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.
Browse the MD's scholarship and bursary opportunities below, in addition to provincial and national programs that may be of interest to to Lesser Slave River students. 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.

Contact Information

Nicole Archer
Human Resources Advisor

Email nicole.archer (@)
Phone 780.849.4888
Toll-Free 1.866.449.4888
Fax 780.849.4939

2021 Rugged & Real Post-secondary Scholarship

Scholarship Overview

At least one Rugged & Real post-secondary scholarship in the amount of $1,000.00 is awarded each year. 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 MD.

Current seasonal or student staff of the MD are qualified to apply for this scholarship, regardless of residence. Mature students are also encouraged to apply.

The Application Process

The application process differs slightly each year. For the 2021 scholarship, applicant submissions are in the form of a written submission or a short video/audio segment.

2021 scholarship applications are now being accepted. To begin, please review the application form below.

The application window for the 2021 program has passed.

2020 Scholarship Recipient

2020 scholarship recipients insetRachel Johnston took home the 2020 Rugged & Real Scholarship. Rachel will continue working as a Landscape Technician for the MD until she starts her first year of post-secondary studies in the faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary this fall. We wish Rachel the very best in her studies!

Other Regional Scholarship and Bursary Opportunities

Elliott & Rosche Memorial LSWC Bursary

Lesser Slave Watershed Council (LSWC) co-founders Brian Elliott and Brian Rosche will be memorialized through the recipient of this new 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.

To learn more, visit the LSWC Bursary website.

The application window for the 2021 bursary has passed.

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.

To learn more, visit the Joint Bursary Partnership Program website.

The application window for the 2021 program has passed.

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.

To learn more, visit the NADC Bursary Program website.

The application window for the 2021 program has passed.

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).

To learn more, visit the RMA Scholarship website.

The application window for the 2021 program has passed.

NEW: Community Assistance Board Grant

Launched in 2020, the Community Assistance Board (CAB) grant 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.


Welcome to Lesser Slave River

Just a few hours due north of Edmonton lies the remarkable region of Lesser Slave River. 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.

Reeve Murray Kerik
Municipal District of Lesser Slave River no. 124