Charmaine Letourneau Scholarship

The Charmaine Letourneau Scholarship is available to students residing in Alberta who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, and have knowledge (basic or fluent) of sign language. 

Amount: Varies

Number Available: Varies

Deadline: August 31t,2021

The Charmaine Letourneau Fund was established to support post-secondary education for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Albertans. Ongoing donations from many individual contributors and community organizations continue to support the fund and honour a community leader.

An educator and advocate, Charmaine Letourneau received the Order of Canada in 2001 in recognition of her work in improving the quality of life for Deaf people.


The Charmaine Letourneau Scholarship is awarded each year to a Deaf or Hard of Hearing person who will attend an academic or training program at a qualified institution.

Priority is given to individuals who demonstrate involvement in Deaf and Hard of Hearing organizations, school or community leadership, commitment to and diligence in studies, and likelihood the program of study will lead to employment or further educational opportunities.

In order to meet the criteria for an award, applicants must:

  • Be Deaf or Hard of Hearing (the extent of hearing loss must be significant).
  • Be permanent residents or citizens of Canada.
  • Be residents of Alberta.
  • Be pursuing an academic or training program at a qualified post-secondary or vocational school in Alberta. Alternatively the educational institution could be outside Alberta if it specializes in programming for Deaf or Hard of Hearing students (more information available through the second source).
  • Demonstrated knowledge (whether basic or fluent) of sign language.
  • Demonstrate financial need.

Consideration and priority will be given to:

  • Involvement in local Deaf organizations and a demonstrated commitment and involvement as a volunteer.
  • Leadership within school or community.
  • Diligence and effort in studies.
  • Regular attendance and punctuality in school or in the workplace.
  • Likelihood the program of study will lead to employment or further educational opportunities.
  • Commitment to the qualifying program and the proposed field of study or employment.

How to Apply

Personal and reference letters should highlight the above criteria and priorities.

With the completed application form, applicants must provide:

  • a personal letter outlining how you meet the criteria of the Charmaine Letourneau Scholarship and describing how a scholarship would make a difference to your pursuit of post-secondary education.
  • two reference letters (see application for details)
  • audiogram or other medical documentation of hearing loss
  • transcripts or statement of marks for most recent studies.

**For more details on the supporting documents please see the “Supporting Documents” section of the application

The Awards Panel will review applications and select award recipients by the end of October of each year. Applicants may be invited to participate in an interview (in person or by Skype or Facetime). The interview will be conducted in ASL or we can arrange for an interpreter if the applicant’s knowledge of ASL is more rudimentary. Candidates will be advised of the status of their application by email in early November of each year. Edmonton Community Foundation will notify accepting post-secondary institutions of any Charmaine Letourneau Scholarship recipients once all award conditions have been fulfilled. Applicants may re-apply in subsequent years, but each application is for a single school year only.

Awards are intended to assist recipients with mandatory costs such as tuition and fees. In general, awards will be paid directly to the institution upon receipt of invoice. Awards to institutions will not be confirmed until all conditions are met.

It is the responsibility of the recipient to adhere to all regulations of the accepting post-secondary institution regarding all fee payments and to ensure that registration and/or enrolment status is not jeopardized. In particular, fee deadlines may impact students prior to sponsorship confirmation. Students are also responsible for all expenses not covered by the award, in accordance with institution payment deadlines. No part of any award issued by the Edmonton Community Foundation can be applied to amounts owing from previous years.

To apply for a scholarship, you may contact the Edmonton Community Foundation for an application package. The address is 9910-103 Street, Edmonton AB, T5K 2V7. You may also phone at 780-426-0015 or fax at 780-425-0121.

If you have any questions please e-mail:

Contact Information

Edmonton Community Foundation

9910-103 Street,

Edmonton AB, T5K 2V7

Tel: 780-426-0015

Fax at 780-425-0121


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See Also:


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