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Finding Scholarships

Education is expensive. Many parents start saving for their child's education early and can pay for all or part of it reducing, or eliminating, the need for student debt. Helping students find scholarships can also ease the financial burden post secondary attendance can create.

Scholarship opportunities can be found in many different places. Looking for scholarships offered by the institutions where students wish to apply is usually a good starting point. Students coming out of high school are eligible for early enrollment scholarships or scholarships pertaining to their area of interest.

The myth that scholarships are only available to students with a high academic average has long been "busted." Many scholarships require students to demonstrate a strong volunteer spirit and community involvement. Encourage students to track and record their volunteer experiences.

Scholarships can have very specific parameters. For example, scholarships may be available only to students who live in a certain area of the province.  They can even be specific to children of parents who belong to certain organizations or places of employment.

Listed below are some links to websites with information pertaining to scholarships offered in the province of Alberta.

1.  The ALEXANDER RUTHERFORD SCHOLARSHIP is available to all students in Alberta who meet the criteria described in the link below.

2. Scholarship information supplied by the ALIS website. If you type in a keyword or indicate with the drop box that you are a high school student, it will sort the scholarships "somewhat." Click on each scholarship link to see the specific criteria of the scholarship offered.

3. The Student Awards link will allow students to create a profile and sort scholarship offerings based on profile information.

4. The "Tradesecrets'" website sorts grants, bursaries and scholarships according to specific trades. The second link is for a printable guide to what "free money" is available for students entering a trade. This booklet is handy if you want to make notes as you investigate!

5. ALIS link to scholarships specific to post-secondary institutions.