Project Overview

Undergraduate Scholarships and Awards help students just beginning their time in university. Your support gives students the leadership skills and opportunities that will make them global citizens.

Graduate Scholarships attract talented scholars from around the world to the University of Alberta. These bright minds not only create impactful research and meaningful discovery - they often deeply shape the lives and experiences of the undergraduate students they help teach.

Scholarships are a vote of confidence in exceptional students, to carry on their work and effort. It's amazing how a little encouragement can serve as the motivation for remarkable things. Active students engage in their local and global communities. They help researchers do brilliant work. They take on undergraduate research initiatives. They change the world.

Sometimes all it takes to become a more active citizen is having someone else believe in you. Your support of excellent students encourages them to do even more!

Fiddling Finesse

Daniel Gervais, '12 BMus, a first-year Master of Music student studying fiddle performance, was propelled closer to artistic greatness after receiving the Beryl Barns Memorial Scholarship - twice.

Gervais, who has been playing the fiddle since the age of five, came to the University of Alberta's music department from rural Alberta to finesse his craft. Thanks to scholarship support and his training, Daniel was the first Albertan to win the title of Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Champion. He claimed the instrumental album of the year award at the Western Canadian Music awards, and performed for government dignitaries at the London Olympic Games.

"Not only did the University of Alberta music program help expand my musical horizons, but having a degree in music has opened new doors that I couldn't have imagined," says Gervais. "Receiving a scholarship definitely helped me out financially, and it also boosted my confidence. It's been quite rewarding as a musician."

The Impact of Your Donations

Inspire the achievements of an academic superstar. Recognize exceptional student leadership. Assist a student in finding their passion.

Scholarships not only motivate students, their impact grows over time. The Aiken Prize in English Language and Literature was endowed in 1921 by the late Sir James Aiken, one-time Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba, with a gift of $2,000 and has been supporting students for more than 90 years.

Edmonton entrepreneur and philanthropist Robert Tegler, left a gift to the University of Alberta in his estate to establish 10 scholarships for free tuition for three years of study. 82 years later, the Robert Tegler Trust now recognizes 14 students annually for academic excellence and undergraduate study, and supports students with physical disabilities.

Your support today can have an impact for years to come. Your gift may even motivate students to pay it forward, supporting those studying after them. You can change the world.

How to Help

Scholarships are an investment that keeps giving and growing. Thousands of scholarships are supported by both endowments and annual donations. Endowments create a lasting legacy, helping students with tremendous potential to achieve academic, athletic and research excellence in perpetuity.

By endowing an undergraduate or graduate student scholarship - with a minimum investment of $50,000 - you ensure that generations of ambitious and deserving students will benefit. Each year, the interest income generated from your gift will support a student scholarship. If the principal investment grows over time, the amount of your award will increase.

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Ways to Give

Charitable Gift Annuities, Memorial/Tribute Gifts