Scholarships and Awards

Dr. Gary McPherson Leadership Scholarship

Dr. Gary McPherson was a renowned advocate for people with disabilities. He devoted himself to inspiring leadership and bringing out the best in everyone. He was a member of the Order of Canada, the Alberta Order of Excellence and both the Edmonton and Alberta Sports Halls of Fame.

Funded by the Alberta Government, the Dr. Gary McPherson Leadership Scholarship recognizes students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership especially in the area of disability, and/or initiative to improve conditions and lives of others.

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  • Value
    Scholarships are valued at $2,000 each.
  • Eligibility

    An applicant must:

    • • Be a Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident, or Protected Person (students with a study permit (student visa) are not eligible);
    • Be an Alberta resident, and to be considered an Alberta resident one of the following conditions must apply:
    - one parent or legal guardian has maintained permanent residence in Canada for at least twelve (12) consecutive months immediately prior to commencing post-secondary studies and be residing in Alberta, or
    - Alberta is the last place the student has lived for twelve (12) consecutive months immediately prior to commencing post-secondary studies, or
    - was married to an Alberta resident immediately prior to commencing post-secondary studies.
    • Be enrolled full-time in a post-secondary program at the University of Alberta at the year of nomination (NOTE: this includes students in undergraduate, graduate, apprenticeship, diploma, and certificate programs; FGSR only handles the graduate component of this award)
    • Have shown outstanding leadership, especially in the area of disability, and/or initiative to improve the lives of other people while attending a school in Alberta.

    NOTE: Undergraduate applicants are to contact the Student Financial Connect directly for their deadline.


  • Selection Criteria
    The Graduate Scholarship Committee will consider the role and contribution each applicant has made at their school. The committee may also take into consideration marks, financial need, and other activities as secondary selection criteria.
  • Application Procedures

    Application forms are available on the Student Aid Alberta website.

    A complete application consists of:

    • A resume highlighting your leadership involvement and other activities related to improving the lives of other people;
    • A related letter of reference; and
    • An essay up to a maximum of 1,000 words. The essay should be typed, double-spaced and use a font size no smaller than a size 10. Refer to page 2 of the application for details.

  • Adjudication Procedures
    Graduate Scholarship Committee will select 6 graduate nominees who will be forwarded to Student Aid Alberta for final consideration.
  • Deadline

    Students are to submit the complete application as one PDF to by January 11, 2019 at 4 PM.