Alberta Scholarships

The Alberta Government through Alberta Student Aid, and in partnership with post-secondary institutions and other community organizations, offers a suite of scholarships and awards to encourage and reward the excellence of Alberta students.

For most scholarships and awards, an application or a nomination process is required. Research your options because in some instances, you may even be eligible for more than one scholarship or award.

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:

To learn more, browse the Alberta Scholarships and Awards list:

Louise McKinney Post-secondary Scholarship

Established in honour of Louise McKinney, the Louise McKinney Post-secondary Scholarship recognizes and rewards students for their academic achievements and encourages them to continue in their undergraduate or professional program of study. 

Value:

$2,500  

Up to 1,450 scholarships are awarded annually.

Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must:

  • be a Canadian citizen, a 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 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 12 consecutive months immediately prior to commencing post-secondary studies, or
    • the student's spouse/partner has maintained permanent residence in Alberta for 12 consecutive months prior to the person attending post-secondary.
  • be enrolled full-time in the second or subsequent year of an undergraduate or professional program at a publicly funded post-secondary institution in Alberta, and
  • be in satisfactory academic standing as determined by the post-secondary institution.

Students are not eligible for a Louise McKinney Scholarship if they:

  • have been nominated for a Jason Lang Scholarship within the same academic year
  • are in a graduate program
  • are an apprentice, or
  • are upgrading.

Application Process:

To inquire about the deadline date and application process, contact the Student Awards Office.

Submit application to the Post-secondary institution Student Awards Office.

Selection Process:

Selection is based on academic standing. There are a limited number of scholarships available to each school and application deadlines vary by school.

Questions with respect to the scholarship policy of each school should be directed to the Student Awards Office. Students who plan to change educational institution or program should contact the Awards Office at the institution they are currently attending to determine their eligibility.

Students studying in-province are nominated by the Student Awards Offices at participating Alberta public post-secondary schools:

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: