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 (PCS) was established in 1979 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the ‘Persons Case’, which defined Canadian women as persons and, therefore, eligible to vote, to hold public office, obtain university degrees, and enjoy many other aspects of public life.

The scholarship honours the efforts of Alberta’s Famous 5 – Emily Murphy, Louise McKinney, Nellie McClung, Irene Parlby, and Henrietta Muir Edwards - who fought and won these rights on behalf of some women in Canada.

The PCS is administered jointly by Status of Women and Advanced Education. The PCS aligns with the Status of Women Ministry’s key priorities to increase women’s economic security, increase women’s leadership and democratic participation, and decrease violence against women and girls. It also provides a key link between the work done by the ministry today to the achievements of women leaders and activists of the past. 

Value:

$1,000 to $5,000

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 or legal guardian has maintained permanent residence in Canada for at least twelve (12) consecutive months immediately prior to commencing post-secondary studies and be residing in Alberta, or
    • Alberta is the last place the student has lived for twelve (12) consecutive months immediately prior to commencing post-secondary studies, or
    • was married to an Alberta resident immediately prior to commencing post-secondary studies.
  • be a full-time student in the fall and winter terms who maintains a current minimum 3.0 grade point average at an approved post-secondary institution. 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.
  • identify as a woman.

Selection Process:

The Selection Committee will consider an applicant’s program of studies, academic achievement, written submission, and character reference.  Students must be enrolled in a program that will advance gender equality and promotes the self-advocacy of women through:

  1. a contribution to one of the following Alberta Status of Women mandate areas:  women’s economic security, women’s leadership and democratic participation, and/or eliminating violence against women and girls; or
  2. a field of study in which their gender is under-represented or disadvantaged.

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:

To better target efforts to support women pursuing their post‑secondary education, the 2017‑18 application intake of the PCS will be limited to those who identify as women. This means that the PCS, which honours the success of the Famous 5, will directly support women in accessing academic opportunities and achieving their own successes in advancing gender advancement. 

Submit with the application:

  • an official transcript of most current post-secondary studies,
  • a written submission outlining how your personal, volunteer, work, or academic experience within the past two years contributes to at least one of the above criteria and to the Persons Case or the Famous Five, and
  • a curriculum vitae/resume including your volunteer experience, and
  • a character reference letter

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.

Application - Persons Case Scholarship

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: