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Awards and Scholarships

ConvocationRed Deer Polytechnic grants its students more than $1,000,000 in awards and scholarships annually! Review and apply for our current opportunities below and check back often to ensure you're taking advantage of your award opportunities year-round! 


Red Deer Polytechnic's Complete List of Awards and Scholarships



The Red Deer Polytechnic (RDP) award opportunities currently accepting applications are listed below. Please peruse Red Deer Polytechnic's full list of awards and scholarships and contact the Student Connect Centre should you have any questions.



Award Notifications are on the Horizon!

Red Deer Polytechnic award decisions are in progress and notifications are being sent to Red Deer Polytechnic student email addresses. Be sure you do not miss out on an award notification! Check your Red Deer Polytechnic (RDP) email account regularly and log in to your Red Deer Polytechnic awards account using your Loop account username and password to view your award offers and next steps.

Questions? Contact the Student Connect Centre today.


Red Deer Polytechnic's General Awards Application

The deadline to complete Red Deer Polytechnic's (RDP) 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 Red Deer Polytechnic email address. Be sure to monitor your RDP email regularly over the summer months and into the fall so that you do not miss any award notifications!

The application will reopen in March 2022.


Red Deer Polytechnic Building on Excellence Academic Award: Fall 2022

Who said there is no such thing as free money? If you are a current high school student planning to attend a credit program at Red Deer Polytechnic next fall, with an average of 80% 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, 2021:

  • Email your transcript or Detailed Academic Report to studentconnect [at] rdpolytech [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 Polytechnic
  • Know the practicum/clinic dates and location

Complete the Health Sciences Rural Practicum Bursary Application to be considered.

Deadline to apply for a Fall 2021 practicum: October 31, 2021
Deadline to apply for a Winter 2022 practicum: March 1, 2022


Red Deer Polytechnic 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 Red Deer Polytechnic 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 Red Deer Polytechnic 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 2021 project/event/initiative: November 15, 2021
Deadline to apply for a Winter 2022 project/event/initiative: March 15, 2022


Red Deer Polytechnic Student Bursary

The deadline to apply for a Fall 2021 Red Deer Polytechnic Student Bursary has passed. Bursary recipients will be notified by email. This bursary application will reopen for Fall 2022 students in the Spring of 2022. Looking for more information on how to support the Red Deer Polytechnic Student Bursary Fund? Visit


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 Red Deer Polytechnic (RDP) students meeting the above criteria will be notified via email to their Red Deer Polytechnic email addresses over the summer months. 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 RDP) 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 and Scholarships 

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


Support Red Deer Polytechnic's Awards Program

Interested in contributing to Red Deer Polytechnic's (RDP) award and scholarship program? Learn how you can support Red Deer Polytechnic's awards program and RDP students today!


External Award Opportunities

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



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