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Bursaries and Scholarships

Bursaries and Scholarships

Through the generosity of many alumni/ae, faculty, and friends of the College, St. Stephen's is able to offer a variety of Bursaries and Scholarships to students currently enrolled in degree programs at the College.

What are Bursaries and Scholarships?

Bursaries are based on satisfactory academic achievement and demonstrated financial need. They are a financial gift for tuition to a student enrolled in a degree program who is facing financial constraints. Applications for bursaries require documented proof of financial hardship (income and expense statements), and are normally awarded only once. 

Scholarships are awards given based on exemplary academic performance in the course of studying for a degree program. Whether funded by the College or by external donors, scholarships are awarded by the College and are outright gifts for the student to use at their discretion, unless otherwise stipulated. 

What Bursaries and Scholarships are Available at SSC?

Information pertaining to all our Bursaries and Scholarships can be found in the Description of Bursary and Scholarships document. 

For more information on Bursaries and Scholarships, please contact the Registrar.

How to Apply (Process and Deadline)?

Bursary applicants must complete the Student Bursary Application by the annual deadline of 11:59pm on 1 May (application process opens 1 February). The application submission must also include all supporting documents required. Applicants eligible to apply for more than one bursary only need to fill out one application indicating all bursaries they wish to apply for.

Scholarship applicants must complete the Student Scholarship Application by the annual deadline of 11:59pm on 1 May (application process opens 1 February). The application submission must also include all supporting documents required. Applicants eligible to apply for more than one scholarship only need to fill out one application indicating all scholarships they wish to apply for. 

Students will be contacted or notified of the status of their application, usually by mid-June. 

Selection and Eligibility

Standard criteria have been established for scholarships and bursaries to ensure fair and equitable selection.  Unless the award details state otherwise, selection is based first on the standard criteria, then secondary requirements. Unless otherwise stated, awards are available to Canadian citizens or permanent residents and international students who are enrolled as either a part-time or full-time student.

Standard criteria for Bursaries include:

  • Enrolled in a degree, diploma or certificate program for the academic year
  • Active status (that is, students that are not currently On Hold and whose tuition account is up to date)
  • Maintained a minimum GPA of 70%
  • Demonstrated financial need

Standard criteria for Scholarships include:

  • Enrolled in a degree, diploma or certificate program for the academic year
  • Active status (that is, students that are not currently On Hold and whose tuition account is up to date)
  • Selection based on GPA

Other Bursary and Scholarship Information

  • Payment of Awards:

    All Bursaries and Scholarships will be distributed by June 30 of the current calendar year.

    Bursaries are administered through the Registrar's Office and will be applied as a credit to the student's SSC account. 

    Scholarships are administered through the Registrar's Office and a cheque will be forwarded to the student's address on their application.

  • Award Values:
    The College assumes liability for payment of awards only to the extent that expected gifts from donors or returns of endowed funds are realized. The college reserves the right to make whatever changes such circumstances may require, including changing the value of the award, cancelling an award, or adding awards. Every effort is made to display the most accurate estimate of the award value. In addition, to ensure fair and equitable distribution, the College reserves the right to limit the number of awards one student shall receive from the SSC Bursary and Scholarship program.
  • Student Loans, Taxes, and Awards
    Merit-based awards are not considered on your Alberta Student Finance loan assessment. However, all award funds must be reported on your federal tax return. All award recipients must provide the Registrar's Office with their Social Insurance Number prior to any funds being released.