Scholarships and Awards

Michael Phair Leadership Award

The Michael Phair Leadership Award is the first lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified, or queer specific award in the history of the University of Alberta. Selection is based on demonstrated leadership qualities and involvement in extracurricular and community activities. Preference is given to undergraduate students who have demonstrated commitment to the advancement of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified, two-spirited, or queer communities. Two awards are available annually for a total of $1500 each.

Any student continuing in an undergraduate degree program in their second, third, or fourth year of studies with satisfactory academic standing (2.0 or higher GPA) is eligible to apply for this award. Students from outside the University of Alberta are not eligible for this award.

Donor:
The Friends of Michael Phair, in recognition of his dedicated public service to the City of Edmonton and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified, two-spirited and queer communities of Alberta.

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Orlando Books Collective Entrance Award

Donor: Orlando Books Collective

Orlando Books was a presence on Edmonton’s Whyte Avenue from 1993 to the end of 2002. It was an activist, progressive bookstore that focused on feminisms, cultural, post-colonial, and queer studies, as well as literature from small presses. During its tenure, the bookstore hosted hundreds of readings for writers from across the country and also provided a meeting space for various community groups. In the late 1990s the store tried to place an ad in a local high school newspaper that read: Books for lesbian and gay students and their friends. When the principal refused to allow the students to print the ad, the bookstore owner and a group of educators decided that queer students needed more support within the school system. The group authored a booklet that was eventually published and distributed by the Alberta Teachers’ Association called Safe and Caring Schools for Lesbian and Gay Youth: A Guide for Teachers.

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Stephen and Lynn Mandel Graduate Scholarship in Sexual and Gender Minority Studies

Stephen and Lynn MandelThe Stephen and Lynn Mandel Graduate Scholarship in Sexual and Gender Minority Studies is the first lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified, or queer (LGBTQ) specific graduate scholarship to be offered in the history of the University of Alberta. This scholarship will be awarded to a graduate student at the University of Alberta with superior academic achievement and quality research focused on sexual and gender minority studies and their application in advocating for sexual and gender minorities in educational and community contexts. Recipients will be selected on the basis of academic standing and their research and advocacy/outreach profile.

Donor:
Edmonton Community Foundation

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To apply for this award, please download and complete our application package.

To support the Stephen and Lynn Mandel Graduate Scholarship Endowment, please donate online.

Ronald Gordon Rowswell Graduate Award

Awarded to a full-time or part-time student with satisfactory academic standing registered in a graduate degree program.  Selection is based on the significance of their program of studies and/or research to the advancement of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified, or queer communities. This award is tenable only once in a graduate student’s career.

Two awards are distributed annually for a total of $4000 each.

Donor: Ronald Gordon Rowswell-O’Connor Fund at the Edmonton Community Foundation

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