Tom Inkster was the kind of man who inspired action in his students; lifting them out of ordinary classroom experiences and into extraordinary, life-changing learning situations. He led, enabled, allowed, trusted, had faith in, laughed with and inspired us all. This award was established by his former students, family and friends, as a tribute to this great man, leadership teacher, wrestling coach, and outdoor guru.


Family, friends and alumni of teacher, Tom Inkster

Where Tenable

Ernest Manning High School, Calgary Board of Education

Field of Study







Open to students registered in grade 12 at Ernest Manning High School who are completing the requirements of a high school diploma.

This award recognizes and encourages students to continue their personal leadership development and interest in outdoor education. Applicants are required to provide an essay of approximately 500 words that reflects on their personal leadership qualities and experiences and how pursuing their chosen educational path will enable them to “give back” to their community. Applicants must have the attached Teacher Evaluation Form completed and provide one letter of reference demonstrating their leadership qualities through their school and/or community involvement and/or their athletic/outdoor pursuits is also required (can be provided by a community leader).

Student must have attained satisfactory academic achievement to enroll in the post- secondary program of the student’s chosen field of study.

Selection will be based on (in order of priority) essay, teacher evaluation and letter of reference and academics.


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

School-specific. Award recipients will be selected by the Ernest Manning High Award Selection Committee including a representative from EducationMatters and forwarded to the donor for final selection. To claim the award, within twelve (12) months of notification of award, the recipient must be registered in an eligible program (as listed above) of post-secondary study in Canada of at least two years duration.  Payments are made to the post-secondary institution upon confirmation of enrollment/registration.


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