Scholarships & Awards


Scholarships & Awards

Olds College offers over 450 awards, valued at approximately $500,000 in scholarships, bursaries and prizes. We are very grateful to our many award donors for their generous support of our students!

Dates and Deadlines

2021-2022 Academic Year Student Awards open September 7, 2021. Students must be registered in full-time classes to be eligible.

Check back for details on how to apply for student awards closer to the opening date. We look forward to the launch of new awards software that will streamline the application process!

External Awards

There are plenty of awards out there that are not administered by Olds College. Ask your friends and parents to watch for awards for you, including their employers and groups they take part in. Research companies in the industries you want to work for in the future to see if they have any scholarships you are eligible for.  

Websites for awards information:

Agriculture Awards

Animal Health Technology

Business/Food Services Awards

Environmental Sciences Awards

Land & Water Awards

Turfgrass Awards

General Awards

Scholar Tree - Scholarship search tool

Indigenous Awards

Disability Awards

Awards for Women

Apprentice Financial Supports

International Student Awards

Try searching scholarships, bursaries and awards on a search engine of your choice and you will be amazed with the results that you get!

A few places to find other awards

  • Local service clubs (i.e. 4-H, Elks, Legion, local ag society, etc.)

  • Organizations which you or your parents belong

  • Your parents’ or your employers

  • Employers in your desired career field

  • Businesses that you or your family do business with

  • High school

  • Municipality, county

Frequently Asked Questions

What defines an Alberta resident?

For the purpose of awards administered by Olds College, a resident of Alberta is defined as (unless otherwise stated):

  • A single person who has been out of high school for less than four years, and whose parents live in Alberta; or whose parents have recently left and the student has stayed in Alberta to study; or has spent two periods of 12 consecutive months available to the labour force and Alberta is the last province in which 12 consecutive months have been spent, excluding time spent at a post-secondary institution.

  • A person who has been out of high school for four years or more, or is married/has been married; or is living common-law; or is a single parent

  • Alberta is the last province in which 12 consecutive months have been spent,  excluding time spent at a post-secondary institution.

  • A person studying in Alberta and married to an Alberta resident.
How do I find out if I have received an award?

You will receive an email to your Olds College email account with notification if you are a successful recipient of a student award.

How do I apply for scholarships, bursaries and awards?

Fall applications open September 8 and close on November 15. Students that apply after November 15 will be considered for winter awards only. The deadline for winter awards applications is February 14. To apply for Olds College student Scholarships, Bursaries & Prizes, you will need your Social Insurance Number and Olds College email and password. It's simple to apply using the online application system. Based on the information entered, you will be issued a list of all awards that you are eligible for. It takes approximately 60 minutes to complete the application.

Do I need a high GPA to qualify?

You do NOT always have to have high academics to receive awards. This is one of the most common myths that students have. Scholarships are generally academically based but bursaries are based on a student’s financial need and awards are given out for a variety of different reasons, for example, where you live, where you graduated from high school, if you hold memberships with certain clubs and organizations, etc.

You won’t receive a scholarship, bursary or award if you don’t apply.

Do I have to apply for Winter Awards if I have already applied for Fall Awards?

You do not have to apply for Winter Awards if you have already applied for Fall Awards; your application is automatically carried over.

Do only Alberta residents qualify for awards?

No.  Awards are available for students from out of province and for international students too!