Alberta Scholarships

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

Maria Sava Polish Heritage Awards and Scholarships

These scholarships recognize the excellence of students from the Jan Pawel II Polish Bilingual Program of Edmonton Catholic Schools and assist them in continuing their education at the post-secondary level. The program was named in memory of Maria Sava, who was instrumental in establishing the bilingual program and taught at the school for over 20 years.


5 scholarships of $1,000

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 post-secondary student, or
- is married to an Alberta resident before the start of the qualifying year of study.
• have taken all of Grades 7, 8 and 9 at Jan Pawel II school, and
• enroll full-time in any program of study at the post-secondary level.

Students normally apply in the year they graduate from high school. If a student misses the deadline they may apply in a subsequent year. Recipients can only receive this scholarship once.

Selection Process:

The five recipients are selected on the basis of academic excellence as calculated from the final standings in five courses in Grade 12 using the Alexander Rutherford Scholarship course criteria as recorded on an official Alberta Transcript of High School Achievement:

One of: English 30, English 30-1, 30-2 or Français 30, 30-2, and,

At least two of: 

  • Pure Mathematics 30
  • Applied Mathematics 30
  • Mathematics 31
  • Science 30
  • Mathematics 30-1, or 30-2
  • Biology 30
  • Chemistry 30
  • Physics 30
  • Social Studies 30, 30-1 or 30-2
  • or a language at the Grade 12 level other than
    the one used above

 Any other two courses with a minimum five credit value at the Grade 12 level (3000 or 6000 series) including those listed above and combined advanced CTS courses.

Application Process:

Applicants are notified of the status of their application in September. The scholarship is issued in November after Student Aid Alberta confirms the recipient’s full-time enrolment at a post-secondary institution.

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: