The Laurie Sommerville Scholarship was established to recognize students who have the potential to successfully complete post-secondary studies but may not otherwise be able to do so because of adverse life experiences and are in need of some financial support and encouragement.
Calgary Board of Education
Field of Study
Based on program cost to an average of $2,000 per award
One – Five dependent on funds available and applicant(s) need
Open to students registered in grade 11 or 12 in the Calgary Board of Education who are completing the requirements of a high school diploma, demonstrate financial need and wish to pursue post-secondary education.
Applicants are required to submit an original essay of no more than 500 words (one page typed or printed) sharing their story, how they have overcome or are dealing with adversity and how their experiences are leading them to their chosen career path and/or educational pursuit.
One letter of reference is required that outlines how the student has demonstrated their potential to successfully complete their educational path. Letters may be provided by a member of the school staff (teacher, administrator, specialist, counsellor) or a community representative who has had direct contact with the applicant.
Selection will be based on the student’s financial need, essay and reference letter.
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.
Selection & Payment
Recipients will be notified by December 30. The selection committee will consist of a representative from EducationMatters Student Award Selection Committee, and a staff member. A short-list of selected candidates may be provided to the donor for final selection.
To claim the award, within eighteen (18) months of high school graduation, the recipient must be registered in an eligible program of post-secondary study in Canada, an eligible skilled trades or apprenticeship program or an eligible institution providing certification that will enable the student to earn a living wage. Payments are made to the post-secondary/educational institution.
To download a printable PDF of the terms of reference for this award click here.