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Aboriginal Bursaries and Scholarships
Bernie Heard Memorial Bursary
This scholarship will be awarded to a qualified Nunatukavut beneficiary who is; enrolled in full time studies (generally four courses or more) at a government recognized university or college; if applicable, successfully completed and passed the previous semester of post-secondary studies and maintained at least 60% cumulative average. Prior consideration will be given to students not receiving other forms of funding from Nunatukavut.
Deadline: August 14
New Millennium Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a current Nunatukavut beneficiary who is graduating from grade 12 and is continuing on with post-secondary education or has completed first Year University and is continuing with second year in the fall.
Deadline: August 14
NL Multicultural Council Aboriginal Scholarship
This scholarship is for students pursuing a post-secondary education and is open to children of members and students of particular group memberships – who are members for at least one year at time of application in good standing.
Deadline: 30 days prior to the awarding of the scholarship
Aboriginal Bursary Search Tool
Windspeaker and AMMSA maintain an extensive list of scholarships and bursaries available to Aboriginal students.If you are a First Nations (status and non-status), Métis, Inuit student in Canada, there are a variety of available funding sources to help offset the financial burden of receiving an education.
Lynx - Aboriginal Student Career & Employment Program
The LYNX Program provides online career services for Aboriginal post-secondary students and graduates seeking meaningful employment and for employers seeking to hire qualified Aboriginal post-secondary students and graduates. It also has a list of scholarships for Aboriginal students.
The Loretta Saunders Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship will be awarded to a qualified Nunatsiavut Beneficiary who is a full-time attending student under the Post-Secondary Student Support Program and who has completed at least one year of Post-Secondary Education.
Deadline: February 28
THE SHARON BAIKIE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship will be awarded to ; A full-time post-secondary student, who is a beneficiary under the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement; AND has successfully completed at least one full term of a one-year minimum program of post secondary studies, and is continuing in his/her studies on a full-time basis; AND has displayed leadership qualities and who have promoted and strived for the retention of his/her culture and language; has been involved in organizing and participating in school and community activities, such as recreation committees, youth groups, sports events, student council, etc.
Deadline: March 1
The College of the North Atlantic Awards Program
The College provides a significant contribution to the education of our students through the encouragement and recognition of high scholastic performance and by providing a measure of assistance to those who may experience financial difficulty in completing their program of studies.
Aboriginal Bursaries Search Tool
The Aboriginal Bursaries Search Tool is a searchable list of more than 750 bursaries, scholarships and incentives available across Canada which are offered by governments, universities and colleges, private and public companies, individual Canadians, organizations and others.
Aboriginal Multi-Media Society’s list of Aboriginal Scholarships
Newfoundland Scholarship Handbook
The Newfoundland Scholarship and Career Handbook is designed for high school students that are thinking about entering university, college, or technical school. The book features hundreds of scholarships and lots of tips on how to find and apply for scholarships.
Scholarships Canada – Find Your Own Scholarship
Sign up to search through our extensive database to find scholarships, bursaries and grants. You'll also find information about student loans, applications and budget planning.
Aboriginal Scholarship Opportunity with the Weather Network
The Weather Network Educational Incentive Award was created to incite interest among Aboriginal peoples in the Canadian Broadcasting Industry. One scholarship of $500 is awarded each year. Applications are welcome from status or non-status Aboriginal full-time students. Applicants should be enrolled in a Broadcasting or Journalism Program at a Canadian college or university and have received passing marks in their previous year of study. If no students apply from these programs then the award may go to an Aboriginal student in another school program specifically, Communication, Business Administration, Meteorology, Computer Science, Graphic Design or Engineering Technology.
Deadline: May 31
Alliance Pipeline Aboriginal Student Awards Program
Aboriginal students who are: residents of Saskatchewan, Alberta or British Columbia; enrolled in, or have applied to a technical school, college or university, in a program relevant to the oil and gas industry; relevant programs include: mechanical engineering technology, instrumentation engineering technology, electrical engineering technology, power engineering, mechanical engineering or business administration.
Deadline: July 1
Website: www.alliance-pipeline.com (See under tab ‘Communities and Landowners’)
Association of Canada Lands (ACLS) Surveyors Foundation Geomatics Scholarship
These scholarships encourage and provide financial rewards to students that are enrolled in a post-secondary institution in the field of geomatics. It is also intended to encourage and provide financial rewards to members of Aboriginal communities that are enrolled in a post-secondary institution in the field of geomatics. Three scholarships in the amount of $1,500 each are available annually. One scholarship is targeted to an Aboriginal student that meets the eligibility requirements.
Deadline: May 15
Canada Post’s Aboriginal Education Incentive Awards
Offered for the first time in 2004, Canada Post’s Aboriginal Education Incentive Award in the amount of $1,000 celebrates the hard work of those who have embraced a renewed pursuit of learning. This award is for First Nations, Métis or Inuit who meet the criteria.
Deadline: May 1st to August 31st
Indspire – Building Brighter Futures (formerly NAAF)
Indspire has evolved into the largest non-governmental funding body for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis post-secondary students across Canada. Bursary and scholarship awards are provided to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students annually across a diverse range of disciplines.
Deadline: May, June and November
Canada Trust Scholarship for Outstanding Community Leadership
The TD Scholarships for Community Leadership are designed to recognize the achievements of youth who are making a difference and help them realize their educational goals. Twenty TD Scholarships for Community Leadership are awarded to students in their last year of high school or CEGEP (in Quebec) who have demonstrated leadership in improving their community. Each scholarship has a value of up to $70,000 and includes: Up to $10,000 for tuition per year and
$7,500 a year for living expenses. This opportunity is open to both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal youth.
Deadline: October to December of every year
Canadian Aboriginal Writing Challenge – Our Story
This contest is open to Canadians of Aboriginal ancestry (Status, Non-Status, Inuit and Métis) between the ages of 11-29 (varying age categories). Students are asked to create a writing or art piece that explores a moment or theme in Aboriginal history or culture. Students must also submit a 200-400 word Artist’s or Author’s Statement that explains how the piece reflects or interprets the moment or theme you selected.
Deadline: March 31
CN Diversity Scholarships
CN is proud to recognize and encourage educational excellence. Through its recently revised Scholarships Program, CN will offer grants to support the post-secondary education of women, military veterans and people of Aboriginal heritage in Canada. As part of this program, and to support its hiring needs, CN will sponsor these deserving, best-in-class students enrolled in programs relevant to CN’s core business. Selected students will be awarded a $3,000 scholarship, tenable for one academic year.
Deadline: December 31
Congress of Aboriginals Peoples National Youth Council Annual Youth Achievement Awards
The annual award of $500 is for Aboriginal youth ages 15 – 29 who demonstrate an overall
positive attitude toward life. Award categories include: art and dance, community, culture and
heritage, education, leadership, and sports.
ConocoPhillips Aboriginal Awards Program
This Program has been developed to provide financial assistance to Aboriginal students pursuing high school upgrading and post-secondary education. Applicants must be of Aboriginal ancestry, a Canadian citizen enrolled in an eligible program, on a full-time basis, demonstrate promising academic qualifications and require financial assistance to pursue your education.
Deadline: June 30
Exit Realty Aboriginal Bursary
Exit’s goal is to support greater participation by the Aboriginal and Native American community members in community life and eventually home ownership. This bursary is offered to Aboriginal students who have an interest in Real Estate Studies for their post education.
Gil Purcell Memorial Journalism Scholarship for Native Canadians
To be awarded to a Native Canadian (status or non-status Indian, Métis or Inuit)
who is enrolled at a Canadian university or community college. The student must
either be enrolled in a journalism program or actively involved in a volunteer
capacity with a student newspaper or broadcast station. The scholarship in the amount
of $4,000 is open to both French and English-speaking Native Canadians.
Deadline: November 15
Helen Bassett Commemorative Student Award
Every year the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) Youth Department and Youth Council coordinate the Helen Bassett youth award given to four young Aboriginal women in the amount of $1,000 each. The awards are made possible by the generous donation of Helen Bassett.
Holiday Inn Vancouver Indigenous Scholarship Program
This scholarship is intended for students currently enrolled or accepted in a post-secondary program. Applicants must submit short personal essay and letter of recommendation from former teacher or community leader.
Imperial Oil- Aboriginal Scholarships
Deadline: Various deadlines
Jim Bourque Scholarship - Arctic Institute of North America
The Jim Bourque Scholarship is awarded to a Canadian Aboriginal student who intends to take, or is enrolled in, post-secondary training in education, environmental, traditional knowledge or telecommunications. The scholarship is open to mature students and matriculating students alike. Each applicant must submit, in 500 words or less, a description of his or her intended program of study and the reasons for the choice of program.
Deadline: July 15
Jose Amaujaq Kusugak Memorial Scholarship
Jose Amaujaq Kusugak dedicated his life to Nunavut and the advancement of Inuit rights. His passion and dedication to education and the promotion and preservation of Inuit language enabled Inuit to make many strides. This scholarship is for students pursuing post-secondary academic studies in the fields of education, Inuit language, or the advancement of Inuit rights.
Deadlines: April to July
KPMG's Aboriginal Scholarship Program
KPMG’s Aboriginal Services team proudly presents the Aboriginal Scholarship Program open to all post-secondary students across Canada in the pursuit of post-secondary education in the fields of Business or First Nations Financial Administration.
Deadline: Not stated
Nasittuq Aboriginal Student Scholarship Program
Nasittuq Corporation has been offering an Aboriginal scholarship since 1995 to beneficiaries/members of the Nunatsiavut, Nunavik, Nunavut and Inuvialuit Settlement Region. Nasittuq recognizes the importance of supporting post-secondary education. If you are pursuing post-secondary education in the following disciplines you are eligible to apply. The Scholarship is designed to encourage students to pursue and explore advanced education in Electrical, Computer Science, Electronics, Environmental Studies, Business, and Aboriginal Studies disciplines.
Deadline: August 15
National Union’s Scholarship Program
Valued at $1,500 each, the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) offers four scholarships that reflect its pursuit of equal opportunity for all workers. They are open to the children of the National Union’s members who are starting a post-secondary education, including a scholarships for Aboriginal Canadians.
Deadline: Various deadlines
National Aboriginal Coaching Awards
Coaching is the cornerstone of community sport and recreation. Likewise, the success of Aboriginal participation in sport is dependent on the leadership of qualified coaches. In support of training Aboriginal coaches through the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), the Aboriginal Sport Circle annually recognizes the outstanding leadership of certified Aboriginal coaches across Canada.
National Indigenous Economic Education Foundation
The National Indigenous Economic Education Foundation (NIEEF) provides scholarships,
training and research funding for learners and educators involved in Aboriginal community
economic development. NIEEF is the charitable organization of the Council for the
Advancement of Native Development Officers (CANDO).
Deadline: July 31
Newfoundland and Labrador Multicultural Council Aboriginal Scholarship
The application will be evaluated by the Awards Committee of the St. John's Native Friendship Centre Association and applicants are reminded that the NLMFAC has established a $500.00 scholarship primarily for the benefit of Aboriginal students who are not receiving funding from Government agencies (ie: Human Resources Development Canada, Indian and Northen Affairs Canada) or Aboriginal funding agencies (ie: Nunatsiavut Government, Innu Nation, Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation, NunatuKavut, Miawpukek Mi' kamawey Mawi' omi, etc.) . Nevertheless students receiving such funding who can demonstrate the funding is not sufficient to meet their needs may apply and provide documentation about such need. Applicants must be already attending a post-secondary institution. A copy of the application form is available online.
Deadline: March 14
Nexen Aboriginal Education Award Program
The Nexen Aboriginal Education Award Program encourages students to pursue studies relevant
to the oil and gas industry. Nexen offers eight awards annually of $2,000 each. Recipients may
also be considered for summer and post-graduate employment with the company.
Norman Taylor Memorial Bursary
Bursaries are available to Aboriginal students attending university or college as a full-time student in an academic program such as Business Administration, Business Management, Accounting, Commerce and/or other finance related programs. Bursaries are open to AFOA members and non-members.
Deadline: July 26
Northern Resident Award and Scholarships - Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies
The Northern Scientific Training Program is sponsoring four scholarships, valued at $10,000 each, for students identified as long-term residents of Nunavut, Northwest Territories, Yukon, or the Provincial North, enrolled in full-time, post-secondary programs at the undergraduate level at a Canadian college or university.
Deadline: March 31
(NunatuKavut formerly known as the Labrador Métis Nation)
Busary applications are available for post-secondary students beyond their second year.
NunatuKavut Scholarship’s Page:
RBC Aboriginal Student Awards
The RBC Aboriginal Student Awards Program was launched in 1992 to assist Aboriginal students to complete post-secondary education, and provide an opportunity for RBC to strengthen its relationship with the Aboriginal community. Selected students are awarded up to $4,000 each academic year for two to four years to use towards tuition, textbooks, supplies and living expenses. RBC offers 10 scholarships in two categories.
Rose Nolan Scholarship Fund
The Rose Nolan Memorial Scholarship Fund was established to recognize Aboriginal First Nation women who are achieving their educational and training goals while maintaining strong community involvement.
Security and Defense Forum Aboriginal Scholarship Program
The Security and Defense Forum Aboriginal Scholarship is intended to help develop and
promote scholarly interest in contemporary Canadian security and defense issues among
members of the First Nations (status or non-status), Inuit, and Métis Canadians. Eligible
applicants in the social sciences/humanities studies relating to current and future Canadian
security and defense issues, including their political, international, historical, social, military, and
Deadline: February 8
Strategic Alliance of Broadcasters for Aboriginal Reflection (SABAR) Scholarship
SABAR is pleased to offer our annual Scholarship to an Aboriginal student in Journalism or Radio/Television Arts. SABAR is particularly proud to play an important part in supporting the development of a future community leader who may have the potential to help us meet our primary goal of increasing Aboriginal reflection in Canadian broadcasting.
Deadline: May 16
Tembec Aboriginal Awards Initiative
This scholarship is awarded to students that have a Community college or CEGEP diploma or certificate programs, undergraduate programs, professional degree programs or masters programs in fields of study including but not limited to: science, natural resource management, environmental studies and business. These scholarships are available to Ontario and Quebec residents of Aboriginal ancestry.
Deadline: October 10
TransAlta Aboriginal Bursary Program
TransAlta offers a number of bursaries for Aboriginal students. Applications for the upcoming school year are now available and can be downloaded from the website.