Alberta Scholarships

Scholarships and awards in this listing are offered by the Government of Alberta and administered by Alberta Student Aid.

Jo-Anne Koch Action For Bright Children (Calgary) Society Awards

Named in honour of Jo-Anne Koch, the first Principal of ABC (Westmount) Charter Public School in Calgary. As a parent of a gifted child, and a long-time educator in Alberta’s publicly-funded schools, Ms. Koch was a tireless advocate for the rights and needs of gifted learners.


Up to two scholarships of $750

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.
• will complete Grade 12 requirements at a publicly funded Alberta high school by the end of the current academic year,
• meet the criteria for Giftedness as determined by his/her school jurisdiction, and,
• be enrolled full-time in a post-secondary program in the fall term.

Application Process:

Applicants must mail in their application form along with the following:

- a 150-250 word personal essay outlining how you perceive your Giftedness as you embark on your post-secondary education journey, and
- a letter of support from your high school.

The application for this award is not available at this time.

Selection Process:

A selection committee established by the Action for Bright Children (Calgary) Society will select the recipients. Selection will take into consideration the following:

- the strength of the school recommendation as determined by the letter of support from the Administration or Counselling Department, and
- the strength of the applicant’s 150-250 word personal essay.

Note: Preference will be given to applicants who have received extra support for their learning needs.

To recognize the historic connection between the ABC (Calgary) Society and Westmount Charter School, one recipient will be selected from Westmount Charter School in Calgary. In the event there is no suitable candidate from Westmount Charter School, both awards will be offered to qualified students from other Alberta high 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: