Alexander Rutherford Scholarship

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Alexander Rutherford High School Achievement Scholarship

This scholarship was named in honour of Alexander Rutherford, who had the distinction of being Alberta’s first Premier and Minister of Education. He was known for his strong support of public education, particularly the University of Alberta, and his active involvement in community affairs.

Purpose

To recognize and reward academic achievement at the senior high school level and to encourage students to pursue post-secondary studies.

Value

Up to $2,500

Eligibility

Apply once your final high school marks are available and when you are enrolled in full-time post-secondary studies. 

To receive this scholarship, you must also meet all of these eligibility criteria:

    • Be a Canadian Citizen, a Permanent Resident of Canada or Protected Person under
      Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, at the start of your post-secondary studies.
      - Visa students are not eligible.

    • Be an Alberta resident at the time of application. You or your parent(s)/legal guardian must have resided in Alberta at least 12 consecutive months prior to starting post-secondary studies.
      - You are not eligible to recieve a scholarship with respect to any grade unless your parent(s)/legal guardian were a resident in Alberta throughout the whole of that grade. 

    • Have completed high school on or after September 30, 1980.

    • Be enrolled in, or have completed 60% of a full course load in a post-secondary or an apprenticeship program of at least one semester in length.

Please note! You may only be awarded the Alexander Rutherford scholarship once.

Selection

A student must have a minimum combined average based on five designated courses in at least one grade: Grade 10, 11 or 12 as calculated from marks on a valid Alberta Transcript of High School Achievement. Option/CTS courses may also be considered. If you meet the required overall average for any of the above grades, the amount of the scholarship will be calculated accordingly. For further information, see: 

Course Requirements

Alexander Rutherford 2017-18 Academic Year

Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
  • Average of 75.0% to 79.9%
    in five courses - $300*
  • Average of 80% or higher
    in five courses - $400
  • Average of 75.0% to 79.9%
    in five courses - $500*
  • Average of 80% or higher
    in five courses - $800
  • Average of 75.0% to 79.9%
    in five courses - $700*
  • Average of 80% or higher
    in five courses - $1,300

*Average of 75% to 79.9% is effective for students who complete high school after April 2008 only.
Average is calculated from 5 designated courses (Option/CTS courses may also be considered).

One of:
  • English 10-1, 10-2
  • Français 10-1, 13 or 10-2
One of:
  • English 20-1, 20-2
  • Français 20-1, 23 or 20-2
One of:
  • English 30-1, 30-2
  • Français 30-1 or 30-2
At least two of:
  • Mathematics 10C
  • Science 10
  • Social Studies 10-1 or 10-2
  • A language other than one used above at the Grade 10 level.
At least two of:
  • Mathematics 20-1, or 20-2
  • Chemistry 20
  • Physics 20
  • Science 20
  • Biology 20
  • Social Studies 20-1 or 20-2
  • A language other than one used above at the Grade 11 level.
At least two of:
  • Mathematics 30-1, 30-2 or 31
  • Science 30
  • Social Studies 30-1 or 30-2
  • Biology 30
  • Chemistry 30
  • Physics 30
  • A language other than one used above at the Grade 12 level.
Any two courses with minimum three credit value at Grade 10 level (1000 or 4000 series) including those listed above and combined introductory CTS courses. Any two courses with minimum three credit value at Grade 11 level (2000 or 5000 series) including those listed above and combined intermediate CTS courses. Any two courses with minimum five credit value at Grade 12 level (3000, 6000 or 9000 series) including those listed above and combined advanced CTS courses.

Notes:

  • French and Français are not the same course and not interchangeable.
  • A course cannot be repeated after a higher level course has been taken in the same series.
  • Average marks are not rounded up when calculating eligibility for scholarships.
  • The value of the scholarship is calculated on the overall average in five designated courses as listed under each grade level.
  • Courses listed in the "Coursework in Alberta Accredited Schools" section and the "Private Music Study" section of an official Alberta Transcript of High School Achievement are acceptable (excludes Driver’s Education)
    • Only marks obtained before the start of post-secondary study can be used.
    • Courses with a 'Pass' on a high school transcript are equivalent to a 50% mark.
    • CALM course can be taken in any grade, but the final mark will be calculated in Grade 11.  

Career and Technology Studies (CTS) Courses

For Grade 10 and Grade 11:

  • Three one-credit CTS modules can be combined and used as an option at the Grade 10 and Grade 11 level; or
  • Two groups of three one-credit CTS modules can be combined.

For Grade 12 as of April 2006.

  • Five one-credit CTS modules can be combined and used as an option; or
  • One three-credit option course plus two one-credit CTS modules can be combined.

To be combined:

  • All courses must be from the same level e.g. Introductory, Intermediate or Advanced, and
  • Courses can be from different subject areas, e.g. computer courses with welding courses, and
  • Marks will be calculated and the total average combined will be used for Grades 10, 11 and 12.

Rutherford Scholars Award

Recipients are selected from applications received for the Alexander Rutherford Scholarship from June 1 - January 31 of each year. A separate application is not required.

Course Requirements:

The top ten Alberta students who have received an Alexander Rutherford Scholarship are recognized as Rutherford Scholars and receive an additional $2,500. Recipients are selected based on the first writing of Diploma Examinations from qualifying subjects. Qualifying subjects are:

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

Plus any three of:

  • Mathematics 30-1, or 30-2
  • Biology 30
  • Chemistry 30
  • Physics 30
  • Science 30

Recipients will be notified in early Spring.

Dr. Ernest and Minnie Mehl Scholarship

One scholarship valued at $3,500 will be awarded to a student graduating from an Alberta high school and enrolling in a post-secondary degree program. The recipient is selected from applications received for the Alexander Rutherford Scholarship from June 1 – January 31 of each year. A separate application is not required.

The recipient will be notified in early Spring.

Mildred Rowe Weston Memorial Scholarships

Three scholarships valued at $1,000 each awarded to students graduating from an Alberta high school and enrolling in a post-secondary program.

The top three students are selected based on their grade 12 averages and must have completed at least three courses through the Alberta Distance Learning Centre as shown on an Alberta Education transcript (School Code 0099). They are selected from applications received for the Alexander Rutherford Scholarship from June 1 – January 31 of each year. A separate application is not required.

Recipients will be notified in early Spring.

Alexander Rutherford - High School Students Graduated before April 1, 2008

Use the chart below to determine course requirements and the value of the scholarship you would be eligible for depending on the year you completed high school.

Rutherford Requirements Prior to Apr 1 2008

Notes:

  • French and Français are not the same course and not interchangeable.
  • A course cannot be repeated after a higher level course has been taken in the same series.
  • Average marks are not rounded up when calculating eligibility for scholarships.
  • The value of the scholarship is calculated on the overall average in five designated courses as listed under each grade level.
  • Courses listed in the “Coursework in Alberta Accredited Schools” section and the “Private Music Study” section of an official Alberta Transcript of High School Achievement are acceptable (excluding Driver’s Education).
    • Only marks obtained before the start of post-secondary study can be used.
    • Courses with a 'Pass' on a high school transcript are equivalent to a 50% mark.
    • CALM course can be taken in any grade, but the final mark will be calculated in Grade 11. 

Career and Technology Studies (CTS) Courses

For Grade 10 and Grade 11:

  • Three one-credit CTS modules can be combined and used as an option at the Grade 10 and Grade 11 level; or
  • Two groups of three one-credit CTS modules can be combined.

For Grade 12 as of April 2006:

  • Five one-credit CTS modules can be combined and used as an option; or
  • One three-credit option course plus two one-credit CTS modules can be combined.

To be combined:

  • All courses must be from the same level e.g. Introductory, Intermediate or Advanced, and
  • Courses can be from different streams or subject areas, e.g. computer courses with welding courses, and
  • Marks will be calculated and the total average combined will be used for Grades 10, 11 and 12.

Alexander Rutherford Online Application

How to Apply

Step 1: Submit your online application when:

    • Your final high school marks are available, and
    • You are enrolled in full-time post-secondary studies between August 1, 2017 and July 31, 2018

AND

    • You have completed high school on or after September 30, 1980.

You will be notified of the results of your assessment once your final high school marks are available.

Step 2: If you are eligible, Alberta Student Aid will send a request to your post-secondary school, asking them to confirm your enrolment.

    • If you apply before you start post-secondary studies – Alberta Student Aid will send the Confirmation of Enrolment request to your school by the end of your first month of study.

    • If you apply during or after your post-secondary studies - Alberta Student Aid will send the Confirmation of Enrolment request to your school one month after your application is approved. 

Step 3: Once your school receives our request for Confirmation of Enrolment, they have 30 days to respond. Alberta Student Aid will mail a cheque to you approximately 1 month after your school confirms your enrolment. 

  • Eligible students who complete high school outside of Alberta must submit an official transcript of their high school marks for that province.

  • Transcripts are not required for courses in Alberta. Only marks recorded on a valid Alberta Transcript of High School Achievement will be accepted. High School grades obtained through upgrading at a post-secondary institution are not accepted.

  • In the event of a mark change, send a letter indicating the appeal with your grade, mark change and course to Alberta Student Aid.

To find out more about applying online for the Alexander Rutherford Scholarship, visit:

When applying online in Students Finance System (SFS: Login), please select the following option:

    • Apply for the Alexander Rutherford High School Achievement Scholarship

Deadlines 

Apply online when your final high school marks are available and when you are enrolled in full-time post-secondary studies. 

Disbursement

Once your enrollment or attendance has been confirmed by your post-secondary institution, Alberta Student Aid will mail a cheque to you within one (1) month.

About Alexander Rutherford

For more about the Honourable Alexander Rutherford, visit the Legislative Assembly of Alberta:

To learn more about the Rutherford House Provincial Historic Site and the Founder’s Day special event held annually in May, visit: