Awards & Scholarships

Award & Scholarship Opportunities

Red Deer Polytechnic's General Awards Application

The deadline to complete RDP’s General Awards Application has passed. Thank you and best of luck to all applicants! Award winners are selected and notified over the spring, summer and fall months. Be sure to monitor your RDP email to ensure you do not miss out! 

The General Awards Application will reopen in March 2025.

Accessible Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Bursary

Are you a Health Sciences or Education student participating in a work-integrated learning (WIL) placement/practicum this Spring or Summer term? You may be eligible to apply for a one-time $1,000 Barrier Reduction bursary as well as a $500 travel subsidy, per placement. View full bursary details. 

Who can apply? 

Students in the following programs with practicum/field study placements taking place this Spring or Summer term: 
•    Early Learning and Child Care 
•    Educational Assistant 
•    Health Care Aide 
•    Occupational and Physical Therapist Assistant 
•    Practical Nursing 
•    Pharmacy Technician 
•    Social Work 
•    Unit Clerk 
Please note international students are not eligible for this bursary.  

How and When to Apply: 

Complete the Accessible Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Bursary Application once per practicum/field study placement.  
-    Spring applications are open from 8 am on May 24 until 11:59 pm on June 7, 2024. 
-    Summer applications are open from 8 am on June 17 until 11:59pm on July 10, 2024. 

Red Deer Polytechnic Building on Excellence Academic Award

Who said there is no such thing as free money? If you are a current high school student planning to attend a credit program at Red Deer Polytechnic next fall, with an average of 80% or higher in five 5-credit grade 11 or grade 12 subjects, you could get $1,000 awards towards your tuition. It’s easy to apply!  

Fall 2024 Applicants: Beginning October 1, 2023, email your transcript or Detailed Academic Report to the Student Connect Centre and be sure to provide an up-to-date email address and phone number.

There are limited scholarships to be awarded. Be sure to apply early!

Jason Lang & Louise McKinney Scholarships

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be continuing in full-time post-secondary studies
  • Must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person
  • Must be an Alberta resident
  • Must have completed 24 credits with a minimum GPA of 3.2 (to meet Jason Lang eligibility) or 30 credits with a minimum GPA of 3.7 (to meet Louise McKinney eligibility) over the previous two terms (not including Spring)
  • Students can only receive one of these scholarships per academic year
  • A maximum of 3 Jason Lang and/or Louise McKinney scholarships can be acquired in a student's academic lifetime

Current Red Deer Polytechnic (RDP) students meeting the above criteria will be notified via email to their Red Deer Polytechnic email addresses over the summer months. Nominees are required to complete the application linked in this email in order to be considered for the awards. 

Students who have transferred to other institutions (including those currently enrolled in collaborative programs at RDP) must contact the Financial Aid Office at their current institution in order to discuss their Jason Lang and Louise McKinney Scholarship process.

Red Deer Polytechnic Athletics Awards & Scholarships

Current and prospective Red Deer Polytechnic student-athletes may be eligible for athletic awards and scholarships. Connect with the Red Deer Polytechnic team’s head coach to discuss your athletic award eligibility.   

Rural Learner Support Grant

Are you a Red Deer Polytechnic Student planning to attend a regional campus in Rocky Mountain House, Stettler, Ponoka or Drumheller? If so, you may be eligible to receive the Rural Learner Support Grant. This Grant is intended to offset the financial burdens you may face. Preference will be given to students enrolled in either the Practical Nurse Diploma or Health Care Aide Certificate programs.

Complete the Rural Learner Support Grant Application to be considered.

Deadline to apply for Fall term 2024: August 1, 2024

Red Deer Polytechnic's Complete List of Awards & Scholarships

Red Deer Polytechnic grants its students more than $1,000,000 in awards and scholarships annually.


Review and apply for our current opportunities above and check back often to ensure you're taking advantage of your award opportunities year-round. 


Questions? Contact the Student Connect Centre.

View Full List of Awards & Scholarships

External Award Opportunities

Searching for scholarships can be like hunting for treasure – it takes time, but the rewards are worth it. Maximize your scholarship potential by browsing the following list of external award and scholarship opportunities. Criteria and deadlines will vary, so be sure to check year-round. 

Alberta Student and Scholarships
Awards for Newcomers to Canada & International Students
  • Queen Esther Education Foundation
  • The award(s) listed here are specific to newcomers to Canada and international students, however; you are encouraged to review the other opportunities listed on this page as they too may accept applications from international students. 
Indigenous Student Awards

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