Student Awards

With over 300 awards, scholarships, and bursaries supported by our generous donors, the Awards program promotes affordable learning with a holistic approach centered on:

  • Financial need assistance
  • Academic achievement and excellence
  • Financial literacy coaching
  • Academic tutoring
  • Leadership, community involvement, and volunteering
  • Career and personal growth
  • Overall student success and experience through their Bow Valley College journey

For a list of awards for which you may qualify, click the button below.

Student Awards Portal

Student Awards Advisors

To connect with Student Awards Advisors please email or call 403-410-1440 if you have questions.  You can also book an appointment with an awards advisor or visiting the Front Desk at Learner Success Services.

Book an Appointment

Financial Need Bursary

Bow Valley College offers a Financial Need Bursary for eligible domestic learners who face a financial challenge which is a barrier to completing their studies.

Am I Eligible?

You are eligible if you meet the following criteria:

  • You are enrolled in a Bow Valley College credit based program.
  • You are a domestic learner.
  • You are in good academic standing.
  • You have a proof of financial need.
  • You have exhausted all other resources for financial assistance.

If you're eligible, log in to the student awards portal and complete the financial need bursary application.

If you are an international learner you can apply for the International Student Emergency Fund through the student awards portal.

When Can I Apply?

The Financial Need Bursary application is available all year. Applications are reviewed weekly.
To prepare for your appointment with a Student Awards Advisor please review this checklist.

Entrance Awards

Bow Valley College offers entrance awards to assist learners who have completed a high school diploma in Alberta and are entering a certificate or diploma program at the College for the first time.  Learners will need to apply for these awards in the semester prior to their planned start date.

Am I Eligible?

You are eligible if you meet the following criteria:

  • You have no previous post-secondary education experience.
  • You have been accepted into a certificate or diploma program.
  • You are registered with a full-time course load.
  • You have financial need.

Log in to the student awards portal and complete your general application. Complete the required follow-up tasks for each award that are listed on your dashboard before the deadline.

When Can I Apply?

Applications are available during the semester prior to your planned start date.  For example, learners starting in the fall semester would apply for entrance awards during the spring/summer awards cycle (July 1st deadline).

Student Aid Alberta Awards

Alberta's Government offers scholarships and awards to encourage and reward the excellence of Albertans in post-secondary study.  Please find the required application documents below.  Learners will need to submit these documents to complete their application on the student awards portal. 

Dr. Gary McPherson Leadership Scholarship

Jason Lang Scholarship 

Laurence Decore Awards for Student Leadership

Louise McKinney Post-Secondary Scholarship

Indigenous Financial Assistance

Bow Valley College encourages Indigenous learners (First Nations, Metis, Inuit, and non-status) to pursue and complete a program at the College.

Types Of Financial Assistance:
  • Emergency food and transportation
  • Education support
  • Professional development
Bursaries And Scholarships For Indigenous Learners:


(Available through the student awards portal)
  • Metis Scholars Award
  • Indigenous Careers Award
  • Indigenous Learner Transition Award
  • I Yii Kakimat (Try Hard) Award in Memory of Cori Lyn Big Crow
  • Iniikokaan Elders Perseverance Award
  • Ptarmigan Foundation Indigenous Student Bursaries
  • Scobey Hartley Memorial Endowment Award
  • The Nickle Family Foundation Bursary for Indigenous Learners

Frequently Asked Questions For Student Awards

Once you have logged into the student awards portal (using your MyBVC username and password), and completed your general application, the system will automatically apply you to any awards you are eligible for.

You can then go to your dashboard to see if there are any follow-up tasks for awards that need to be completed in order to submit your applications. Your follow-up tasks must be completed before the award deadline.


See our "How To Apply" Guide for more information on applying for awards at Bow Valley College.


If you win an award you will receive an email from the awards team asking you to log into the system to accept your award and select your method of payment. We typically try to process emergency funding within 2 weeks of your application being submitted, and other awards we process within 4-6 weeks of the award deadline.

Once you submit your payment information, it will still be a few weeks until you receive the award funding as we need to work with finance at that point to process your payment.

You can track your award applications through the student awards portal. It will show you when it has been awarded or declined.

If you have been notified that you are an award winner, your next steps are to log into the student awards portal as soon as possible to accept your award and select your preferred payment method.

Ensure you provide accurate and up-to-date banking information if you select electronic funds transfer so that finance can process your payment with no delays. If you elect to receive a cheque, please log into your MyBVC profile and ensure that your address is up to date so that the cheque is mailed to the correct place.

Yes, any award for $500 or more will receive an income tax receipt. Learners who are receiving Alberta Works may also need to claim their awards in order to continue their funding.

All learners can be eligible for emergency bursaries as long as they are registered and in good academic standing.

Learners must not have any outstanding tuition and fees owed to the college when they apply. Emergency bursaries are for learners experiencing an unforeseen financial crisis that is affecting their ability to attend class and be successful. Typically, these requests would be related to basic needs such as food, shelter, etc.

Emergency bursaries cannot be used to pay for tuition and fees.

There are 3 awards periods during the year, and most* of our awards fall within these specific dates:

  • Fall Semester Awards – Open September 1st, Deadline November 1st
  • Winter Semester Awards – Open January 1st, Deadline March 1st
  • Spring/Summer Semester Awards – Open May 1st, Deadline July 1st

*There are some awards with different deadlines that will be listed in the student awards portal.


Learners that are currently on academic probation are not eligible for BVC awards.

Once you have cleared your academic probation you will be able to apply for awards again.

For questions about academic probation please connect with your Academic Advisor (

Learners on academic probation may still be eligible for external awards.

You can book an appointment with a Student Awards Advisor if you have questions about your application or the awards system.


You can also book an appointment with a Writing Specialist in the Academic Success Centre for help with your written statements.


If you are receiving Alberta Student Aid, scholarships do not affect your eligibility for Alberta student loans and grants, but are used to calculate your eligibility for Canada student loans and grants (an $1,800 exemption is applied).

If you are a band funded learner, you will want to ask your band for the student handbook regarding your funding so you can confirm the policy regarding scholarships.

If you are an Alberta Works funded learner, the amount received in recognition of outstanding academic or community achievement is considered as income less an exemption of $3,500 per person per academic year.

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Friday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


  • If you are currently studying in a post-secondary program at BVC, please register for your courses via mybvc to ensure your enrolments and fees are processed appropriately.
  • Cart total based on domestic tuition rates. For information about International Tuition rates please see Fee Information
  • If you anticipate applying for a student loan, your payment will be refunded to you based on your loan award once your funding has been received by BVC.

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