Building Futures Scholarship Program

Canadian Natural
August 15, 2022

The Building Futures Scholarship Program contributes to the ongoing development of a qualified workforce for the future of our industry. Canadian Natural takes great pride in investing in education and our youth, and this program is a critical part of those efforts.

To qualify for the scholarship, student applicants must be a child or dependent of a Canadian Natural employee and/or an Indigenous student from the communities near our operations. These requirements are effective for 2022 and align with our mission statement, reinforcing the important concept of “developing people.” They also allow Canadian Natural to support Canadian Natural employees and their families, as well as students from the many Indigenous communities near our operations. 

How to Apply

  • Be a child/dependent (spouses not eligible) of a Canadian Natural employee and/or Indigenous (First Nations, Metis and Inuit included). For Indigenous applicants, you must be able to provide proof of your status either through official identification or a letter from community leadership
  • Be a resident of Western Canada (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan or Manitoba) for at least one year prior to application. Students from communities where Canadian Natural has operations will receive added consideration
  • Hold a Canadian Social Insurance Number (SIN)
  • Be pursuing an area of study that is relevant to the oil and natural gas industry and/or that supports the communities where these activities occur
  • Maintain a passing GPA of at least 2.5, which is the equivalent of approximately 70% or a C+
  • We encourage applicants to use the online application form.  Alternatively, applicants can download and print a pdf copy to fill out and mail back to us.
  • Applications are accepted three times a year. Deadlines for each application period are April 15, August 15, and December 15.
  • Only one application per student will be reviewed in a calendar year. Please do not apply more than one time per year.
  • Read the application form, make sure all items are completed and all additional information is attached. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed, but will be considered the student’s one application for the year (e.g. no further application can be submitted until the following year).  
  • Make sure you submit your application at the appropriate deadline date. We must receive your application before you begin the term for which you are seeking funding.
    • For Programs starting in the Fall semester applications must be submitted by August 15 
    • For Programs starting in the Winter semester applications must be submitted by December 15 of the previous year 
    • For Programs starting in the Spring semester applications must be submitted by April 15 
    • For Programs starting at any other time please submit your application at the deadline date closest to the beginning of the term.  
    • Please note: Scholarships are not available for terms that include co‐op placement.  
  • The following items must be included in the application package: 
    • The completed application – all items must be filled out and the application must be signed 
    • Up‐to‐date transcripts from any/all high schools or post‐secondary institutions you have attended  
    • Proof of registration at the school you are attending for the upcoming term (we will accept email from Registrar’s office confirming registration) 
    • A letter of approximately one page describing your career plan and community activities. You may wish to include the following: 
    • Information on the program you plan to attend, and the time frame for the program 
    • The reason you have chosen this area of training or education and your long‐term goals 
    • Any experience you have that is relevant to the program you are taking 
    • Your commitment to successfully complete the program and maintain a GPA of at least 2.3, which is the equivalent of approximately 70% or a C+ 
    • A description of your volunteer activities and how you help better the community where you live 
    • Reference letters or letters of recommendation from community leaders, supervisors or teachers are not required but are strongly encouraged to support your request (maximum two letters). References can be a good way of telling our Advisory Committee about your community, volunteer work and leadership contributions 
    • Information on any financial hardships you are facing (optional)
  • Reviewed by Canadian Natural’s Building Futures Advisory Committee.
  • Scholarship amounts to students will be evaluated and awarded through careful consideration of the following key criteria: student’s grades, field of study and relevance to the oil and gas industry, location of the student’s home town in relation to Canadian Natural’s operations, and the student’s community involvement.
  • In addition, financial hardship challenges will also be considered during the review process.

If you have any questions about the Building Futures Scholarship or require any further information please email us at