What is “The Rutherford?”

Why is this scholarship called “The Rutherford?”

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

 

Who was Alexander Rutherford?

He was a Canadian lawyer and politician who served as the first premier of Alberta form 1905 to 1910. and as stated above, he was well-known for his strong support of public education, particularly the University of Alberta and for his active involvements in community affairs.

 

What is the purpose of  “The Rutherford?”

It was to recognize and reward academic achievement of senior high school students and encourage them to pursue post-secondary studies.

 

How do you apply for this Scholarship?

People will be able to apply once your “official high school transcript marks” are ready and available and when you have at least enrolled in a full-time post-secondary studies.

 

How can you receive this scholarship?

You will need to meet all 4 eligibility criteria:

  • Must be a Canadian Citizen, a permanent Resident of Canada or Protected person under “Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. (Visa students are not considered 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 designed post-secondary or an apprenticeship program of at least one semester in length.
  • Be enrolled in a full course load in a designated post-secondary or an apprenticeship program of at least one semester in length.

 

How many courses do you need while enrolled in high-school?

As a grade 10, 11, or 12, students must have a minimum combined average based on the five designated courses:

  • Math classes (-1 or -2)
  • Science classes (BIO, CHEM, PHYS 20/30)
  • Social Studies classes (-1 or -2)
  • English or French classes (-1 or -2)
  • CTS (Career and Technology studies or optional classes

Calculated from:

– For Alberta Residents:

Courses/marks on an official Alberta Transcript of High School Achievement.

– For students that completed High School outside of Alberta:

Courses/marks that appear on an official high school transcript attained in another province.

 

(Disbursement) When and how will you get your payment?

Once your enrollment has been confirmed by the post-secondary institution of your choice, Alberta Student Aid (ASA) will mail a cheque to you within one month.

*YOU WILL ONLY BE AWARDED THE ALEXANDER RUTHERFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONCE.

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