Alexander Rutherford Scholarship

Scholarship Value: $2,500
Awards Available: 100
Award Deadline: Jun 30, 2024 (Deadline Estimated)

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.

Purpose

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

Value

Up to $2,500

Eligibility

Apply once your official high school transcript marks are available and when you are currently enrolled in full-time post-secondary studies. 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 undergraduate post-secondary or an apprenticeship program of at least one semester in length.

Note: Graduate-level studies and Professional programs (e.g. medicine, veterinary medicine, optometry, etc.) are not eligible for this scholarship.

You may only be awarded the Alexander Rutherford scholarship once.

Selection

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

Students will automatically be considered for the following awards when they apply for the Alexander Rutherford Scholarship. There is no separate application required for these awards.

  • Rutherford Scholars Award
  • Dr. Ernest and Minnie Mehl Scholarship
  • Mildred Rowe Weston Memorial Scholarship

Deadlines

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

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