Bursaries, Awards & Scholarships

University of Waterloo

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Indigenous student awards –for undergraduate students at the University of Waterloo

The Student Awards & Financial Aid Office (SAFA) manages hundreds of undergraduate awards for students newly admitted to first-year studies and for students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at the University of Waterloo. Some of these awards are specifically for Indigenous students.

Explore the Undergraduate Awards and Entrance Awards databases to search for Indigenous student award opportunities at Waterloo.

Indigenous student awards – for graduate students at the University of Waterloo

Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs manages hundreds of awards for graduate students registered at the University of Waterloo. Some awards may be specifically for Indigenous students or open to all students with a specific allocation reserved for those who are Indigenous.

Explore the graduate funding and awards database and use the Affiliation option to limit your search to awards for Indigenous students along with other search criteria that may apply to you.



Affiliated and Federated Institutions of Waterloo

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Indigenous Student Award - Renison University College  

“This award seeks to address systemic barriers to post-secondary education that Indigenous students face as a direct result of history and ongoing processes of colonization.  

Set up by Renison’s Truth and Reconciliation Committee, the award further recognizes that Indigenous students actively involved on campus often do extra labour related to their Indigeneity and connections to community, both in our classrooms and as part of other university processes.  

These awards are an effort to recognize that labour and to develop a committed and reciprocal relationship with Indigenous students that supports their aspirations and development, fosters their leadership, builds their connections and networks, and supports the contribution of their gifts, passions, and energies at Renison and beyond.”

Learn more about the Indigenous Student Award.

SDS Equity and Diversity Scholarship – Renison University College 

“The ultimate aim of those who engage in Social Development Studies is to help people, communities, and nations flourish. Renison University College values diversity and equity in our student body, and has designed this scholarship to address historical and contemporary injustices that have created barriers to higher education for members of marginalized groups (with priority going to self-identified Indigenous students; Black students; students of colour; LGBTQ+, queer, trans*, and/or Two-Spirit students; and students with disabilities)”

Learn more about the SDS Equity and Diversity Scholarship. 

WPIRG Campus Legacy Award for Indigenous Students – St. Paul's University College 

During a nearly 50-year legacy at UW and the Affiliated and Federated Institutions of the University of Waterloo, student members of WPIRG took action on many issues and were particularly strong advocates and allies for Indigenous students. 

In recognition of this long history the current Board of WPIRG intends for this gift to further enhance a legacy of cooperation, advocacy and social justice by providing annual awards available exclusively to Indigenous students at Waterloo who are working to advance causes related to social and or environmental change. 

St. Paul’s will give three awards valued at up to $3,000 annually to a full-time Indigenous graduate or undergraduate student enrolled in any program or Faculty on the basis of participation in actions, demonstrations, conferences or forums regarding social/environmental research and justice (Inclusive of virtual conferences and gatherings).”

Learn more about the WPIRG Campus Award for Indigenous Students. 


Malcolm X PACS Scholarship - Conrad Grebel University College

Recipients of this award are selected based on demonstrated commitment to social justice, inter-racial harmony, and inter-faith dialogue through on-campus or off-campus volunteer activities. Students are prioritized who identify as Black or Indigenous, or with racialized groups who have experienced economic hardship or social disadvantage.

Learn more about the Malcolm X PACS Scholarship




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Indspire is a national Indigenous registered charity that invests in the education of Indigenous people for the long-term benefit of these individuals, their families and communities, and Canada. 

Our vision is to enrich Canada through Indigenous education and by inspiring achievement. In partnership with Indigenous, private, and public sector stakeholders, Indspire educates, connects and invests in Indigenous people so they will achieve their highest potential.”

Learn more about Indspire. 

Kathleen Blinkhorn Aboriginal Student Scholarship

“ONPHA’s Kathleen Blinkhorn Aboriginal Student Scholarship supports Aboriginal students living in non-profit housing in Ontario. Each scholarship winner receives $2,000 for use towards their post-secondary education costs, like tuition, books, technology and transportation.”

Learn more about the Kathleen Blinkhorn Aboriginal Student Scholarship.