Scholarships & Awards

Scholarship Application Tips

When you apply to UAlberta you are automatically considered for many scholarships. However you can opt to submit an application for other scholarships, many of which require you to write an Essay or Leadership Summary, and submit References. Here are some tips to consider when putting together your scholarship applications:

Tips for writing a scholarship application essay: 

  • Provide specific examples of your involvement in extracurricular activities  
  • Discuss your future goals and how you plan to achieve them
  • Provide detail about how you might contribute to the University of Alberta community  
  • Explain your scholastic achievements in detail  

Tips for writing a Leadership Summary:

  • Provide examples of your leadership achievements
  • Explain how you have motivated and inspired others
  • Describe the depth of your involvement in leadership activities
  • Explain how your leadership efforts have made a positive impact in an organization, your school or community
  • Demonstrate your progression within leadership positions

Tips for choosing a reference:

  • Select a reference who can be objective; try not to use family members if possible
  • Choose someone who has directly worked with you or supervised you in your academic and leadership role(s)
  • Choose someone who can give specific examples and has first-hand knowledge of your academic and leadership experience and abilities
  • Ensure your reference can speak to:
    • your ability to think critically and independently
    • the clarity of your writing
    • your overall intellectual ability
    • the quality of your work habits and discipline
    • your motivation, initiative, and work ethic
    • your engagement in student life
    • your leadership in student government, student clubs/groups, and your community
    • your potential for future leadership and growth

Your reference will only be contacted if further information to support assessment of your application is required. It is your responsibility to ensure your reference is aware that they may be contacted to verify activities you have listed in your application.