Congratulations to our 2021 award recipients!

The 2021 Stars Award recipients are youth who have demonstrated resilience, drive and perseverance in achieving their goals. They completed Grades 10, 11 or 12 during the 2020-21 school year and live in a Civida home or their family receives a Civida rent subsidy.

This year, we granted 41 awards to 33 Edmonton high school students, for a total of $12,250!

  • 33 Academic Excellence Awards ($100-$250 per award)
  • Two scholarships for the highest Grade 12 GPA ($2,000 – $5,000 to their post-secondary school of choice)
  • Three Community Impact Awards ($250 per award)
  • Three Academic Improvement Awards ($250 per award)

These awards are funded by the Capital Region Housing Foundation. Thank you to everyone who applied and to our successful recipients!

2021 award recipients

Alain Humura, Grade 12:
  • Academic Excellence Award
  • Community Impact Award
  • Post-secondary Scholarship
Alina Shahid, Grade 11:
  • Academic Improvement Award
Areeba Siddiqui, Grade 11:
  • Academic Excellence Award
Hedil Elmabrouk, Grade 11:
  • Academic Excellence Award
Lovelee Bravo, Grade 12:
  • Academic Excellence Award
Melody Crewe, Grade 11:
  • Academic Excellence Award
Sajjal Bano, Grade 11:
  • Academic Excellence Award
  • Academic Improvement Award
Suraya Said, Grade 11:
  • Academic Excellence Award
Yamen Khatib, Grade 11:
  • Academic Excellence Award
Yasmeen Jalil, Grade 11:
  • Academic Excellence Award
Zoya Mahmood, Grade 12:
  • Academic Excellence Award

2021 recipients by award category

Academic Excellence Awards

To qualify for this award, students needed a minimum grade point average of 75% based on specific courses this past school year. Thirty-three youth received the Academic Excellence Award this year.

Grade 10 recipients:
  • Karol Escobar
  • Maryam Al Augaidi
  • Yumna Saleem
Grade 11 recipients:
  • Alina Shahid
  • Areeba Siddiqui
  • Hedil Elmabrouk
  • Lily Amaniampong
  • Melody Crewe
  • Mohammed Al Robiay
  • Mouad Et-tadely
  • Nikita Islam
  • Sajjal Bano
  • Sama Al-Hayani
  • Suraya Said
  • Taha Abukhashim
  • Tasmia Shahid
  • Yamen Khatib
  • Yasmeen Jalil
Grade 12 recipients:
  • Adam Khayat
  • Alain Humura
  • Aliza Siddiqui
  • Aya Et-tadely
  • Ayesha Zeb Azam
  • Huthayfah Al Augaidi
  • Ibrahim Mohamed
  • Laila Al Robiay
  • Lovelee Bravo
  • Muhammad Haris
  • Robin Hou
  • Rokaia Al-Hayani
  • Sagir Khawaja
  • Salma Hankaoui
  • Zoya Mahmood

Post-secondary Scholarships

The students receiving a scholarship to the post-secondary institution of their choice had the highest grades among our Grade 12 recipients!

Scholarship recipients:
  • Alain Humura
  • Aya Et-tadely

Academic Improvement Awards

The Academic Improvement Award recognizes students who have worked hard to improve their grades between last year and this year. To qualify for this award, students needed to provide a written application and letter of support, and the recipients were selected by an adjudication panel.

Award recipients:
  • Adam Khayat
  • Alina Shahid
  • Sajjal Bano

Community Impact Awards

The Community Impact Award recognizes students who have made a positive impact in their community. Students provided a written application and letter of support, and the recipients were selected by an adjudication panel.

Award recipients:
  • Alain Humura
  • Maryam Al Augaidi
  • Sama Al-Hayani

Stars Awards Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Academic Excellence Award

The Academic Excellence Award recognizes students’ academic achievement.

  • Who's eligible for the Academic Excellence Award?

    High school students in Grades 10, 11 or 12 are invited to apply. To be eligible, you must currently live in Civida housing or your family must receive rent assistance from Civida. To qualify for this award, you need a minimum GPA of 75% based on an average of five specific courses in 2020-2021. Awards are granted as follows:

    • 75% and higher – $100 award
    • Top GPA in each of Grades 10, 11 and 12 – $250 award (Note: recipient does not also receive $100 award)
    • Top GPA in Grade 12 – $5,000 scholarship to their post-secondary institution of choice
  • How do I apply for the Academic Excellence Award?
    1. School Transcript: Enter your course grades and upload your Detailed Academic Report (final transcript) from this school year, 2020-2021.
      • Please download your “Detailed Academic Report” (final transcript) from the Government of Alberta MyPass website or your school website.
      • Ask your school office if you need help getting your detailed academic report (final transcript).
      • Note: Certified or original copies of transcripts may be required for verification purposes before awards are granted.
    2. Grade 12 students only: The Grade 12 applicant with the highest GPA may be eligible to receive a $5,000 scholarship to the post-secondary institution of their choice.
      • If you just finished Grade 12 and are planning to pursue post-secondary education in Fall 2021 or Winter 2022, you will be asked to upload a copy of your acceptance letter from the post-secondary institution.

Community Impact Award

The Community Impact Award recognizes students’ commitment to the community.

  • Who's eligible for the Community Impact Award?

    High school students in Grades 10, 11 or 12 are invited to apply. To be eligible, you must currently live in Civida housing or your family must receive a rent supplement from Civida.

    Awards are granted as follows:

    • $250 per award
    • Limit of 3 awards granted
  • How do I apply for the Community Impact Award?
    1. Short Answer Questions: Respond to the following questions in the online application form:
      • Tell us how you have made a positive impact in your community. What was the situation, and what did you do to make things better? (up to 200 words).
      • Why was this important to you, personally? (up to 200 words).
      • How is the community different as a result of your efforts? How do you know you made a difference? (up to 200 words).
      • Why do you think young people should try to make positive changes in their community? (up to 100 words).
    2. Letter of Support: Upload a letter of support from a community leader or teacher (note this person cannot be a relative).
    3. School Transcript: Upload your Detailed Academic Report (final transcript) so that we can verify your school enrollment. Your grades are not used as part of our decision-making for this award.
      • Please download your “Detailed Academic Report” (final transcript) from the Government of Alberta MyPass website or your school website.
      • Ask your school office if you need help getting your detailed academic report (final transcript).
  • How is my application scored?

    A review committee will look at your application, including your answers to the short answer questions and your Letter of Support.

    These are the criteria the review committee will use:

    Criteria  Scale – 1 (low)  Scale – 5 (high) 
    Student has insight into why people should contribute to their communities  Little insight into why they decided to take action; not clear why young people should make positive changes in the community  Significant insight into why they decided to take action; specific reasons why young people should make positive changes in the community 
    Student made a significant impact in their community  Unclear what the student did and why; little evidence of community impact   Clear explanation of what the student did and why; strong evidence of community impact; student took action despite significant extenuating circumstances 

Academic Improvement Award

The Academic Improvement Award recognizes students who have worked to improve their grades between last year and this year.

  • Who's eligible for the Academic Improvement Award?

    High school students in Grades 10, 11 or 12 are invited to apply. To be eligible, you must currently live in Civida housing or your family must receive a rent supplement from Civida. 

    Awards are granted as follows: 

    • $250 per award
    • Limit of 3 awards granted
  • How do I apply for the Academic Improvement Award?
    1. Short Answer QuestionsRespond to the following questions in the online application form: 
      • Why do you think your grades improved between last school year and this school year? (up to 100 words).
      • What advice would you give to younger students about how to improve their academic grades? (up to 200 words).
    2. Letter of SupportUpload a letter of support from a community leader or teacher (note this person cannot be a relative).
    3. School Transcript – Last Year: Enter your course grades and upload your Detailed Academic Report (final transcript) from last school year, 2019-2020. 
    4. School Transcript – This Year: Enter your course grades and upload your Detailed Academic Report (final transcript) from this school year, 2020-2021. 
      • Please download your “Detailed Academic Report” (final transcript) from the Government of Alberta MyPass website or your school website.
      • Ask your school office if you need help getting your detailed academic report (final transcript).
      • Note: Certified or original copies of transcripts may be required for verification purposes before awards are granted. 
  • How is my application scored?

    A review committee will look at your application, including your answers to the short answer questions and your Letter of Support.

    These are the criteria the review committee will use: 

     

    Criteria  Scale – 1 (low)  Scale – 5 (high) 
    Student has insight into why and how people can improve academic grades  Little insight into why they improved; vague advice provided for other students  Significant insight into why they improved; specific advice provided for other students 
    Student uses new strategies for academic improvement  No new academic strategies described  Several new academic strategies referenced and described in detail 
    Student demonstrates academic improvement between this year and last year  Small increase in the student’s grade point average  Significant increase in the student’s grade point average; improvement made despite significant extenuating circumstances