The Jason Fasano Spirit Award honours how Jason lived his life each and every day. Jason graduated from Bowness High School (2007) and attended Western University, graduating with a Commerce degree. Jason was a proud member of the Bowness Trojans, playing both rugby and football and continued playing varsity football in university. Jason’s special gift was his unique ability to connect with people from all walks of life, accepting each and every person he met and respecting people for who they are. Jason constantly helped friends and people in need regardless of whether he knew them or not. Simple acts of kindness like shoveling snow for a neighbour, picking garbage in parks, helping a stranger move into their home, and helping a homeless person in need of food or shelter are just some examples of the spirit he shared with the world. Jason made a lifelong impression on everyone he met by his tremendous smile, his laughter, his welcoming heart and he sincerely cared for humanity. The Jason Fasano Spirit Award will be awarded to the student(s) who simply make the world a better place to live in because of him/her/they/them.


The Fasano Family

Where Tenable

Bowness High School or, if no suitable candidates, all Calgary Board of Education (CBE) High Schools

Field of Study





Two (2)


  1. Preference will be given to students at Bowness High School, although, if there is no suitable candidate, the award will be open to all students in the CBE.
  2. Applicants must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents, registered in grade 12 and completing the requirements of a high school diploma that will qualify them for post‐secondary education.
  3. Applicants are required to submit a video (preferred) of no more than 5 minutes in length which will demonstrate the spirit of respect, acceptance, helping and welcoming traits that the award exemplifies. For applicants who are unable to create a video, an essay of approximately 500 words on this topic is required.
  4. Applicants are required to submit 2 or 3 references (letters or videos) at least one from a school official and one from a community leader or close friend describing the student’s spirit and kindness
  5. Applicants’ spirit and kindness will also be demonstrated through positive citizenship and leadership qualities as revealed by the participation in non-academic activities for the school and community.


Online application available at Applicants should check with their guidance office for more information and are encouraged to discuss their application with the Scholarship Coordinator at their high school.

Selection & Payment

Recipients are selected by the EducationMatters Student Award Selection Committee and may include representatives of the donor(s). Recipients will be notified by September.

To claim the award, within eighteen (18) months of notification of award, the recipient must be registered in an eligible program of post-secondary study in Canada of at least one (1) year duration (4-year programs accepted but not required), or an eligible skilled trades or apprenticeship program.  Payments are made to the post-secondary institution.


May 30