Scholarships and Educational Opportunities

Scholarships and Educational Opportunities

The following is a compilation of scholarships, bursaries and awards that may assist students to finance their post-secondary education. This list is extensive but it may not include many scholarships, particularly from various colleges, universities and private companies. Students should use this as a beginning point to search out scholarships. 


Some Guidelines: 

  1. Most scholarships are based on Grade 12 marks and are applied for in a student’s grade 12 year. There are, however, some exceptions to this rule, notably the Alexander Rutherford Scholarship (based on grades 10, 11, or 12) and many university scholarships. 
  2. Most scholarships are based on academic achievement that usually means an average over 80% and often require extracurricular or community involvement. Do check the requirements, you may qualify if you have other criteria.   
  3. When completing applications, print clearly or have them typed. Completed applications should be proofread before sending. 
  4. Complete all parts of the application. Follow all instructions including sending any requested documents. 
  5. Complete all applications by the deadline. Late applications are generally disqualified. 
  6. Scholarships are publicized in several ways: information posted on the high school bulletin board and through information on this webpage. 
  7. If you have questions about scholarships, awards or loans, see a counselor early in the school year. 


Scholarship List 2023

Agriculture Scholarship- 50K for the Future

We are excited to introduced the annual 50K for the Future Youth scholarship & Build Your Herd program.

Submit an essay on "Why choose life in Agriculture?"

Qualifications: Ages 15-25 as of Jan 1, 2023

Application deadline: Friday, November 17 by 11:59pm

Please submit essay applications to
For sponsorship inquiries please contact Rebecca Bohrson at

 Link to application and details here

WISEST Summer Research Program

The WISEST Summer Research Program (SRP) encourages participants to explore a future in science, engineering, and technology fields.

The goals of SRP are designed to provide students with the following opportunities:

  • Broaden awareness about less traditional fields of study and diverse career options.
  • Engage with other participants who share similar interests.
  • Learn about the techniques and types of research conducted in different STEM fields.
  • Connect with and learn from successful professionals in the STEM fields.
  • Develop key professional skills.
  • Contribute to trailblazing research (in the lab or in the field).
  • Become familiar with academic and university life at the University of Alberta.

Who can apply??

The Summer Research Program (SRP) is unlike any other summer job that you could possibly imagine! For almost 40 years, SRP has been giving students the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in university, and in the science, engineering, and technology fields. We encourage grade 11, young women and gender-diverse students to apply for one of 40 placements in STEM fields. As of 2022, WISEST will no longer be placing students in nursing and nutrition, we encourage young men to explore opportunities with programs such as HYRS.


Application Due: TBA for 2024 

Program Dates: TBA for 2024

Link for more information and application process here

High School Youth Researcher Summer Program (HYRS)

The Alberta Innovates High School Youth Researcher Summer Program (HYRS) offers paid, six week summer research experiences for Grade 11 students in health and medical sciences, including priority areas in digital health, data-enabled health transformation, and health innovation. The objectives of the HYRS program are to: 

  1. Increase awareness and interest in research & innovation (R&I) careers - particularly at the intersection of health and emerging technologies
  2. Create opportunities for emerging talent to acquire experience and connections in Alberta’s health R&I ecosystem. 
  3. Increase the competitiveness of Alberta as a destination for R&I talent. 
  4. Leverage partner relationships to advance Digital Health Innovation in Alberta. 

In addition to gaining first-hand research experience, HYRS students also participate in a range of skill development and career exploration activities. This program is ideal for students who have an interest in science and health, and are looking to explore careers in health research and innovation.  

The HYRS 2023 program is tentatively scheduled to run from July 5 -August 16, 2023 in-person. Students accepted to the HYRS program will be paid for 30-35 hours/week for 6 weeks (approximately. $15/hour). Additional costs, including health benefits, travel and living accommodations, are the responsibility of the student. A limited number of partially-subsidized residence spaces will be available for students who reside outside of the greater Edmonton area.



To be eligible to apply for the HYRS program at the University of Alberta, students must:

  • Be currently enrolled in Grade 11, and must have completed, or be currently enrolled in (at minimum) Mathematics 20-1 or 20-1, Biology 20, and one other Grade 11 science course  
  • Reside north of Red Deer  
  • Be legally eligible to work in Canada
  • Demonstrate an interest in health/medical sciences, and an open-mind toward exploring careers in health research and innovation. 

Students must normally have a combined average of 85% in Mathematics 20-1 or 20-2, Biology 20, and one other Grade 11 science course. High school grades are not considered beyond the 85% threshold. Students who do not meet the 85% threshold may be considered for the HYRS program if there is a strong justification on the basis of equity or program accessibility (e.g. limitations on 20-level science course offerings, or other extenuating circumstances). 

Application deadline: TBA for 2024

Link for more information here