Scholarships & Awards

Eldon Foote Track & Field Scholarship

Value: $2,000 a year for a maximum of five years ($10,000) 

This scholarship recognizes outstanding performance in track and field among Alberta high school students. Two Eldon Foote scholarships are available each year. 

Opening application date: June 15, 2017

Closing Deadline: July 31, 2017


Eligibility

In order to be considered for this award, you must:

  • Be an Alberta resident
  • Have attended Grades 10, 11, and 12 in Alberta and graduated from an Alberta high school 
  • Be entering a full-time program at the University of Alberta, within 2 years of graduating high school
  • Become a member of the Pandas or Golden Bears Track and Field Team
  • Demonstrate outstanding athletic achievement in track and field (preference is given to international, national, and provincial standards respectively)
  • Have an admission average of 80.0% or higher at the time of your admission offer

How to apply

In order to apply for scholarships and awards, you must first apply for admission»

For application-based awards administered by the Office of the Registrar, you can apply online:

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You can also access the award application form via Bear Tracks.


Notification and acceptance

Applicants will be notified of the results of this competition in late August. If you are offered this award, the My Awards section of Bear Tracks will be updated and you will receive an email notification. If you are offered an award, you will need to accept it in order to receive it. 

To find out more about how to accept and receive your award, please see Information for Award Recipients.

Renewal Conditions

To requalify for the scholarship after the first year of study, recipients must:

  • Achieve a minimum GPA of 2.9 on a minimum of 24 credits (calculated on the best 24 credits)
  • Maintain their status as members of the Bears or Pandas Track and Field team
  • Maintain full-time registration at the U of A

To requalify for the scholarship after the second, third, and fourth years of study, recipients must:

  • Achieve a minimum GPA of 3.3 on a minimum of 24 credits (calculated on the best 24 credits)
  • Maintain their status as members of the Bears or Pandas Track and Field team
  • Maintain full-time registration at the U of A

Recipients who, because of injury or illness during an academic year, are unable to continue as members of the Golden Bears or Pandas Track and Field team and, therefore, do not requalify for the scholarship based on their athletic performance may be reinstated the year after provided they:

  • Achieve a minimum GPA of 3.3 on a minimum of 24 credits (calculated on the best 24 credits)
  • Regain their status as members of the Bears or Pandas Track and Field team
  • Maintain full-time registration at the U of A

Note: A student athlete's eligibility to receive the scholarship shall be limited to a consecutive five-year period, including any missed time due to injury or illness. Recipients may be reinstated only once during the four-year eligibility period following the entry year.

Requalification process

Recipients are required to apply for requalification each year. The requalification process is as follows:

  1. The Office of the Registrar will confirm the student has met the academic criteria of the scholarship and, if so, will forward the student the requalification application form.
  2. The student will complete the form, outlining his or her track and field performance over the past year and stating his or her intentions/athletic goals for the following year, and return it to the Office of the Registrar.
  3. The Office of the Registrar will forward the application for requalification to Athletics for review.
  4. Athletics, along with the Track and Field Head Coach, will review the application and, based on the student's athletic performance and membership on the Track and Field team, will either approve or deny the application for requalification.
  5. Athletics will forward its recommendation and the completed requalification application to the Office of the Registrar for processing.
  6. The Office of the Registrar will inform the student of their requalification status.

About this award

Eldon Douglas Foote (1924 – 2004) was born in Hanna, Alberta, in 1924. His father, a grain buyer, and his mother, a school teacher, came to Western Canada from Nova Scotia early in the 1900s. His father's occupation led to a number of family moves; Eldon and his older brother Delmar attended schools progressively in Hanna, Drumheller, and Didsbury. It was in Didsbury that Eldon spent his most formative early years.

Upon graduation from the University of Alberta with a BSc degree, Mr Foote enlisted as a private in the Canadian Infantry Pacific Volunteer, 6th Division. In September 1945, following the end of the war with Japan, he returned to the University of Alberta and completed an LLB degree in 1948.

While at the University of Alberta, Eldon was extremely active in extracurricular activities and became a letterman in Track and Field; was President of the Alberta Chapter of Delta Upsilon Fraternity; was Secretary to the Students' Union and graduating class valedictorian.

Following graduation he articled with William G Auxier, KC of the Edmonton law firm Hawe, Auxier & Bryan. Upon completion of his articles he was invited to join the firm and his name was added to the masthead. In 1965 he was appointed to Queen's Counsel.

Taking a one year leave from law practice in June 1967, he moved with his family to Australia and started a business introducing HomCare products consisting of household consumables. This venture proved so successful that he never returned to law practice. Instead, he was asked to join the business and to expand sales internationally. He selected Japan and in 1969 took the franchise to Hong Kong and Japan. Today these HomCare products are being distributed by a sales force of 50,000 Japanese homemakers. In March 1997, Mr Foote sold his interest in the HomCare business so that he and his wife might pursue other interests.

During Mr Foote's years in Business and Law, he continued his interest in the Scouting movement, including the restoration of an old railroad station building in his home town of Didsbury and its dedication as a Scout hall, and his love for athletic competition. After 45 years of retirement from track and field, he entered the Australia Masters Track & Field Meet in 1991 and won a silver medal in the 100 metre sprint — in the 65-69 years of age category.

In keeping with Mr Foote's interest in track and field, the Eldon Foote Track and Field Scholarships have been established to motivate high school track and field athletes to strive for excellence academically and athletically through the University of Alberta.

In his later years, Mr Foote resided on Norfolk Island, a tiny island in the South Pacific separated from Australia by 700 miles of ocean. In spite of busy schedules and geographic separation, Eldon and his wife Anne managed to get together at regular intervals with their eight children who variously reside on Norfolk Island, in Edmonton, and on Vancouver Island.