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Awards and Scholarships

Awards notifications are on the horizon

Award decisions are in progress and notifications are being sent to RDP student email addresses. Don't miss out! Be sure to check your RDP email account regularly and log in to your RDP awards account using your Loop account username and password to view your award offers and next steps. 

Questions? Reach out to the Student Connect Centre


Award and 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 will be selected and notified by email to their RDP email accounts. Be sure to monitor your RDP email regularly over the spring, summer and fall months to ensure you do not miss any award notifications!

The General Awards Application will reopen in March 2024.

Indigenous Careers Award

If you are an Indigenous student attending full-time studies at Red Deer Polytechnic, you may be eligible for the Indigenous Careers Award! This award provides support to Indigenous Albertans in their pursuit of post-secondary studies in certificate, diploma, and degree programs. The award is valued at $2,000 per term, with a maximum of $4,000 per year. 

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be of Indigenous ancestry
  • Must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Must be a resident of Alberta
  • Must be a Red Deer Polytechnic student (collaborative students must apply through their institution)
  • Must be enrolled in at least 60% of a full-time course load in the Fall 2023 term. If you are a student with a documented permanent disability, you are considered full-time if you are enrolled in at least 40% of a full-time course load.
  • Must have attended a post-secondary institution in the Winter 2023 term. If you attended a post-secondary institution other than Red Deer Polytechnic, you must submit a statement of grades or transcript with your application.
  • Must have a minimum GPA of 1.7. Applicants will be selected based on highest GPA.

We are currently accepting applications for students enrolled in Fall term 2023. Applications for the Winter term will be accepted starting in January 2024.  

Complete the Indigenous Careers Award Application to be considered.  

Deadline to apply for the Fall term award: October 15, 2023

Health Sciences Rural Practicum Bursary

Students enrolled in and required to travel to practicum placements outside of the City of Red Deer for the Practical Nurse Diploma, Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree or the Occupational and Physical Therapist Assistant Diploma programs may be eligible for the Health Sciences Rural Practicum Bursary! This bursary is intended to offset the financial burden of traveling to a distant practicum location.

Before applying, you must:

  • Have a confirmed practicum placement at least 100km from Red Deer Polytechnic
  • Know the practicum/clinic dates and location

Complete the Health Sciences Rural Practicum Bursary Application to be considered.

Deadline to apply for a Fall 2023 practicum: October 31, 2023

Deadline to apply for a Winter 2024 practicum: March 1, 2024

Accessible Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Bursary

Red Deer Polytechnic is proud to announce a new bursary available to students in practicum/field study placements this Fall term. Eligible students may apply for a one-time $1,000 Barrier Reduction bursary as well as a $500 travel subsidy, per placement. Find full bursary details in this document

Who can apply? Students in the following programs with practicum/field study placements taking place this Fall term:

  • Bachelor of Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Early Learning and Child Care
  • Educational Assistant
  • Health Care Aide
  • Practical Nursing

Please note international students are not eligible for this bursary. 

When to Apply: You must apply during the month of your placement (ie. If your placement begins in October, you must wait until October to apply). 

How to apply: Complete the Accessible Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Bursary Application once per practicum/field study placement. 

Deadline to apply: November 30, 2023

Red Deer Polytechnic's Tenants' Association Building Community Scholarship

Do you reside on campus? Would you like to organize an event, project or initiative for the betterment of your fellow Red Deer Polytechnic students? If so, you need to apply for this scholarship! There are two scholarships to be awarded in the Fall term, and two to be awarded in the Winter term. The selected recipients will receive $200 to make their event, project or initiative a reality. Simply complete the Red Deer Polytechnic Tenants' Association Building Community Scholarship Application in order to be considered. Please note applications will be considered on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Deadline to apply for a Fall 2023 project/event/initiative: November 15, 2023

Deadline to apply for a Winter 2024 project/event/initiative: March 15, 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 2023 Applicants

We have reached our capacity for award recipients and are no longer accepting applications at this time. 

Fall 2024 Applicants

Beginning October 1, 2023, email your transcript or Detailed Academic Report to studentconnect [at] rdpolytech [dot] ca (studentconnect[at]rdpolytech[dot]ca) and be sure to provide an up-to-date email address and phone number.

Please note transcripts/Detailed Academic Reports will not be accepted prior to October 1.

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

Jason Lang and 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 Athletic Awards and Scholarships 

Current and prospective Red Deer Polytechnic 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.   

External Award and Scholarship Opportunities

In addition to Red Deer Polytechnic awards, maximize your scholarship potential by browsing our list of external award opportunities.

Red Deer Polytechnic's Complete List of Awards and 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. Peruse RDP's full list of awards and scholarships and contact the Student Connect Centre should you have any questions.


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