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Regional Opportunities for Local Learners

The MD values education, and offers scholarships and bursaries each year to encourage local students to pursue further educational opportunities, and to enhance the ability of young people to make meaningful contributions to their communities. Recent grads and mature students alike are strongly encouraged to apply.

Rugged & Real Scholarship

The MD’s Rugged & Real Scholarship helps local students and adult learners achieve their post-secondary education goals.

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Each summer, the MD awards at least one scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to a student whose permanent residence is within our municipal boundaries, and who plans to attend a post-secondary institution within the upcoming year. Council reviews each application and determines recipients based on the merit of their submissions.

Any MD Employee Can Apply

If you don’t live in Lesser Slave River, but you have a seasonal job at the MD, you can still apply for the Rugged & Real Scholarship.

Important Dates:

  • Scholarship applications become available every spring
  • The submission cutoff date is also announced each spring
  • Applications are reviewed and scholarships are awarded during the late summer

Other Regional Grant Funding Opportunities

AHS/NADC Joint Bursary Partnership Program

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.

LSWC Elliott & Rosche Memorial Bursary

Lesser Slave Watershed Council (LSWC) co-founders Brian Elliott and Brian Rosche will be memorialized through the recipient of this annual bursary. Brian Rosche served as Councillor for the MD of Lesser Slave River from his election in 2005 until his untimely passing on August 16, 2020.

The $1,000 bursary will be awarded to a watershed resident furthering education in environmental and watershed related topics. The successful applicant will be a post-secondary student pursuing environmental sciences, biology, earth sciences, or a water-focused program.

Northern Alberta Development Council Bursary Program

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.

RMA Post-Secondary Scholarship Program

Recognizing the importance of an educated population to the future well-being of rural communities, 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. RMA provides funding assistance to five rural students each year (one student in each of the five RMA geographic districts).

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