Scholarships for young innovators

Scholarships have long been an important and exciting initiative at MindFuel. Scholarships are an investment in Alberta’s future. They are meant to address challenges facing our province and our country: shortage of knowledge workers focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and the ongoing need to build a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship.

2020/21 has been a challenging time for all in Alberta and whereas scholarships are 100% funded by donations, we are pleased to continue to provide one scholarship sponsored by ASTech – GrowSafe Systems Founders. Thank-you to ASTech for their continued support.

Would you like to donate to a MindFuel scholarship?

2021 Key Dates

  • Applications (Closed)
  • Applications close June 29th
  • The chosen applicant will be notified by August 15th if they were selected


  • Students must be graduating from an Alberta high school.
  • Students must be entering their first year in an undergraduate applied science or science education program at an Alberta-based post-secondary institution.

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Submission info:

  • Only electronic documents will be accepted this year
  • No material besides what is asked for on this page will be presented to the Awards Committee. Any additional documents will be discarded.
  • Each submission must include:
  • a unique essay of 500-750words describing your vision for the future and how you’ll use STEM to bring positive change
  • up to 3 letters of recommendation and authenticated high school transcript. 
  • a letter or notification from your selected post-secondary institution indicating your acceptance to a STEM based program
  • Address your sub submission to: MF scholarship review committee
  • submit to:

ASTech - GrowSafe Systems Founders, in memory of Dr. Terry Rachuk, PhD

Annual — $2,500, one award

Dr. Terry Rachuk held several senior positions and advisory roles in the Canadian agri-food industry. He held patents in the alternative energy sector and he published extensively in areas affecting the food processing industry. He was a passionate advocate for entrepreneurs developing advanced technology in the food industry.  Terry is fondly remembered through this ASTech scholarship to assist a young STEM student pursue his or her passion to “Do cool things to feed the world.” Applicants must be entering the first year of a STEM program at an Alberta-based post-secondary institution, and must be an Alberta high school graduate.