Awards and prizes

The School of Liberal Education oversees a number of student awards, prizes and grants.

The Bridge Prize:  A National Short Story Award

The Bridge Prize celebrates excellence in short story fiction writing at the post-secondary level in Canada.

Beginning in 2020, and in alternating years for the next decade, the Bridge Prize intends to inspire and motivate the next generation of Canadian literary artists as they transition to careers as professional writers.  The Bridge Prize is presented by the School of Liberal Education at the University of Lethbridge.

The Inaugural Muthada Boora Family Awards:

This prize is awarded based on grades, volunteer work, and an essay on the value of Liberal Education. The Fall 2018 winners are:

Blaine Primeau:
Blaine studied in the Addictions Counselling program at Saskpolytechnic in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, where he did a practicum at the Bridge Employment Program in Prince Albert, and presented on topics such as life skills, drug education, alcohol, self-esteem and addiction. He has also worked with the Food Bank and Habitat for Humanity. In September 2018 he started in the Addictions Counselling post-diploma program at U of L.

Read his essay here! 

Madeline Szabo:
Madeline is a third year Neuroscience student, born and raised in Lethbridge, Alberta. She has a passion for science, as well as for helping others, and hopes to go on to medical school to become a doctor.  She volunteers  for a variety of organizations and events, including the Chinook Regional Hospital, Big Brothers Big Sisters, All Saints Parish, coaching and mentoring young athletes and numerous commitments with Pronghorn Athletics. She competes in the sport of Track and Field as a hammer thrower with the Pronghorns, and hopes to represent Team Canada in this sport.

Read her essay here! 

Mikaela Tegart:
Mikaela is in her first year of studies at U of L, planning to major in Neuroscience. She is an accomplished athlete and volunteer, having competed in Senior High Basketball and swam competitively with the Fairview Olympians Swim Club, and also serving as a Volunteer CanSkate program assistant  and an assistant swimming coach. She has also helped tutor younger students in her school.

Read her essay here! 

President's Grant for International Community Engagement

The President's Grant for International Community Engagement seeks to encourage greater interest in and understanding of less developed countries by supporting students who want to participate in an international development experience.  The grant will provide up to $5,000 for students to spend an extended period of time (minimum 6 weeks) working in a paid or volunteer role in a developing country on a project or projects that encourage educating and sharing of knowledge.  Eligible applicants must be continuing students (undergraduate or graduate) and must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents.  In addition, students must secure a faculty mentor prior to applying.  Applicants must be able to demonstrate an existing network or evidence of partnership with an organization in the developing country, either through their own involvement or through their supervising faculty members.  Up to five awards may be given each year.  Click on the links below for application process information.

President's Grant - application details/deadlines
President's Grant - checklist
President's Grant - FAQs

Friends of Liberal Education Prize

The School of Liberal Education offers an annual Friends of Liberal Education Prize of $500 to an outstanding student who has completed Liberal Education 1000 and Liberal Education 2000. Students are nominated in April by the instructors of these two courses for the previous academic year. 

Winners:  2018 Abigail Curle;   2017 Cassandra Ostashek;     2016 Katherine Hatton.

Liberal Education Essay Prize

Congratulations to Dalys Fletcher and Kieran Brennan, winners of the Liberal Education Essay Prize in Spring 2017. Dalys Fletcher was awarded the first prize of $1500 for her essay The Good Life. Kieran Brennan was awarded the second prize of $500 for his essay Creativity: The Fifth Pillar of Liberal Education.