Alberta Scholarships

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

Persons Case Scholarships

The Persons Case Scholarship was established in 1979 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the ‘Persons Case’. The scholarship is jointly administered by Alberta Advanced Education and Alberta Human Services. It honours 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 the women of Canada to be officially deemed ‘persons’ under the law.


Up to $10,000

Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must:

  • be a Canadian citizen, 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 student, or
    • is married to an Alberta resident before the start of the qualifying year of study.
  • be a full-time student in the fall and winter terms at an Alberta post-secondary institution approved by Alberta Advanced Education. Consideration will be given to undergraduate students studying out-of-province, however, they must identify the special nature of the out-of-province program. Students pursuing graduate studies out-of-province will be given full consideration.

Students entering the second or subsequent year of their program require a GPA of 3.0 or greater.

Selection Process:

The Selection Committee will consider an applicant’s program of studies, academic achievement and personal essay. Students whose studies will ultimately contribute to the advancement of women, or who are studying in fields where members of their gender are traditionally few in number are encouraged to apply. Successful recipients will be contacted three months after receiving their award to participate in a survey about the scholarship. This is a competitive scholarship process with a total budget of $100,000.

Application Process:

The 2017-18 application will be available in late July.

Submit with the application:

  • an official transcript of all post-secondary studies,
  • an essay outlining why the issues you are studying are important to you and how your studies, activities and community involvement contribute to the advancement of women, and
  • a curriculum vitae/resume including your volunteer experience, scholarships received and amount awarded.

Post-secondary students must contact their school to request their official transcripts. Your transcript must have an official signature or seal indicating that the transcript paper is issued by your school/institution. Photocopies and/or faxed copies will not be accepted. 

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: