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Black and white photo of Kinsey VerbeekKinsey Verbeek was a Grade 11 student enrolled at Ross Sheppard High School who passed away at the age of 15. Despite the personal challenges Kinsey faced, her loved ones remember her as a friend, an ally, and an inspiration for positive change in the world. The Kinsey Verbeek Memorial Award was created by her family to recognize other young people who help make the world a better place despite the barriers they face.


The purpose of this award is to recognize Grade 11 students in Edmonton Public Schools who have had a positive effect on others in spite of facing personal challenges.

AWARD AMOUNT: Two awards of $500


An applicant must:

  • be registered at an Edmonton Public Schools high school and be enrolled in Grade 11
  • maintain academic standing that would enable them to successfully complete high school
  • demonstrate evidence of one or more barriers to success
  • demonstrate evidence of having a positive impact on their peers within the school community
  • demonstrate that the award would be meaningful to them personally or financially

The school principal will be asked to:

  • support the student’s application for this award
  • verify the student maintains an academic standing that would enable them to successfully complete high school
  • explain what makes the student a worthy recipient of this award

Application process


Before completing the application form, the applicant must:

  • Get a signed letter of reference from an Edmonton Public Schools staff member
  • Get two signed letters of reference from peers or non-family community members
  • Create a maximum three-minute video or write a maximum 500-word personal essay that outlines the barriers they encounter, how they strive to have a positive impact on others, and what the award would mean to them


  1. Double-check the "Get ready to apply" section above to make sure you have all requested items. 
  2. Review the important information you need before you apply.
  3. Be sure all parts of your submission are properly prepared and ready to upload. Once you begin the application, there is no option to save your progress.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, April 29, 2024


The selection team will rank each submission on the applicant's demonstration of personal challenges, positive effect on others, and what the award would mean for the applicant. The recipient will be contacted in June.