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RMA Scholarship Program

Scholarship Value $1,000

Number of Scholarships 5

In recognition of the importance of an educated population to the future well-being of rural communities, the Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA) 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. A scholarship in the amount of $1,000 is presented to one successful applicant from each of the five districts. The 2024 application term closes August 31, 2024.

VALUE

A scholarship in the amount of $1,000 is presented to one successful applicant from each of the five RMA districts.

ELIGIBILITY

An applicant must:

  • Be a resident of a municipality, which is a member in good standing with the RMA, including municipal districts, counties, specialized municipalities, and the Special Areas;
  • Be registered in his or her first four years of study at a recognized post-secondary institution (i.e. the applicant must not have any previous degrees or diplomas); and
  • Preference will be given to candidates attending a recognized post-secondary institution in Alberta, except in instances where the chosen program of study is not available in Alberta.
  • Be pursuing a course of studies of relevance to local government and / or rural communities;
  • This criterion is not intended to restrict eligibility; instead, applicants are invited to explain the relevance of their intended study program within their letter of application.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

The submission packages must include the following items:

  • A completed RMA Post-Secondary Scholarship Application form
  • A letter from your municipality‚Äôs Chief Administrative Office (CAO) providing proof of residency. (To find the contact info for your CAO, visit your municipality‚Äôs website.)
  • A letter from the applicant, setting out their goals and objectives in pursuing further education, as well as the relevance of their study program to local government and/or rural communities
  • High school transcripts if entering their first year of a post secondary program. Please note, if entering a subsequent year of post secondary (i.e. second year and beyond), provide transcripts from the most recently completed year of post secondary (only one set of transcripts is required.).
  • Proof of acceptance or enrollment
  • A brief resume outlining employment experience, community involvement, volunteer activities, recreational activities, cultural pursuits, etc.