AFKA Bursary

Fostering Futures Through Academic Support

For those fostered, kinship cared for or intimately linked to these communities, the AFKA Bursary helps turn academic aspirations into a tangible reality.

The Power of Education & Your Potential

Higher education is more than just obtaining a degree—it’s about achieving dreams, unlocking potential, and creating opportunities for personal and professional growth.

But we understand that the journey isn’t always easy. Financial constraints can sometimes cloud the path. But with AFKA’s Bursary, your academic ambitions are within reach.

The AFKA Bursary: Who is Eligible?

Embarking on a higher education journey? The AFKA Bursary Program is here to provide you with the necessary financial backing and unwavering support. You may qualify for an AFKA Bursary if you are a:

  • Child/Youth placed in foster care or kinship care
  • An adult who was formerly in care as a child or youth
  • Adopted child of a licensed foster or approved kinship caregiver
  • Biological child of a licensed foster or approved kinship caregiver

Taking the Next Step: Application Details

Express Yourself:
Pen a 300-500 word essay on “Why I Want to Further my Education and be considered for an AFKA Bursary.”

Provide Proof:
Please show proof of application or enrollment in a post-secondary institution for the current year or as soon as you get it.

Seek Recommendations:
Obtain at least one recommendation letter from your current or past foster/kinship caregiver or social worker. Also, secure another letter from a school principal, teacher, guidance counsellor, or employer. Ensure these letters include your name and describe the nature and duration of your association.

Incomplete applications won’t be considered. Ensure you’ve covered all the points above. Funds will be applied directly to the financial account at the school the selected bursary recipients will be attending.

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

Other Bursary Opportunities

Advancing Futures Program

Tailored for youth who have been in care, this program aids in pursuing post-secondary studies, offering financial and emotional support. Discover more about the Advancing Futures Bursary.

See Advancing Futures Bursary >>

Storwell Bursary Program

This annual $2,000 bursary supports former foster children in their post-secondary endeavours. Eligible candidates include those from foster care, kinship care, and other alternative living situations. Find out if you fit the criteria and apply before December 31st each year.

See Storwell Bursary Program >>

Help Shape Alberta’s Brightest Futures

Join us in empowering the next generation of leaders, thinkers, and change-makers. Your support for AFKA’s bursary program is an investment in Alberta’s brightest futures, turning dreams into realities for young minds nurtured in foster and kinship homes.

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