Scholarships and Bursaries

Keyano College offers scholarships, bursaries, and awards to celebrate our students' achievements and provide financial support for your studies.

As a full-time student, you may be eligible to receive or apply for the following awards. Expand each section to learn more. You can also view our searchable award directory. 

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For more information please contact the Financial Aid and Student Award Coordinator at 780-791-4894 or  email.

Apprenticeship Awards

Apprenticeship Awards are available to Keyano College students currently enrolled in apprenticeship training in the School of Trades and Heavy Industrial.

Applications

2019-2020 Application deadline: June 30, 2020

Complete the award application form and submit it, along with any supporting documentation.

Supporting documentation may include:

  • Proof of Canadian Indigenous ancestry
  • Proof of disability
  • Letters of reference for volunteer activities
  • Income tax return (T4) if you are applying based on financial need

Criteria

To be eligible for Apprenticeship Awards, you must meet these criteria:

  • Enrolled in apprenticeship training in the School of Trades and Heavy Industrial.
  • Enrolled in the program between September and June of the 2019-2020 academic year.

Additional details

  • Outstanding debts and fees to Keyano College will be deducted before the award is given. Awards are normally presented at the Student Awards ceremony, unless specified otherwise.
  • We request that all award recipients submit a message of appreciation to the award donor before receiving the award. This should be submitted to the Financial Aid and Student Awards Coordinator in the Office of the Registrar.

Excellence Scholarships

Excellence Scholarships are awarded to students who are entering Keyano College from secondary schools within Alberta. They honour students with demonstrated academic success during their high school studies.

Award value

Maximum tuition amount of one year of domestic university studies (approx. $3902 for 2019-2020).

Applications

No application is required.

All secondary school diploma exams must be written by the end of June. Eligibility will be reviewed starting August 7. Recipients will be notified and accounts adjusted no later than August 15.

Criteria

To be eligible for the Excellence Scholarship, you must:

  • Graduate from a high school within Alberta in 2019.
  • Achieve an overall average of 80% or higher in the following five 30 level courses, with no individual mark lower than 70%:
    • English
    • Math
    • Science
    • Social Studies
    • One other 30 level course
  • Complete the Keyano College application for admission, be admitted and registered as a full time student by August 1.

Additional details

  • Students are responsible to pay all associated fees.
  • Award recipients must be in good academic standing in the Fall 2019 term and remain registered as a full-time student to receive the Winter 2020 portion of the scholarship.
  • Although these awards will be applied to student accounts prior to the start of the semester, the recipients will be invited to attend the Fall Awards ceremony.

Indigenous Careers Award

The Indigenous Careers Award encourages a larger proportion of Indigenous Albertans (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit) to pursue and complete post-secondary studies in certificate, diploma, applied degree, and bachelor’s degree programs.


Previously, the Indigenous Careers Award targeted specific program bands of undergraduate studies (Business,  Education, Physical and Applied Sciences, Technologists, Social Services, and Health Sciences). However,  stakeholders indicated that limiting eligibility to these programs was restrictive and limited the eligibility of students

Value

Students enrolled in full-time studies in both the Fall 2019 and Winter 2020 terms are eligible for $2,000 per term for a total of $4000 for the 2019/20 academic year.  Students enrolled in full-time studies in the Fall 2019 term only or the Winter 2020 term only are eligible for $2,000.

Applications

Fall application deadline: November 15, 2019

Winter application deadline: January 30, 2020

Download the application.

Completed applications are to be submitted to the Office of the Registrar.

Eligibility Criteria

 Indigenous Ancestry
Students must have aboriginal ancestry and be Status Indian/First Nations, Non-Status Indian/First Nations, Métis, or Inuit. 

Students must provide proof of their Indigenous ancestry to their institution before their eligibility is determined.  Acceptable forms of proof may include one of the following, however institutions may use discretion and accept other documentation (e.g. proof that an ancestor’s name has been entered in the Indian Registry according to the Indian Act or as a beneficiary of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement) on a case by case basis: 

  • certificate of Indian Status, a status card or a band membership card 
  • letter from their band verifying their status  
  • membership card issued by a Métis organization the student is registered with (Metis organization must be a legal entity)  
  • a certified copy of a Nunavut Trust Certificate card or Inuit beneficiary card 
  • letter of support from Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada or Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated  
  • a letter of support from an First Nation, Metis or Inuit organization (must be a legal entity) confirming the applicant’s aboriginal ancestry 
 Residency
Students must be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada and an Alberta resident. An Alberta Resident is: 
  • a person who has maintained permanent residence in Alberta for a period of 12 months immediately prior to attending a post-secondary institution, or 
  • a person whose parents or guardians have maintained permanent residence in Canada for 12 consecutive months and reside in Alberta, or 
  • a person whose spouse/partner is an Alberta resident, or  
  • a person declared, or who falls within a class of persons declared, to be a resident in Alberta by the Minister 
 Course Load

  • Students must be enrolled in at least 60% of a full course load.  
  • Students with a documented permanent disability can be eligible if they are enrolled in at least 40% of a full course load. 
    • The post-secondary institution may determine what constitutes a full-time course load in each of its programs.  
  • Students must be registered in the required course load in the fall 2019 and/or winter 2020 term. A term is defined as a study period of up to 17 weeks in length.
 Other

  • Students are eligible for this award during any year of their program.  
  • Have a GPA of at least 1.70 or higher in the preceding year of studies.
  • Students are not eligible to receive the award if they withdraw from studies or drop from full-time to part-time studies before the award is paid. 

In the event that there are more applicants than awards, preference will be given to students with the highest GPA and/or have not received this award in the past. 

 Co-op students, students in brokered programs, and students who are participating in an official exchange are eligible.  Students must apply through the institution that will issue the post-secondary credential.

Eligible Keyano programs

For the 2019/20 funding year, the program eligibility criteria has been expanded to include all certificate, diploma, applied or bachelor’s degree programs.

Students enrolled in apprenticeship technical training, integrated training, pre-employment or non-credential programs are not eligible.

Dr. Gary McPherson Leadership Scholarship

The Dr. Gary McPherson Leadership Scholarship recognizes students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, especially in the area of disability, and/or initiative to improve the conditions and lives of others.

Dr. Gary McPherson was an extraordinary Albertan who sought to improve the conditions and lives of people through his outstanding leadership ability. Despite being paralyzed due to polio, McPherson was a sports enthusiast throughout his life and helped to transform wheelchair sports into a worldwide sporting movement known as the Paralympics.

McPherson was also a leader and advocate for the disabled community serving as Chair of the Premier’s Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities and Vice-Chair of the Alberta Paraplegic Foundation. Gary received significant recognition and awards for his achievements including the prestigious Order of Canada, the Queen’s Jubilee Medal, the Alberta Order of Excellence, and both the Edmonton and Alberta Sports Halls of Fame.

Above all, Gary dedicated his life to his family and to activities that promoted community development and support for young people. Gary passed away on Saturday, May 8, 2010.

Value

$2000

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
  • 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 a post-secondary program: undergraduate, professional, graduate, apprenticeship, diploma or certificate program at a publicly-funded institution in Alberta in the current academic year, and
    • have shown outstanding leadership, especially in the area of disability, and/or initiative to improve the lives of other people while attending a publicly-funded post-secondary institution in Alberta, and
    • be in satisfactory academic standing as determined by the post-secondary institution.

Selection Process

Selection will be made on the basis of the role and contribution each student has made to their school as well as the documentation provided with the application. There are a limited number of scholarships available to each school and application deadlines vary by school.

Application Process

Applicants must include with their application the following:

  • a resumé highlighting your leadership involvement and extra-curricular activities related to improving the lives of other people,
  • a related letter of reference, and
  • an essay of up to a maximum of 1,000 words - please refer to page 2 of the application for details.

Collaborative degree students must apply to the institution confirming their degree

  • University of Alberta
    • Bachelor of Education, years 3 & 4
    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, year 4
    • Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
    • Mount Royal University

You must have a GPA of at least 1.70 or higher in the preceding year of studies.

In the event that there are more applicants than awards, GPA will be a contributing factor in selection of the recipients.

Application Deadline:

February 14, 2020

Download the Application.

Completed applications are to be submitted to the Office of the Registrar.

Laurence Decore Award for Student Leadership

The Laurence Decore Award for Student Leadership honours Mr. Laurence Decore, former Edmonton mayor and leader of the Alberta Liberal Party. The Laurence Decore Award for Student Leadership recognizes post-secondary students who have demonstrated outstanding dedication and leadership to fellow students and to their community.

Value

$1000

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
  • 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 an undergraduate program at a publicly-funded post-secondary institution in Alberta,
    • be involved in either student government or student societies, clubs or organizations, or involved in student organizations
    • at the provincial or national level or in non-profit community organizations,
    • be in satisfactory academic standing as determined by the post-secondary institution. 

Selection Process

Selection will be made on the basis of involvement and accomplishments in student government or student societies, clubs or organizations, or student organizations at the provincial or national level, or in non-profit community organizations, and a letter of reference. There are a limited number of scholarships available to each school and application deadlines vary by school.

Application Process

Applicants must include with their application the following:

1. A detailed description of your involvement and accomplishments in student government or student societies, clubs or organizations, or student organizations at the provincial or national level or in non-profit community organizations, and

2. A related letter of reference.

Collaborative degree students must apply to the institution confirming their degree

  • University of Alberta
    • Bachelor of Education, years 3 & 4
    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, year 4
    • Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
    • Mount Royal University

You must have a GPA of at least 1.70 or higher in the preceding year of studies.

In the event that there are more applicants than awards, GPA will be a contributing factor in selection of the recipients.

Application Deadline:

February 14, 2020 

Download the Application.

Completed applications are to be submitted to the Office of the Registrar.

Louise McKinney Post-Secondary Scholarship 

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

$2500

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
  • 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,
    • 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 in the same academic year,
  • are in a graduate program,
  • are an apprentice, or
  • are upgrading. 

Selection Process

Selection will be made on the basis of the role and contribution each student has made to their school as well as the documentation provided with the application. There are a limited number of scholarships available to each school and application deadlines vary by school.

Application Process

Collaborative degree students must apply to the institution confirming their degree

  • University of Alberta
    • Bachelor of Education, years 3 & 4
    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, year 4
    • Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
    • Mount Royal University

You must have a GPA of at least 3.20 or higher in the preceding year of studies.

In the event that there are more applicants than awards, GPA will be a contributing factor in selection of the recipients.

Application Deadline:

February 14, 2020

Download the Application.

Completed applications are to be submitted to the Office of the Registrar.

Fall Awards Program

Keyano College has over 350 awards and more than $300,000 in financial support available to registered students. Scholarships, awards and bursaries are granted to eligible students on the basis of academic achievement, financial need and/or community involvement.

Award value

Varies depending on the award. View the complete list

Applications

Applications open: August 1.

Applications close: September 15.

Complete the Fall Award application form and submit it, along with any supporting documentation.

Supporting documentation may include:

  • Proof of Canadian Indigenous ancestry
  • Proof of disability
  • Letters of reference for volunteer activities
  • Income tax return (T4) if you are applying based on financial need

Dates for individual awards may vary. Please refer to the instructions for each award.

Criteria

In order to be eligible for the Fall Awards Program, you must meet these criteria:

  • Enrolled in at least nine credits, or 40% of the program load for students with a permanent disability.
  • Have a 1.70 GPA or higher in the preceding year of studies.

Canadian Indigenous ancestry

Some awards are granted only to students who are Status Indian/First Nations, Non-Status Indian/First Nations, Metis, or Inuit. You must provide proof of your Canadian Indigenous ancestry before your eligibility is determined.

Acceptable forms of proof include one of the following:

  • Certificate of Indian Status, a status card or a valid band membership card
  • Letter from your band verifying your status
  • Metis membership card or letter issued by the Metis Settlements General Council
  • A certified copy of a Nunavut Trust Certificate card or Inuit beneficiary card
  • Letter of support from Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) or Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated
  • For a non-status person, a letter of support from an FNMI organization

You may not use previous declaration or non-declaration of Canadian Indigenous ancestry as a basis to determine eligibility.

Ratings guide

Awards are judged using the following three categories. A rating scale of 1 – 10 is used to assess applications.

Community involvement and leadership skills

Students must provide letters of confirmation from the organizations they volunteered for within the last two years. The following points system is used to assess applications:

  • 1 point for volunteering for local organizations
  • 1 point for volunteering for general school activities (e.g., Santa's Anonymous helper, set design for play)
  • 2 points for participating in athletic activities
  • 2 points for coaching sports teams
  • 2 points for peer tutoring (only if done as a volunteer)
  • 2 points for vice president of Student Council or similar position for other school groups
  • 2 points for team leaders for Santa's Anonymous
  • 3 points for president of Student Council (or similar position) for other school groups

Academics

Academic merit is determined using the student's grades, as follows:

  • Regular entry students: Secondary school grades
  • College prep student: Previous Keyano College grades
  • Mature entry students: Grades from the courses used for admission
  • Placement test students: Automatically receive a rating of 3
  • Students returning to an existing program: Grades from the previous year
  • Students returning to a new program: Secondary school grades

The College uses the following academic rating guide to grant awards:

Academic rating guide showing the point score associated with each course grade, percentage and grade point average.

Grade

Four-Point Scale

Percentage

Rating

A+/A

4.00

Over 90%

10

A-

3.7 – 3.9

86 – 90

9

B+

3.3 – 3.6

81 – 85

8

B

3.0 – 3.2

76 – 80

7

B-

2.7 – 2.9

71 – 75

6

C+

2.3 – 2.6

66 – 70

5

C

2.0 – 2.2

61 – 65

4

C-

1.7 – 1.9

56 – 60

3

D+

1.3

51 – 55

2

D

1.0

50 – 54

1

F

0.0

1 – 49

0

Financial need

 

External awards

A $1,000 Scholarship For Those Interested in an IT Career Path.

Income tax on awards, scholarships and bursaries

Awards, scholarships and bursaries are considered part of your taxable income for the year. The College will issue a T4A form for all awards exceeding $500.

The T4A is issued in late February for awards, scholarships and bursaries received in the previous calendar year. Access your T4A on Self Service.