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AC Scholarshipss

Academic scholarships reward outstanding achievement in a specific discipline (e.g. commerce, psychology, etc.). Scholarships are offered in each major term (Fall, Winter, Spring).


Award Type: Scholarship
Value: $1,300 each

Subject Rotations:
Fall term (award given in Winter):

  1. Norman Swartz Philosophy Scholarship
  2. English Scholarship
  3. Biology Scholarship
  4. Asian Studies Scholarship
  5. Computing Science Scholarship

Winter term (award given in Spring):

  1. Commerce Scholarship
  2. History Scholarship
  3. Chemistry Scholarship
  4. EAP Scholarship
  5. Psychology Scholarship

Spring term (award given in Fall):

  1. Physics scholarship
  2. Sociology Scholarship
  3. Peter Kennedy Economics Scholarship
  4. Math Scholarship
  5. French Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Academic excellence within the respective subject area;
  2. Strong attendance record within the respective subject area;
  3. Cumulative GPA of 2.67 in a minimum of 9 credits

Nominations: Students are nominated by their instructor immediately after final grades are entered in a term. Each instructor can nominate one student in each course section. Nomination is voluntary.

Selection Committee: The Regular Instructors within each subject area convene, according to the scheduled rotation of subject area awards, to form the selection committees in a given term. In cases where there is only one Regular Instructor for that subject area (e.g., HIST), s/he should consult with the SASC member. In EAP, the Department Head is always included in the Committee.

External Scholarships

Further to our internal Scholarships, Alexander College is committed to student success by connecting students to external scholarships as well – please see below for a consistently updating list of some of these opportunities. For assistance
applying or if you have questions regarding any qualifications, please reach out to or book an appointment with a student services officer.

  • Ayn Rand Scholarship
    Contest is open to students worldwide, except where void or prohibited by law. Essays must be written in English only.

    Essay must be no fewer than 800 and no more than 1,600 words in length, double-spaced. Spelling errors and/or written corrections (by anyone) found on the essay will count against the final grade and should be omitted before submission.

    1st Place – $25,000
    2nd Place – $2500
    3rd Place – $500
    Finalists – $100

    Deadline: Closed, will reopen

  • BC Excellence Scholarships
    There are 55 BC Excellence Scholarships available to recognize well-rounded B.C. graduates.

    You must be nominated by your secondary school in order to apply for this scholarship. Only one student from each school may be nominated. Please inquire at your school if you would like to be considered for nomination.


    • Have at least a
      • “B” (73% or above) in their Language Arts 11 final mark
      • “B” average in final course marks that fulfill graduation requirements of Science 11 or 12, Math 11 and Social Studies 11 or 12, with no more than one “C+” (67% or above) final course mark, (marks lower than “C+” are not accepted)
    • Maintain a “B” average or better in Grades 11 and 12 final course marks required for graduation

    Prize: $5000

  • CAEL Scholarship
    Eligible applicants will be able to apply directly through their CAEL account. If you have received a score of 70 or higher, log into your CAEL account to access the application form.


    • Submitted the CAEL CE Test for admissions to a Canadian university or college as proof of English language proficiency
    • Achieved a score of 70 or higher on CAEL CE
    • Completed the essay submission
    • Admitted or enrolled at a Canadian post-secondary institution

    Prize: $5000 scholarship
    Deadline: April 30, 2020.

  • Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development

    The scholarship value varies depending on the duration and level of study. The scholarship value for students is:

    • CAD 10,200 for college, undergraduate or graduate students (Master’s and PhD) for a minimum of four months or one academic term of study or research;
    • CAD 12,700 for graduate students (Master’s and PhD) for a period of five to six months of study or research; or
    • CAD 15,900 for undergraduate and college students for a period of eight months or two academic terms of study or research.

    Candidates must be citizens of an ASEAN member state (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos (Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR)), Malaysia, Myanmar, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, or Vietnam).

    Deadline: March 5, 2020

  • Centennial Scholars Entrance Award to UBC


    • A strong academic student
    • Meet all of UBC’s admission requirements
    • You must also be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident of Canada, or protected person in Canada
    • Entering UBC’s Okanagan or Vancouver campus directly from high school, or transferring from another post-secondary institution into a direct-entry program for your first undergraduate degree

    You and your family must complete an application to demonstrate financial need. The application also requires a reference letter from someone who is well acquainted with you and who can comment on your character, interest in UBC, and financial
    situation. Your reference could be – but is not limited to – a coach, a teacher, your counsellor, your principal, your supervisor from a work or volunteer position, your family doctor, or a community or religious leader.

    Prize: Up to $40,000
    Deadline: December 2020

  • Collegedunia Dream Scholarship

    The scholarship is available to all Indian Citizen international students who are planning to pursue or pursuing higher education from a reputed Canadian university.

    • Should be 18 years or older at the time of enrollment
    • Should be enrolled in an approved undergraduate/postgraduate course in the reputed Canadian educational institute
    • Should submit a non-plagiarized, original essay (300-600 words) including the following points:
      • Why did you choose this course and university?
      • How will it help you in your career growth?
      • What will be your next course of action after completion of the course?
      • How does it give you an extra edge as compared to other applicants?

    Prize: $1000 scholarship
    Deadline: Feb 20, 2020

  • Elizabeth Paterson Award
    Awarded to an international student or group of students in order to recognize those who contribute in a positive way to internationalization of their campus community.

    Deadline: Closed, will re-open

  • Irving K Barber Transfer Scholarship

    You can apply for a transfer scholarship after one year of full-time study if you MUST transfer to complete your degree or two years of full-time study, if you CHOOSE to transfer to complete your degree.


    • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident (landed immigrant), convention refugee, or protected person living in Canada;
    • Have at least a B GPA on your best 30 credits;
    • Should submit a non-plagiarized, original essay (300-600 words) including the following points:

    Prize: $5000
    Deadline: March 31, 2020

  • Ivy Panda’s Semi Annual Video Contest for International Students
    Create a short Video – 1:00-1:30 on the following topics:

    • How to overcome the Language Barrier as an International Student
    • Your Time Management tips for College students
    • How to keep yourself Healthy in a College Environment
    • Your advice for choosing a college Major

    Prize: $1500
    Deadline: Closed, will reopen

  • IWSH Essay Scholarship

    Students must provide a copy of their current full-time schedule, school transcripts, or acceptance letter with their submission.

    Must be a current high school senior; or enrolled or accepted as a full-time (12 credit hours) student in an accredited technical school, community college, trade school, four-year accredited college or university, or an apprentice program.

    International students are eligible. Please submit proper school documentation with the essay.

    800-1600 words

    Prize: $1000, $750, $500
    Deadline: April 30, 2020

    2020 Topic to be announced late January 2020

  • Live Your Dream Award

    • Provides the primary financial support for yourself and your dependents. Dependents can include children, spouse, partner, siblings and/or parents.
    • Has financial need.
    • Is enrolled in or has been accepted to a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program.
    • Resides in one of Soroptimist International of the Americas’ member countries/territories (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guam, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru,
      Philippines, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, United States of America, Venezuela).

    Deadline: Opening August 1, 2020

  • Margaret McNamara Education Grants

    • Be at least 25 years old at time of application deadline (see specific regional program application below);
    • Be a national of a country listed on the MMEG Country Eligibility List (except for the Trinity Washington University program);
    • Be enrolled (not just accepted) at an accredited academic institution when submitting application; and plan to be enrolled for a full academic term after award of the grant by the Board;

    The scholarships requires the following:

    • Brief paragraphs of your personal story, and a description of how your studies, experiences and future plans are linked to your commitment to women and children in developing countries;
    • An estimate of your financial situation for the coming academic year, and planned strategies to cover funding needs;
    • A summary of your thesis (if applicable), including its objective, methodology and findings, and relationship to career goals.

    Two reference letters are required.

    Deadline: Closed, will reopen

  • MENSA Canada Scholarships
    Applicants must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants enrolled in a full-time program at a Canadian post-secondary institution, accredited by the applicable provincial Ministry of Education, during the 2019-2020 year.

    Write an essay describing your career goals in 250 words or less.

    Prize: One or more scholarships of $2000-$3000

    Deadline: Closed, will reopen

  • Pinecone Research Sweepstakes
    Money received based on Survey participation ($3 per survey).

    Deadline: March 31, 2020

  • Study in Canada Scholarships

    Student must submit application to the post-secondary of their choosing. Once submitted, the Canadian institutions will apply on behalf of the candidate(s) by submitting the online application form and uploading all supporting documents prior
    to the deadline.

    Canadian institutions:

    • must apply on behalf of the candidate(s) by submitting the online application form and uploading all supporting documents prior to the deadline;

    The student must be citizens of one of the following eligible countries:

    • Azerbaijan, Bhutan, Comoros, Djibouti, Fiji, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Liberia, Mauritania, Micronesia, Palau, Tonga, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Vanuatu. Palestinian students from the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem are also eligible.

    Prize: The scholarship value varies depending on the duration, level and program of study. The scholarship values are:

    • Up to CAD 60,000 for programs of one academic year in duration (e.g., two academic terms of up to 4 months each
    • Up to CAD 120,000 for programs of two academic years in duration (e.g., up to 20 months, including four academic terms of up to 4 months each and one intervening spring/summer term of up to 4 months)

    In addition to the funds allocated to the recipients by DFATD, the Canadian host institution may also claim CAD 500 per scholarship recipient to assist with administrative costs once the scholarship recipient arrives in Canada.
    Deadline: January to March 2020 to submit applications

  • The Cover Guy Scholarship


    • The student must be currently enrolled, or going to be enrolled in a program at a university, college or trade school in the United States or Canada for the upcoming school year.
    • The applicant must submit an article consisting of 500-1000 words.
    • The article must be in and around the applicants experience with hot tubs, backyard experiences, how hot tubs improve life, etc…
    • One submission per applicant. And should be sent by email only. Please include name, phone number, address, school name, program. Give an explanation of why you should be considered for the award (grades, volunteer work, etc..), student
      ID number, and the article.

    Prize: $1000 award
    Deadline: July 1, 2020

*This is an abridged version of the policy on Academic Scholarships.

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