Education Grants & Scholarship Programs

County of Northern Lights Bursary Program

The County of Northern Lights, in partnership with the Northern Alberta Development Council (NADC), offers two bursaries of $1500 each annually to students who reside in the County. The successful candidates of the County Program are eligible for matching funds from the NADC Bursary Partnership Program. Considerations in determining successful candidates include academic standing, financial need, and references. Download County Application and Guidelines 

Application Deadline: July 17, 2023

For the NADC Bursary Partnership application, please click here.


NADC Scholarship

The NADC Bursary program provides up to $12,000 over two years and is non-repayable if you agree to live and work in the north. Your return service is one year of full-time employment in your field of studies for each year of bursary support received. Students must apply for the bursary for each year they want to be considered. Some careers in high demand now include education, medical and health, engineering and technical fields and social work. For more information and to submit an online application click here. The deadline for applications is April 30th.


Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA) Scholarship

Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA) offers a Scholarship Program in support of rural students attending an Alberta college or university. The bursary amount is $1,000.

For additional information and application criteria, please get in touch with the Nisku office at 780.955.3639 or CLICK HERE.


FNMI Bursary

The NADC FNMI Bursary is a return-of-service bursary. Funding is provided to recipients in exchange for their commitment to live and practice in their field of study within the NADC boundary for one year of full-time employment for each year of bursary support received. Recipients who complete their return-of-service obligations do not have to repay the bursary funds.  Applicants must be First Nation status or non-status, Métis or Inuit, over the age of 18, Alberta residents for 12 consecutive months before the start of their programs, enrolled full time in a program and school designated for provincial funding, the program of must be a  minimum of 12 weeks in length, and not in default of a provincial student loan.  Bursary value $6,000 per year of study for students in Pre-employment programs leading to an apprenticeship or a certificate or diploma program, and $10,000 per year of study for students in a Bachelor’s, Masters or Ph.D. program. Applications will be accepted throughout the school year. More information here.


Robert E. Walter Memorial Scholarship

The Robert E. Walter Memorial Scholarship was created to financially assist persons from the North Peace and Mackenzie regions taking post-secondary programs who plan to utilize their education in a career based in the North Peace or Mackenzie regions of northern Alberta. The Application Deadline is March 31.More info here..


RhPAP Rural Medical School Award

The RhPAP Rural Medical School Award provides a one-time contribution of $5,000 to assist with the student’s tuition, accommodation, living, and/or professional development expenses. The Award is available to a maximum of four students per year, to be applied to the following year of their medical degree. Up to two Awards per Alberta medical school per year will be granted.

Award Eligibility

To be eligible, the applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • be an Alberta resident or a permanent resident of Canada living in Alberta
  • be enrolled as a first or second-year full-time medical student either at the University of Alberta or the University of Calgary
  • be a member of a student Rural Medical Interest Group at either the University of Alberta or the University of Calgary (where the degree is being undertaken)
  • complete the application form

Application Deadline: February 1st of each year.


GRHARC Scholarship

The Grimshaw Regional Healthcare Attraction & Retention Committee has a $2000.00 scholarship available for students who call the County of Northern Lights, Town of Grimshaw, MD of Peace No.135 or Village of Berwyn home! 

Application Deadline: December 31st of each year



Northwestern Alberta Foundation

Through the generosity of donors, the Northwestern Alberta Foundation has been able to award thousands of dollars to post-secondary students from our region.

Applications are open to students attending any form of post-secondary education or training. Online application portal opens in April and closes in August.


Alberta Blue Cross Post-Secondary Scholarships

Increased access to education has proven to influence health outcomes positively. This scholarship program is Alberta Blue Cross’s® first non-employee-driven community impact program.

Supporting more than 70 scholarships each year, the scholarships range from $750 to $1,500. They’re awarded to full-time students based on academic achievement and financial need.

All the awards are administered directly through the accredited post-secondary institutions posted here.

If you are a student looking to apply for any of these awards, don't hesitate to contact the post-secondary institution you are attending directly.


TD Bank Community Leadership Scholarship

Since 1995, TD has awarded millions in scholarships to recognize students who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to community leadership. TD Scholarship for Community Leadership recipients can receive up to $70,000 for tuition and living expenses and opportunities for paid summer employment, peer networking and mentorship. Supporting young community leaders is one way TD is helping build a more inclusive and sustainable tomorrow.

TD Scholarships for Community Leadership are open to students across Canada who:

  • Have demonstrated community leadership
  • In their final year of high school (outside Quebec) or CEGEP (in Quebec)
  • Have a minimum overall grade average of 75% in their most recently completed school year

Applications for the 2021/2022 year are now closed. Applications for students starting college or university in September 2023 will open in September 2022. Call 1-800-308-8306 for more info.


Manning Royal Purple Bursaries

The Manning Royal Purple offers two $500.00 annual bursaries; the Emme Lorencz Bursary and the Aileen Aardema Apprenticeship Bursary. Full details can be found here.


Scholarships Canada Website

For more grants and scholarships, visit the Scholarships Canada Website