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Awards and Scholarships

ConvocationRDC grants its students more than $1,000,000 in awards and scholarships annually! Review and apply for our current opportunities below. Click here for a complete list of RDC awards and scholarships.  

In addition to RDC awards, maximize your scholarship potential by browsing our list of external award opportunities.


RDC's General Awards Application 

By completing this application, available between March 1 and May 31 annually,  you are applying for the vast majority of RDC awards.  

The deadline to complete RDC's General Awards Application has passed. Thank you and best of luck to all applicants! Award winners will be selected and notified by email to their RDC email address. Don't miss out - be sure to keep an eye on your email over the summer months and into the Fall.

The application will reopen on March 1, 2021.


Red Deer College Building on Excellence Academic Award: Fall 2021

Who said there is no such thing as free money? If you are a current high school student planning to attend RDC next fall, with an average of 85% or higher in five 5-credit grade 11 or grade 12 subjects, you could get $1,000 awards towards your tuition. It's easy to apply:

Beginning October 1, 2020:

  • Email your transcript or Detailed Academic Report to studentconnect [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca
  • Be sure to provide an up-to-date email address and phone number with the above
  • Please note transcripts/Detailed Academic Reports will not be accepted prior to October 1

There are limited scholarships to be awarded. Be sure to apply early!


Health Sciences Rural Practicum Bursary

Students enrolled in and required to travel to practicum placements outside of the City of Red Deer for the Practical Nurse Diploma, Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree or the Occupational and Physical Therapist Assistant Diploma programs may be eligible for the Health Sciences Rural Practicum Bursary! This bursary is intended to offset the financial burden of traveling to a distant practicum location.

Before applying, you must:

  • Have a confirmed practicum placement at least 100km from Red Deer College
  • Know the practicum/clinic dates and location

Complete the Health Sciences Rural Practicum Bursary Application to be considered. Please note that funds are limited. 

Deadline to apply for a Fall 2020 practicum: October 31, 2020
Deadline to apply for a Winter 2021 practicum: March 1, 2021


RDC Tenants' Association Building Community Scholarship

Do you reside on campus? Would you like to organize an event, project or initiative for the betterment of your fellow RDC residents? If so, you need to apply for this scholarship! There are two scholarships to be awarded in the Fall term, and two to be awarded in the Winter term. The select recipient(s) will receive $200 to make their event, project or initiative a reality. Simply complete the RDC Tenants' Association Building Community Scholarship Application in order to be considered. Please note applications will be considered on a first-come first-serve basis.

Deadline to apply for a Fall 2020 project/event/initiative: November 15, 2020
Deadline to apply for a Winter 2021 project/event/initiative: March 15, 2021


Indigenous Careers Award

If you are an Indigenous student attending full-time studies at RDC you may be eligible for the Indigenous Careers Award! This award provides support to Indigenous Albertans in their pursuit of post-secondary studies in certificate, diploma and degree programs. The award is valued at $2,000 per term, with a maximum of $4,000 per year. 

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be of Indigenous ancestry
  • Must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Must be a resident of Alberta
  • Must be an RDC student (collaborative students must apply through their institution)
  • Must be enrolled in at least 60% of a full-time course load in the Fall 2020 term. If you are a student with a documented permanent disability you are considered full-time if you are enrolled in at least 40% of a full-time course load.
  • Must have attended a post-secondary institution in the Winter 2020 term. If you attended a post-secondary institution other than RDC you must submit a statement of grades or transcript with your application.
  • Must have a minimum GPA of 1.7. Applicants will be selected based on highest GPA.

We are currently accepting applications for students enrolled in Fall term 2020. Applications for the Winter term will be accepted starting in January 2021.  

Complete the Indigenous Careers Award Application to be considered.  

Deadline to apply for the Fall term award: November 30, 2020


RDC Safety Scholarships for Apprentices

RDC apprentices are encouraged to complete safety assessments in Blackboard in order to be assessed for safety scholarships. These assessments are scheduled to be released in November - stay tuned for more details! 


Jason Lang and Louise McKinney Scholarships

 Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be continuing in full-time post-secondary studies
  • Must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person
  • Must be an Alberta resident
  • Must have completed 24 credits with a minimum GPA of 3.2 (to meet Jason Lang eligibility) or 30 credits with a minimum GPA of 3.7 (to meet Louise McKinney eligibility) over the previous two terms (not including Spring)
  • Students can only receive one of these scholarships per academic year
  • A maximum of 3 Jason Lang and/or Louise McKinney scholarships can be acquired in a student's academic lifetime

Current RDC students meeting the above criteria have been notified via email to their RDC email addresses. Nominees are required to complete the application linked in this email in order to be considered for the awards. 

Students who have transferred to other institutions (including those currently enrolled in collaborative programs at RDC) must contact the Financial Aid Office at their current institution in order to discuss their Jason Lang and Louise McKinney Scholarship process.


RDC Athletic Awards & Scholarships 

Current and prospective RDC athletes may be eligible for athletic awards and scholarships. Connect with the RDC team’s head coach to discuss your athletic award eligibility.  


Student Connect Centre 
Room 1102 | RDC 
Box 5005 - 100 College Blvd, Red Deer, AB T4N 5H5 
t: 403.342.3254 | f: 403.342.3262 | e: studentconnect [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca
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Mon-Fri 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Main Phone: 403.342.3400
Toll-free: 1.888.732.4630 (in Canada only)
Email: inquire [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca

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100 College Boulevard | Box 5005
Red Deer, Alberta | T4N 5H5