Scholarships & Bursaries

Empowering students across the region.

The MD of Lesser Slave River recognizes the importance of education and continued learning. In this spirit, a number of scholarship and bursary programs are offered each year to encourage students to pursue further educational opportunities, and to enhance the ability of young people to make meaningful contributions to their communities. Additionally, provincial and national scholarship and bursary opportunities that may be of interest to to Lesser Slave River students will be added to this section.

Please note that, unless otherwise specified, the scholarships and bursaries listed within this section are only available to individuals residing within the Municipal District of Lesser Slave River.

2018 Rugged & Real Post-Secondary Scholarship Recipients

The three recipients of this year's Rugged & Real Scholarship are:  Luke Miller who is going for his BSc with a major in Biology at St. Mary's University; Eric Boswell who is studying Applied Statistics at the University of Lethbridge; and Zoey Pearson who is taking Forest Technology at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. We wish our young recipients the very best in their studies!

Scholarship and Bursary Opportunities in the Lesser Slave River Region

At least one Scholarship in the amount of $1,000.00 is awarded each year. Apply by June 29, 2018. With a view to supporting local students to advance studies and pursue higher education opportunities, the Rugged & Real Post-Secondary Scholarship is awarded annually to a deserving student attending a post-secondary institution whose permanent residence is within the Municipal District. Applicants may also be current seasonal/student staff of the MD, regardless of residence. Mature students are encouraged to apply.

For the 2018 scholarship, applicant submissions can be in the form of a a written submission or a short video/audio segment. Click Here for the 2018 Rugged & Real Post-Secondary Scholarship application form in fillable PDF format.

Applications are currently closed.

Alberta Health Services (AHS) & the Northern Alberta Development Council (NADC) are proud to offer this unique bursary opportunity. AHS and the NADC match between $1,000 and $3,000 per student up to a total of $6,000 per year for each recipient in exchange for a return of service within northern Alberta.

To learn more, visit them online at

Application deadline: September 14, 2018.

Municipal District of Lesser Slave River has recently announced a new grant program called the Community Assistance Board (CAB) grant. It is available to not-for-profit community organizations in an effort to enhance social programming, community events and facilities, as well as other amenities located within the municipality. The program will have four intakes during the year (January, April, July and September) and applications will be evaluated on the project’s alignment to the MD’s community values.

How are funds allocated?
A Council-appointed Community Assistance Board will meet four times per year (February, May, August and November) to review, prioritize and allocate funds towards community opportunities, initiatives and programming.

Who will be eligible for funding?
All not-for-profit societies, community groups, clubs and individuals that offer a direct benefit to the citizens of the MD, and that align with the region’s community values (some of which include fellowship, generosity, compassion and volunteerism) will be eligible to receive community assistance funding.

Who will not be eligible for funding?
Religious entities, registered charities and for-profit organizations will not qualify for community funding through this new application process.

The NADC Bursary is a return service bursary of $6,000 per year for a maximum of two years, and is offered to students in their final two years of post-secondary studies. It is meant to encourage students to train for jobs that are in demand in northern Alberta. To learn more, visit them online at

Applications are due by April 30th.

In recognition of the importance of an educated population to the future well-being of rural communities, the Association established the RMA Scholarship Program in 1995.

The RMA Scholarship Program is designed to encourage young rural Albertans to pursue further education, and thereby enhance the ability of these young people to make meaningful contributions to their communities in subsequent years. Through the Scholarship Program, RMA provides funding assistance to five rural students each year (one student in each of the five RMA geographic districts).

To learn more, visit them online at 

Application deadline: August 3, 2018. 

Life, Work and Leisure in Lesser Slave River

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Election 2017

Resources for candidates and voters.

The next municipal election takes place Monday October 16, 2017. Nomination day is on Monday September 18, 2017. Council for the Municipal District of Lesser Slave River consists of a Reeve elected at large and six Councillors, representing two municipal divisions. Division 1 includes the communities of Flatbush, Chisholm, Hondo and Smith. Division 2 includes the communities of Mitsue, Marten Beach, Canyon Creek, Widewater and the land adjacent to the Town of Slave Lake.

To be nominated as a candidate in an electoral division, the person must be a resident of the division for six consecutive months prior to nomination day. The term of office is for four years. There is no limit on the number of times a Councillor can be re-elected.

Official Election Results: Reeve and Councillors

The following tables show the official results for Lesser Slave River's October 16, 2017 municipal election.

  Kerik, Murray  122  119  156  174    571  
  Skrynyk, Mike  159  193  54  22    428  


  Esau, Robert 77 99    176  
  Fulmore, Darren 120 54    174  
  Horton, Garry 59 17   76  
  Melzer, Sandra 122 149   271  
  Peiffer, Becky 164 27   191  


  Commins, Jeff 132 149  
  Measor, Charlotte 65 120    185 
  Mughal, Munir Ahmad 99 57    156 
  Pearson, Brad 187 202    389 
  Rosche, Brian 213 193    406 

Official Election Results: HPSD School Trustee

The following table shows the official results for Lesser Slave River's HPSD School Trustee election.

  McConnell, Sean 
  McGregor, Joy 
  Mouallem, Ali     976  


Life, Work and Leisure in Lesser Slave River

    • On July 6, 2011, Prince William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, visited the Lesser Slave River region to offer encouragement to residents and rebuilding efforts in the wake of the devastating wildfires that hit the region in May. Visit the Municipal History section to learn more about our region's rich heritage.
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MD of Lesser Slave River

Just a few hours due north of Edmonton, Lesser Slave River is a truly unique place to live, work and play. From breathtaking expanses of boreal forest and unspoiled natural wonders to a thriving economy and genuine work/life balance, opportunities abound. Here you'll discover a place of rugged beauty. A place of real people. A place you'll never want to leave.

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