How to apply for the Alexander Rutherford Scholarship

Are you eligible to apply for the Alexander Rutherford scholarship? Please check the requirements below and follow the step after the requirements:


  • French and Français are not the same course and not interchangeable.
  • A course cannot be repeated after a higher level course has been taken in the same sequence. Averages are not rounded up for scholarship purposes.
  • The value of the scholarship is calculated on the overall average in five designated courses as listed under each grade level.
  • All courses listed on an official Alberta Transcript of High School Achievement are acceptable (excludes Driver’s Education), and only marks obtained before the start of post-secondary study can be used.
  • Courses with a 'Pass' on a high school transcript are equivalent to a 50% mark.
  • CALM course can be taken in any grade, but the final mark will be calculated in Grade 11.  

Career and Technology Studies (CTS) Courses

Three one credit modules can be combined and used as an option at the Grade 10 and Grade 11 level. Five one credit modules can be combined and used as an option at the Grade 12 level (as of April 2006).

To be combined:

  • All courses must be from the same level i.e. Introductory, Intermediate or Advanced,
  • Courses can be from different subject areas, e.g. computer courses with welding courses, and
  • Marks will be averaged at the appropriate level.

Go to the following website:

How to Apply

Step 1: Submit your online application when:

  • Your final high school marks are available, and
  • You are planning on attending full-time post-secondary studies between August 1, 2016 and July 31, 2017

Step 2: If you are eligible, Student Aid Alberta will ask your post-secondary institution to confirm your enrollment.

  • If you apply before you start post-secondary studies – your school will be asked to confirm your enrollment by the end of your first month of study.
  • If you apply during or after your post-secondary studies, your school will be asked to confirm your enrollment one month after your application has been assessed.

Step 3: Your school must confirm your registration before your cheque can be issued. Student Aid will mail a cheque to you approximately 1 month after confirmation of registration is received.

To find out more about applying online for the Alexander Rutherford Scholarship, visit:

When applying online in Students Finance System (SFS: Login), please select the following option:

  • Apply for the Alexander Rutherford High School Achievement Scholarship


Apply online after you have been accepted by your preferred post-secondary institution. 


Once your enrollment or attendance has been confirmed by your post-secondary institution, Student Aid Alberta will mail a cheque to you within 4 weeks.