Women in Trades Scholarship

Overview: Scholarship Program
Applications Open: May 1, 2021

Applications Closed: June 15, 2021

Recipients Announced: August 30, 2021

This scholarship program is designed to:

  • Encourage and assist women in obtaining post-secondary
    industrial trades education.
  • Support capacity-building by helping to increase the number of women professionals in the communities where we operate, aligned with our goal to have 40 per cent women in the workplace by 2030.
  • Increase the number of female role models in our communities, by showcasing successful women in trades through this program.

On an annual basis, TransAlta will offer scholarship awards of up to $3,000 for eligible students entering post-secondary trade programs
on a full-time basis.

2021 applications closed June 15. Thank you applicants!

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Applications Closed for 2021.

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Eligibility Criteria

Applicants for TransAlta’s Women in Trades scholarship must
meet the following criteria:


  • You identify as a woman;
  • You are a Canadian, Australian or American citizen or permanent resident;
  • You are enrolled in a full-time, post-secondary trades program and
    must maintain satisfactory academic standing throughout your program;
  • You have a plan for achieving your education and career goals;
  • You commit to updating TransAlta on your progress throughout
    the duration of your studies; and
  • You complete and provide the information as requested by TransAlta.
Scholarship Selection Criteria

When selecting award recipients, the selection committee will
consider the following criteria:


  • Applicant is enrolled in a program of study that support TransAlta’s operations;
  • Applicant had sufficient academic success and career goals;
  • Applicant may be a current student/intern at TransAlta; 
  • Applicant may be a dependent of a TransAlta employee; 
  • Applicant has a history of community and volunteer participation; and
  • Contents of applicant’s essay.
Applicants will be asked to submit a maximum 500-word essay detailing: 


  • Their academic and career goals;
  • Information on their current or past community involvement and
    volunteerism, including any leadership roles;
  • How they plan to use their education to give back to women in the community;
  • How they plan to keep TransAlta informed of their progress in school; and
  • Why they should be the recipient of the scholarship.

Applications Open: May 1, 2021

Applications Close: June 15, 2021

Recipients Announced: August 30, 2021