We sponsor 3 scholarships for post secondary students: 

  • Optimist Club William J. Cummer Scholarship

  • Optimist Club of Calgary Diamond Anniversary Scholarship available at Mount Royal University

  • Optimist Club of Calgary Golden Anniversary Scholarship available at SAIT

William J. Cummer Scholarship

This scholarship was established in recognition of the 70th anniversary of the Optimist Club of Calgary and long standing member, William Cummer for his service and contributions to the Club. The award is sent to the appropriate university and applied directly to the recipient’s tuition.

For students who are Calgary residents and Canadian citizens entering their final year of study in a multi-year certificate, degree or diploma program, demonstrating volunteerism, service to youth, and leadership. Students must be in need of financial support and have good academic standing. Preference given to students from the Calgary area.

The Calgary Foundation administers the award of at least $2,500.

The deadline to apply is June 30, midnight.

Diamond Anniversary Scholarship

Eligibility: Awarded to a full-time Mount Royal University student who will be enrolled in the second year of any program in the upcoming fall semester. Student must be a resident of Alberta and a Canadian citizen.


  • Academic achievement

  • Extracurricular activities: community involvement directed toward youth

Entry DEADLINE: March 01, midnight.

Golden Anniversary Scholarship

  • Value: $1,000

  • Number of Scholarships per year: One

  • Third or fourth semester

  • Financial need

  • Youth involvement

  • Alberta resident

  • Canadian citizen

  • Not to be the recipient of another major award

How to Apply:

  • All students enrolled in a SAIT program can now apply online:

  • Log into ca

  • Click on the myStudent tab

  • Under Finance Information, click on Online Student Awards Application Form

  • Please note: A student must be registered and accepted into a SAIT program with a Student ID and password to log into ca

Entry DEADLINE: November 28, midnight.
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