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<--break->

    September awards

    Technical Professional Studies Scholarship

    Eligibility: Nunavummiut studying in the fields of engineering, informatics, community planning, business studies, firefighting, fire prevention or land administration. Must be a resident of Nunavut for at least one year and intend to maintain residency. Preference given to Nunavut Land Claim Beneficiaries.

    Value: $2,500 to $5,000

    Deadline: September 29th

    Makivik Scholarship Fund for Nunavik Beneficiaries

    Eligibility: Must be an Inuit Beneficiary of the JBNQA and 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. Also must be a full-time student with at least 60% average in the previous semester.

    Value: $735-$1440 per semester

    Deadline: September 30th<--break->

    October awards

    AltaLink Indigenous scholarship

    Eligibility: Applicants must be currently enrolled in a post-secondary institution, born in Alberta and registered to Treaty 6, 7, 8 or either be a member of the Métis Nation of Alberta Association or Alberta Métis Settlement. Preference is given to students who are working on their first degree.

    Value: $1000

    Deadline: October 14th

    Engineers and Geoscientists BC Student Member Scholarship

    Eligibility: Applicants must be full-time undergraduate students in the current academic year and must be a BC resident attending a post-secondary institution in Canada.

    Value: $1500

    Deadline: October 15th

    UW Indigenous Student Bursary

    Eligibility: Indigenous students with financial need enrolled at the University of Waterloo in full- or part-time studies in any degree program in any year of study. Students must self-identify as an Indigenous person in Canada, and be an Ontario resident.

    Value: Varies based on financial need

    Deadline: October 15th

    Bill and Elsie More First Nations Bursary

    Eligibility: First Nations students enrolled in a recognized post secondary course of studies, who are experiencing financial need. Preference is given to students who have already completed part of their program of studies and who may be unable to finish because of their financial situation.

    Value: $1000

    Deadline: October 31st<--break->

    November awards

    Gillis Purcell Memorial Journalism Scholarship for Indigenous Peoples

    Eligibility: An Indigenous student (status or non-status Indian, Metis or Inuit) and must already be attending a post-secondary institution and must be either enrolled in a journalism program or actively involved with a news organization associated with the institution (e.g. student paper or broadcast station).

    Value: $4000

    Deadline: November 1st

    Métis Nation of Ontario Bursary

    Eligibility: Full- or part-time undergraduate Métis students from Ontario enrolled in any program of any year at the University of Waterloo. Must be in good academic standing and have demonstrated financial need.

    Value: $1000

    Deadline: November 1st


    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