Jennifer Shepherd lived life to the fullest with a kind spirit and generous soul. The Jennifer Ellen Shepherd Memorial Award was created by her family and friends to honour her memory and help future generations of students achieve personal success by providing financial assistance to enable them to pursue their educational dreams.


Jim and Marilyn Shepherd, family, friends and associates

Where Tenable

Calgary Board of Education

Field of Study

RN (Bachelor of Science degree program), Bachelor of Business, Education, or Law or a focus in the hard sciences including all engineering departments, biology, veterinary medicine, or medicine.


$10,000 in total; $2,500 in year one with the option to renew award for up to three consecutive years at $2,500 per year.




Open to students registered in grade 12 who are completing the requirements of a high school diploma. Applicants must have demonstrated academic progress and have a minimum 75% average in grades 10, 11 and 12. Applicants must have held a part-time job and/or summer employment as partial evidence of financial need or demonstrated positive citizenship qualities as revealed by the participation in non-academic activities for the school and/or community. Applicants must be Canadian citizens.

Applicants are required to submit an original essay “describing their intentions and aspirations for the course or program of study they are pursuing.” The essay should reflect on requirements for success in pursuing post-secondary education at the institution they plan to attend and reflect their involvement in extra-curricular activities. The essay must be no more than 500 words in length (one page, typed or printed).

Two letters of recommendation are required. Letters may be provided from a school official, employer, or a community leader representing a community-based organization, and will attest to the applicant’s general community participation, extra-curricular activities and determination to succeed.

Selection will be based on above listed requirements and determined by (in order of priority) financial need, academic merit, references and essay.


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 early July. A shortlist of applicants will be selected by the EducationMatters Scholarship Selection Committee and provided to the donor for final selection. To claim the award, within two (2) years of notification of award, the recipient must be registered in an eligible program of post- secondary study of at least two years duration. Payments are made to the post- secondary institutions. A certificate will be provided to the student recognizing their accomplishment of receiving this award.

In order to receive continued funding, award holders must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA for the previous year, continue in post-secondary based on a full-time course load (as determined by the institution) in one of the designated fields of study and provide proof of enrollment. An Official Transcript must accompany each subsequent semester payment Activation Form, which must be received no later than three (3) months after the beginning of the semester.


May 1

To download a printable PDF of the terms of reference for this award click here.