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

Lakehead Links

Undergraduate Scholarships, Awards and Bursaries  - Student Central

External Links

Indigenous Bursaries Search Tool

Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) - Post-Secondary Education Support Program

The RBC Future Launch Scholarship for Indigenous Youth  Closing date: January 5, 2022

RBC will award 20 scholarships annually valued up to $10,000 each per year (up to 4 years) to First Nations, Inuit and Métis students across Canada demonstrating strong academic performance and community involvement. Eligible students can apply at:

Waubetek Business Development Corporation - Student Bursary Fund

Waubetek is committed to “Investing in the Aboriginal Business Spirit”. In keeping with our vision, Waubetek presents educational bursaries of $500.00 each to applicants who fulfill the required criteria.  Must be a registered member of one of the 27 partnering First Nations communities in the Waubetek service area (a copy of First Nation status card is required as proof) 

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.

Continuing Our Journey NIB Trust Fund DeadlineDeadline: 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.

Indspire:Building Brighter FuturesDeadlines: 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. Applications for the 2020-2021 school year are now closed!

Applications will re-open on May 1, 2021 for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year.

RBC Aboriginal Student Awards Program  Deadline: Feb 28 (applications now closed)

The RBC Indigenous Student Awards Program was launched in 1992 to assist Indigenous students to complete post-secondary education, and provide an opportunity for RBC® to strengthen its relationship with the Indigenous community. Selected students are awarded up to $5,000 each academic year for two to four years to use towards tuition, textbooks, supplies and living expenses.

IndigiFund Bursary - March 15, 2021(expired)

IndigiFund Inc. was created to help eliminate financial barriers for Indigenous youth engaged in sport, education, and culture. 

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. 

Rotary of Club of Belleville - Indigenous Professional Development Bursary Deadline: March 9, 2021

Two $1,000 bursaries  to indigenous students returning to Lakehead University.

The Stronger Scholarship Application period: March 2 - April 20, 2021

Healthline, the fastest growing health-information resource to more than 200 million monthly visitors, teamed up with the Prevention Institute for The Stronger Scholarship program!  Eligibility: Be a student of color who identifies as Black, Indigenous, Hispanic, Latino/Latina, and/or Pacific Islander. Current junior or senior in pursuit of an undergraduate degree (as of Fall 2021)

RBC CM Pathways Diversity Scholarship Program Deadline: May 17, 2021

RBC Capital Markets is committed to fostering workplace diversity. RBC Pathways aims to recognize and reward outstanding undergraduate students studying full-time at a Canadian university or college who identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or a Person of Colour, and who are passionate about pursuing a full-time career in Investment Banking or Global Markets through a dual scholarship-internship opportunity.

RBC Pathways Scholars earn an offer to join the RBC Capital Markets Summer Analyst Program in Toronto (in Investment Banking or Global Markets) and a $10,000 scholarship at the start of their internship.

Anishinabek Student Excellence Awards Deadline: May 28, 2021

Five (5) scholarships in the amount of $1,500.00 each will be awarded to Anishinabek First Nation students at the post-secondary level.Eligibility: Applicant must be a registered full-time student at an accredited post-secondary college or university. Students who are currently enrolled as well as those who have completed studies and are graduating in 2021 are eligible. Applicant must be a registered member of one of the 39 Anishinabek First Nations.

First Nations, Métis, Inuit Women in Education Bursary - Women's Program (Open to non-ETFO members) (1) Deadline: June 30, 2021

ETFO offers this bursary annually to First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) women who are entering their first year of a full-time undergraduate degree program at either Brock University or Lakehead University. Up to two scholarships of $12,500 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)

Exciting changes are coming to the John Wesley Beaver Memorial Awards! These changes will greatly enhance the Awards and help Indigenous students reach their academic and career goals. Please return to this page for updates including deadlines and a new submission process. Questions/inquiries? Please contact us via e-mail at

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 - September start has a mid-July deadline; January start has a mid-October deadline. Applications that span more than one year are eligible; however, applicants must reapply each year.

Dreamcatcher Charitable Foundation can provide limited funding assistance for youth in Aboriginal communities across Ontario to reach their education goals.

The Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards

The Live Your Dream Awards offers three levels of cash awards. Eligible applicants can submit their application between August 1 - November 15. Ultimately, a Live Your Dream Awards finalist has the potential receive up to $16,000 to help offset tuition costs, purchase books, get transportation, or find reliable childcare so she can worry less about how to pay her bills and focus on reaching her dreams.

Native Woman's Association of Canada Indigenous Skills and Employment Training

The NWAC ISET program helps Indigenous women and gender-diverse individuals to fully participate in economic opportunities. Through NWAC’s agreement with Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) we are able to provide supports such as tuition, living allowance, childcare, job starts and other resources that can help Indigenous women reach their employment and skills training goals. Client Eligibility; Post-secondary funding for certificate or diploma programs up to 2 years or in the last two years of a degree program.

Helen Basset Commemorative Student Award Deadline:  August 16, 2021

The Helen Bassett Commemorative Award to four young Indigenous women, Two-Spirit, or gender-diverse students in the amount of $1,000 each. The awards are made possible by the generous donation of Helen Bassett, an Ontario artist and passionate advocate for the advancement of Indigenous women and for fair solutions to Indigenous land claim issues. Applicants must: Be currently pursuing post-secondary studies (priority is given to students who are studying law or are in a law-related field) Demonstrate financial need. Be an Indigenous woman, gender-diverse, or Two-Spirit person under 31 years of age. Demonstrate a commitment to improving the situation of Indigenous women and youth in Canada politically, culturally, economically, or otherwise

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. 

Ontario First Nations Technical Service Corporation - Student Achievement Awards Deadline: July 10, 2020

Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation presents the annual Student Achievement Awards to First Nations students who are currently enrolled in a STEM related program at an accredited college or university. Five awards will be presented, each valued at $2,000. The Derrick Kamanga Memorial Award is presented to a First Nations student studying engineering in the area of water and wastewater. The Robert Olivier Memorial Award is presented to a student studying engineering in any specialization (civil, mechanical, chemical). New this year, and in memory of our late beloved board member, we are introducing the Jay Benedict Memorial Award, which will be given to a student who is completing their studies in the area of architecture/housing.

In addition to the memorial awards, OFNTSC also gives out two general Student Achievement awards to First Nations students who are studying environmental sciences/technology, mathematics, or any other STEM-related technical career that will help build self-reliance in First Nations communities.

Each award consists of an honorarium worth $2,000 and an invitation to attend a special OFNTSC event (all expenses paid) to accept the Award in person.

Bill 7 Award - Deadline August 6, 2021

The Bill 7 Award is a scholarship for individuals with demonstrated financial need after accessing available public financial supports.  To be eligible to receive a Bill 7 Award scholarship, individuals must also meet ALL of the following three criteria: You are attending or accepted by a Post-Secondary Educational Institution in the Province of Ontario; You are pursuing your FIRST post-secondary program of study; You identify as lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, two-spirited or queer (LGBTQ). 

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.

ATCO Indigenous Education Awards Program - Deadline August 31, 2021

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. There is a maximum of one award per applicant per year. Students must re-apply each year if they wish to be considered.

Canada Post Awards for Indigenous PeopleDeadline: Aug 31   

Canada Post gives $2,000 grants to Indigenous Peoples who have renewed their educational learning. The Canada Post Awards for Indigenous Students celebrate members of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities who have embraced a renewed pursuit of learning by continuing their education.

Modern Métis Woman Scholarship October 31, 2021

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 Opens May 1

Indigenous Student Scholarship Award amount: $10,000 Awarding First Nation, Métis and Inuit student leaders who have demonstrated academic success, personal strength, with the intent to pursue post-secondary studies in Education.


Historical Canada – Writing Contest  Deadline: March 31

James Bartleman Aboriginal Youth Creative Writing Award Deadline: May 31