Indigenous Education Awards

ATCO’s Indigenous Education Awards Program supports Indigenous students from First Nations and Métis communities across Alberta. These awards, bursaries and scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate leadership capabilities and strive to be role models in their schools and communities.

In 2016, 29 students from 11 First Nations and Métis communities were chosen to receive an award. The students were enrolled in a range of programs, including engineering, biological sciences, arts, commerce and justice studies. Since the program was launched in 2011, 161 students have received financial support from ATCO to assist in their education.

There are three different awards available:

  • Merit Awards ($500) for full-time high school students in Grades 10 – 12
  • Bursaries ($1,000) – for full-time students enrolled in diploma or certificate programs
  • Scholarships ($1,500) – for full-time students enrolled in degree or graduate programs

There is a maximum of one award per applicant per calendar year. Students must re-apply to be considered for subsequent years.

Who is Eligible

You are eligible to apply for ATCO’s Indigenous Education Awards if you meet the following criteria:

  • You are a citizen of Canada
  • You are of Indigenous ancestry originating from Alberta
  • You are enrolled full-time in a high school or post-secondary educational program
  • You are not an ATCO employee and/or the child of an ATCO employee

How to Apply

If you are eligible to apply for ATCO’s Indigenous Education Awards Program, please complete the Online Application Form.

Do not forget to include the following supporting documents:

  • One reference letter from a teacher, community leader or employer
  • Short essay (max. 1,000 words) describing why you are a suitable award candidate
  • Proof of enrollment for your upcoming school semester (you can include an acceptance letter, class schedule or receipt of paid fees)
  • Transcript from the school you are currently attending – an unofficial transcript is acceptable

The application deadline is August 1, 2017. Any applications received after this date or applications missing the above supporting documents will not be considered for an award.

For more information about the application process, visit your school or band office, or contact us at 780-420-3497.

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Due to the large volume of scholarship applications, we are unable to accept telephone or email inquiries regarding the status of your application. We would like to thank everyone for their application; however, only those being considered for an award will be contacted.