AFKA Bursary

This bursary is designed to help in continuing education in a college,
university, vocational institution or other special educational pursuits.
A minimum of two bursaries will be awarded annually, depending on
availability of funds.


  • Applicants must be/was a:
    • Child/Youth placed in foster care
    • Child/Youth placed in kinship care
    • Adopted Child of a *foster/kinship caregiver
    • Biological child of a * foster/kinship caregiver

      *Licensed foster or approved kinship caregiver through the Alberta Ministry of Children’s Services


Applicants must submit an online application below and provide necessary documentation to include in application:

  • A 300 – 500 word essay on, “Why I Want to Further my Education and be considered for an AFKA Bursary”.
  • Proof of application or enrollment in a post-secondary institution for the current application year at the time of bursary application, or as soon as it is received.
    • Students must have applied to their intended program of study before applying to be considered for an AFKA Bursary
  • A minimum of one letter of recommendation from present or former foster or kinship caregiver or social worker
  • A minimum of one letter of recommendation from one of the following:
    • school principal
    • teacher
    • guidance counselor
    • employer

*Important* Letters of Recommendation should include the name of the bursary applicant and indicate the length of time they have known the bursary applicant and in what capacity. 

Incomplete applications will not be considered. 


Bursary Applications Now CLOSED!

The deadline to submit an online application is June 15, 2023.

Bursary applicants will be notified of their application status on or before July 15, 2023.


Should you have any questions related to or concerning a bursary application, please contact us during regular business hours (Monday – Friday, 8:15 AM – 4:30 PM) by calling 1-800-667-2372


Funds will be applied directly to the financial account at the school the selected bursary recipients will be attending.

Other NON-AFKA Bursarys

“Funding and supports are available for youth who have been in care, as they pursue post-secondary studies and prepare for adulthood…

…Advancing Futures is a transitional support program for current and former youth in government care aged 18 to 24. The program provides social and emotional supports and funding to eligible students while they pursue post-secondary studies.”

“Storwell offers an annual bursary of $2,000 in support of foster children to help them attend post-secondary schools and to offer a hand up as they make their way forward in life.”

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