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Community Sponsored Awards and Scholarships

Each community sponsored award, bursary or scholarship listed below has its own criteria and application requirements.

Before completing application forms, student applicants will need to:

  • Request letters of reference and prepare a variety of documents. See the GETTING READY TO APPLY section for each award.

  • Gather, scan and save all documents using the student’s EPSB ID followed by the file name (e.g. ########-FileName.pdf). Files may be no more than 100Mb in size.

  • Letters of reference or recommendation must be signed by the individual giving reference or recommendation and then scanned, saved and submitted as a .pdf document.

  • Prepare any video submissions. The following file types are permitted: .WebM, .MPEG4, .3GPP, .MOV, .AVI, .MPEGPS, .WMV, .FLV, .OGG. Video files should follow a similar naming convention, using the student’s EPSB ID followed by the name of the file (e.g. ########-FileName.mov). Files may be no more than 1Gb in size.

  • Print and complete the parent/guardian consent form (if under 18). 

Please note: Students need to complete the application form in one sitting. Partially completed application forms cannot be saved. 

Once an application form has been submitted the school principal will receive an email asking them to support the student’s application. 

The APPLICATION DEADLINE is Friday May 3, 2019, for all community sponsored awards, bursaries and scholarships. 

AWARD

 APPLICABLE TO 

 Ben Sauvé Artstrek Bursary High school students
 Betty Finch Scholarship Grade 12
 Catherine and Robert Povaschuk Scholarship Grade 12
 Esther and Peter Cunliffe Scholarship Grade 12 
Garth Worthington Memorial Scholarship    High School
 French Bilingual Awards Grades 6, 9 and 12
 Grace Elaine Campbell Scholarship Grade 12
 James P. Jones Scholarship Grade 12
 LeRoy Warden & Associates Scholarship Grade 12
 Margaret T. Stevenson Talented Young Writer Award Grade 8
 Opportunity Through Education Sandra B. Woitas Scholarship Grade 12

BEN SAUVÉ ARTSTREK BURSARY

The purpose of this bursary is to assist an able and dedicated senior high student of the dramatic arts in Edmonton Public Schools who requires financial support to attend Theatre Alberta Artstrek: A Summer Theatre School for Teens

Ben was a Grade 12 student in the Theatre Arts program at Victoria Composite High School who died in a traffic accident while returning home from a mime practice on October 5, 1987. His friends and family established this bursary fund in memory of this gifted, sensitive, and dedicated young man, to enable other young people to experience the joy of learning which Ben did in the Artstrek program. Of the money available for this bursary, two-thirds came from Ben's own savings. 

BURSARY AMOUNT: Cost of the Artstrek tuition 

CRITERIA 

An applicant must:

  • Be registered at an Edmonton Public high school.     
  • Have financial need that warrants bursary support to attend Artstrek.
  • Demonstrate excellent achievement in the dramatic arts, sincere dedication to the dramatic arts, and a positive attitude towards the dramatic arts. 

The school principal will be asked to: 

  • Support the student’s application for this bursary.
  • Verify financial support is needed in order for the applicant to attend Artstrek.
  • Explain what makes the applicant a worthy recipient of this bursary. 

GETTING READY TO APPLY 

Before completing the application form, the applicant must: 

  • Get signed letters of recommendation from two non-family members who are familiar with the student’s dramatic ability and interest in drama, and can speak to how receiving this award will be helpful to the applicant.
  • Write a maximum 500-word letter to the selection team in which the student describes why they want to attend Artstrek and what they hope to experience in the program, and provide evidence of their excellent achievement in the dramatic arts, sincere dedication to the dramatic arts, a positive attitude towards the dramatic arts and need for this bursary.
  • Prepare a current resume of their creative participation.  (If an applicant doesn’t already have a resume, they can build one in their myBlueprint account, available through SchoolZone.) 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: EXTENSION, May 22, 2019 

APPLY HERE

SELECTION PROCESS

The selection team will rank each submission on the applicant's achievement in the dramatic arts, dedication to the dramatic arts, attitude towards the dramatic arts and financial need. The recipient will be contacted in June.

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BETTY FINCH SCHOLARSHIP 

The purpose of this scholarship is to assist a student in Edmonton Public Schools who is completing high school in the current year and receives or received specialized supports to accommodate a learning disability, and requires financial support to attend a post-secondary program.  

The Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta – Edmonton Chapter, more recently called LD Edmonton, with friends and relatives of Betty Finch established this scholarship in 1987 when Betty retired from Edmonton Public Schools after serving 30 years with the District, the last 20 years as a specialist involved with students with learning disabilities. At the time of her retirement, she was Supervisor Learning Disabilities. Betty passed away on August 14, 2002, at the age of 82. Through an endowment in her will, Betty has ensured that this scholarship will continue to be awarded to students with learning disabilities for years to come.

SCHOLARSHIP AMOUNT: $1,000

CRITERIA 

An applicant must: 

  • Be registered at an Edmonton Public high school and completing high school in the current year.     
  • Have or had a diagnosis of a learning disability, or receive or received specialized supports consistent with a person with a learning disability.
  • Have financial need that warrants scholarship support.
  • Meet entrance requirements for the program of their choice and have conditional acceptance at that post-secondary institution.
  • Demonstrate a positive attitude towards school and learning, personal growth, advocacy for their learning needs, involvement in school and/or community events and clubs, and future educational and career plans. 

The school principal will be asked to support the student’s application for this scholarship and verify: 

  • The applicant has or had a diagnosis of a learning disability, or receives or received specialized supports consistent with a person with a learning disability.
  • Financial support is essential in order for the applicant to pursue post-secondary studies. 

GETTING READY TO APPLY 

Before completing the application form, the applicant must: 

  • Get a signed letter of recommendation from an Edmonton Public Schools staff member.
  • Write a maximum 500-word letter to the selection team, or submit a maximum three-minute video in which the student describes evidence of their positive attitude towards school and learning, personal growth, how they advocate for their learning needs, involvement in school and/or community events and clubs, and future educational and career plans.
  • Prepare a copy of their conditional acceptance from the post-secondary institution of their choice. If conditional acceptance has not been received by May 3, 2019, please call Strategic District Supports at 780-429-8019. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, May 3, 2019 

APPLY HERE 

SELECTION PROCESS 

The selection team will rank each submission on the applicant's attitude towards school and learning, personal growth, advocacy for their learning needs, involvement in school and/or community events and clubs, future educational and career plans and financial need. The recipient will be contacted in June.

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CATHERINE AND ROBERT POVASCHUK SCHOLARSHIP

The purpose of this scholarship is to recognize a student registered in Edmonton Public Schools who is completing high school in the current year, has honours standing in academic courses and demonstrates commitment to extracurricular and community involvement and will attend the University of Alberta.

Catherine and Robert Povaschuk wish to assist scholarship recipients with expenses associated with proceeding on with their studies.

SCHOLARSHIP AMOUNT: $1,500 

CRITERIA 

An applicant must: 

  • Be registered at an Edmonton Public high school and completing high school in the current year.  
  • Have honours standing in academic courses.
  • Meet the entrance requirements for the program of their choice and have conditional acceptance at the University of Alberta.
  • Demonstrate evidence of extra-curricular and community involvement. 

The school principal will be asked to support the student’s application for this scholarship and verify the applicant has honours standing in their academic studies.

GETTING READY TO APPLY 

Before completing the application form, the applicant must: 

  • Get a signed letter of reference from a current Edmonton Public Schools staff member.
  • Write a maximum 500-word letter to the selection team in which the student describes evidence of their extra-curricular and community involvement.
  • Prepare a copy of their conditional acceptance from the University of Alberta. If conditional acceptance has not been received by May 3, 2019, please call Strategic District Supports at 780-429-8019. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, May 3, 2019 

APPLY HERE 

SELECTION PROCESS 

The selection team will rank each submission on the applicant's evidence of their academic standing and extra-curricular and community involvement. The recipient will be contacted in June.

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ESTHER AND PETER CUNLIFFE SCHOLARSHIP

The purpose of this scholarship is to recognize a student registered in Edmonton Public Schools who is completing high school in the current year, demonstrates excellent academic performance and outstanding personal and leadership qualities, and requires financial support to attend one of the following post-secondary institutions in Edmonton: University of Alberta, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology or MacEwan University.

In the spring of 2000, Esther and Peter Cunliffe made a commitment for a portion of their estate to be made available for scholarships for students graduating from Edmonton Public Schools.

SCHOLARSHIP AMOUNT: 40% of tuition (minimum of $1,500)

CRITERIA 

An applicant must:  

  • Be registered at an Edmonton Public high school and completing high school in the current year.  
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or First Nations, Metis, and Inuit.
  • Demonstrate excellent performance in academic courses and outstanding personal and leadership qualities.
  • Require financial support to pursue post-secondary studies.
  • Have conditional acceptance from one of the following post-secondary institutions: University of Alberta, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology or MacEwan University.  

The school principal will be asked to support the student’s application for this scholarship and verify the applicant:  

  • Demonstrates excellent performance in academic courses.
  • Needs financial support in order to pursue post-secondary studies. 

GETTING READY TO APPLY

Before completing the application form, the applicant must:  

  • Get a signed letter of reference from a current Edmonton Public Schools staff member.
  • Get a signed letter of reference from a non-family member.
  • Write a maximum 500-word letter to the selection team or submit a current resume in which the student describes evidence of their outstanding personal and leadership qualities. (If the applicant doesn’t already have a resume, they can build one in their myBlueprint account, available through SchoolZone.)
  • Prepare a copy of their conditional acceptance from one of the following post-secondary institutions: University of Alberta, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology or MacEwan University. If conditional acceptance has not been received by May 3, 2019, please call Strategic District Supports at 780-429-8019.  

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, May 3, 2019 

APPLY HERE  

SELECTION PROCESS

The selection team will rank each submission on the applicant's academic standing, personal and leadership qualities and financial need. Recipients will be contacted in June.

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 GARTH WORTHINGTON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

The purpose of this scholarship is to recognize a senior high school student in Edmonton Public Schools with outstanding talent and skill in vocal or choral music and who is actively pursuing choral and vocal music studies.

F. Garth Worthington was a music teacher in Edmonton Public Schools who conducted thousands of Edmonton students in school bands and choirs during his 30-year career. He was one of the creators of Night of Music, an annual showcase of students in Edmonton Public Schools, now in its 55th year. After his death in 2014, the Garth Worthington Memorial Scholarship fund was created to support vocal or choral music students attending Edmonton Public high schools.

SCHOLARSHIP AMOUNT: $600

CRITERIA 

An applicant must: 

  • Be registered at an Edmonton Public high school.
  • Demonstrate outstanding talent and skill in vocal or choral music.
  • Be actively pursuing choral and vocal music studies.

The school principal will be asked to support the student’s application for this scholarship. 

GETTING READY TO APPLY

Before completing the application form, the applicant must:

  • Get a letter of reference from a current Edmonton Public Schools staff member or non-family member involved with the student’s vocal or choral music instruction.  
  • Create a maximum three-minute video to demonstrate their outstanding talent and skill in vocal or choral music.
  • Prepare a current resume of their creative participation to provide evidence of how they are actively pursuing choral and vocal music studies .  (If an applicant doesn’t already have a resume, they can build one in their myBlueprint account, available through SchoolZone.)  

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, June 3, 2019 

APPLY HERE  

SELECTION PROCESS

The selection team will rank each submission on the applicant's achievement in the dramatic arts, dedication to the dramatic arts, attitude towards the dramatic arts and financial need. The recipient will be contacted in June.

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FRENCH BILINGUAL AWARD

The purpose of this award is to recognize one Grade 6 and one Grade 9 French Immersion student, and one Grade 12 student enrolled in French programming, who are registered in Edmonton Public Schools and demonstrate excellent overall performance in French and positive attitudes towards learning French.

The Edmonton French Bilingual Education Society (EFBES) was a voluntary committee made up of parents of children in the French Immersion program of Edmonton Public Schools. The EFBES voluntarily suspended its operation in 1991, by which time parent groups at individual schools were serving many of the society’s functions.  The society’s funds were donated to Edmonton Public Schools for awards to support and encourage students who are enrolled in French language programming.

AWARD AMOUNTS: Grade 6 $100, Grade 9 $200, Grade 12 $250

CRITERIA 

An applicant must: 

  • Demonstrate excellent overall performance in French, perseverance and growth as a language learner, and a positive attitude toward learning French.
  • Make positive contributions in French class.
  • Use the French language outside of the classroom. 

The school principal will be asked to support the student’s application for this award and provide the applicant’s marks they have achieved in courses studied in French this year. 

GETTING READY TO APPLY 

Before completing the application form, the applicant must: 

  • Get a signed letter of reference from one of their past or present French teachers.
  • Write a maximum 500-word letter written in French without assistance to the selection team in which the student describes their growth as a language learner, and provide evidence of how they make positive contributions during class and use the French language outside of the classroom. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, May 3, 2019 

APPLY HERE  

SELECTION PROCESS 

The selection team will rank each submission on the applicant's overall performance in French, perseverance and growth as a language learner, attitude toward learning French, contributions in French class and use of the French language outside of the classroom. Recipients will be contacted in June.

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GRACE ELAINE CAMPBELL SCHOLARSHIP

The purpose of this scholarship is to recognize a student in Edmonton Public Schools who is completing high school in the current year, has attended Garneau School in Edmonton for at least two years and achieves a final blended mark of 50% or higher in English 30-2 or English 30-1, and will attend a post-secondary institution of their choice.   

Grace Elaine Campbell (née Grace Elaine Marshall) attended Garneau School in Edmonton. She was a very capable student and maintained a firm belief in the importance of a good education throughout her life. In November 2000, friends and family established a trust fund in her memory that provides an annual scholarship to encourage a student graduating from Edmonton Public Schools to pursue a post-secondary education. 

SCHOLARSHIP AMOUNT: $500

CRITERIA 

The recipient must: 

  • Have attended Garneau School in Edmonton for at least two years.
  • Be completing their schooling in an Edmonton Public high school.
  • Achieve a final blended mark of 50% or higher in English 30-2 or English 30-1.
  • Have acceptance and registration at a post-secondary institution. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: No application required 

SELECTION PROCESS 

The selection of the scholarship recipient will be made by District staff based on the above criteria. The recipient will be contacted in October.

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JAMES P. JONES SCHOLARSHIP 

The purpose of this scholarship is to recognize a student in Edmonton Public Schools who is completing high school in the current year with French courses to the 30 level, demonstrates excellent academic performance and citizenship, and a positive attitude towards learning French, with a sincere interest in continuing French language studies beyond high school.

Teachers of international languages in Edmonton Public Schools, along with friends and relatives, established a scholarship to acknowledge James P. Jones. Jim worked for Edmonton Public Schools for twenty-seven years, the last twenty years as supervisor of second languages. Under his guidance and leadership, bilingual and immersion programs grew to be among the best in North America.

SCHOLARSHIP AMOUNT: $300 

CRITERIA 

An applicant must:

  • Be registered at an Edmonton Public high school and completing high school in the current year with French courses to the 30 level.
  • Demonstrate excellent academic performance and citizenship, and a positive attitude towards learning French.
  • Have a sincere interest in continuing French language studies beyond high school. 

The school principal will be asked to: 

  • Support the student’s application for this scholarship.
  • Verify the applicant demonstrates excellent academic performance and citizenship.
  • Explain what makes the applicant a worthy recipient of this scholarship.

GETTING READY TO APPLY 

Before completing the application form, the applicant must: 

  • Get a signed letter of recommendation from one of their past or present French teachers.
  • Write a maximum 500-word letter written in French to the selection team in which the student describes evidence of their commitment to the French language and how they intend to continue French language studies beyond high school. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, May 3, 2019 

APPLY HERE  

SELECTION PROCESS 

Applicants will be contacted in May to participate in an oral interview and complete a short written assignment both in French. The selection team will rank each submission on the applicant's academic performance and citizenship, attitude towards learning French, and interest in continuing French language studies beyond high school. Recipients will be contacted in June.

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LEROY WARDEN AND ASSOCIATES SCHOLARSHIP 

The purpose of this scholarship is to assist a student registered in Edmonton Public Schools who is completing high school in the current year, with clear career plans and financial need realize the possibility of attending one of the following post-secondary institutions in Edmonton: University of Alberta, MacEwan University, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology or University of Alberta Campus Saint-Jean. 

When Leroy Warden is asked what motivated him to establish the scholarship, he replies, “I simply want to help because it resonates with my soul, and lending a helping hand may make the world of difference for one person.”

SCHOLARSHIP AMOUNT: A cheque in the amount of Fall and Winter tuition, program and mandatory school fees not to exceed $10,000 will be forwarded directly to the post-secondary institution on behalf of the recipient. 

Please note: This scholarship does not include application fees, tuition deposits or books. The recipient shall submit a statement of account with balance due no later than two weeks before the official payment due date of the post-secondary institution.

CRITERIA 

An applicant must: 

  • Be registered at an Edmonton Public high school and completing high school in the current year.
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or First Nations, Metis, and Inuit.
  • Have financial need that would restrict their ability to pursue post-secondary studies.
  • Meet the entrance requirements for the program of their choice, and have conditional acceptance at one of the following post-secondary institutions in Edmonton: University of Alberta, MacEwan University, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology or University of Alberta Campus Saint-Jean.
  • Demonstrate clear education and career plans and evidence of career exploration. 

The school principal will be asked to: 

  • Support the student’s application for this scholarship.
  • Verify financial support is required in order for the applicant to pursue post-secondary studies.
  • Explain what makes the applicant a worthy recipient of the scholarship. 

GETTING READY TO APPLY 

Before completing the application form, the applicant must: 

  • Get a signed letter of reference from a non-family member.
  • Write a maximum 500-word personal essay or create a maximum three-minute video that describes their strengths, future education and career plans, evidence of career exploration and reasons for deserving the scholarship.
  • Prepare a copy of their conditional acceptance from one of the following post-secondary institutions: University of Alberta, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology or MacEwan University. If conditional acceptance has not been received by May 3, 2019, please call Strategic District Supports at 780-429-8019. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, May 3, 2019 

APPLY HERE 

SELECTION PROCESS

The selection team will rank each submission on the applicant's strengths, education and career plans, evidence of career exploration and financial need. A short-list of applicants will be contacted in May to participate in an oral interview with the selection team. Recipients will be contacted in June.

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MARGARET T. STEVENSON TALENTED YOUNG WRITER AWARD

The purpose of this award is to recognize a Grade 8 student who exhibits a sincere dedication to the literary arts and demonstrates personal growth as a writer.

Colleagues, friends and relatives of Margaret T. Stevenson established this award in 1994 in recognition of Margaret’s encouragement of young writers and promotion of quality children's literature during the years she served as supervisor language arts for Edmonton Public Schools. Margaret passed away on May 2, 2018, at the age of 95. Several colleagues, family members and friends made donations to the award fund in her memory.

AWARD: $250 and a book with a commemorative book plate 

CRITERIA 

An applicant must: 

  • Be registered in Edmonton Public Schools and be enrolled in Grade 8.
  • Exhibit a sincere dedication to the literary arts.
  • Demonstrate personal growth as a writer and a positive attitude toward the literary arts. 

The school principal and English Language Arts teacher will be asked to support the student’s application for this award.

GETTING READY TO APPLY 

Before completing the application form, the applicant must: 

  • Get a signed letter of reference from someone who is familiar with the student’s interest and ability in the literary arts.
  • Compile an English writing portfolio that includes:
    • A one-page introduction to the portfolio.
    • Five pieces of their original writing, NOT all from the current school year, each dated and labelled with their EPSB ID number.
    • A description to accompany each piece of writing explaining the context of the piece and their intention when writing the piece.
    • One page of reflections about what they believe the portfolio demonstrates about them as a writer. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, May 3, 2019 

APPLY HERE  

SELECTION PROCESS 

The selection team will rank each submission on the applicant's range and quality of work, development as a writer, personal style, self-reflection, and appreciation for the work of other authors. Recipients will be contacted in June. 

WRITING WORKSHOP: All applicants will be invited to attend the 2019 Margaret T. Stevenson Writing Workshop to celebrate their interest and talent as writers to be held on June 3, 2019, at Edmonton Public Schools Archives and Museum. More information and field trip forms will be sent to schools in May.

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OPPORTUNITY THROUGH EDUCATION SANDRA B. WOITAS SCHOLARSHIP 

The purpose of this scholarship is to assist a student registered in Edmonton Public Schools who is completing high school in the current year, has attended Edmonton Public schools for at least four years, demonstrates evidence of volunteerism and a positive attitude towards school and their studies, and requires financial support to attend a post-secondary institution in Edmonton, Alberta. 

Colleagues, friends and relatives of Sandra Woitas established this scholarship in recognition of her work as Director of Edmonton Public Schools Foundation from 2009 to 2014 to raise the profile of Edmonton Public Schools in the community, advocate for public education, build strong partnerships with all stakeholders, and raise funds and in-kind resources to support early learning and full-day Kindergarten classrooms in socially vulnerable communities. 

SCHOLARSHIP AMOUNT: $1,000 

CRITERIA 

An applicant must: 

  • Be registered at an Edmonton Public high school and completing high school in the current year.
  • Have attended Edmonton Public school(s) for at least four years.
  • Have financial need that warrants scholarship support.
  • Meet entrance requirements for the program of their choice, and have conditional acceptance from a post-secondary institution in Edmonton. 
  • Demonstrate evidence of volunteerism and a positive attitude towards school and their studies.

The school principal will be asked to support the student’s application and verify financial support is needed in order for the applicant to pursue post-secondary studies. 

GETTING READY TO APPLY 

Before completing the application form, the applicant must: 

  • Get a signed letter of reference from an Edmonton Public Schools staff member.
  • Write a maximum 500-word letter to the selection team, or submit a maximum three-minute video in which the student describes evidence of their volunteerism and positive attitude towards school and their studies.
  • Prepare a copy of their conditional acceptance from the Edmonton post-secondary institution they will be attending. If conditional acceptance has not been received by May 3, 2019, please call Strategic District Supports at 780-429-8019. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, May 3, 2019 

APPLY HERE   

SELECTION PROCESS 

The selection team will rank each submission on the applicant's volunteerism, positive attitude towards school and their studies, and financial need. Recipients will be contacted in June.

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