Awards

Every year, Vista Virtual School (VVS) recognizes our students’ accomplishments through an extensive Awards program. The deadline to apply for a Vista Virtual School award is June 30 annually.

Nominate a student or apply for an award! 

Teachers’ nominate your student(s) here!

Award ceremonies are hosted in Edmonton and Calgary in mid-October to recognize the following awards:

Application-Based Awards

Raju Family Distance Learning Award

The Raju family established this monetary award to recognize full-time elementary, junior high, and senior high students who show diligence in their work while studying at a distance. In addition to consistent hard work, students must also demonstrate good citizenship in caring for others. For the purposes of this award, success is measured in terms of the positive differences students make in the lives of others. Students who receive this award may use the money however they choose.

PHPS Citizenship Award – Grade 12

Deadline to apply is May 10, 2019

This award recognizes two senior high Grade 12 students with a $500 award. Interested students complete the online or print application form. Applications are reviewed by a selection committee at each school. Students who receive this award meet at least three (3) of the following criteria:

  • Demonstrates responsibility
  • Helps/supports others
  • Has a positive attitude
  • Displays kindness to others
  • Works towards goals
  • Listens to others
  • Is honest
  • Has the courage to do what is right
  • Respects others
  • Shows concern for others
  • Is dependable

Learn more about PHPS Citizenship Award criteria.

Alberta Teachers’ Association Award (Sub-Local No. 22)

An annual scholarship of $1000 is presented to graduates pursuing careers in education. The principal of Vista Virtual School chooses the recipients of these awards based on qualifications that include success in distance learning and an overall academic record of at least 70% in each of the four core subjects.

Nomination-Based Awards

Teachers nominate students for the following awards.

Principal’s Awards

To recognize outstanding involvement with VVS, two students and two families will be honoured with a framed certificate.

  • Principal’s Awards – Students: These full-time elementary, junior high, senior high or adult students will display an exceptional work ethic, striving to achieve the best of their ability. These students demonstrate participation and cooperation with teachers, positive attitude, and strong work ethic.
  • Principal’s Awards – Families: These families will strive to assist student excellence, participate in student learning, cooperate with VVS staff, and initiate contact with VVS.

PHPS Citizenship Award – Grade 1 to Grade 12 (ongoing)

Deadline to apply is May 10, 2019

At any time throughout the year students can be nominated for a Citizenship Award. Students are recognized with a certificate and medallion.

Nominated by a staff member, community member, or another student, this award recognizes students who meet at least three (3) of the following criteria:

  • Demonstrates responsibility
  • Helps/supports others
  • Has a positive attitude
  • Displays kindness to others
  • Works towards goals
  • Listens to others
  • Is honest
  • Has the courage to do what is right
  • Respects others
  • Shows concern for others
  • Is dependable

Learn more about PHPS Citizenship Award criteria.

Merit Awards

Merit Award certificates recognize consistent student effort that results in significant improvements in academic achievement, organizational skills, or quality of work.

Merit Award certificates are also presented to students who display acts of compassion in their communities or demonstrate a significant commitment to volunteerism.

SuccessMaker® Merit Awards

These certificates are presented to students participating in the SuccessMaker® program in recognition of consistent effort that results in significant improvements in academic achievement, organizational skills, or quality of work.

Grades-Based Awards

The following awards are automatically given out based on student grades.

Honour Roll

Full-time students who achieve 80% or better in all core courses are awarded honour roll certificates.

Students who achieve honours in elective courses are also recognized with Elective Honours.

Top Marks

Senior high students who earn the highest mark in a given course are presented with Top Marks certificates.


Alberta Scholarships and Bursary Programs can be accessed at Alberta Education – Scholarships and Bursaries.