Local First Nations Scholarship Program

Western University’s Local First Nations Scholarship Program is awarded to local First Nations students based on their outstanding academic excellence, meaningful and impactful contributions toward First Nations communities. The scholarships are awarded annually to current Western students who are First Nation from the local Territory and enrolled at Western’s main campus at the undergraduate, graduate, or professional levels on a full-time or part-time basis. Applicants must submit an essay (up to 2000 words), a reference letter, and their most recent transcripts will be reviewed. The deadline to submit applications annually (including essay, letter of reference and copies of transcripts) is September 30th.

Western University offers an array of financial aid options for all Indigenous (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) students, however this particular scholarship program is designated for local First Nations students associated with the London District Chiefs Council (LDCC) whose nations have longstanding relationships with the land and place upon which Western University is geographically located.

These communities include the following: 

  • Aamjiwnaang First Nation 
  • Caldwell First Nation 
  • Chippewas of the Thames First Nation 
  • Kettle and Stoney Point First Nation 
  • Eelūnaapèewii Lahkèewiit Delaware Nation
  • Munsee Delaware First Nation 
  • Oneida Nation of the Thames
  • Bkejwanong Territory 

Deadline to Apply: September 30th annually


The scholarship awards are based on the students’ program and course load. Students registered in full-time undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs will be awarded $3000 per course for a maximum of $15,000 in an academic year. Students registered in part-time undergraduate and graduate programs will be awarded $3000.00 per course for a maximum of $9000 in an academic year.

If a student is a previous recipient, they are welcome to re-apply annually.

How to apply:

To apply for the Local First Nations Scholarhip Program please use the application and reference forms below and submit along with your essay, letter of reference and copies of transcripts by September 30th.

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