Money for Nothing—Upcoming AU Scholarship Deadlines

Where’s the money for your next AU course coming from?  If you answered “I don’t know,” perhaps you need to explore AU’s scholarship opportunities.  There are eight scholarships or bursaries with application deadlines of February 15.  There is still have time to examine these opportunities and submit your application.

AU’s awards application process is now online, making it easier for students to apply.  Simply download the fillable PDF application form, complete all required fields in the form, save it, then submit through the award submission portal.

Here are just a few of the AU undergraduate awards with February 15 deadlines:

AU Award for a Mature Undergraduate Student ($750).  Are you between 40 and 60 years of age?  Are you just undertaking university education for the first time?  This award could be for you!  Although mature students are often shut out of student funding opportunities, this award is especially for students with a bit more life experience.  Applicants must be enrolled in an AU program, have completed at least 6 AU program credits, have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, be between 40 and 60 years of age, and have begun their studies after April 1 of last year.  In addition to some basic personal and education information, you’ll need a maximum 300-word essay describing how you approach your educational goals.  Submit your completed application through the online award submission portal by February 15.

AU First in Family to Attend University Award ($1000).  Are you breaking educational ground in your family?  If you’re the first in your family to attend university, this award could be yours!  Applicants must be enrolled in an undergrad degree program, have completed at least 15 AU program credits, have a GPA of 3.20 or higher, and have no family members (including siblings, parents, or grandparents) with any post-secondary education credentials.  In addition to some basic personal and education information, you’ll need a maximum 300-word essay describing how a university education will impact your life situation.  Submit your completed application through the online award submission portal by February 15.

AU PLAR Scholarship ($1000).  Did you complete a Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)?  If you’ve completed the PLAR process and are within 30 credits of completing your undergrad degree, this scholarship could be yours!  Applicants must be enrolled in an AU undergrad program, have a GPA of 3.60 or higher, be within 30 credits of completing their undergrad degree program, and have successfully completed the PLAR process.  In addition to some basic personal and education information, you’ll need a maximum 1000-word essay about your PLAR experience.  Submit your completed application form through the online award submission portal by February 15.

In addition to these three awards, the following awards and bursaries also have a February 15 application deadline:  AU PLAR Bursary, Indigenous Technology Bursary, Premier Ed and Marie Stelmach First in Family Award, Rotary Club of Athabasca Bursary, and Walker Family Bachelor of Commerce Award.

As with all scholarship applications, be sure to read the application form carefully.  Make sure you meet all the eligibility requirements.  Complete all required fields on the application form and save the form to your computer before submitting it.  For the essay portion, compose your essay in Word (or similar program) for ease of editing and spellchecking, then copy into the application form.  Getting someone to proofread your whole application is a good idea, too.  Good luck!

AU has over 100 awards and bursaries for undergraduate students.  Check out all the awards at Awards for Undergraduate Students.  Awards with upcoming deadlines are flagged in red.

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