Alexander Rutherford Scholarship University of Alberta 2023

University of Alberta Alexander Rutherford Scholarship for Undergraduate Students

by Debbie

Alexander Rutherford Scholarship was named in honor of Alexander Rutherford, who had the distinction of being Alberta’s first Premier and Minister of Education. He was known for his strong support of public education, particularly the University of Alberta and his active involvement in community affairs.

The award recognizes and rewards academic achievement of senior high school students and encourages them to pursue post-secondary studies.

Alexander Rutherford Scholarship 

The University of Alberta is a public research university located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It was founded in 1908 by Alexander Cameron Rutherford, the first premier of Alberta, and Henry Marshall Tory, its first president. Its enabling legislation is the Post-secondary Learning Act.

Eligibility for Alexander Rutherford Scholarship

To receive this scholarship, you must also meet all of these eligibility criteria:

  • Be a Canadian Citizen, a Permanent Resident of Canada or Protected Person under Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, (Visa students are not eligible).
  • Be an Alberta resident, and to be considered an Alberta resident the following conditions must apply:
    • one parent or legal guardian must have maintained permanent residence in Canada for at least 12 consecutive months immediately prior to the applicant commencing a program of study;
    • applicant has maintained permanent residence in Alberta at least 12-months prior to commencing a program of study;
    • applicant is not eligible to receive a scholarship with respect to any grade unless the applicant or the applicant’s parent(s)/legal guardian were a resident in Alberta throughout the whole of that grade.
  • Have completed high school on or after September 30, 1980.
  • Be enrolled in a full course load in a designated post-secondary or an apprenticeship program of at least one semester in length.

You may only be awarded the Alexander Rutherford scholarship once.

How to Apply

  • Apply once your official high school transcript marks are available and when you are enrolled in full-time post-secondary studies. Requirements for high school transcript marks will vary.
  • For more information and to submit an application, visit Alberta Student Aid directly.
  • Once you have applied, you can check the status of your application on your Alberta Student Aid portal.
  • Canadian students and international students studying in Canada: Contact the Student Service Centre


  • Up to $2,500 scholarship



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