Sigma Alpha Mu Scholarships

NOTE: funds will be available for disbursement in 2020. Applications for SAM scholarships for the academic year beginning in summer or fall 2020 will be open until  June 15, 2020 or the first business day after this date. 


Sigma Alpha Mu was a fraternity active on the University of Alberta Campus beginning in the 1940’s. It provided fellowship and housing to Jewish students until disbanding in 1972. Its property was sold, and the Board of Trustees decided to retain the funds to support the future re-establishment of the fraternity, should a group of leaders arise to carry out that vision. In the meantime, the Trustees determined that investment earnings from the funds would be made available for scholarships to Jewish students. Jewish Family Services administers the fund and the scholarships. The fund are managed as a courtesy to JFS by the Edmonton Community Foundation.

Who May Apply

Jewish students attending a full-time (min. 3 full courses or equivalent) degree program at the University of Alberta. Consideration is given to financial need and potential for academic success.

Size Of Scholarship

The number of scholarships awarded varies depending on amount available for distribution (i.e., investment earnings) and the number of awards granted. Scholarships are $1000. If there are no applicants this will carry over to the next year.

How To Apply

Please submit the following information by the deadline:

  • A letter which includes a brief biography including an indication of your Jewishness*, and describes your recent educational history and future plans.  * Your biographical information usually gives sufficient indication. If you feel there may be some question, you may name a reference.
  • Copies of recent transcripts, if available, and documents which verify your current academic status and achievement.
  • Any other documents or information which you feel may support your request.
  • A brief budget for your upcoming school year which includes the following


  • Savings
  • Earnings during year
  • Loans anticipated or received
  • Grants & scholarships anticipated or received
  • Support from family
  • Other income


  • Tuition & fees
  • Books & supplies
  • Housing
  • Transportation
  • Meals & living expenses
  • Other expenses

Applications should be made by e-mail (attachments should be PDF, MS Word, and/or JPEG). Applications may also be sent by post or hand delivered, marked “CONFIDENTIAL” to:

Sigma Alpha Mu Scholarships
Jewish Family Services
100 – 8702 Meadowlark Road
Edmonton AB T5R 5W5

What happens next?

Jewish Family Services will review your application, and may request an interview with you. If you are successful, confirmation of your enrollment in the upcoming academic year and you will be invited to a Board meeting where a cheque will be presented. Acceptance of the scholarship will constitute permission to publish your name and photograph.