Scholarships for young innovators

Scholarships have long been an important and exciting initiative at MindFuel and our partners. Scholarships are an investment in the future of Canada. They are meant to address challenges facing 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.

Please scroll below for our scholarships and a new bursary program for tech developer training.




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For 2024, CDL-Rockies and MindFuel will be awarding 2 scholarships for $2,500 each. Click on the ‘Eligibility’ box for details and follow the ‘Submission Instructions’ on how to apply.

Creative Destruction Lab - Rockies (CDL-Rockies) Opportunities Scholarship

Annual scholarship of up to $2,500, two awards

ELIGIBILITY: Grade 12 students graduating from an Alberta, Saskatchewan or Manitoba high school. Click for more…

The purpose of the CDL-Rockies Opportunities Scholarship is to contribute toward closing gaps for underrepresented individuals in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM,) while encouraging our best and brightest to explore opportunities within the prairies. Our hope is that, through increased access to STEM education for innovative and often underrepresented individuals within the Prairies, we’ll increase the likelihood of those individuals continuing in STEM-related careers within those communities.

Eligibility: Grade 12 students graduating from an Alberta, Saskatchewan, or Manitoba high school

In the spirit of the above-stated scholarship purpose, we look forward to receiving applications from underrepresented groups, including, but not limited to:

  • BIPOC individuals
  • Individuals who identify as women, two-spirit, transgender or non-binary
  • Individuals from rural prairie communities
  • Individuals part of the LGBTQ2S+ community
  • CDL Apprentice Program participants

• Applicants must be entering their first year in an undergraduate STEM-related program at an accredited post-secondary institution located in Alberta, Saskatchewan, or Manitoba.
• Annual scholarship of up to $2,500 each, awarded to two recipients as follows: $1,000 awarded for first-year post-secondary education; $1,500 for second-year students, provided the recipients have maintained an 80% grade average throughout their first year.
Deadline: midnight on June 30, 2024

CDL-Rockies accelerates the commercialization of tech startups representing the companies of tomorrow. Since 2017, our alumni companies have generated +$5 billion in equity value. Housed at the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary, we deliver a mentorship-first program supported through a not-for-profit funding model. We connect ventures to a curated selection of subject matter experts in three areas – Energy, Agriculture, and Prime (for founders pursuing state of the art technological innovations across diverse industries), playing a leading role in Calgary’s innovation ecosystem and beyond. Visit our website to learn more.

2024 Key Dates

  • Applications for these scholarships are now open
  • Applications close June 30th, 2024 at midnight
  • The two scholarship recipients will be notified by email

Submission instructions:

  • Applications to be submitted by email to:
  • Use subject line: 2024 Scholarship application by FirstName LastName
  • Please copy / paste this table into the body of your email submission and provide the required info.

Copy this line to the end of the table and paste it into your email:

Applicant’s First & Last Name  
Applicant’s cell phone #  
Applicant’s email address  
Secondary / Alternative Contact Name (parent/sibling/guardian)  
Secondary / Alternative Contact cell phone #  

Each application must include the following attachments, with the files named as shown below:

  • A unique essay of 500 – 750 words describing:
    • Your vision for the future and how you’ll use STEM to bring positive change to it
    • How this scholarship will help you, personally, academically, and professionally
      • Please title your essay as follows: Your full name, 2024 Scholarship Application
      • Must name the essay attachment as follows: FirstName_LastName – Essay. Sample: Jane Doe – Essay
  • Up to 3 letters of recommendation:  Must re-name the files as shown in these samples: Jane_Doe – Letter of Recommendation 1; Jane_Doe – Letter of Recommendation 2; etc.
  • Official high school transcript: Must re-name the file as shown in this sample: Jane_Doe– Transcript
  • A notification letter of acceptance into a STEM-based program from a post-secondary institution:  Must re-name the file as shown in this sample: Jane Doe – Letter of Acceptance

Only the documents listed above will be presented to the Scholarship Review Committee. Any additional material will be discarded.

InceptionU Bursary

The InceptionU Bursary program, in partnership with MindFuel, is designed to help self-funded applicants access the InceptionU Full Stack Developer program. Learners can receive up to $2,500 towards their program fees.

In order to apply for a bursary, learners must:

  • Submit an online application form to the Full Stack Developer program.
  • Complete the extensive and thorough program intake interviews.
  • Be accepted and offered a seat in the Full Stack Developer program.
  • Learners will then be directed to the bursary application page (password protected).
  • InceptionU and MindFuel determine bursary recipients.

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