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.


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


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).


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.


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


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.


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 

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.
  • 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.

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 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.


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


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.


Four-Point Scale





Over 90%



3.7 – 3.9

86 – 90



3.3 – 3.6

81 – 85



3.0 – 3.2

76 – 80



2.7 – 2.9

71 – 75



2.3 – 2.6

66 – 70



2.0 – 2.2

61 – 65



1.7 – 1.9

56 – 60




51 – 55




50 – 54




1 – 49


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.