Alberta Scholarships

Scholarships, bursaries and awards in this online database are administered by Student Aid Alberta.
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Dr. Gary McPherson Leadership Scholarship


Dr. Gary McPherson was a renowned advocate for people with disabilities. He devoted himself to inspiring leadership and bringing out the best in everyone. He was a member of the Order of Canada, the Alberta Order of Excellence and both the Edmonton and Alberta Sports Halls of Fame.

This scholarship recognizes students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, especially in the area of disability, and/or initiative to improve the conditions and lives of others.


100 awards of $2,000 each


Applicant must:

    • be a Canadian Citizen or a permanent resident of Canada
    • be currently living in Alberta
    • be enrolled full-time in a post-secondary program:  undergraduate, graduate, apprenticeship, diploma or certificate program at participating Alberta post-secondary Publicly Funded Institutions in the year of nomination, and
    • have shown outstanding leadership, especially in the area of disability, and/or initiative to improve the lives of other people while attending a post-secondary institution in Alberta


Each school will establish a selection committee with appropriate expertise. The Student Awards Office may also set an earlier application deadline. This committee may be the same as used for other institutional awards. The committee will consider the role and contribution applicants have made at their schools. The selection committee may also take into consideration secondary selection criteria such as: marks, financial need and other activities.


Applicants must include with the application:

    • a resume highlighting leadership involvement and other activities related to improving the lives of other people
    • a related letter of reference, and
    • read the biography of Dr. Gary McPherson (included in the application form), and write a one-page essay to a maximum of 1,000 words using examples of how you have shown leadership, especially in the area of disability, and/or initiative to help improve the lives of others


February 15 is the deadline for schools to submit the applications of the successful candidates to Student Aid Alberta. Applicants are advised to contact their Student Awards Offices at their schools in early fall to inquire about the selection process and application deadline.


The award will be disbursed in late March.

Audience: Apprentices,Graduate Students,Undergraduate Students