Indigenous Student Bursaries/Scholarships

Indigenous Student Bursaries/Scholarships

Visit the following links for Indigenous-specific bursaries and scholarships. Remember to visit the Lakehead University Scholarships & Bursaries pages for awards open to all students. If you need any assistance in completing applications, please contact us at UC 1007 or via email at

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Aboriginal Bursaries & Scholarships - Student Financial Aid & Awards

External Links

Aboriginal Bursaries Search Tool

Metis Nation of Ontario

Indigenous Learning Centre Professional Development Scholarship Deadline: January 19, 2020 (expired)

The Professional Development Scholarships are available to anyone who wishes to take AFOA Canada’s online courses for the Certified Aboriginal Financial Management (CAFM) Program, Certified Aboriginal Professional Administrator (CAPA) Program or Professional Development courses or one CAPA In-Person Session. *Applicant MUST be a former residential school attendee or a descendant of a residential school attendee (First Nations or Métis) Employed in a financial and/or management position and/or attending school as a full-time student. Reside or work in an Indigenous community/organization. Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate financial need.

Waubetek Business Educational Award  Deadline: January 26, 2020 (expired)

Educational bursaries of $500 each to applicants who fulfill the following required criteria. Must be a registered band member of one of the 27 partnering First Nation communities in the Waubetek service area 

The LOUD Foundation provides LGBT scholarships to people who self-identified themselves as part of the LGBT+ community. From year to year, the number of winners is increased as well as the amount of scholarship. Award range: $2,500. Requirements and Eligibilities you can check on the page. Application deadline – January 31 annually.

The Lambda Foundation is a Canadian charity organisation with one simple purpose to create more possibilities for the LGBT community by offering awards and scholarships. Award range: from $1,000 to $2,500. Requirements and Eligibilities you can find here. Application deadline – February 1, 2021.

Little NHL Bursary Deadline: expired

FIVE (5) Bursaries in the amount of one thousand dollars (1000.00) will be awarded to individuals who meet the criteria. Applicant must be a former player of the Little NHL and be a full-time student attending a College or University program for the academic year.

Indspire Building Brighter Futures: Bursaries, Scholarships, and Awards Deadlines: February 1, August 1, November 1 @ 11:50 pm ET 

Type(s) of Program: Full-time certificate programs, undergraduate, professional and graduate degree programs at an accredited post-secondary institution.

RBC Aboriginal Student Awards Program Deadline: Feb 28

RBC awards 10 scholarships in two categories: For students majoring in disciplines related to the financial services industry. For students majoring in disciplines unrelated to the financial services industry. We also consider scholarship recipients who are interested in careers in financial services for summer and post-graduate employment

2020 Neechie Gear Bursary   March 15, 2020 (expired)

Application Requirements: 1) 1 page that tells us your story and why you NEED and DESERVE one of our bursaries. 2) 1 page recommendation from someone who BELIEVES IN YOU. 3) Confirmation of Post-Secondary or High School enrolment. Please email your application to:

The Native Law Centre Summer Program (formerly known as PLSNP)

Deadline: March 16, 2020 expired

Jordan's Principle Scholarship Deadline: March 31, 2021

Are you a First Nations student studying children’s health or children’s disabilities at a Canadian post-secondary institution (returning Fall 2021)? Do you demonstrate a commitment to Indigenous children’s health and community service as well as academic commitment and achievement? We welcome you to apply for the Jordan's Principle Scholarship!

FOREST PRODUCTS ASSOCIATION OF CANADA - Skills Award for Aboriginal Youth: Deadline: March 31, 2020 (expired)

This award is given to an individual who exemplifies the qualities of strong academic standing, commitment to their field of study and to the revitalized forest products industry and demonstrated commitment to the Aboriginal community. 

First Nations, Métis, Inuit Women in Education Bursary - Women's Program (Open to non-ETFO members) (1) Deadline: expired

ETFO offers this bursary annually to First Nations, Métis and Inuit women who are entering a publicly-funded faculty of education or ETFO FNMI women members who are taking a qualification/upgrading course from a publicly-funded university/institution. Up to four bursaries of up to $1,250 and a certificate of recognition may be granted. This award is not intended to support a master’s or doctorate program.

Ontario Power Generation - John Wesley Beaver Memorial Award  (Not available, currently being updated)

Two awards annually, one female and one male. The Award is valued at $3,000 for College recipients and $5,000 for University recipients. All Ontario residents who are First Nations, Inuit or Métis, and enrolled in a full-time post secondary institution in Engineering/Technology (Electrical, Mechanical, Civil, Nuclear, Environmental), Computer Science, Law, Environmental Studies, Business, Communications, Human Resources, Information Technology, Trades, Indigenous Studies, or other disciplines relevant to OPG’s business.

Continuing Our Journey NIB Trust Fund Deadline: Deadline: January 15, 2021

Funds are available to First Nation and Métis individuals, governments and organizations through a competitive application process specific to groups and/or individuals. The NIB Trust Fund offers a new opportunity separate from Indian residential schools compensation packages.

Anishinabek Student Excellence Awards  Deadline:  June 12, 2020

Four (4) scholarships in the amount of $2,500 each will be awarded to Anishinabek First Nation students at the post-secondary level for academic excellence. 

The Kathleen Blinkhorn Aboriginal Student Scholarship Fund Deadline: June 18, 2021

Supports Aboriginal students living in non-profit housing in Ontario. Each scholarship winner receives $1,000 for use towards their post-secondary education costs such as,  tuition, books, technology and transportation. 

Four Direction Scholarship - Secondary School/Adult Students Deadline: Jun 28, 2020 (no updated date available)

Four scholarships of $1000.00 each will be awarded annually to graduating Aboriginal (Status, Non-status, Métis and Inuit) secondary school/adult students.  These awards are administered by the Ontario Native Education Counselling Association.

ONECA- Post Secondary Student Award  Deadline: Jun 28, 2019 (no updated date available)

ONECA is pleased to offer 2 annual scholarships at the Post Secondary level.  See the application and associated criteria. Deadline for application is June 30 and the the deadline to receive all documentation is July 31.

Dreamcatcher Charitable Foundation 


The Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards Deadline: Get a head start on preparing your application for the next awards cycle, opening August 1, 2020--check out our pro tips for applyingThe Women’s Opportunity Awards Program assists women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects. Women’s Opportunity Award recipients may use the cash award to offset any costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education, such as books, childcare, tuition and transportation.

Helen Basset Commemorative Scholarship Deadline: August 5, 2019 (no current deadline)

Student must be currently pursuing post-secondary studies (Priority placed to Law studies). Demonstrate financial need. Applicants must be an Aboriginal woman under 30 years of age. Must demonstrate commitment to improving the situation of Aboriginal women and youth in Canada politically, culturally, economically or otherwise. Former Youth Council members are not eligible to apply.

Scholarship for LGBTQI2S Students offers two awards for gay, bisexual,lesbian, intersex, queer, and trans. The scholarship allows you to study in a friendly environment in Canada and covers some of your spendings. Awards range: $2,500. Requirements and Eligibilities you can look here. Application deadline – July 6, 2021. 

ATCO Indigenous Education Awards Program Deadline: July 15, 2020

Our Indigenous Education Awards Program supports First Nation, Inuit and Métis students across Canada by providing financial assistance to help them in their quest for higher education. These awards, bursaries and scholarships are given to students who demonstrate leadership capabilities and strive to be role models in their schools and communities. There are three different awards available: Merit Awards ($500) – for students completing Grades 10 – 12, including upgrading. Bursaries ($1,000) – for students enrolled in trade, diploma or certificate programs. Scholarships ($1,500) – for students enrolled in degree or graduate programs

Ontario First Nations Technical Service Corporation - Student Achievement Awards Deadline: July 12, 2019 (no current update)

Students who are currently enrolled in a program in the field of science and/or technology are encouraged to apply to Student Scholarship Awards. Two students from Northern Ontario and two students from Southern Ontario meeting the application criteria will be selected as the recipients. Four awards will be given out valued at $2,500 each. For more information on eligibility or to apply, please download the application package.

Robert Olivier Memorial Award Deadline: July 12, 2019 (no current update)

This award will recognize a First Nations student that is working towards a career in the field of engineering. This award honours the memory of Robert Maurice Olivier and his dedication to the field of water and wastewater engineering, which has made significant impacts on First Nations delivering safe drinking water to their communities.

The Robert Olivier Memorial Award consists of a bursary of $5,000, a plaque commemorating the student’s achievement. For more information on eligibility or to apply, please download the application package.

Bill 7 Award helps gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex students who demonstrate financial need to study in Canada. The applicants should pursue their FIRST post-secondary program. Award range: from $2,000 to $2,500. Requirements and Eligibilities are available here. Application deadline will be announced from mid-April.

Michael Melancon-Koffend Student Award Deadline: August 15, 2020

This award celebrates Indigenous women, two-spirted or gender diverse individuals that are pursuing post-secondary studies and working towards a better future. Thirteen Indigenous women, two-spirited or gender diverse individuals, one from each province/territory, will receive awards of $1,000.00. Applicants must be Indigenous, continuing post-secondary education, and demonstrate their dedication to the betterment of Indigenous lives. The Michael Melancon-Koffend Student Award is open to all ages and fields of study.

The Canada Post Aboriginal Education Incentive Award Deadline: Aug 31   

Granted annually to select applicants from across the country and recipients are awarded $1,000 in recognition for their efforts. These awards are just one way Canada Post celebrates diversity and proudly shows its commitment to making a difference in our communities.

Modern Métis Woman Scholarship October 31, 2020

Modern Métis Woman is a private organization that lends itself to further Métis womens' education. This small self-generated capital currently provides Modern Métis Women with the opportunity to introduce an ongoing $200 to $400 yearly University Scholarships to qualifying self-identified Métis women.

Nelsons Scholarship Program Deadline: June 30, 2020

This scholarship awards First Nation, Métis and Inuit student leaders who have demonstrated academic success, personal strength, and a commitment to preserving Indigenous languages and culture. There will be one (1) winner across the country who will receive a $10,000 award to be put towards their first year of post-secondary education.

Michael Phair Leadership Award is a scholarship for LGBT and the first award in the history of the University of Alberta. It is an amazing opportunity for people, who demonstrate the commitment to the improvement of the LGBTQ group and promote this movement. Award range: $1,500. Requirements and Eligibilities are here. Application deadline - October 30, 2020.


Historical Canada – Writing Contest  Deadline: March 31

James Bartleman Aboriginal Youth Creative Writing Award Deadline: May 31