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Scholarships & Awards

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​We understand that funding your post-secondary education can be a challenge. Through the generosity of many individuals, companies, and associations, we are proud to offer a number of financial awards.

Awards may be given based on financial need, academic achievement, community involvement, leadership or extra-curricular activities. The award may also be a combination of a scholarship, bursary or a prize.

What is the difference between a scholarship, bursary and prize? 

  • A scholarship is an award given in recognition of academic excellence or achievement.

  • A bursary is a cash award that is based on financial need. There may be also be additional requirements, such as community involvement or leadership; the criteria will outline what is required.

  • A prize is an award based on a specific outstanding accomplishment or achievement. This award may be cash, a plaque, a book, a medal or a gift​​​​​.

Frequently Asked Questions for Awards and Award Applications​

Available Student Awards

Please check out our Northern Lakes College Student Awards List​ for bursaries, scholarships and awards you may be eligible for. We also have a Tuition Bursary available to students that are not receiving any financial assistance (including Student Loans and third-party sponsorship).

​If you wish to apply for any Northern Lakes College awards, you will need the following:​​

Indigenous Career Award Application 2017-18
Tuition Bursary Application
Emergency Financial Needs Bursary Application 

Winter Award Application

External Awards/Scholarships/Bursaries

There are tons of awards, scholarships and bursaries out there just waiting for you. Two great links to check out are: and​.

Here is a list of links to some of those available external awards​.​

Here are a few websites where you create a profile that will match you with some (but not all) of the scholarships and bursaries available across Canada:


S​​erving Communities Internship Program

The Serving Communities Internship Program (SCiP) is a unique opportunity that allows students to gain valuable work experience in the non-profit/volunteer sector and receive a $1,000 bursary upon completion. This is a new internship program available to post-secondary students.

Starting in the fall, students can apply for one of up to 500 available internships. Successful applicants can expect to gain meaningful experience at a non-profit/volunteer organization, putting their educational knowledge and skills to work. At the end of the internship, students will receive a $1,000 bursary.​ 

This program is the result of a collaborative effort between the Government of Alberta, Volunteer Alberta and the Alberta Students’ Executive Council. Students interested in finding out more information should look here:​​