Indigenous Awards, Scholarships, and Bursaries

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              Indigenous Awards, Scholarships, and Bursaries

There are a variety of financial resources available to Indigenous students every year. Search our list of upcoming awards, scholarships, and bursaries by their deadline:

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    Animikii Technology and Entrepreneurship Scholarships for Indigenous Youth 

    Eligibility: Status & non-Status First Nations, Métis and Inuit ages 17-30, attending a postsecondary program centered on either technology or entrepreneurship

    Value: $500

    Deadline: no deadline


     Feburary awards

    Makivik Scholarship Fund for Nunavik Beneficiaries

    Eligibility: Must be an Inuit Beneficiary of the JBNQA, and a Canadian citizen, have been a resident of Nunavik for at least the 10 previous years, unless you have been working outside the territory for an Inuit organization, and remain associated with a Nunavik community. You must be a full-time student with at least 1 semester of studies already completed and a 60% average.

    Value: $735-$1440

    Deadline: February 15th for Fall Funding

    H.S.A Bursary for Aboriginal Students

    Eligibility: Applicants must be Indigenous students from BC studying in an HSA-related field with financial need.

    Value: $1000

    Deadline: February 17

    RBC Royal Bank Scholarship for Aboriginals

    Eligibility: Status and non-status Indians, Inuit or Métis pursuing post-secondary education.

    Value: $4000

    Deadline: February 28

    Ontario First Generation Bursary

    Eligibility: Applicants must have parents that never attended post-secondary, require financial assistance, be in good standing with OSAP, and be an Ontario resident

    Value: Varies based on financial need

    Deadline: February 28

    Indspire Building Brighter Futures: Bursaries, Scholarships, and Awards 

    Eligibility: Applicants must be Canadian Indigenous person (status), enrolled full-time at an accredited post-secondary institution, traditional knowledge program or arts training, must have a financial need, and not a member of the staff, board, or jury at the time of applying for the support.
    Study outside of Canada is only considered at the graduate level. (Masters and PhD).

    Value: Dependant on financial need

    Deadline: February 1

    SUNDANCe Award

    Eligibility: Full-time Indigenous students from University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University, and University of Guelph who demonstrate active involvement in the Indigenous community and have proven financial need. Email Shawn at for applications forms and additional information. 

    Value: Up to $1000

    Deadline: February 15, 2019

    The Joseph Morrison Legacy Fund 

    Eligibiligy: Full-time Indigenous Ontario resident students between the ages of 16-30. Must have good academic standing (B average). Have completed an essay style question related to how you met life challenges and kept moving toward their goals. Must demonstrate financial need.

    Value: $1500

    Deadline: February 15, 2019


     March awards

    Jazz Aviation Pathway Award for Professionalism and Diversity

    Eligibility: Student must be enrolled in 3A, 3B, or 4A of the Aviation program, with involvement in extracurricular or volunteer activities and outstanding contributions to safety, leadership, and professionalism in the area of aviation. Preference will be given to students who have self-identified as aboriginal, persons with a disability, visible minorities, or females.

    Value: $3000

    Deadline: March 1st


    Eligibility: A student currently or formerly in the care of the Canadian child welfare system, pursuing their first post-secondary degree

    Value: $3000


    Indigenous Arts and Stories Competition

    Eligibility: The contest is open to Canadians of Indigenous ancestry (self-identified Status, Non-Status, Inuit and Métis) between the ages of 6 and 29. Must submit a piece of art or story.

    Value: $100-$2000

    Deadline: March 31st

    Belcourt Brosseau Métis Awards

    Eligibility: Alberta Métis, of any age, who apply for these awards must demonstrate financial need and have a connection to the Métis community.

    Value: $1000- $10,000

    Deadline: March 31st

    April awards 


    Tips for students:
    1. Pay attention to the deadline
    2. Meet all requirements outlined
    3. Contact references for letters early on
    4. Ensure you have all necessary documents


    Ways WISC can help:
    1. Navigating the needs based budget spreadsheet
    2. Connecting with the writing centre or proof reading essay portion
    3. Being a support through the application process