Student Awards

Book an Appointment

You can book an appointment with a Student Awards Advisor using the button above.  If you need help or have questions email or call 403-410-1440.

What do we do?

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

Frequently Asked Questions when Applying for Student Awards

    What awards am I eligible for?

Once you have logged into the student awards portaland completed your student profile, the system will narrow down the list of awards to what you should be eligible for.  We still recommend that you read the award criteria for each award you apply for (you can read this by clicking on the blue award name, which will open a text box) as there are some things that the system cannot filter.  

How will I know if I won?  When will I know?

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 is under review, approved/declined, and awarded.  If your application is no longer showing that means it has been archived and you would have received an email notifying you about the award decision.

How can I apply for awards that say “no application required”?

If an award states “no application required” this is a nomination based award.  In order to get nominated you can ask your faculty and staff if they would be willing to nominate you.  We recommend that if you are going to ask for a nomination, provide them with a detailed explanation of why you are a good candidate for that award.  It will help them complete the nomination process and make your nomination stronger.

I won an award, what are my next steps?

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 select to receive a cheque please log into your mybvc profile and ensure that your address it up to date so that the cheque is mailed to the correct place.

Do I have to claim my awards on my income tax?

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.

Am I eligible for Emergency Bursaries?

All learners can be eligible for emergency bursaries as long as they are in good academic standing.  Emergency funding is 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.  

Need help applying for Awards? 

Watch a step-by-step instructional video here.

For a list of awards for which you may qualify use the link below.

Student Awards Portal

Student awards advisors

Due to the current pandemic please email or call 403-410-1440 if you have questions.  You can also book an appointment with an awards advisor by clicking here.

Financial Need Bursary

Bow Valley College offers a Financial Need Bursary for eligible 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 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.

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.

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 profile form. Once you have registered for your courses with a full-time course load, you will be matched to eligible awards, including entrance awards. Complete the required tasks for each award within the deadline.

When can I apply?

Applications are available in February, May, and October. Applications are closed one month prior to the start of each semester.

Types of entrance awards

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 are as follows:
  • Emergency food and transportation
  • Education support
  • Professional development
Bursaries and scholarships available are as follows:

Contact us

Learner Success Services

345 – 6 Avenue SE
First floor, South building Campus
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Learner Success Services Office is only available online at the moment. 

Regular Hours
September 1 - April 28 
Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Summer Hours
April 29 to August 31
Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. to 4:15 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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