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 and Leadership Summary, as well as 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 problem-solving skills
  • Provide examples of your leadership and who that leadership has made positive impacts on
  • Exercise some creativity! Writing a unique essay can set you apart from other applicants
  • Discuss your future goals, what has shaped them, and how you plan to achieve them, being as specific as you can
  • Highlight any scholastic achievements that have had an impact on your goals
  • Tips for the Twitter-style response:
    • Show some of your personality and highlight what makes you unique
    • Consider your future goals and how the U of A is going to help you achieve those goals
    • Tell us what excites you about the U of A; highlight a unique program or part of the U of A community that you feel you want to be a part of 

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:
    • the clarity of your writing
    • your ability to think critically and independently
    • 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.