Scholarships and Awards

Dr. Gary McPherson Leadership Scholarship

Dr. Gary McPherson was a renowned advocate for people with disabilities. 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 all people, while attending post-secondary studies in Alberta.

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

    An applicant must:

    • be a Canadian citizen or a Permanent Resident;
    • be an Alberta resident, and to be considered an Alberta resident one of the following conditions must apply:
    - one parent must currently be residing in Alberta, or
    - Alberta is the last place the student has lived for twelve (12) consecutive months before being a full-time student, or
    - is married to an Alberta resident before the start of the qualifying year of study.
    • 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 demonstrated leadership skills, especially in the area of disability, and/or have shown commitment to improving conditions in the lives of other Albertans.
  • Selection Criteria
    The Graduate Scholarship Committee will look at the contribution and role each applicant has shown 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.
  • Adjudication Procedures
    Graduate Scholarship Committee will select 6 graduate nominees who will be forwarded to Student Aid Alberta for final consideration.
  • Deadline
    Graduate students must submit their complete applications to the FGSR by January 12, 2017.