Honouring their mothers, Tony and Kay Van den Brink established this bursary in recognition of students who have qualifications to continue on to post-secondary but do not have the financial means. They wish the scholarship to follow the students to their choice of academic institution to cover the cost of tuition, books and other needs.


Kermet Archibald & Jacoba Van den Brink Memorial Scholarship Fund at The Calgary Foundation


Calgary Board of Education and Calgary Catholic School District


Any of the hard sciences, engineering, geology, biology, veterinary medicine, pre-medicine or health sciences OR;
Any designated trades program (https://tradesecrets.alberta.ca/trades-in-alberta/designated-trades-profiles) or vocational programs related to healthcare or justice/legal studies.


$25,000 in total for University (4 year) programs; $10,000 in year 1, with option to renew award for up to three consecutive years at $5,000 per year.
$15,000 in total for Trades/Vocational programs – $7,500 in year 1, with option to renew award for second year.


Variable, based on available amounts for granting. Approximately 3 awards for University programs and 2 awards for Trades/Vocational programs.


Open to students registered in grade 12 who demonstrate financial need and are completing the requirements of a high school diploma. Applicants must have demonstrated academic progress in grade 12 and marks sufficient for entrance to a post-secondary area of study.
Applicants are required to submit proof of financial need.
Applicants are required to submit an original essay of approximately 500 words describing “the impact that receiving funding for post-secondary will have on their life, why they picked their specific field of study, what they hope to accomplish and how they will realize their goals.”
Applicants are encouraged to submit letters of reference from a school official, employer, or a community leader representing a community-based organization.
The recipient must not hold any other scholarship(s) or award(s) administered by EducationMatters.
International fee-paying students are not eligible to apply for this award.
Selection will be based on the level of financial need, academics, and the essay.


Online application available at www.educationmatters.ca. 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.


Recipients are selected and notified by September. The Selection Committee will include the donor and representatives from Calgary Foundation and EducationMatters. To claim the award, within twelve (12) months of notification of award, the recipient must be registered in an eligible program of post-secondary study in Canada of at least two years duration.
In order to receive continued funding, award holders must maintain sufficient academic standing to continue in post-secondary based on a full-time course load (as determined by the institution) for the previous semester and provide proof of enrollment. A transcript must accompany each subsequent proof of enrollment which must be received no later than three (3) months after the beginning of the semester.

Award will be available to recipients for a five year period for University programs and three years for trade vocational programs once payment is initiated; students must continue in an appropriate field of study and maintain an adequate GPA as per the terms of the award. Recipients must notify EducationMatters as soon as possible if they plan to defer their award or change their course of study. Payments are made to the post-secondary institution.


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