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Persons' Case Scholarships
Established in 1979 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the "Persons' Case". These scholarships honour the efforts of five Alberta women: Emily Murphy, Louise McKinney, Nellie McClung, Irene Parlby and Henrietta Muir Edwards, who fought and won the right for women in Canada to be officially deemed "persons" under the law. The Famous 5 succeeded in having women defined as "persons" in Section 24 of the British North America Act and thereby, eligible for appointment to the Senate. This victory symbolized the right of women to participate in all facets of life, to "dream big" and to realize their potential.
To assist students who will ultimately contribute to the advancement of women or who are studying in fields where members of their genders are traditionally few in number.
Up to $5,000
Applicants must be Canadian Citizens or permanent residents of Canada and be Alberta residents. Students must be enrolled full-time in the current academic year (September to April) at post-secondary schools in Alberta. In addition, applicants must be enrolled in programs that are either non-traditional for their sex or programs that will contribute to the advancement of women. Consideration will be given to undergraduate students studying out-of-province; however, a student must identify the special nature of the out-of-province program. Students pursuing graduate studies out-of-province will be given full consideration.
Recipients are chosen by a selection committee who will consider an applicant's program of study, academic achievement, community involvement and personal essay.
All applicants will be notified of the results of the competition in December. Recipients may expect to receive their awards in January after Student Aid Alberta confirms full-time enrollment in post-secondary studies.
Audience: Graduate Students,Undergraduate Students