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SAMU Grants and Bursaries

SAMU Grants and Bursaries

SAMU Cares

The SAMU Cares program is a bursary which assists 60+ families each year and is funded by the creative fundraising efforts of the SAMU community. The bursaries are to help students and their families with financial assistance in the Fall and Winter terms. Bursary amounts depend on the number of applications and funds available. We try our best to allocate a bursary to every student who applies. 

How do I apply?

  • Applicants can be full- or part-time students,
  • Must be SAMU members (paid SAMU fees),
  • Are in financial need. Priority will be given to students with dependents.
  • And are referred by approved staff members from one of the following MacEwan Departments
  1. Student Affairs / Wellness and Psychological Services (WPS)
  2. Office of the University Registrar, Financial Aid
  3. Access and Disability Resources
  4. Early Learning at MacEwan Childcare Centre

Please contact one of the above departments to book a meeting to discuss your SAMU Cares application. Fall semester deadline is Nov. 10, 2022 and the winter semester deadline is March 10, 2023. Applications are due by 4 p.m. on the deadline date.

Bursaries will be issued before the end of the fall or winter semesters (depending on when you apply).

SAMU runs a number of initiatives and fundraisers to raise funds for SAMU Cares throughout the year. These include:

  • Silent Auctions
  • Grayworks
  • Textbook Buy-back
  • Coin Jar Collections (located at the cafeterias and convenience store).
  • Donations from the SAMU community

If you are interested in donating to SAMU Cares, please contact the SAMU Programs Manager at

For more information contact
SAMU Programs Manager
Macey Edem Nortey,
Rm. SA-301,

Student Professional Development Grant

Each year, SAMU offers 60 grants of up to $300 to support students attending academic conferences.

Fill out the application online and return your completed form to the SAMU office (SA-301).

RBC Future Launch Scholarship

The RBC Future Launch Scholarship could help you take your next step towards a better job and future. It’s open to anyone aged 15 to 29 years old, enrolled part time in school or not in school at all. The funds ($1500 to be exact) can be used towards courses, workshops, certificates, equipment, books and more!

Learn more about the scholarship and apply today.

Storwell Foster Children Bursary program

Storwell offers an annual bursary of $2,000 to support foster children as they pursue their post-secondary education and to help them as they progress into a new and exciting stage of their lives.

Learn more about the scholarship and apply today.

MacEwan Scholarships, Awards, & Bursaries

MacEwan has a plethora of scholarships, awards and bursaries that can help fund your post-secondary education. Click here to learn more.

Alberta Student Aid

Visit Alberta’s student aid website to learn more about scholarships, bursaries and student loans that you can apply for.

Emergency Loans

Student life is costly; between tuition, books, food and rent, students can find themselves with little money left. So when unexpected costs arise, they can be left struggling to find the appropriate funds to help. SAMU Emergency Loans is dedicated to support students who find themselves in such a position, and funds deemed necessary for survival are out of reach.


To be eligible for an emergency loan, the applicants must be enrolled as a full- or part-time student at MacEwan, show the need for the loan and must be able to demonstrate the ability to pay the loan at a later date. Emergency loans are intended for items necessary to survival, such as shelter, utilities and medical expenses.

Application Process

Students can apply for a loan of up to $1000 through a MacEwan University Financial Aid Advisor, who will ensure you are eligible. Students have 30 days to repay the loan, but arrangements can be made with the Office of the Registrar if this timeline is too short.