Students Awards

Together, we will help students realize their potential

Student awards play a vital role at the University of Calgary.

Scholarships and bursaries recognize and reward achievement. They contribute greatly to academic success. They reduce financial barriers and they help students realize their full potential.

By alleviating the financial stress of university education, a student can focus on their studies and obtain a degree. Student awards may even be the deciding factor in a student choosing to attend UCalgary.

These awards elevate student experience by helping hard-working students pursue their dreams.

Students face growing tuition and living costs, regardless of their circumstances. On average, a typical UCalgary student living at home can expect to pay at least $8,400 for eight months of study. 

For a student who moves to Calgary to study, that total can jump to close to $20,000 when residence and meal plan costs are added. 

Types of awards include Entrance, Continuing Student, Professional Program, Graduating Student, Government and External.

Making history

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Scholarship winner follows health care path

Before Christian Farrier pursued his Bachelor of Health Sciences degree, he knew the health care system well.

He had major chest surgery in Grade 10. His older brother had medical issues that required multiple surgeries and left him mildly disabled.

Farrier’s outstanding academic record drew scholarships from eight universities.

He chose the University of Calgary and is the recipient of our premiere entrance award, the Chancellor’s Club Scholarship. It recognizes high academic achievement, leadership and extracurricular involvement.

Attracting the best and brightest

Prestigious entrance awards like Chancellor’s Club Scholarships help us to compete effectively.

We can attract and retain the brightest graduate and undergraduate minds.

They are awarded annually to 40 of the university’s most promising first year students in any faculty. Each Chancellor’s Club Scholarship recipient receives $10,000 in their first year of studies. The same amount can be awarded in each of the student’s remaining three years of education.

Since 1990, the program has awarded 240 students approximately $2.3-million in scholarships.


Sisters transform ways to give back

It’s logical to assume that the last thing on a busy medical student’s mind would be easing the financial burden of her fellow students. For Nabeela Nathoo (current MD Program/PhD Candidate) and her sister, Safia (BSc ’07, MSc’09, MBA’14), giving back to UCalgary graduate students was a family dream too urgent to set aside until the sisters were established in their own careers.

To that end, in 2015, Nabeela, who is currently training at the Cumming School of Medicine to be a clinical doctor and Safia, manager of graduate enrolment with the Faculty of Graduate Studies, created the $2,000 Nathoo Family Graduate Scholarship. Their contribution serves to not only help a student in financial need, but proves it’s possible for students to make a difference now. 

Nathoo Family Graduate Scholarship

The Nathoo family’s scholarship is remarkable for more than the fact that its donors are a student and a new graduate: it’s also unusual in that it focuses on students at the graduate level. “Not a lot of families are planning for their child’s PhD,” says Lisa Young, vice-provost and dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. “Winning a scholarship adds tremendously to a grad student’s success.”

Financial support for a graduate student eases the cost of advanced education and allows a student to focus on his or her learning with less stress.

Join us in helping students realize their potential

Contact information

Susan Wessels
Director of Development, Student Awards & Strategic Initiatives