Alexander Rutherford High School Achievement Scholarship


Applying for the Rutherford Scholarship

Alexander Rutherford Scholarship (the Rutherford) was named in honour of Alexander Rutherford, Alberta’s first Premier. The Rutherford recognizes and rewards academic achievement in senior high school to encourage students to pursue post-secondary studies.

Application Process and Timelines

Step 1: Submit your online application when:

  • Your final high school marks are available, and
  • You are enrolled in full-time post-secondary studies between August 1, 2017 and July 31, 2018,


  • You have completed high school on or after September 30, 1980.

You will be notified of the results of your assessment once your final high school marks are available.


Step 2:

If you are eligible, Alberta Student Aid will send a request to your post-secondary institution asking them to confirm your enrolment:

  • If you apply before you start post-secondary studies, Student Aid will send a Confirmation of Enrolment request to your school by the end of your first month of study. 
  • If you apply during or after your post-secondary studies, Student Aid will send a Confirmation of Enrolment request to your school one month after your application has been assessed.

Step 3:

Your school will be given 30 days to confirm your enrolment. Confirmation of your enrolment must be received before your cheque can be issued. Alberta Student Aid will mail a cheque to you approximately 1 month after confirmation of enrolment is received.

  • Eligible students who complete high school outside of Alberta must submit an official transcript of their high school marks for that province.
  • Transcripts are not required for courses in Alberta. Only marks recorded on a valid Alberta Transcript of High School Achievement are accepted; high School grades obtained through upgrading at a post-secondary institution are not accepted.

In the event of a mark change, send a letter indicating the appeal with your grade, mark change and course to Alberta Student Aid.

Application forms are available from:

SCA Awarded Scholarships

hSCA offers many school awarded scholarships to their graduates.

Details about these bursaries can be found in our Registration Handbook on pages 47-49.


Application for these scholarships is now open. Deadline is April 20, 2018. 




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The graduating class of 2018 can join their Grad class text remind by

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Pursue Your Passion Student Scholarships

Scholarships available for Education, Athletics, The Arts


More information and application form available at




Peter Elzinga Educational Scholarships

The Peter Elzinga Family Foundation awards 1 - 5 scholarships yearly ranging from $600 to $2000. Information here



Ambrose Scholarship


Thinking of Ambrose? You won't want to miss out on this scholarship opportunity! The Presidential Scholarship provides full tuition for up to 4 years, eight consecutive semesters or the completion of one degree. 

Click on the following link for full information.


Scholarship & Awards Deadlines

It's important for students to leave as much time as possible to complete their scholarship applications. Many scholarships and awards have annual deadlines - and some have fall/winter session deadlines. Alberta's scholarships and awards are made available either by:

  1. Student Application - Student must complete and submit application.
  2. Nomination of Recipients - School/supporting organization must nominate and process application on behalf of the student.

Note: For nominated scholarships and awards, students must inquire about the school’s/sponsoring organization’s posted application deadline. This deadline typically falls months before the nomination deadline which is in place for the school/sponsoring organization to submit their nominations to Alberta Student Aid.

Deadlines The deadlines for submitting completed applications and supporting documents required to apply for Alberta scholarships and awards varies according to each scholarship and award. 

Keep track of scholarship deadlines at:

Alberta Student Aid sends this e-news service once a month. If you know other staff members who are responsible for advising students about scholarships and awards, please forward this newsletter to them so they can subscribe to receive these reminders. Subscribe at:



Parent/Guardian Access to Scholarship Application Information

Students may want a parent(s)/guardian to assist with aspects of their scholarship application and information.

In accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Alberta), Alberta Student Aid requires written consent to share Personal Information with a parent/guardian.

High school awards counselors should inform students that a Consent to Disclose Personal Information form must be completed and submitted to Alberta Student Aid in order to have their personal information disclosed to a designed individual. The Consent to Disclose Personal Information form is available at:

Applications & Forms

Additional Scholarship & Award Resources

Look for the following new school resources on the Alberta Student Aid website:


A new section for scholarships and awards offered by third party organizations or various Alberta universities with support from Alberta Student Aid:

A Scholarship Residency Resume to help students make changes to their application. For nomination based scholarships, students must submit this form to the Student Awards Offices at their schools:


Scholarship Websites

A couple of good websites to check for available scholarships and awards are:     (previously > about RE/MAX > In the Community > Quest for Excellence.



Alberta Indigenous Awards

Alberta Student Aid recently launched the Indigenous Careers Award and the Indigenous Graduate Award for the 2017-18 academic year. These awards encourage Indigenous Albertans (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) to pursue either high-demand career program bands or graduate studies in Alberta. Students can learn more about both the Indigenous Careers and Graduate Awards on the Alberta Student Aid website: