Applications for the Viscount Bennett Scholarship Now Open

March 8, 2023

The Right Honourable Viscount Bennett, PC, KC, LLD, DCL, sought to encourage a high standard of legal education, training and excellence. In 1943, he established a trust fund with 100 shares of Royal Bank stock, valued at $100 per share. The value has increased significantly, allowing the Viscount Scholarship Selection Committee (Committee) to award up to three scholarships annually.


An award of up to $20,000 may be paid annually to provide for post-graduate studies in an institution of higher learning, in common law, approved by the Committee. If, in the opinion of the Committee, no suitable application is received, no award will be made. Up to three awards may be made annually if, in the opinion of the Committee, there is justification based on the eligibility requirements.


Applicants must be law graduates or members of the Law Society of Alberta, ordinarily resident in, or if not presently resident in, then with an express intention to return to Alberta. Awards will be made by the Committee based primarily on the academic excellence displayed by the applicant in both University and law school. The Committee may also have regard for the applicant’s:

  • degree of involvement in law school, university, community and legal affairs;
  • financial need; and
  • other scholarships or awards.


Applications are to be sent to Barbara Billingsley, Dean of Law at the University of Alberta via courier or email by May 1, 2023. Find out more information about the scholarship and application process in this guide or on the University of Alberta website.