Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Advancing Futures office is closed to walk-ins. The Advancing Futures team continues to work to support our students remotely. The Advancing Futures contact page provides contact information and email addresses for the Program Coordinators.
Application forms and other documentation must be emailed to [email protected] or to the appropriate Program Coordinator.
For more information, visit COVID-19 info for Albertans.
Application deadline information for the 2021/22 academic year:
Advancing Futures will begin accepting applications for the 2021/22 academic year on April 1, 2021. The deadline to apply for funding for the 2021/22 academic year is June 1, 2021. Students who were funded for Winter 2021 and will be continuing their planned studies in Fall 2021 should review application deadline information on the Approved Students webpage.
Role of program coordinators
After students apply for the program, they will be connected with a program coordinator. Program coordinators 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, program coordinators 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 program coordinators.
Connecting with us
There are a number of ways students and program coordinators 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 Skype or FaceTime
- email them
Each Advancing Futures program coordinator is responsible for a specific group of institutions.
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 program coordinator 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 program coordinator. Paper copies can submitted by mail, email with a clear photo of the information, or by fax.
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 on our forms page from August 1 – 31 each year.