Scholarships

As part of MindFuel’s 25th anniversary celebration in 2014, scholarships were created to honour the amazing work of three dedicated, long-time MindFuelers who embody the organization’s values.

In 2017, ASTech Foundation added a scholarship to the MindFuel program, and in 2018 they added another.

The 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.

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Qualifications

  • Must have graduated from an Alberta high school.
  • Must be entering first year in an undergraduate applied science or science education program at an Alberta-based post-secondary institution.

For more information contact scholarships@mindfuel.ca

Applications

  • To submit your 2018 application, please complete this Google Form.
  • Please note, applications must be completed in one session. Applicants cannot save content and complete the submission at another time.
  • Applicants must submit PDFs of their essay(s), reference letters, and school grades to complete the application.

Key Dates

Application deadline: Thursday, May 31, 2018.
Recipient notification: Thursday, June 28, 2018 by phone or email
Acceptance or decline deadline: Wednesday, July 04, 2018. Recipients are not required to accept the scholarship, but they must notify MindFuel to confirm their acceptance or decline of scholarship.

Application checklist

Before completing the online application, please ensure you have ALL the required information and documents:
1. Your essay(s), of up to 500 words, describing your passion for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), science education or innovation.
2. An original letter of recommendation from your school written by a senior official, such as your principal, guidance counsellor or teacher.
3. Two original letters of support from groups or individuals (e.g. mentor, volunteer program, employer, etc.) who have influenced you toward these studies or career path. If there are exceptional circumstances where these two letters cannot be provided, you may include a letter detailing those special circumstances.
5. A copy (transcript) of your high school grades to date signed/authenticated by a senior member of the high school’s administration team.

Please note
– No material, other than that listed on this page, will be presented to the Awards Committee.

Jim Gray, Founder and Honourary Chair

Annual — $5,000, one award

The James (Jim) Gray Scholarship Fund recognizes an individual who is passionate about innovation in areas of STEM and who is accepted into STEM related study at an Alberta-based post-secondary institution. Applicant must be an Alberta high school graduate.

Anne Tingle, Founding Executive Director

Annual — $2,500, one award

The Anne Tingle Scholarship Fund recognizes an individual who is passionate about science and who is accepted into an undergraduate degree program in either science or science education at an Alberta-based post-secondary institution. Applicant must be an Alberta high school graduate.

Dr. Arlene Ponting, Past CEO and President Emerita

Annual — $2,500, one award

The Dr. Arlene Ponting Scholarship Fund recognizes an individual passionate about science and technology and who is accepted into an undergraduate degree program in either science or technology at an Alberta-based post-secondary institution. Applicant must be an Alberta high school graduate.

ASTech Foundation

Annual — $2,500, one award

The ASTech Scholarship recognizes an individual passionate about science, technology or innovation who has been involved in science fairs, 4H, Junior Achievement and other community activities. 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.

ASTECH - GrowSafe Systems, 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.