What is a scholarship?
A non-repayable sum of money awarded to a student to help finance further education. Most scholarships are based on merit in areas ranging from academic to athletic achievement. Other scholarships are based on financial need, leadership, personal challenges or affiliations.
What is a bursary?
A bursary is a non-repayable grant of money. Bursaries are awarded primarily based on financial need, but academic achievement may also be considered. Usually, the applicant must provide detailed documentation describing their financial situation when applying for the bursary.
Where can I find a list of scholarships and bursaries?
Check the links below for a list of scholarships you may qualify for. Students are encouraged to scan the Internet for opportunities, review university sites, check with employers and community organizations of which you or your family are members. Your guidance counsellor and Ms. McKenzie can provide you with information on scholarships and bursaries, as well as post-secondary and available career information.
When I've found a scholarship I think I may qualify for, what should I do next?
- Review the application and ensure that you complete it in detail.
- Be sure to provide your references with your most current information (for example: a resume) so they can provide you with the strongest letter of recommendation. Providing the criteria of the scholarship to your referee will also assist in addressing the specific areas of focus.
- Please note that all reference letter requests (principal recommendation and/or teacher recommendations) are due with your application to your guidance counsellor or to Ms. McKenzie (FLHS Career Practitioner). Please provide your references a minimum of two working weeks prior to the deadline date. Check the dates carefully as holiday times are not included in the two week request.
Scholarships and Bursary Programs
All Calgary Board of Education schools offer specific awards to their students. There are awards for academics, complementary subjects, athletics, citizenship, and leadership. As well as awards offered by individual schools, many scholarships are offered to you at a school district and provincial level.
Scholarships and Bursary Programs
All Calgary Board of Education schools offer specific awards to their students. There are awards for academics, complimentary subjects, athletics, citizenship, and leadership. As well as awards offered by individual schools, many scholarships are offered to you at a district and provincial level.
The Alexander Rutherford Scholarship (apply through Alberta Government)
The Alexander Rutherford Scholarship allows you, as an Alberta student to earn up to $2,500 towards post-secondary studies based on your high school marks in grade 10, 11, and 12. For details about other provincial scholarships and criteria for the Alexander Rutherford Scholarship application, check the link to Alberta Learning Information Systems.
CBE District Scholarships
At a district level,
EducationMatters funds a variety of awards, scholarships and bursaries for CBE students.
- Note: two application deadlines to consider: May 1st, May 30th
- Awards for Forest Lawn High Schools Students:
- David James Anderson Memorial Award
- Ruth Ursula Leipziger Award
- M. Cecil Brownlee Award (for students registered in gr.10)
The Calgary Foundation funds a variety of awards, scholarships and bursaries by building powerful connections between donors and community organizations for long term benefits to not just Calgary Board of Education students but to students of Calgary and surrounding area as well.
Award for Forest Lawn High Schools students:
Owen Hart Foundation Award Information (apply through The Calgary Foundation)
Remember, when you consider applying, pay close attention to:
- Qualifications you need to be considered for the scholarship
- Support documentation required
- Application deadlines
At Forest Lawn High School, counsellors and the career practitioner (Ms. McKenzie) are available to support you in finding out more about these and other scholarships, bursaries, and awards for which you might want to apply.
For further up-to-date scholarship information check out the Career Center blog: