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By Farah Elgaweesh

 

If you identify as Métis, Inuit, or First Nations, there are lots of academic opportunities that can financially aid you in your postsecondary journey!

 

To start the process of applying to scholarships and bursaries, good places to check include:

 

The following is a list of some of the top scholarships that are offered in Canada. Note that some have restrictions based on program of study or financial need. 

 

Canada [1]

 

Indspire ScolarshipBursaries & Scholarships | Indspire

Since 2004, Indspire has provided over $153 million in financial support through more than 49,000 bursaries, scholarships and awards to First Nations, Inuit and Métis students. It is the largest scholarship fund available for Indigenous students in Canada! There are different deadlines for different scholarships. Some include the Horatio Alger Indigenous Achievement Scholarship and Petro-Canada Award for Indigenous Students.

 

Nelson Indigenous Student Scholarshiphttps://nelsonscholarship.smapply.io/prog/indigenous_student_scholarship_/ 

They look for student leaders who have demonstrated academic excellence, personal strength and a commitment to preserving Indigenous identity. Deadline is at the end of June. They award a $10,000 scholarship to one student.

 

Husky Energy Scholarshiphttps://huskyenergy.com/responsibility/indigenous-relations/scholarships.asp 

Husky Energy offers 5 scholarships each year. Preference is given to students in financial need.

 

RBC Scholarships for Aboriginal Studentshttps://www.rbc.com/dms/enterprise/scholarships.html 

These RBC scholarships are awarded to 10 Aboriginal students each year and are renewable, which means that the awarded students will receive the scholarship every year for 4 years.

 

Canada Post Awards for Indigenous Studentshttps://www.canadapost.ca/cpc/en/our-company/giving-back-to-our-communities/canada-post-awards-for-indigenous-students.page

These awards provide funding to students who are renewing their educational learning. If you are taking a gap year or have completed a full year of schooling, check this one out.

 

Ontario

 

Dreamcatcher Scholarshiphttps://www.dcfund.ca/site/funding-education 

This scholarship offers funding to students in Ontario and can be applied to purchasing technology, school trips or other educational special needs.

 

University of Toronto MD Program

Scholarships & Bursaries for Indigenous students | MD Program (utoronto.ca)

 

Dr. Robert William Hudson Memorial Award 

Requirements:

  • Demonstrated interest in endocrinology
  • Preference given to Black or Indigenous students
  • Financial need

 

Roman Paduch Scholarship

Requirements:

  • Aboriginal ancestry
  • Financial need
  • Demonstrated contribution, commitment, and interest in the native community

 

Murray Yolles Admission Scholarship for Aboriginal Students

Requirements:

  • Aboriginal ancestry
  • Demonstrated qualities of leadership and involvement with the native community

 

Rundle-Lister MD Indigenous Student Award

Requirements:

  • Aboriginal ancestry
  • Studies in MD program
  • Financial need

 

Nathan Banerji-Kearney Award for Indigenous Students

  • Self-identified Indigenous Ancestry
  • Financial need

 

University of Alberta

 

Indigenous Entrance ScholarshipEntrance Scholarships | Undergraduate Admissions & Programs (ualberta.ca)

This award recognizes academic achievement in high school.

 

Turtle Spirit Pathway Award for First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Students 

Turtle Spirit Pathway Award for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Students | Undergraduate Admissions & Programs (ualberta.ca)

This scholarship assists students who are entering  the U of A and who have demonstrated financial challenges and barriers to attending university.

 

That’s all for today’s scholarship feature! You can find further scholarship opportunities at Indigenous Scholarships for Education in Canada 2022 – Ca.EduBirdie.com.

 

Citations

 

Griffiths, A. (2020, August 4). 8 scholarships for Indigenous students in Canada. GrantMe. Retrieved May 28, 2022, from https://grantme.ca/8-scholarships-for-indigenous-students-in-canada/

Farah is a grade 11 high school student who takes partial IB at Old Scona Academic in Edmonton, Alberta. She is specifically interested in biological sciences, specifically human anatomy and physiology, as well as mathematical theorems. In her free time, she enjoys creative writing and journaling, as she finds it a therapeutic form of art. She finds volunteering to be a fulfilling way to spend time with others and help her community.

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