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.


To Apply:

To apply for this award, complete the application form, and be sure to include all the required documentation. For more info on requirement, qualifications, or other awards offered by iSMSS check out our scholarship info package.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • 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.


  • How do I apply for these iSMSS scholarships or awards?

    Due to current circumstances concerning COVID-19, will be submitted via a Google Forms Submission application. You can find the form here. Applicants will need a Google account or Gmail account to upload files via the submission form.

  • What do I need to apply?

    To apply for iSMSS Scholarships & Awards you must be a U of A student. A complete application package must consist of the following:


    1. completed application form
    2. résumé/CV
    3. academic transcript
    4. two letters of reference
    5. personal essay (500 word essay)


    Applicants applying for the Orlando Books Collective Entrance Award do not need to provide an official transcript. As a first year student, you must only provide proof that you are currently a registered student at the University of Alberta.


  • 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."