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:

    • Have a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) or greater on the current graduate program graded course work at the University of Alberta, or, if a student is newly admitted, AGPA will be used to determine eligibility. Students with no course work completed as part of their program (typically PhD) and are only registered in thesis: GPA will be N/A. FGSR's Graduate Scholarship Committee (GSC) reviews other academic accomplishments.

    • 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 for twelve (12) consecutive months immediately prior to commencing post-secondary studies.

    • Be enrolled full-time in a graduate degree program at the University of Alberta in the current academic year. Students must be registered full-time in Fall 2019 and Winter 2020 terms. January 2020 admit students must be registered full-time in Winter 2020 term. Students in an undergraduate, apprenticeship, diploma, and certificate program are to contact Student Financial Services, Office of the Registrar for application details.

    • 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.

  • Application Procedures

    Students must apply directly to FGSR by completing the online application in the GSMS Awards Portal; nomination by their home department is not required. Search for "Dr. Gary McPherson Leadership Scholarship" to access the online application and for detailed instructions. Follow the GSMS Awards Student Training Document\Apply for Awards to submit your application (available in GSMS or on FGSR's website under Award Resources).

    Applicants must press the SUBMIT button under the Application Checklist portion of the application by the deadline. Successfully submitted applications will indicate the status of FGSR REVIEW.

    The following documents must be uploaded in GSMS by January 9, 2020:

    Alberta Student Aid Application Form. Application fields must be completed in their entirety; missing information will result in your application being deemed incomplete and such will be rejected.
    • A resume highlighting your leadership involvement and other activities related to improving the lives of other people
    • One related letter of reference. The letter must be signed and on company/institutional letterhead. The reference letter must be uploaded to GSMS; submission of reference letters via email or mail directly to FGSR will not be accepted. Confidential submission is not required for this competition.
    • After reading the biography of Dr. Gary McPherson, write an essay up to a maximum of 1,000 words using examples of how you have shown leadership, especially in the area of disability, and/or initiative to improve the lives of others. Refer to page 2 of the Alberta Student Aid Application Form for the biography and essay format. Pages exceeding the maximum will be redacted.

    2019-20 Dr. Gary McPherson Leadership Scholarship Department Memo

  • Adjudication Procedures
    The Graduate Scholarship Committee (GSC) will select 6 graduate students to receive the scholarship. The GSC 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.
  • Deadline

    Deadline for students to submit the complete application in GSMS: January 9, 2020