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Post-Secondary Institutions in Alberta

Colleges and Universities in Alberta

(Alberta Advanced Education and Technology)

Contact Information

Comprehensive Academic and Research Institutions

Athabasca University
1-800-788-9041 780-675-6100
University of Alberta
780-492-3111 780-492-3113 eContact
University of Calgary
403-220-5110 403-210-7625
University of Lethbridge
403-329-2111 403-329-5159

Baccalaureate and Applied Studies Institutions

Grant MacEwan University
1-888-497-4622 780-497-5063
Mount Royal University
1-877-440-5001 403-440-5000

Polytechnical Institutions

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
1-877-284-7248 1-877-284-7248

Comprehensive Community Institutions

Bow Valley College
403-410-1400 1-866-428-2669
Grande Prairie Regional College
Grande Prairie
1-888-539-4772 780-539-2930
Keyano College
Fort McMurray
1-800-251-1408 1-800-251-1408
Lakeland College
1-800-661-6490 1-800-661-6490
Lethbridge College
1-800-572-0103 1-800-572-0103
Medicine Hat College
Medicine Hat
1-866-282-8394 403-529-3819
NorQuest College
Northern Lakes College
Grouard, Slave Lake
Olds College
1-800-661-6537 1-800-661-6537
Portage College
Lac La Biche
Red Deer College
Red Deer
403-342-3300 403-342-3400

Independent Academic Institutions

Ambrose University College
403-410-2000 403-410-2900
Canadian University College
Concordia University College of Alberta
1-866-479-5200 780-479-8481
The King's University College
St. Mary's University College
403-531-9130 403-531-9130

Specialized Arts and Culture Institutions

Alberta College of Art and Design
403-284-7600 403-284-7617
The Banff Centre

Canadian Universities and Colleges

US Universities and Colleges

Scholarships & Bursaries

  Campus Alberta Awareness  
In this issue: • Top 8 Activities that can Earn Students FREE MoneyCTS- Trades are Happening!Consider Attending- National Mentoring Symposium 2013What is SIAMS? Why Should I Care?

Top 8 Activities that can Earn Students FREE Money



With the variety of cost in tuition fees, mandatory fees, books and supplies, not including living expenses it is a good idea for students to consider how they will pay for their schooling. Scholarships are a great way to supplement a student’s income. But when Scholarships are mentioned, many of them struggle in knowing where to start. This article is written to provide a quick summary of the Top 8 Activities students should be doing to earn scholarships.

1. Students should definitely look at achieving the marks in the courses eligible for the Alexander Rutherford Scholarships in Grade 10, 11 and 12. The eligible courses vary for each grade and the dollar amounts awarded depend on a 75% up to 79.9% (Junior Alexander Rutherford) or 80% and higher achievement. The scholarship is automatically assessed for students and awarded through the Government of Alberta, but they just have to apply for it. Students should apply for these scholarships during the summer after completing Grade 12 or the summer before they start their post-secondary program. For more information and an application please go to

Note, if students have graduated already, or are just becoming aware of this scholarship and are already in post-secondary, or have completed their program, they can still apply for the award. Several closing dates for applications happen throughout the year. So our philosophy is, just apply!

2. Students should also check out There are 2 databases that link students to various scholarships.

Alberta Scholarship Programs – lists awards that are administered by Alberta Scholarship Programs. Search alphabetically, by keyword or by audience.
Scholarship Connections – lists awards that are administered by various companies and organizations. Search by keyword, deadline or category.

Scholarships are also available for under-represented groups such as Aboriginals and students with disabilities, and for cultural diversity as well as for many other unique needs and situations. Check out the high school students section in Alberta Scholarships & Bursary Programs booklet and the various databases.

3. Students should check with any part-time employer, if they are working while attending school, for scholarships or bursaries the company offers their employees. Students should also ask their parents to check with their employer, union, etc. to see if they have any scholarships or bursaries they can apply for.

4. Another avenue students can pursue for potential scholarships is community organizations they or their family are involved with. These diverse organizations may have scholarships available for individuals who have demonstrated leadership or are involved in some manner with the organization, could even just be membership in the organization. Academic Invest – lists grants, scholarships, bursaries from many industries and organization.

5. Does the institution of choice offer entrance scholarships for their marks, sports or other achievements? Inquire about this and if they do, the student may need to maintain a certain grade point average (GPA) or remain on the team to keep receiving the scholarship throughout their years of study. Different institutions have different rules about these types of scholarship so check out the details on them. For example, if they lose it one year, they may be responsible for reapplying to receive it the following year based on their marks or team commitment.

6. There are many scholarships through the post-secondary institutions themselves and many students benefit from being proactive and seeking out all of the scholarships, bursaries and grants their school has to offer. This link, Post-Secondary Institutions Scholarships, lists awards that are administered by specific post-secondary institutions across Alberta.

Another great scholarship that is automatically assessed for students is the Jason Lang. This $1,000 scholarship is awarded to students through the Government of Alberta who are in full-time studies and receive a GPA of 3.2 each year, up to 3 years. Contact the school's Student Awards Office on how to apply.

While being a good student is important, scholarships are also awarded for being an engaged citizen in school. This includes involvement with clubs, councils and other citizenship efforts such as leadership and social efforts.

7. Another great tool to help find free money is Check out this site but know that it requires students sign-up and then scholarships are sent to them based on their profile. Warn students that they need to be cautious about the promotional aspect of this site as various advertising of loans, contests and coupons will come their way once they sign up.

8. Being an involved student citizen also provides great development, application of skills, and helps students develop the employability attitudes and aptitudes that employers are seeking— plus supports a good fit within the world of work once they graduate. As mentioned, these extra-curricular activities open the doors to a world of scholarships and opportunities. The SCiP internship program is one of those great opportunities. Check out an internship that leads to a $1,000 bursary when completed.

Students could also consider Study Abroad opportunities and exchange programs to support their personal and professional development through their institution, Government of Alberta and/or other organizations. Many of these opportunities are scholarship based and are awarded on student engagement/citizenship and academic achievement, students can check out their campus student award offices for more details.

Students should also read the 5 Steps to Winning Awards on, have anup-to-date resumé and also identify key people willing to provide references for them. These references (referees) may have to submit letters on behalf of the students, resulting in the student needing to be proactive in helping the referees get the letters written and sent.

Many students can and do pay for much of their studies with scholarships, bursaries and awards— they just have to put the time and effort into earning them!


CTS- Trades are Happening!

Five new apprenticeship pathways are proposed for implementation in September 2013: Auto Body Service Technician, Electrician, Heavy Equipment Technician, Millwright, and Plumber. In addition, Career and Technology Studies is updating the First Period (3400 level) Automotive Service Technician Apprenticeship (ASA) pathway to reflect industry changes from Apprenticeship and Industry Training.

A new course is being created focusing on trade-specific health and safety and career planning. This general safety course is being considered as a prerequisite for new students starting any CTS apprenticeship pathway and will replace the safety outcomes currently being taught.


Consider Attending- National Mentoring Symposium 2013

Save the Date - November 5 - 7, 2013 in Banff, Alberta


The National Mentoring Symposium will celebrate 100 years of mentoring across Canada by showcasing innovative mentoring partnerships, practices, programs and research and by setting the stage for mentoring in the future. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada (BBBSC) and The Alberta Mentoring Partnership (AMP) are working together to co-host the first ever national conference on mentoring. The event will strive to advance the unique contributions of mentoring to the well-being of children and youth, volunteer mentors and communities across Canada by highlighting innovative partnerships, promising practices or programs and the state of the research.

Call for Presenters is open -

Registration will open early spring, 2013 -

Contact Info: For further information, please contact Susan Bell, Education Manager, Cross-Ministry Services Branch, at 780-415-0259 (toll-free by first dialing 310-0000) or at


What is SIAMS? Why Should I Care?

Although it has the ring of a word invented by Dr. Seuss (pronounced sigh-ams), it actually stands forSecure Information and Access Management System and is important for students applying for entrance into a post-secondary institution in Alberta using and/or applying for student loans and grants through Student Aid Alberta using Both of these applications use SIAMS for individual online security. Once an identity is developed (user name and password) they will have it for life.


Here are some key steps in creating and managing a SIAMS identity:

  1. Create a user name that relates to them such as the prefix name on an email, i.e. Smith_joe420.
  2. Develop a strong secure password. Microsofts password creator is a fun tool to use.
  3. Once developed, students will need their i.d. year after year if applying to Student Aid Alberta, or another post-secondary program or institution using Apply Alberta. So…they should write their user name in a secure place. This could be inside cover of their document folder or another secure area.
  4. The password expires about every two years so students will need to reset their password if they do not use the above sites in that time frame. And can recover their user name if they need to.

Organizing your Documents as a Post-Secondary Student:

  1. Keep all school documents such as transcripts, institution letters and invoices with payment receipts in a folder. Many of these have user names with passwords and other key identifiers that need to be used and kept.
  2. Have a separate folder for any funding items such as scholarship applications sent, referee letters and any scholarship sites user names and passwords.
  3. Keep all your Student Aid Alberta papers in another folder with correspondence and important documents such as award letters, information letters and any completed forms or letters you send to Student Aid Alberta.
  4. You can organize these files by year and keep them in a safe secure place allowing you to access the information when needed. And yes, you will need it on a yearly basis at least.

In closing Dr. Seuss always had a key message to all his readers, young and old, and ours is that “organization and time management will drive half of your post-secondary success and later on your own professional success, so get organized!”


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