Scholarships & Awards

Scholarship Application Tips

As part of the Application-based scholarships application, you will be required to submit an activity summary, respond to 5 long answer questions, answer a couple of yes/no questions and provide contact information for a reference. Below are some UAlberta approved tips to help you with the application!

Activity summary tips:

UAlberta wants to find out what you are passionate about. Treat the activity summary like your resume and keep in mind that each summary should not exceed 100 words. Think about quality over quantity.

  • You can include up to 5 activities in your activity summary. We recommend selecting your most relevant activities and those activities you are most passionate about. Don’t include less relevant activities, even if you have less than 5.
  • Your activities should demonstrate engagement, accomplishment, and leadership.
  • These activities can include mentorship, community involvement, volunteerism, public service, athletics, and involvement in societies/clubs.
  • We want to know more about YOU! Choose activities that highlight who you are and what you’re all about.

Long answer question tips:

The application will include 5 long answer questions and each answer can be up to 250 words. You don’t need to use all 250 words so remember to think about quality over quantity.

  • We are looking for thoughtful, well developed essays that highlight who you are.
  • We also want to know more about who you want to be and where you want to go so elaborate on your experiences and provide specific examples where you can.
  • Be creative, show your passion, and put things in your own words.

Review your dashboard in the award application form to ensure your application is complete.

Tips for choosing a reference:

Only certain scholarships require a reference, so references may or may not be contacted to provide further insight into your application. References will not be required to submit a reference letter at the time of application submission, but will be contacted by UAlberta at a later date if a reference is needed.

  • Choose a reference who can describe specific attributes that set you apart from other scholarship applicants.
  • Pick someone that has firsthand knowledge of your accomplishments.
  • Make sure that you select a reference who can be objective and try not to use family member.