Alexander Rutherford Scholarship

FAQ - Alexander Rutherford

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FAQ - Rutherford Scholarship 

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. 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 you have been accepted in full-time post-secondary studies. If your studies begin August 1, 2016 or later, apply on the 2016-17 Rutherford application available in early June. All high school courses must be completed before starting post-secondary studies. Applicants must also have completed high school on or after September 30, 1980.

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

    • be a Canadian Citizen, a permanent resident of Canada or have protected person status under
      Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
    • be an Alberta resident; you or your parent(s) must have resided in Alberta during the qualifying grade(s) 
    • be enrolled in, or have completed 60% of a full course load in a post-secondary program of at least one semester in length, or an apprenticeship program

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. Only marks earned prior to post-secondary study can be used to calculate this average. A student does not need to meet this average in all three school years or in all courses to qualify for a portion of the scholarship. The minimum average, value of the award, and courses that can be used also depend on the year the student graduated. For further information, see: 

Course Requirements

Alexander Rutherford 2016-17 Academic Year

 Rutherford Course Requirements

 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 sequence. Averages are not rounded up for scholarship purposes.
  • The value of the scholarship is calculated on the overall average in five designated courses as listed under each grade level.
  • All courses listed on an official Alberta Transcript of High School Achievement are acceptable (excludes Driver’s Education), and 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

Three one credit modules can be combined and used as an option at the Grade 10 and Grade 11 level. Five one credit modules can be combined and used as an option at the Grade 12 level (as of April 2006).

To be combined:

  • All courses must be from the same level i.e. Introductory, Intermediate or Advanced,
  • Courses can be from different subject areas, e.g. computer courses with welding courses, and
  • Marks will be averaged at the appropriate level.

Rutherford Scholars Award

Recipients are selected from applications received for the Alexander Rutherford Scholarship. A separate application is not required.

Course Requirements:

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

Qualifying subjects are:

  • One of:  English 30-1, 30-2, or
  • Français 30, 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 after February 1, 2016.

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 based on diploma examination marks (as part of the selection process for the Rutherford Scholars award). A separate application is not required.

Recipients will be notified after February 1, 2016.

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.

Recipients 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).

The selection process is part of the Rutherford Scholars award. A separate application is not required.

Recipients will be notified after February 1, 2016.

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 sequence.
  • Averages are not rounded up for scholarship purposes.
  • The value of the scholarship is calculated on the overall average in five designated courses as listed under each grade level.
  • All courses listed on an official Alberta Transcript of High School Achievement are acceptable (excludes Driver’s Education), and 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

Three one credit modules can be combined and used as an option at the Grade 10 and Grade 11 level. Five one credit modules can be combined and used as an option at the Grade 12 level (as of April 2006).

To be combined:

  • All courses must be from the same level i.e. Introductory, Intermediate or Advanced,
  • Courses can be from different subject areas, e.g. computer courses with welding courses, and
  • Marks will be averaged at the appropriate level.

How to Apply

In order to prepare for the 2016-17 academic new year, the Alexander Rutherford High School Achievement Scholarship online application is currently unavailable. If you had an application in progress, but did not submit it – please return to the Student Aid Alberta website in early June, as the online application will be available at that time.

Deadlines 

No deadlines. Apply online after you have been accepted by your preferred post-secondary institution. 

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: