How many scholarships are awarded each year?

It is BluEarth’s intention to award three to four scholarships annually.  However this may vary depending on the applications we receive.

How will I know if I have been selected?

You will be notified directly by BluEarth if you are selected.

What are the eligibility requirements?

  • Active member of an Aboriginal community (band or settlement), including First Nations, Metis and Inuit
  • Resident of Canada
  • Pursuing full-time studies at an accredited Canadian trades or technical school, college or university

How will recipients be selected?

ACES recipients will be evaluated based on their community involvement, academic merit and demonstration of how their studies can be transferred to the clean energy sector.

What is the definition of ‘Clean Energy’?

Energy, as electricity, that does not pollute the atmosphere when used.  This includes, but is not limited to, wind, solar and hydroelectric power.

I don’t meet all the requirements listed in your selection criteria – should I still apply?

Absolutely! As long as you meet the eligibility requirements, the selection criteria are simply a guide.  For instance, if a candidate is strong on community involvement and academic merit, but weak on demonstration of how their studies can be transferred to the clean energy sector, they will still be considered.

What is considered a full course load?

ACES requires that you must be registered as a full-time student carrying a full course load. A full course load is successfully completing at least 80% of the full course load required for your program. This means if you are required to take 5 courses per semester, you can take a minimum of four to be awarded the full scholarship.  If you drop out of a course, the award will be pro-rated to account for this.  If you are unsure if you have a full course load, provide a listing of your program requirements and which courses you intend to take, and the selection committee will make an assessment.

What does ‘good academic standing’ mean?

Students must be in ‘good academic standing’ for their respective post-secondary institution.  For instance, most universities require students to maintain a grade point average above 2.0 in order to maintain good academic standing.  These requirements can be checked with your post-secondary institution.  Students will be required to provide their grades at the end of each semester or term.

What programs are eligible?

All post-secondary programs at accredited trades or technical schools, colleges and universities in Canada are eligible.

What if I am only planning to study part time — am I still eligible?

Part-time students are eligible, but the amount of the award may be prorated to account for the lesser financial requirements.

What if I get into a different program than the one listed in the application?

Notify the selection committee at aces@bluearth.ca as soon as you confirm your program.  Your application can be amended where required.

My program doesn’t start until January 2017— am I still eligible?

Yes. Payment of the award will correspond with the recipients’ academic year. Students starting studies before the next application deadline of September 2017 should apply for the 2016 program.

I already have employment lined up / have to do a practicum / am otherwise unavailable next summer. Is the work experience a requirement under the ACES? Can I defer the opportunity to a later time period?

The paid internship is optional and based on numerous factors. Please work with BluEarth directly to determine what might be best for your particular situation.

Where would I be located for the work experience?

Depending on the field of study, a placement would be based either in our office sites of Guelph or Calgary, or at one of our project sites located throughout Canada.

Would the work experience opportunity be eligible for my institution’s co-op program?

We recommend students check with their institution’s co-op office to confirm.  BluEarth will work with the post-secondary to determine eligibility requirements and how we can comply.

Would receiving the ACES make me ineligible for needs-based funding?

Students should check with their needs-based funder to determine how the award would impact other funding.

I have received funding from another scholarship, would I still be eligible?

There are no restrictions under the ACES for students who have received other awards.

How are funds paid to students?

Students will be issued two to three installments of the award.  The payment schedule would be determined based on the length student’s academic year.

The essay is 500 words or less – is that flexible?

In order to ensure that the playing field is equal for all applicants, we prefer you stick to the word count requirements.

What is a ‘Learning Partner’?

The learning partner is a BluEarth employee who will be assigned to you for your academic year.  This program is for two-way communication to inspire, challenge, and motivate students as well as BluEarth employees.  Students will be encouraged to seek advice about your course work, volunteerism, possible career paths, etc.  The learning partner will be as closely matched to your field of study as possible.