Alexander Rutherford Scholarship

FAQs - 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.


To recognize and reward academic achievement of senior high school students and encourage them to pursue post-secondary studies.


Up to $2,500


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

Tip!  The requirements for high school transcript marks will vary.
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, (Visa students are not eligible)

  • Be an Alberta resident, and to be considered an Alberta resident the following conditions must apply:
    • one parent or legal guardian must have maintained permanent residence in Canada for at least
      12 consecutive months immediately prior to the applicant commencing a program of study;

    • applicant has maintained permanent residence in Alberta at least 12-months prior to commencing a program of study;

    • applicant is not eligible to receive a scholarship with respect to any grade unless the applicant or the applicant's 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 a full course load in a designated 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.


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:

  • Alberta Residents
    Courses/marks on an official Alberta Transcript of High School Achievement

  • Completed High School Outside Alberta
    Courses/marks that appear on an official high school transcript attained in another province

Course Requirements

Course requirements and the award amounts you may be eligible for will vary. Read more:

Alexander Rutherford Online Application

The 2020-21 Alexander Rutherford Scholarship application is now available!

To submit an online application for the Alexander Rutherford Scholarship, visit:

When applying through your personal account, select the following option:

  • Apply for the Alexander Rutherford High School Achievement Scholarship


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


Once your enrollment or attendance has been confirmed by your post-secondary institution, Alberta Student Aid will mail a cheque to you within one 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 event held annually in May, visit: