Orlando Books Collective Entrance Award

The Orlando Books Collective Entrance Award is awarded to a student entering their first year at the University of Alberta in any undergraduate degree program. Selection is based on demonstrated leadership qualities and involvement in school and community activities. Preference is given to students who have demonstrated commitment to the advancement of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ) communities.


One entrance award will be offered in the amount of $2000.00.

: Orlando Books Collective



Orlando Books was a presence on Edmonton's Whyte Avenue from 1993 to the end of 2002. Orlando Books hosted activism, and progressive ideals through literature focused on feminisms, cultural, post-colonial, and queer studies, as well as literature from small presses. During its tenure, the bookstore hosted hundreds of readings for writers from across the country and also provided a meeting space for various community groups. In the late 1990s the store tried to place an ad in a local high school newspaper that read: Books for lesbian and gay students and their friends. When the principal refused to allow the students to print the ad, the bookstore owner and a group of educators decided that queer students needed more support within the school system. The group authored a booklet that was eventually published and distributed by the Alberta Teachers' Association called Safe and Caring Schools for Lesbian and Gay Youth: A Guide for Teachers.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?

Applications will be submitted via a Google Forms Submission application. You can find the form here. You can also find the google form on our website at ismss.ualberta.ca.

Applicants will need a Google account or Gmail account to upload files via the submission form. If you have any issues or concerns submitting your files, please contact us at ismss@ualberta.ca with the heading "iSMSS Scholarships & Awards Application

What do I need to apply?

To apply for iSMSS Scholarships & Awards you must be a U of A student. 

After reviewing eligibility requirements, please submit your application package to the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services, University of Alberta. A complete application package must consist the following:

  • application form
  • résumé/CV, academic transcripts
  • two letters of reference
  • and a maximum 500-word essay outlining your relevant scholarly and/or leadership contributions to the field of sexual and gender minority studies

Reference letters must be written on official letterhead from a university, organization, or company. References can be from professors, teachers, or members of community organizations that you have worked with.Contact information for referees must be provided and iSMSS staff may contact referees for validation.

Who can I contact for my references?

Reference letters must be written on official letterhead from a university, organization, or company. References can be from professors, teachers, or members of community organizations that you have worked with.

Applicants applying for the graduate awards, Ronald Gordon Rowswell Award and/or Stephen and Lynn Mandel Scholarship, must have at least one academic reference as a referee who can speak to their research and academic achievements.


What will make my application stand out?

All applications will be reviewed by a selection committee. Some of the criteria used to evaluate applications include:

  1. Significance of research and/or leadership activities
  2. Application of research into advocacy
  3. The applicant's GPA
  4. Quality of application essay
  5. Strength of letters of reference
Who do I contact if I have any questions?

You can email us at ismss@ualberta.ca. with the heading "iSMSS Scholarships & Awards Application."


Do I need an official transcript?
iSMSS will accept unofficial transcripts. You are able to scan and upload the transcripts to the google form.

Give to iSMSS 

iSMSS has a number of programs that provide support the well being of 2SLGBTQ+ youth in Edmonton and surrounding area.You can support the work we do by making a charitable donation to any of our programs, services, or projects.  For a full list of the programs and services we provide click here. 

All donations to iSMSS are eligible for a charitable tax deduction receipt, from the University of Alberta. To make a donation. 

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For more information or general inquiries regarding our Programs and Services, please contact:

Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services
Email: iSMSS@ualberta.ca
Tel: 780.492.0772