The Advancing Futures office is open to the public by appointment only. Students can schedule a meeting with their TAP Practitioner. The Advancing Futures team will also continue to support our students remotely.

Contact us to schedule a meeting or if you have any questions.

Important dates

Next application deadline

October 1, 2022 – to begin studies anytime between January and August of 2023.

Role of TAP Practitioners

Support

After students complete an intake into TAP or apply for Advancing Futures, they will be connected with a TAP Practitioner. TAP Practitioners review each application and provide individualized support throughout the approval process. Setting up student funding is just one part of their role; throughout the year, TAP Practitioners will connect with students at least once a month and can provide:

  • a friendly face (or ear, or keyboard) to listen to a student’s experiences
  • coaching and mentoring as students plan for their future
  • support with problem solving when facing challenges
  • transition planning to help students achieve their goals
  • referrals to resources or agencies that offer supportive services
  • help figuring out life as a young adult

Learn more about the role of TAP Practitioners.

Connecting with us

There are a number of ways students and TAP Practitioners can connect, to make it easier to keep in touch. Students can:

  • stop by the office
  • call them
  • meet them for coffee
  • meet while they're at a student's post-secondary institution
  • chat via video
  • email them

Each Advancing Futures TAP Practitioner is responsible for a specific group of institutions.

Contact a TAP Practitioner

Complete the survey and orientation

All students are encouraged to complete the Sociodemographic Survey and once each academic year. Students are required to watch the Advancing Futures Orientation video prior to approval. Instructions and access information are emailed to students after their application has been screened.

Gather institution information

Before they can be approved, all students must submit proof of:

  • tuition and fee charges
  • course enrolment, and
  • book and supply requirements

This information must be issued by the institution, and must be student-specific.

Students who receive information from their school through an online student account platform should send their TAP Practitioner screenshots of the information appearing on the account.

If schools do not use an online student account service, students should request the information from their school contact. Then, students should forward the information to their TAP Practitioner. Paper copies can submitted by mail, or by email with a clear photo of the information.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Scholarship

The Alberta government established this scholarship to commemorate the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Royal Visit to Alberta in July 2011. The scholarship recognizes the exceptional educational achievements of students who have been in care.

These $2,000 scholarships are awarded solely to 25 Advancing Futures students each year based on their academic performance the previous year. Applicants must be Advancing Futures students.

Eligibility criteria, application process and selection method information is outlined on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Scholarship application form (available here from August 1 – 31 each year).

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