Awards and Scholarships
St. Augustine School Scholarship Program
St. Augustine School Awards program recognizes the success and achievements of our students in grades 7 through 12. The awards have been developed with support and input from our many generous community sponsors and strive to recognize the many diverse qualities of our students.
Jr. & Sr. High students are asked to complete the Volunteer Letter & Tracking Form for any activities they are involved with outside of school. Completed forms should be given to your faculty advisor.
Sr. High students are required to complete the Student Information Sheet before any school based scholarship money will be given out. St. Augustine Awards are subject to change based on available sponsorship. St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas Awards are presented with the understanding that they are based on grades and credits earned at St. Augustine School or through St. Thomas Aquinas RCSD.
Awarded to each graduating student who has achieved excellence in Academics, Citizenship, Stewardship and Diversity throughout the course of their high school years. Consideration will be given to applicants due to COVID restrictions.
St. Thomas Aquinas Division Awards
Jr. High Honour Roll (Grades 7-9)
Each student who is named to the Honour Roll will receive a scholarship of $25 or a school memento up to a value of $25. A memento may not have any cash equivalency such as a gift card or school credit. An overall average of 80% or more within the grade in English, Religious Studies, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science. French Language Arts will
also be counted if the student is in French Immersion.
Sr. High Honour Roll (Grades 10-12)
Each student who is named to the Honour Roll will receive a scholarship of $50 or a school memento up to a value of $50. A memento may not have any cash equivalency such as a gift card or school credit. Criteria are as follows: An overall average of 80% or more within the grade in English, Religious Studies, Mathematics, Social Studies, and one Science.
Awarded annually to the graduating Grade 12 student in each high school who has achieved the highest overall average in 35 credits at the 30 level (must include English and Religious Studies). Award: School Plaque and $700.
100 Per Cent Club Scholarship
Awarded to the student who achieves 100 percent on a Provincial Diploma Exam.
Award: $500 scholarship.
Awarded to the graduating student who has shown the most improvement academically and/or socially has attended all high school years at a STAR Catholic High School. Award: Trophy and $100.
Alberta Citizenship Awards
The Government of Alberta offers three Alberta Citizenship Awards to recognize students who have contributed to their communities through public service and voluntary endeavor.
Students are invited to submit an application to the school in order to be considered for the Premier's Citizenship Award. The school will forward applications to a selection committee who will chose one student to be nominated. The selected nominee will also be eligible for the Alberta Centennial Award and the Queen's Golden Jubilee Awards. Applications and Record of Accomplishment should be submitted to the school by May 5.
Please complete the following form in order to be considered for this award: Premier's Citizenship Application
Official website for the Alberta Citizenship Awards
Alberta Government Scholarships & Bursaries
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Archbishop Collins Stewardship Award
The Archbishop Thomas Collins Stewardship Award recognizes students who have volunteered their time and shared their talents with their family, school, church and community. Successful grade 12 applicants may receive a monetary award. The recipients are chosen by the CWL.
Sponsored by: Ponoka Catholic Women's League
Google form to apply: https://forms.gle/SQzXgASU5nEpxyUb6
Application deadline is June 10
God gives each of us gifts and talents. When we share with others, we make the world a better place and we give glory to God.
Archbishop Richard Smith Academic Excellence Award
Sponsored by: Dr. Leslie Gill Professional Corporation
Awarded to the grade 11 student with the highest overall average and a minimum of 20 hours of community service. The recipient must achieve a minimum of 80% in math, science, social, and Eng. 20-1 or 20-2.
Atco Indigenous Awards
Atco Pipelines Indigenous Awards – Deadline July 15
Bob Ronnie Catering Physics Award
Sponsored by Bob Ronnie Catering
A monetary award of up to $250 for the student with the highest mark in Physics 30.
Calumet Synergy Association Scholarship Excellence Awards
Calumet Synergy Association (“CSA”) would like to award three students beginning in post-secondary studies with a CSA Scholarship Excellence Award. CSA would like to recognize those students and emphasize the importance of supporting their contributions to our area.
CSA will grant a one-time Scholarship award in the amount of $1000 sponsored by EMBER RESOURCES and two CSA scholarships of $500.00 each for use by that student during their first post-secondary academic year.
Deadline: June 2021
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Awarded to a student showing exceptional promise in cosmetology.
Sponsored by: Lanza Products
Elite Integrity Services Scholarship
Awarded to a graduating student illustrating integrity and citizenship. The student should be pursuing post-secondary education, specifically entering into a trades related program. Students entering engineering programs may also be considered.
Father Archie Mackenzie Awards
Jr. High: Presented to the overall outstanding student in grade 9. Consideration given to all facets of school life including academics, extracurricular involvement, leadership abilities and citizenship qualities.
Father Bednar Religious Education Award
Certificates awarded to all students achieving a minimum of 30 Stewardship points and an average of 80% or higher in Religion 35. A $500 monetary award will be given to one applicant. Applications are due September 1 annually. Consideration will be given to applicants unable to fully meet the criteria due to COVID. Sponsored Anonymously
Governor General’s Academic Medal
Awarded to the graduating student who achieves the highest academic standing in the graduating class as per Governor General’s Academic Medal Directives below:
- A bronze medal is awarded to the student who achieves the highest average upon graduation from a secondary school.
- The average includes all grade 11 and grade 12 courses as listed on the student’s official Transcript of Grades issued by the Ministry of Education. The average cannot be anticipated; it must be calculated based on final results after provincial/territorial examinations, where the ministry of education requires final exams.
- Equitable access for the entire student population is an important aspect of the medal’s value. Regardless of the stream or the subjects chosen, all students are eligible for consideration upon graduation.
- Courses taken after graduation to upgrade marks are not to be included
Award: Bronze Medallion
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The website for Indspire is: www.Indspire.ca
Joan and Dunc Grant Scholarship
The Joan and Dunc Grant Scholarship is made possible by the generous donation of Joan and Dunc Grant who valued hard work and commitment and is meant to recognize and support those individuals who also demonstrate these principles.
Joan and Dunc Grant Application Deadline to apply September 15
Ponoka Kinsmen Citizenship Award (St. Augustine School only)
Certificate and $500 (5 bursaries of $100 each to be drawn among eligible students) for students achieving a minimum of 30 points within the year in the Citizenship category as outlined in the school criterion.
Kinette Club of Ponoka (Deadline April 30, 2021, Apply directly to the Kinettes)
This $500.00 scholarship was created to support a student’s post secondary education. It will be awarded to a student that is community minded and committed to volunteering.
Additional Bursaries: Kin Canada Bursaries
Knights of Columbus
Knights of Columbus Grade 9 Award
To the student who has made significant contributions to the workings of the school, community and parish. The student will receive a certificate & their name will be engraved on trophy.
Ponoka Knights of Columbus Council 4503 Local Scholarship
Presented annually to a graduating student who is a son, daughter, grandson or granddaughter of a member of the Ponoka K of C Council 4503. Successful candidates will receive a certificate and up to $1000 which may be divided among those selected.
Deadline: September 30 annually
Knights of Columbus Outstanding Student Award
Awarded to graduating student(s) who demonstrate all round student achievement rather than for strictly academic performance throughout the course of their high school years. Successful candidate(s) will receive a certificate and up to $1000 which will be divided among those selected.
Deadline: August 25 annually
The Alberta-Northwest Territories, Knights of Columbus annually provides fifteen scholarships. A maximum of three scholarships for each of the five regions established by the State Council are available.
Knights of Columbus State Scholarship – Application Deadline May 31
Loyal Order of Moose
A $1000.00 Scholarship will be awarded to each city or town with a Moose Lodge. Applications must be submitted to the local Moose Lodge.
Loyal Order of Moose – Deadline June 1
Heart of the Community Award
Available to students who will graduate in 2019. Opportunity to win up to $5000.00 scholarship. The program is supported solely by the Moose Fraternity and reflects the fraternity’s commitment to supporting youth in the community.
Heart of the Community - Deadline June 30, 2018
Mr. Arthur Szynkowski Physical Education Award
Sponsored by: Mr. & Mrs. Art Szynkowski
Certificate awarded to each student reaching 80% in PE 30 and a minimum of 20 accumulated points in extra-curricular sports and/or intramurals. A monetary award of up to $250 (draw) will be presented to one of the qualifying students.
Mr. Jimmy Rawji Sciences Award
Sponsored by: Ponoka Professional Pharmacy
A certificate for all students with 80% or higher in a combination of Biology, Chemistry, or Physics 30-1 and Math 30-1, 31, or 30-2. A monetary award of up to $250 for the student with the highest overall grade.
Nelson's Scholarship for Indigenous Students
Calling all indigenous Student Leaders!
- Are you First Nation, Métis or Inuit student completing your final year of high school?
- Have you achieved academic success?
- Are you demonstrating a commitment to preserving Indigenous languages and culture?
If you answered YES to the above, you may qualify for a $3000 scholarship from NELSON.
Apply on-line: http://nelson.com/scholarship/
Nelson Civic Leadership Scholarship
Nelson's mission is to support the success of Canadian students. We are proud to recognize and celebrate the contributions of students who have gone the extra mile for their communities.
Nelson Civic Leadership Scholarships support community-minded student leaders in achieving their educational goals. Three $3000 scholarships will be awarded to students who have demonstrated academic success, personal strength, and determination in their commitment to civic engagement and leadership.
Apply on-line: http://nelson.com/scholarship/
The application window is April 3 - June 29, 2018
Ponoka Agricultural Society
It is the mission of the Ponoka Agricultural Society to promote, support and encourage agricultural opportunities in our urban and rural community. The Society provides two $500.00 scholarships per year.
Please go directly to the Ponoka Agricultural Society website to access the application form. Deadline to apply is September 1
Ponoka Ministerial Scholarship
The Ponoka Ministerial Association offers an annual post-secondary scholarship of $500 based on a competitive application process to a student with a desire to complete studies related to Christian ministry. The scholarship will be paid directly to the post-secondary institution upon applicant selection and notification by the 31st of May of the year selected, and upon approval by the Ponoka Ministerial Association Scholarship Committee.
Application deadline: March 31 annually
Pope John Paul II Academic Excellence Award
Sponsored by: Wedin’s Team & Corporate
A certificate will be presented to each graduating student with a minimum of 20 hours of community service and a minimum average of 80% in math, science, social, and Eng. 30-1 or 30-2. A monetary award of up to $500 will be awarded to the student with the highest number of citizenship points.
St. Ambrose Award
Awarded to the graduating student with the highest overall average in English 30-2, Social Studies 30-2, Math 24 or Applied and Science 24.
St. Anne Career and Technology Studies (CTS) Award
Currently no sponsor, please contact the school if you are interested in supporting this award.
Presented to the graduating student who achieves 80% or higher in any combination of three 1-credit 20 or 30 level CTS courses and who is continuing into a trades or industrial related field.
St. Bede Award
To the students in each of grades 10, 11 & 12 who show the most growth in English Language Arts over the course of the school year. Two awards will be presented at each grade level.
St. Cecilia Fine Arts Award
Sponsored by the Loyal Order of Moose
Certificate for all and up to $250 monetary award for students with 85% or higher in Drama 20 or 30. The monetary award will be split among the qualifying grade 12 students.
St. Francis of Assisi School Diversity Award
Sponsored by Ponoka Physiotherapy & Acupuncture Clinic
A certificate will be presented to each student (Grade 10-12) who has achieved a minimum of 30 points within the year in the Diversity category. A monetary award of up to $500 will be divided among the qualifying grade 12 students.
St. John Bosco Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) Award
Currently there is no sponsor, please contact the school if you are interested in sponsoring this award.
Awarded to a student who is in the Registered Apprenticeship Program 20 or 30 level English and a 20 or 30 level Social Studies. They will be working towards or have already fulfilled the requirements for both RAP and a high school certificate or diploma. The student will be beginning their apprenticeship in an industrial related technology.
St. Lucia Award
Awarded to a graduating student who has been accepted to a post-secondary institution. Must have completed one or more 30 level science course. Preference will be given to students who may not have qualified for other St. Augustine Award (excluding Rutherford, St. Thomas Aquinas Academic Excellence, and STAR Catholic Award.)
St. Oscar Romero Social Studies Award
Presented to the students with the highest mark in Social Studies 9 and Social 30-1.
Sponsor: Mrs. Maria Lentz
St. Theresa of Avila
Awarded to the graduating student who has been involved in the mentorship program either in the school or in the community. The student will be continuing on to post-secondary with preference given to those entering into social work or related fields.
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Sommer Home Hardware Building Construction Award
Sponsored by Sommer Home Hardware & Building Centre
Awarded to a student who shows exceptional promise in the area of building construction.
Will's Welding Award
Sponsored by Will's Welding
A monetary award of up to $500 will be presented to the high school student showing exceptional promise in welding. Preference may be given to grade 12 students.
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TD Scholarships for Community Leadership – applications open in September
Terry Fox Humanitarian Award – Deadline February 1
John Hasselfield Endowment Foundation – Open to students currently enrolled in an Alberta Public School.
Dr. Martha Kostuch Environmental Education Fund – Deadline August 1