Financial Aid

All students, both undergraduate and graduate, are welcome to meet with an Indigenous Student Advisor to discuss their financial concerns. Stop by the Indigenous Student Centre in the Western Student Services Building (WSSB), Room 2100, or book an appointment by email is.staff@uwo.ca.

Student Financial Services

Emergency Bursaries

Available for students experiencing unexpected or emergency situations. Indigenous students must book an appointment with the Indigenous Student Centre to be considered on a case by case basis.

To book an appointment call 519-661-4095, email  is.staff@uwo.ca, or visit our Centre, WSSB, Room 2100.

Graduate Students

A variety of funding and financial assistance options are available to graduate students. Visit the  School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS) for details and links.

Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS)

OGS awards are merit-based scholarships available to students in all disciplines of graduate study. Visit SGPS OSG Scholarships website for full details.

Society of Graduate Students Bursary (SOGS)

SOGS Bursaries are awarded each term (Summer, Fall, Winter)  to full-time members of the Society of Graduate Students (Masters or Doctoral) who have demonstrated financial need. The deadlines to apply are September 30, Janurary 31 and May 31. Applications are completed on-line through the SGPS Graduate Student Portal

 

Western Main Campus Bursaries/Grants/Awards

Western students, both undergraduate and graduate, are automatically considered for bursaries, work-study & need based award programs online once completing the Financial Assistance Profile Application through their Student Center.

Instructions

  1. Login to Student Center using your Western secure login.
  2. On the right side panel, go to "Student Services Links"
  3. Click on "Financial Assistance"
  4. Login to Student Services using your Western secure login.
  5. Under "Financial Assistance" select "click here to apply"

It is important to keep your financial profile up to date! If you need to change/update your application or profile contact  bursary@uwo.ca

Below are a list of Indigenous specific bursaries, grants and scholarships through Western. To be considered for Indigenous specific financial awards, please complete the Aboriginal Self Identification Survey.

To search for more Western bursaries, grants and scholarships please visit the Registrar.

*Aboriginal is defined based on the Canadian Constitution Act 1982 as First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people in Canada.

Aboriginal Postsecondary Education and Training (PSET) Bursary

Deadline to Apply: January 31st, 2020.

Description: Awarded to full-time or part-time undergraduate Aboriginal* students in any year or program who are in financial need. Recipients must meet Ontario residency requirements. Value will of each bursary will vary based on need.

How to Apply: Candidates must complete a financial assistance application, which is available online through Student Center, under Student Services Links and entitled “Financial Assistance.”

Anne Marie Gutierrez Memorial Award in Law

Description: One award valued at $1500. The recipient will be selected by the Faculty of Law. Awarded to a full-time second or third-year law student who has shown great academic achievement and promise in the areas of Environmental and Aboriginal Law. Preference will be given to a female student. This scholarship is made possible by a generous gift from Ms. Amrita V. Singh in memory of Anne Marie Guiterrez.

How to Apply: Recipient is selected by the Faculty of Law on the basis of academic achievement and promise in the area of Environmental and Aboriginal law.

Clarke-Osborne Family Entrance Scholarship

Description: One award valued at $1750. The recipient will be selected by the Faculty of Law Awarded annually to a full-time undergraduate student entering Year 1 in the faculty of Law, based on academic achievement and demonstrated leadership ability. Preference will be given to an Indigenous Student. The scholarship is made possible by a generous gift from Cindy Clarke and Chris Osborne in loving memory of Cindy’s father, Richard N. Clarke.

How to Apply: The Faculty of Law scholarship/awards selection committee will select the recipient based on academic achievement and leadership ability.

Corrine Gehrels Memorial Award

Deadline to Apply: August 31st 2020.

Description: One award valued at $1500 – Awarded annually to a full time undergraduate student entering Year 4 of the Doctor of Medicine (MD) Program who not only demonstrates academic achievement but also displays the highest attributes of a physician including: integrity, concern for patients, compassion, and a sound knowledge in their field of study and practice.

How to Apply: The recipient is selected by the Clerkship & Electives Committee with the final approval by the Progression & Awards Committee in the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry. To be considered, an online nomination form must be completed by one’s Clerkship Preceptor by August 31st 2020.

Dr. Dana Winterburn Memorial Award

Deadline to Apply: March 1st, 2020

Description: One award valued at $1900 awarded annually to a graduating student in the Doctor of Medicine (MD) program at the Schulich school of Medicine and Dentistry, who has been accepted to a Family Medicine residency Program and who has in interest in working with Aboriginal or Indigenous communities in a career that includes advancing Aboriginal health issues and/or serving Aboriginal communities.

How to Apply: Interested students are asked to submit an online application to the Undergraduate Medical Education Office outlining their interest and experience working with Aboriginal communities by March 1st. The recipient will be selected by a committee from the Department of Family Medicine with the approval of the Progression & Awards Committee and the award will be presented at the Convocation Ceremony.

Dr. Valio Markkanen Aboriginal Undergraduate Award of Excellence

Deadline to Apply: January 15, 2020

Description: One Award Valued at $1000 each - Awarded annually to an Aboriginal undergraduate and graduate student (First Nations, Métis, and/or Inuit ancestry) at Western's main campus, who has achieved excellence in academics, and has also been actively contributing to the Aboriginal/Indigenous community. The recipient will be selected on the basis of academic achievement and previous and/or intended future contributions to the Aboriginal community. This award was established with a generous gift from the estate of Dr. Valio Markkanen.

How to Apply: Students must submit a one-page statement that explains why they are a worthy recipient, as well as a non-official transcript, and one letter of reference, to the Indigenous Student Centre (WSSB, Room 2100). The recipient will be selected by a committee assembled by the Indigenous Student Centre staff. This award will be presented each spring at the annual Indigenous Student Graduation Ceremony.

Indigenous Student Travel Award

Deadline to Apply: TBD

Description: Value will vary based on funds available and cost of program—Awarded annually to Indigenous undergraduate students (First Nations, Métis or Inuit ancestry) participating in a formal outbound exchange program to one of the following partner institutions: Monash University, Australia or University of Otago, New Zealand. This award is designed to encourage students to participate in exchange programs by offering financial assistance for the costs related to their exchange program.

How to Apply: Students will be considered for the award upon acceptance into their exchange program by Western International and the partner institution. The recipients and award values will be determined by Western International. Students registered at Ivey Business School or affiliate university colleges are not eligible. Visit International Learning at Western information on International Exchange Opportunities.

Kenneth R. Good First Nations Student Award

Deadline: TBD

Description: One award at $7000 awarded annually to a student in HBA1 or HBA2, based on academic performance (minimum 70% average). Preference will be given to an Indigenous student. If there are no eligible students in HBA1 or HBA2, the award will be offered to an MBA Indigenous student. If an indigenous candidate cannot be identified, then a non-Indigenous student in HBA1 or HBA2 who has/is actively engaged in mentoring or volunteering with Indigenous communities will be considered.

How to Apply: The HBA scholarship committee will make the final selection of the recipient. This award was established by a generous gift from the late Kenneth R. Good and the Good Family.

Law Society of Ontario Education Equity Award

Deadline to Apply: September 30th, 2020

Description: Maximum of two awards, values vary. Awarded annually to an undergraduate student or students in second or third year Law based on financial need and academic achievement. To be eligible, students must be members of a visible minority group, an aboriginal person, or a person with a disability, or a LGBTQ student.

How to Apply: Online financial assistance applications are available through Student Center and must be submitted by September 30th. The Office of the Registrar will make the final selection of the recipient(s).

Dr. Lazarus Loeb Medical Award

Deadline to Apply: September 30th, 2020

Description: One award valued at $2000 – Awarded annually to an undergraduate Doctor of Medicine (MD) student entering fourth year, based on demonstrated financial need and clinical excellence. Preference will be given to an Indigenous student (First Nations, Inuit or Metis).

How to Apply: Online financial assistance applications are available through Student Center and must be submitted by September 30. Final selection will be made by the Progressions and Awards Committee in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry after the Registrar's Office has assessed financial need.

Lorna Cuthbert Bursary in Law

Deadline to Apply: October 31st, 2020

Description: Two awards valued at $5000 – Awarded annually to a full-time undergraduate student in any year in the Faculty of Law, who has demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to an Indigenous student (First Nations, Inuit or Metis).

How to Apply: Online financial assistance applications are available through Student Center and must be submitted by October 31. The Office of the Registrar will select the recipient.

Margery Baldwin Memorial Bursary

Deadline to Apply: October 31st, 2020

Description: Five awards valued at $3000 – Awarded annually to Indigenous students in any year of any undergraduate program at Western, with preference given to students enrolled in the Access Transition Opportunity program provided by Indigenous Student Centre, based on financial need.

How to Apply: Online financial assistance applications are available through Student Center and must be submitted by October 31. The Office of the Registrar will select the recipients in consultation with Indigenous Student Centre.

Dr. Marjorie I. Johnson Medical Award

Deadline to Apply: September 30th, 2020

Description: One award valued at $2000 awarded annually to a full-time undergraduate student enrolled in Year 1 in the Doctor of Medicine (MD) program in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, based on demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to a student who self-identifies as Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit or Metis). Final selection will be made by the Progressions and Awards Committee in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry after the Registrar's Office has assessed financial need.

How to Apply: Online financial assistance applications are available through Student Center and must be submitted by September 30th. Students will also be asked to submit an online application which includes a one-page statement, outlining their interest and/or experience working with Indigenous communities, to the Undergraduate Medical Office by September 30th.

Marvin DeVries Engineering Award

Deadline to Apply: September 30th, 2020

Description: One award valued at $3000 awarded annually to a full-time undergraduate Indigenous student (First Nations, Inuit or Metis), in Year 2 or higher in the Faculty of Engineering. Preference will be given to a student who demonstrates interest in water issues. If a candidate cannot be identified, then a non-Indigenous student with an exceptional interest in water will be selected. The same Indigenous student can receive this award more than once. The recipient will be selected by the Scholarship and Awards Committee in the Faculty of Engineering.

How to Apply: An online application must be submitted through the Engineering Undergraduate Services website by September 30 and should include a one-page statement outlining the applicant's demonstrated interest in water issues through course selection, research or community involvement.

Metis Nation of Ontario Bursaries

Deadline to Apply: October 31st, 2020

Description: Five awards valued at $1000 – Available to full-time undergraduate students studying in any year in any faculty who are progressing satisfactorily and demonstrate financial need. Qualified students will be members or non-affiliated members of the Metis community in Ontario. This bursary is made possible by a generous donation from the Metis Nation of Ontario. Students must apply for this bursary.

How to Apply: A UWO bursary application and the Metis Application Form for Post-Secondary Assistance must be completed. Both are available through Student Center. Completed applications must be returned to the Office of the Registrar not later than October 31.

North Dumfries Award

Deadline to Apply: September 30th, 2020

Description: One award valued at $1700 awarded to a full-time student who is an Aboriginal, Inuit or Métis woman and who demonstrates financial need. Undergraduate students in Year 2 or higher of any degree program, who achieve a minimum 70% average, are eligible to apply

How to Apply: Permitting one’s meets the enlisted criteria, students can apply on Student Center.

Ontario Power Generation Award Program

Deadline to Apply: TBD

Description: One award valued at $2400 awarded to a member of an employment equity target group (women, aboriginal, disabled, visible minority). Given to a student who is entering the Electrical, Mechanical, Chemical or Environmental Engineering discipline in second year. The student must have strong oral and written communication skills, demonstrated leadership skills good academic standing (minimum 70% average) and involvement in extra-curricular activities. The recipient must not be receiving more than one other award of equal or greater value in his/her second year. Must be legally eligible to work in Canada upon graduation. Award recipients will receive priority consideration for a developmental work term following successful completion of second year.

How to Apply: TBD

Robert Ninham Entrance Scholarship

Deadline to Apply: TBD

Description: One award valued at $1500 awarded annually to a full time undergraduate student entering Year 1 in the Faculty of Law, based on academic promise. Preference will be given to an Indigenous student who has demonstrated ties to her/his Indigenous community. The Scholarship/Awards Committee in the Faculty of Law will select the recipient.

How to Apply: No application required.