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. 



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 an eligible 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

For information on how to apply and the application deadline, contact the Student Awards Office at your school. Submit your application to the 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 eligible Alberta public post-secondary schools.

Many other scholarships and awards are offered by other organizations – we encourage you to visit Alberta’s university and college websites to research the scholarships that they offer: