Awards and Scholarships

St. Augustine School Scholarship Program

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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. 

Rationale And Philosophy           

Jr. & Sr. High students are asked to complete either the Volunteer Letter & Tracking Form or School Recognition Form for any activities they are involved with outside of school. Completed volunteer 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.  

St. Augustine Students of the Year

Awarded to each graduating student who has achieved excellence in Academics, Citizenship, Stewardship and Diversity throughout the course of their high school years. Application forms are due by June 25 each year.

St. Augustine Student of the Year Application

 

St. Thomas Aquinas Division Awards (Jr. & Sr. High)

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.

Division Scholarship

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.

Superintendent’s Cup

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.

Jr. High Awards

Athletic Excellence Awards

Awarded to the top male & female athlete in each of grades 7, 8 & 9.

Father Mackenzie Award

Presented to the overall outstanding student in grade 9. Consideration will given to all facets of school life including academics, extracurricular involvement, leadership abilities and citizenship qualities. 

Stewardship Awards

Awarded to students in grades 7-9 who have achieved a minimum of 30 points within the year in the Stewardship category as outlined in the school criteria. A certificate will be presented to each qualifying student.

Heart Award 

Presented to the student who best illustrates the citizenship qualities of respect, concern, cooperation, responsibility, honesty and integrity. A certificate and monetary award will be presented to the recipient.

Sponsored by: St. Augustine School Council

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.

Sponsored by: Knights of Columbus

Most Improved Awards

Awarded to the student in each homeroom who has shown the most growth over the course of the year. A certificate will be presented to the recipient.

Rollie Lafreniere Memorial Award 

To the student who has given significantly to his/her school community without expecting anything in return. The student is generous with their time and friendly to all they meet.

St. Oscar Romero Social Studies 

Presented to the student with the highest mark in Social Studies in Grades 9. A certificate and monetary award will be presented to the recipient.

Sponsored by: Mrs. Maria Lentz

Academic Awards

Archbishop Richard Smith Academic Excellence Award

Awarded to the grade 11 student(s) 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. No application form is required.

Sponsored by: Dr. Leslie Gill Professional Corporation

Betty Morrow Memorial Award

Awarded to the grade 12 student achieving the highest mark in English Language Arts 30-1.  A certificate and a monetary award of $500 will be presented. No application form is required.

Sponsored by: Kyle Morrow

Bob Ronnie Catering Physics Award

Awarded to the grade 12 student achieving the highest mark in Physics 30.  A certificate and a monetary award of up to $250 will be presented. No application form is required.

Sponsored by: Bob Ronnie Catering

Father Archie Mackenzie Award

Presented to students who have achieved an average of more than 75% in four core subjects and religious studies 35 and who have qualified for a Certificate of High School Achievement (not a Diploma). Each will receive a certificate and one student (draw) will also be awarded a $200 bursary. No application form is required.

Sponsored by: Mrs. Gorman

Governor General’s Academic Medal

Lord Dufferin, Canada’s third Governor General after Confederation, created the Academic Medals in 1873 to encourage academic excellence across the nation. Over the years, they have become the most prestigious award that students in Canadian schools can receive.

For nearly 150 years, the Governor General’s Academic Medals have recognized the outstanding scholastic achievements of students in Canada. The Bronze medal is awarded to the graduating student with the highest average. 

Medals are presented on behalf of the Governor General by participating educational institutions, along with personalized certificates signed by the Governor General. There is no monetary award associated with the Medal. No application form is required.

Mr. Jimmy Rawji Sciences Award

All students with a minimum average of 80% or higher in a combination of Biology, Chemistry, or Physics 30-1 and Math 30-1, 31, or 30-2. All students will be recognized with a certificate. A monetary award of up to $250 will be awarded to the student with the highest overall average. No application form is required.

Sponsored by: Ponoka Professional Pharmacy

Pope John Paul II Academic Excellence Award

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. No application form is required.

Sponsored by: Wedin’s Team & Corporate

Schulich Leader Scholarship

Schulich Leaders are entrepreneurial-minded and exemplify academic excellence AND leadership, creativity and charisma, with strong consideration for financial need. Schulich Leaders are pursuing careers in technology, engineering, entrepreneurship and business enterprise, and applied scientific research. Every high school in Canada can nominate one graduating student each year to apply for the scholarship. No application form required unless selected.

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. No application form is required.

Currently no sponsorship.

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. 

Sponsored by: Anonymous

St. Catherine's Award

Awarded to a graduating student who is continuing into a medical or health services related program. Preference may be given to students who have not qualified for other St. Augustine Awards. No application form is required.

Sponsored by: D.I.T. Holdings Ltd.

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 courses. Preference may be given to students who have not qualified for other St. Augustine Awards. No application form is required.

Sponsored by: D.I.T. Holdings Ltd.

St. Oscar Romero Social Studies Award

Presented to the students with the highest mark in Social Studies 30-1. A certificate and a monetary award will be presented. No application form is required.

Sponsor: Mrs. Maria Lentz

Citizenship Awards

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. No application form is required.

Premier's Citizenship Award

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 

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.

Sponsor: Anonymous

Diversity Awards

Diversity Awards

Awarded to students in grades 7-9 who have achieved a minimum of 30 points within the year in the Diversity category as outlined in the school criteria. A certificate will be presented to each qualifying student. No application form is required.

Mr. Arthur Szynkowski Physical Education Award

Presented to each student who achieves 80% in Physical Education 30 and  earns a minimum of 20 points in extra-curricular sports. Each student meeting the standard will be presented with a certificate and a monetary award of up to $250 (draw) will be presented to one of the qualifying students. No application form is required.

Sponsored by: Mrs. Art Szynkowski

SCHOOLREACH Award

Presented to the student who actively participates, consistently attends practices, demonstrates positive leadership qualities and shows evidence of sportsmanship. One award will be presented at each level. No application form is required.

Sponsored by: Ms. S. Brendel

St. Francis of Assisi School Diversity Award

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. No application form is required.

Sponsored by: Ponoka Physiotherapy & Acupuncture Clinic

Stewardship Awards

The following awards are based on students achievements in the Stewardship category.

Stewardship Award

A certificate is awarded to each student in grades 7-12 who achieve a minimum of 30 points in the stewardship category. No application form is required.

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

Archbishop Collins Award - Application Form

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.

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.

Sponsored Anonymously

Father Bednar Award - Application Form

Application deadline: 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. 

Ministerial Scholarship Application

Application deadline: March 31

Indigenous Scholarships & Awards

ATCO Indigenous Education Awards Program

Our Indigenous Education Awards Program supports First Nation, Inuit and Métis students across Canada by providing financial assistance to help them in their quest for higher education. These awards, bursaries and scholarships are given to students who demonstrate leadership capabilities and strive to be role models in their schools and communities.

The 2023 Indigenous Education Awards will open in March 2023. Deadline to apply is August 15. Atco Indigenous Education Awards

Honouring Spirit: Indigenous Student Awards

The Honouring Spirit: Indigenous Student Awards are intended to recognize First Nations, Métis and Inuit students who model strength and commitment in the pursuit of their personal education path and embrace their own gifts, strengths and potential while celebrating the ways of their people.

More information and Nominations Form on the ASBA website.

Building Brighter Futures: Bursaries, Scholarships and Awards

Since 1996, Indspire has provided over $190 million in financial support through more than 59,000 bursaries, scholarships and awards to First Nations, Inuit and Métis students. All Building Brighter Futures donations are matched by the Government of Canada allowing us to be double the impact for students. Indspire Bursaries, Scholarships & Awards

For a complete listing of Building Brighter Futures Supports, please visit indspirefunding.ca.

Knights of Columbus Awards

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 Local Scholarship

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

Knights Of Columbus Outstanding Student Award

State Scholarship

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

Alberta Government

Rutherford High School Achievement Scholarship

This scholarship was named in honour of Alexander Rutherford, who had the distinction of being Alberta’s first Premier and Minister of Education. The award is intended to recognize and reward academic achievement of senior high school students and encourage them to pursue post-secondary studies.

Students are encouraged to apply once official high school transcript marks are available and they are enrolled in full-time post-secondary studies. Requirements for high school transcript marks will vary. Each qualifying student may receive up to $2,500

ALIS - Career, Learning and Employment Information for Albertans

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myPass

This is an Alberta Education self-service website for students to order transcripts, view diploma marks, register to write or rewrite diploma exams, view detailed academic reports, view credential progress and more. 

 

Complimentary Program Awards

Cosmetology Award

Awarded to a student showing exceptional promise in cosmetology. The recipient receives a certificate and a gift package. No application form is necessary.

Sponsored by: Lanza Products & CC Hair Studio

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. The recipient will receive a certificate and a monetary award of $500. DEADLINE: June 15

Sponsored by: Elite Integrity Services

Elite Integrity Services Scholarship Application

Sommer Home Hardware Building Construction Award

Awarded to a student who shows exceptional promise in the area of building construction. The award includes a certificate and a gift from the sponsor. No application form is necessary. 

Sponsored by Sommer Home Hardware & Building Centre

St. Anne Career and Technology Studies (CTS) 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. Recipient will receive a certificate and a $500 monetary award. No application form is necessary.

Sponsored by: West 4 Construction

St. Cecilia Fine Arts Award

Presented to each student with 85% or higher in Drama 20 or 30. Each recipient will receive a certificate and a monetary award of up to $250 will be divided among the grade 12 students. No application form is necessary.

Sponsored by: the Loyal Order of Moose

St. John Bosco Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) 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. Recipient will receive a certificate and a $500 monetary award. No application form is necessary.

Sponsored by: West 4 Farm Implementation

Will's Welding Award

A certificate and a monetary award of up to $500 will be presented to a high school student who displays exceptional promise in welding. Preference may be given to grade 12 students. No application form is necessary.

Sponsored by Will's Welding

Ponoka & Area Scholarships

The following awards are open to students in Ponoka and area. Applications should be sent directly to the sponsor unless otherwise specified.

Ponoka FCSS Levi Busat Human Services Award

Levi Busat Human Services Award

Calumet Synergy Association Scholarship Excellence Awards

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. 

Submit directly to taltonfarm@gmail.com  2023 Application will be posted when available

Joan and Dunc Grant Scholarship

The award is to recognize deserving young people not only for the contributions they have made but also for the promise they hold.

Joan and Dunc Grant Application Deadline to apply September 15

Kinette Club of Ponoka 

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.

Kinette Scholarship Application

Loyal Order of Moose - Local Scholarship

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 

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 Hospital Auxiliary Award 

Please contact directly for application information: Ponoka Volunteer Opportunities

Kinette Club of Ponoka 

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.

Kinette Scholarship Application