial Scholarship
  • Wayne Blair Memorial Scholarship

    Donor: Alberta Association of Media Awareness
    Value: $500
    Number Awarded: 1
    Annual Application Deadline: Disbursed October 15th

    Awarded annually (July 1 of previous year to June 30 of current year) to the student who has completed and achieved the highest standing in EDUC315. Minimum grade required is 3.6.

Updated January 15 2015 by Student & Academic Services

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