This scholarship was established in memory of Rudy Berger who was born in 1927 and lived a meaningful 96 years with a successful career in the Hospitality and Tourism Industry. After graduating from Western Canada High School, Rudy’s entrepreneurial drive led him to construct his own hamburger booth and obtain a license for a midway food stand at the Calgary Exhibition & Stampede. He then set up his business at exhibitions and fairs all across the Prairies. Subsequently, Rudy discovered a passion for Restaurant and Hotel Management. He spent several decades expanding his skillsets of hard work, honesty, integrity, loyalty, exceptional customer service, and interpersonal connections. In Calgary, Rudy opened the Glenmore Inn as General Manager to oversee its 1600 seats of food and beverage/banquet facilities. Under Rudy’s leadership, he organized a ground-breaking Dinner Theatre venture at the Glenmore Inn. Rudy loved all aspects of the hotel business from interacting with guests to overseeing special events and catering. The intent of this scholarship is to help students with similar passions pursue education and careers related to the tourism/hospitality industry.


Jeanette Berger

Where Tenable

Calgary Board of Education and Calgary Catholic School District (City of Calgary Schools only)

Field of Study

– Bachelor of Hotel and Tourism Management Degree

– Hospitality and Tourism Management Programs

– Culinary Arts Programs

– Baking and Pastry Arts Programs

– Food and Hospitality Programs

– Management and Society Programs






Open to students registered in grade 12 who are completing the requirements of a high school diploma. Applicants must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents and have academic grades sufficient to allow admission into their chosen field of study. Applicants are required to submit an original essay of approximately 500 words or a short video (maximum 5 minutes in length) describing why they selected their chosen program of study along with a description of their career aspirations, and passion for the Culinary Arts/Hospitality & Tourism Industry.


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 September. The EducationMatters Selection Committee may also include the donor or their representative. To claim the award, within one (1) year of notification of award the recipient must be registered in an eligible program of postsecondary study of at least two years duration. Payment will be made to the postsecondary institution.


May 30