Alberta Scholarships

Scholarships and awards in this listing are offered by the Government of Alberta and administered by Student Aid Alberta.

Alberta Citizenship Awards

The Government of Alberta offers three Alberta Citizenship Awards to recognize students who have contributed to their communities through public service and voluntary endeavor.


The award for each of the three Alberta Citizenship Awards varies, as follows:

    • Premier’s Citizenship Award: Letter of Commendation
    • Alberta Centennial Award: 25 awards of $2,005
    • Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award: 8 awards of $5,000 and a medal

Eligibility Criteria:

A nominee must:

    • be a Canadian Citizen, a Permanent Resident, or Protected Person (visa students are not eligible)
    • be an Alberta resident and to be considered an Alberta resident one of the following conditions must apply:
      • one parent must currently be residing in Alberta, or
      • Alberta is the last place the student has lived for twelve (12) consecutive months before
        being a full-time post-secondary student, or
      • be graduating from high school in the current academic year.

The nominee must have displayed outstanding characteristics in:

    • citizenship,
    • leadership, and
    • community service and/or engagement in volunteer work, and must also have shown initiative
      and had a positive impact in the community/school.

 For the Queen's Golden Jubilee Award and the Alberta Centennial Award only, the nominee must:

    • be enrolled full-time (60%) in a post-secondary program for the fall or winter term.

Note: Academic achievement is not a requirement for these awards.

Selection Process:

Premier’s Citizenship Award

To be considered for the Alberta Citizenship Awards, students must complete the Nomination Form and
submit it to the selection committee at their high school. The school’s selection committee chooses a recipient
for the Premier’s Citizenship Award. The school principal completes the School Principal Section and will submit
the completed Nomination Form with all attachments to Student Aid Alberta by the June 1 deadline.

Alberta Centennial Award and Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award

A selection committee jointly established by Alberta Culture and Alberta Advanced Education selects recipients
for both the Alberta Centennial Award and  Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award. Recipients of these two awards
are selected from the pool of recipients for the Premier’s Citizenship Award.

Application Process:

Premier’s Citizenship Award

Each high school may select one recipient. The nomination must be received by Student Aid Alberta by June 1
of the current academic year listed at the top of the form.

The high school must submit to Student Aid Alberta:

    • a completed and signed Nomination Form.

Alberta Centennial Award and Queen's Golden Jubilee Award:

In addition to the school's nomination for a Premier's Citizenship Award, nominees must provide the following:

  • Two letters of reference. (References should be no longer than two pages) as follows:
    • A reference from someone who has known the nominee for at least one year either
      through school or community or volunteer activities, and
    • A reference from someone who knows the nominee well enough to support and/or elaborate
      on the nominee's activities and initiatives as outlined in the Record of Accomplishments chart.
  • Record of Accomplishments chart.
  • Nominees should work with their school principal or school counsellor to complete their Record of Accomplishments
  • See requirements for completing your Record of Accomplishments:

Submit the Alberta Citizenship Nomination Form and supporting documents to Student Aid Alberta by June 1.

Many other scholarships and awards are offered by other organizations – and we encourage you to visit Alberta’s university and college websites to research the scholarships that they offer. For a listing of Alberta’s public post-secondary institutions, visit: