Portage College :

Awards Available to Students Registered in Academic Upgrading

This is a list of awards, scholarships and bursaries available to students registered in academic upgrading programs at Portage College. Please refer to the specific criteria in order to determine your eligibility based on program requirements or other specific terms and conditions.

NAME OF AWARD
Academic/Athletic Award

Academic Preparation Program Wellness Award

Adult High School Equivalence Scholarship

Brandon Swan Memorial Bursary

Debhra Dennison Memorial Award

Emergent Need Bursary

Female Athlete of the Year Award

Fred & Vera Saunders Dedication to Education Award

Jimmie Condon Athletic Awards for Volleyball

Laurence Decore Award for Student Leadership

Learning Assistance Centre Bursary

Len Calliou Memorial Award

Male Athlete of the Year Award

Northlands Park Achievement Award

Opening Doors Entrance Bursary

Outstanding Student Award

Partnership Awards Program

Pow Wow Association Award

Quality of Life Award

Reading Participation Award

TransCanada Bursary

Transition to Training Bursary

Voyageurs Athletic Scholarships  Cross-Country Running

Voyageurs Athletic Scholarships  Cross-Country Skiing

Voyageurs Athletic Scholarships  Curling

Voyageurs Athletic Scholarships  Golf

For information:
Portage College
Lac La Biche: (780) 623-5580
Cold Lake: (780) 594-3255
St. Paul: (780) 645-6214

Web: www.portage.ab.ca


Academic Preparation Program Wellness Award

Value: $150
Number Awarded: 1 per year
Criteria:
· Must be enrolled in the Academic Preparation program
· Maintain acceptable progress (passing all courses) and attendance
· Shows preparedness for class, willingness to help others, goal setting and a positive attitude towards
school and others
· Maintains and strives for personal wellness
Deadline: May 1st
Application: Selected by Program Staff


Adult High School Equivalence Scholarship

Value: $500
Number Awarded: 1
Criteria:
· Enrolled full-time in an Academic Upgrading program
· Must be out of high school for a minimum of 3 years prior to commencement of upgrading
· Achieve a minimum average of 80% in courses required for entry into a post-secondary program
Deadline: September 1st
Application: Nominated by Program Coordinator

Alberta Pacific Native Cultural Arts Award

Value: $100
Number Awarded: 1
Criteria:
· Demonstrate financial need
· Progress from the Native Cultural Arts Worker Instructor program to the Native Artisans program or
from the Native Artisans program to the Native Cultural Arts Worker Instructor program
· Demonstrate academic achievement, leadership skills and commitment to assisting other students or
student organizations
· Must confirm registration in the fall
Deadline: Must be progressing to Native Artisans or vice-versa and must confirm enrolment before
bursary is released.
Application: Forms available from the Student Services Centre


Board of Governors Entrance Scholarship

Value: $800
Number Awarded: 1
Criteria:
· Register for the first time in a career training program at Portage College
· Must be an Alberta resident for 1 complete year
· Must possess a high school diploma or equivalent with an overall average of 75% or better in three 30
level core subjects
· Copy of transcript
Deadline: October 15th
Application: Forms available from the Student Services Centre


Brandon Swan Memorial Bursary

Value: $125
Number Awarded: 1
Criteria:
· Available to an Aboriginal male at least 18 years of age
· Enrolled in the Academic Upgrading 200 Level program
· Must maintain an 'A' grading and be accessing services from the Learning Assistance Centre
· Must demonstrate financial need
Deadline: May 1st
Application: Forms available from the Student Services Centre


Career & Technology Strand Entrance Bursary

Value: $300
Number Awarded: 7
Criteria:
· Enrolled full-time in a career training program
· Demonstrate financial need
· Must have successfully completed CTS courses related to career training/career goal
· Provide most recent high school transcript identifying the CTS course
Deadline: October 15th
Application: Forms available from the Student Services Centre


Distance Education Bursary

Value: $250
Number Awarded: 2
Criteria:
· Must be a full-time student currently enrolled in a career program taking a distance education course
over and above full-time courses
· Demonstrate a financial need
· Alberta resident
· Must maintain satisfactory progress
Deadline: May 1st
Application: Forms available from the Student Services Centre
Emergent Need Bursary

Value: $200
Number Awarded: 20 available for students in Academic Upgrading
10 available for students in Career programs
Bursaries given out monthly throughout the year as required
Criteria:
· Enrolled in a program full-time
· Must be an Alberta resident
· One time financial shortfall situation
· Award is deemed to make a difference in whether a student is able to remain in full-time studies
· Submit budget detailing the current financial situation including an explanation of resolving the situation
for the remainder of the year
· Only 1 award to be given per household
Deadline: Continuous acceptance of applications throughout the academic year
Application: Forms available from the Student Services Centre


First Year Career Bursary

Value: $300
Number Awarded: 9
Criteria:
· Must be a first year career program student registering in a second year of studies or related studies
· Demonstrate a financial need
· Maintain satisfactory progress and attendance while in training
· Written essay describing career plans upon graduation
Deadline: May 1st
Application: Forms available from the Student Services Centre


Forest technician Alumni Entrance Award

Value: $300
Number Awarded: 1
Criteria:
· Enrolled full-time in the Forest Technician program
· Meet all entrance requirements for the program
· Satisfactory attendance and progress
· Have taken Forestry CTS courses in high school
· Attach highschool transcripts
Deadline: October 30th
Application: Forms available from the Student Services Centre


Forestry Fellowship Award

Value: $300
Number Awarded: 2
Criteria:
· Currently enrolled full-time or a past graduate of the Forest Technician program
· Provide proof of registration into a recognized and approved forestry school or program
Deadline: October 30th
Application: Nominated by the Program Coordinator


Fred & Vera Saunders Dedication to Education Award

Value: $500
Number Awarded: 2
Criteria:
· Enrolled full-time in any Portage College program
· Having to travel at least 60 km per day to attend classes
· Satisfactory attendance and progress
· Financial need verified by application and budget submission
· Must provide documentation on sponsorship and or income
Deadline: January 15th
Application: Forms available from the Student Services Centre


Governor General's Collegiate Bronze Medal

Value: Bronze Medallion
Number Awarded: 1
Criteria:
· Successful completion of a 2 year diploma program
· Obtain the highest academic standing in a post-secondary diploma program
· Obtain an average of 80% or better
Deadline: May 15th
Application: Nominated by the Program Coordinator


Helping Hand Bursary (For Post-Secondary Students)

Value: $200 for single student/married no children
$400 for single parent/married with children
Number Awarded: varies per semester
Criteria:
· Must be enrolled full-time in a post-secondary career program
· Demonstrate financial need
· Have acceptable progress and attendance
Deadline: November 15th and March 15th
Application: Forms available from the Student Services Centre


IKON Award

Value: $400
Number Awarded: 4
Criteria:
· Enrolled full-time in a 1st or 2nd year of a career program
· Must be an Alberta resident
· Must have outstanding academic achievement
Deadline: May 1st
Application: Nominated by the Program Coordinator


Jason Lang Scholarship

Value: $1,000
Number Awarded: varies
Criteria:
· Must be an Alberta resident
· Must have completed 1 year of an undergraduate post-secondary program in Alberta that is at least 2
years in length
· Average of marks obtained in the first year of study must be equivalent to at least 80%
· The student must have been enrolled in at least 80% of a full course load based on the institution's
requirement
· Students can take this award to another institution in Alberta but they cannot take it outside Alberta
· Students cannot receive both the Jason Lang Scholarship and the Louise McKinney Scholarship
Deadline: Ongoing


Jimmie Condon Athletic Award ( for Volleyball)

Value: $1,800
Number Awarded: 24 (12 for men and 12 for women)
Criteria:
· Enrolled full-time in a career program
· Must be an Alberta resident
· Is a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant
· Maintain an average of 65%
· Must be a member of the Voyageurs volleyball team
· Maintains or has maintained a practice and training program acceptable to the coach
· Has fulfilled obligations to his/her respective team
Deadline: October 15th
Application: Apply to the Portage College Recreation Department


Lac La Biche Bicentennial Bursary

Value: $800
Number Awarded: 2
Criteria:
· Enrolled full-time in a career training program
· Demonstrate a financial need
· Must be an Alberta resident
· Write an essay or do an oral presentation on the influence the community of Lac La Biche has had on
your chosen profession and the benefits the community will have upon completion of studies
· Must be educated for at least 7 years in the Lac La Biche public school system
Deadline: October 15th
Application: Forms available from the Student Services Centre


Lakeland Regional Health Authority Aboriginal Practical Nursing Award of Excellence

Value: $1,150
Number Awarded: 2 for September 2002 and 2 for September 2003 ONLY
Criteria:
· Must be registered in the Licensed Practical Nursing program at Portage College
· Must be of Aboriginal descent
· Must demonstrate academic success near or at graduation (passing all courses)
· Must show a caring and positive attitude and a desire to work for the Lakeland Regional Health
Authority
· Must provide resume and a reference letter from Clinical Nursing Instructor and/or previous employers
Deadline: August 30th
Application: Clinical nursing instructor shall nominate candidate/jointly select recipients with Lakeland Regional Health Authority representative


Laurence Decore Award for Student leadership

Value: $500
Number Awarded: 2
Criteria:
· Enrolled in a minimum of 3 full-time courses at a designated post-secondary institution in Alberta
· Must be an Alberta resident
· Applicant must display a notable level of commitment in one of the following areas:
- student government
- student societies, clubs or organizations
- non-profit community organizations
Deadline: March 1st
Application: Must be nominated by their peers and then recommended by their institution's Selection
Committee


Learning Assistance Centre Bursary

Value: $500
Number Awarded: 4 (2 for students in Academic Upgrading and
2 for students in Career programs)
Criteria:
· Enrolled for the first time, or after a 3 year absence from a program at Portage College
· Demonstrate a financial need
· Must be an Alberta resident for 1 complete year
· Must be diagnosed with a learning disability
· Provide proof of diagnosis
· Written essay or oral presentation describing the difficulties encountered prior to diagnosis and your
plan for the future
Deadline: December 1st
Application: Forms available from the Student Services Centre


Len Calliou Memorial Award

Value: $200
Number Awarded: 1
Criteria:
· Enrolled in the Class I Truck Transport Training program
· Must be a registered member of a Metis Settlement
· Have demonstrated excellence in the practical skills component of the program
OR should no one qualify under the Class I Transport Training Program by May 1st, the award may be awarded to:
· someone currently enrolled in Academic Upgrading, planning to register in a career program in the
following academic year, at Portage College
· someone who has demonstrated personal growth, strong work ethic, excellent attendance, good progress
and developed positive relationships with fellow students and College staff
Deadline: May 1st
Application: Nominated by the Program Coordinator
Louise McKinney Scholarship

Value: $2,500
Number Awarded: 2
Criteria:
· Must be a full-time student in a post-secondary program
· Must be an Alberta resident for 1 complete year
· Enrol in a second or subsequent year of full-time studies of at least one semester in length
· Obtain the highest academic average
· Louise McKinney Scholarships are reserved for the top 2% of students entering their second or
subsequent years of a full-time program
Deadline: May 31st
Application: Nominated by the Program Coordinator


Myrna G. Fox Human Services Scholarship

Value: $300
Number Awarded: 1
Criteria:
· Enrolled and graduating from a Human Services Diploma program
· Must be pursuing his/her post-secondary education, with preference given to University studies
· Must have a minimum of 80% final average in the second year of the diploma program
· Proof of registration in further studies
Deadline: May 1st
Application: Forms available from the Student Services Centre


Northlands Park Achievement Award

Value: $150
Number Awarded: 5 (varies)
Criteria:
· Enrolled in a program full-time
· Progress from academic upgrading or a career program to further post-secondary studies
· Demonstrate academic achievement, leadership skills and career goal accomplishments
Deadline: May 1st
Application: Nominated by the Program Coordinator


Opening Doors Entrance Bursary
(for Community Campus Academic Upgrading students)
Value: $250
Number Awarded: varies
Criteria:
· Enrolled for the first time in an Academic Upgrading program at a Portage College community campus
· Demonstrate a financial need
· Maintain satisfactory progress and attendance while in training
· Be out of the secondary school system for 3 complete years or more
· Have a sporadic employment history
Deadline: October 15th
Application: Forms available from the Student Services Centre

Outstanding Student Award

Value: Plaque
Number Awarded: One per program
Criteria:
· Obtain highest academic achievement while attending full-time studies in a program at Portage College
Deadline: 2 weeks prior to graduation
Application: Nominated by the Program Coordinator


Partnership Awards Program
(Portage College Student Association, Campus Recreation, Northern Alberta Development Council)

Value: $1,000
Number Awarded: 3
Criteria:
· Enrolled full-time in a program leading to a certificate or diploma upon completion
· Must be from a northeastern Alberta community with intentions to commit to future employment in
northern Alberta after graduation
· Must be involved with the College in one of the following areas:
a) Academic and athletic excellence and participate in Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference sports
b) Academic excellence and contribute to and participate in campus life activities
c) Academic excellence and contribute to and participate in student government
Deadline: December 1st
Application: Written nomination from staff or students, submitted to the Portage College Athletic Director


Pepsi-Cola Scholarship

Value: $225
Number Awarded: 22
Criteria:
· Must have the highest academic achievement in their program upon completion
· Enrolled full-time as a student in a Career program
· Must have satisfactory attendance and progress
Deadline: 2 weeks prior to graduation
Application: Must be nominated by Program Coordinator

Portage College Board of Governors Bursary

Value: $250
Number Awarded: 15 (6 for single students; 9 for families
NOTE: out of the 15 bursaries, 2 are made available to students at the St. Paul campus)
Criteria:
· Must demonstrate financial need
· Must be a full-time student
· Must be enrolled in a career program
· Must be an Alberta resident for one full year
· Must have satisfactory attendance and progress
· Must provide documentation on sponsorship and/or income
Deadline: March 1, 2003
Application: Forms available from the Student Services Centre


Portage College Entrance Scholarships

Value: $500
Number Awarded: 30
Criteria:
· For high school students entering directly into a Portage College post-secondary program
· Must be a full-time student
· Must be coming to school same year as completing high school (with a January or June graduation),
with no other post-secondary or upgrading in between
Deadline: First 30 qualified and accepted into a career program will receive the scholarship after
demonstrating acceptable progress and attendance in the first portion of their program
Application: No application necessary. Award recipients will be selected, and scholarships will be disbursed,
after December 1st by the Awards Office


Pow Wow Association Award

Value: $150
Number Awarded: 1
Criteria:
· Demonstrate a financial need
· Must be a resident of Lac La Biche for the past 3 complete years
· Must maintain progress and attendance while registered in a full-time program at the main campus
· Provide most recent progress report
· Must be recognized for the valuable contribution and dedication to bettering the lives of students at the
College or the community of Lac La Biche
· Written verification/reference of volunteer contribution from a non-profit society Board Chairman or
Director of a community organization or club
Deadline: May 1st
Application: Forms available from the Student Services Centre


Practicum Bursary

Value: $300
Number Awarded: 20
Criteria:
· Enrolled full-time in a career program which includes a field placement component
· Demonstrate a financial need
· Must maintain satisfactory progress and attendance while in training
· Must provide an additional monthly budget breakdown documenting the exceptional expenses to be
incurred while on field placement
Deadline: October 1st, December 1st, February 1st, April 1st
Application: Forms available from the Student Services Centre


Presidents Entrance Scholarship

Value: $1000
Number Awarded: 1
Criteria:
· Must be an Alberta resident for 1 complete year
· Must possess a high school diploma or equivalent with an overall average of 75% or better in 3 core
subjects taken in Grade 10 through 12
· Register for the first time in a career training program
Deadline: October 15th
Application: Forms available from the Student Services Centre


Quality of Life Award

Value: $150
Number Awarded: 5
Criteria:
· Significantly enhance the quality of fellow student lives during the past academic year
· Registered in full-time studies
Deadline: May 1st
Application: May be nominated by the Program Coordinator, Housing Manager, Campus Life or Student Association Members


Ray Johnson Memorial Scholarship

Value: $200
Number Awarded: 1
Criteria:
· Must be enrolled in 1 of the Cooking programs
· Demonstrate a financial need
· Must maintain satisfactory academic performance
· Provide progress report
Deadline: May 1st
Application: Nominated by the Program Coordinator


Reading Participation Award

Value: Certificate; Dictionary; Photograph displayed in College library
Number Awarded: varies
Criteria:
· Display the most improved reading ability (can include quantity of books or items or movement to a
higher reading level)
Deadline: None
Application: Must attend an interview with Portage College Library Awards Panel


Transcanada Bursary

Value: $500
Number Awarded: 2
Criteria:
· Enrolled full-time in a post-secondary program or a program leading to post-secondary studies
· Demonstrate a financial need
· Must be an Alberta resident for 1 complete year
· Must be of Aboriginal ancestry
· Possess promising academic qualifications
To be eligible for matching funds through Northern Alberta Development Council (NADC):
· Enrolled full-time in a post-secondary program leading to a certificate or diploma upon completion
· Must be an Alberta resident for the past 3 years
· Must be from a northern Alberta community with intentions to commit to future employment in northern
Alberta after graduation
Deadline: October 15th
Application: Forms available from the Student Services Centre


Transition to Training Bursary

Value: $300
Number Awarded: 6 available for community campus students
8 available for main campus students
Criteria:
· Enrolled full-time in an Academic Upgrading program and will be registering into a career program
· Demonstrate a financial need
· Alberta resident
· Must achieve a high academic standing and maintain satisfactory attendance while in training
· Show proof of registration into a career training program at Portage College
Deadline: May 1st
Application: Forms available from the Student Services Centre


Xerox Award

Value: $150
Number Awarded: 2
Criteria:
· Enrolled full-time in the Office Administration program
· Must have high level of academic achievement in document formatting and
keyboarding skills
Deadline: May 1st
Application: Nominated by the Program Coordinator


Voyageurs Athletic Scholarships - Cross-Country Running

Value: $300
Number Awarded: 4
Criteria:
· Enrolled for the first time as a full-time student at Portage College
· Must participate in Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference sports
· Must be a member of the Portage College Voyageurs Cross-Country Running team
Deadline: October 15th
Application: Must be nominated by the Coach of the Voyageurs Cross-Country Running Team
 

 


Voyageurs Athletic Scholarships - Cross-Country Skiing
Value: $450
Number Awarded: 6
Criteria:
· Enrolled for the first time as a full-time student at Portage College
· Must participate in Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference sports
· Must be a member of the Portage College Voyageurs Cross-Country Ski team
Deadline: March 1st
Application: Must be nominated by the Coach of the Voyageurs Cross-Country Ski Team


Voyageurs Athletic Scholarships - Curling

Value: $400
Number Awarded: 6
Criteria:
· Enrolled for the first time as a full-time student at Portage College
· Must participate in Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference sports
· Must be a member of the Portage College Voyageurs Curling team
Deadline: March 1st
Application: Must be nominated by the Coach of the Voyageurs Curling Team


Voyageurs Athletic Scholarships - Golf

Value: $150
Number Awarded: 4
Criteria:
· Enrolled for the first time as a full-time student at Portage College
· Must participate in Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference sports
· Must be a member of the Portage College Voyageurs Golf team
Deadline: October 15th
Application: Must be nominated by the Coach of the Voyageurs Golf Team

Additional Awards Available from External Agencies

This section provides information on additional awards, bursaries and scholarships available to Portage College students from external organizations and agencies.


Terry Fox Humanitarian Award

Value: $4,000
Number Awarded: Varies
Criteria:
· Must be a Grade 12 graduate or studying towards a first degree or diploma
· Must be 25 years of age or less
· Must show distinction in the pursuits of excellence in academics or athletics, have volunteered and made
contributions to the community, particularly in the face of 'obstacles' (personal, social, financial or
physical challenges that call for courage)
· Must be a Canadian citizen
Deadline: February 1st
Application: Forms available from the Student Services Centre

TROY DRYSDALE MEMORIAL EMERGENCY SERVICES BURSARY
Value: $5,000
Number Awarded: Varies
Criteria:
· Must be pursuing a career in Public Emergency Services, Fire or EMS, for employment in Northwestern
Alberta
· Accepted into or attending an accredited post-secondary institution full-time
· Must live in or be from northwestern Alberta
· Must demonstrate financial need
· Must be at least 18 years of age
· Clear of criminal convictions
Deadline: June 30th
Application: Forms available from the Student Services Centre

For information:
Portage College
Lac La Biche: (780) 623-5580
Cold Lake: (780) 594-3255
St. Paul: (780) 645-6214

Web: www.portage.ab.ca