Non-Western Awards and Bursaries


Deadline to Apply: August 1st, November 1st and February 1st at 11:59m EST.

Description: Supporting the enrolment and success of more Indigenous students is a priority for Western University. We are pleased to partner with Indspire to offer annual bursaries to Indigenous students enrolled in programs at Western who demonstrate financial need. Western attracts individuals with a broad worldview, seeking to study, influence and lead in the international community. Offering nearly 500 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, our 12 Faculties/Schools attract top students from 128 countries. As part of Western’s Office of Indigenous Initiatives, our Indigenous Student Centre supports Indigenous students in reaching their highest potential.

How to Apply: Visit the bilingual Building Brighter Futures: Bursaries, Scholarships and Awards program guidelines on the Indspire website to learn about all the funding offered to support post-secondary education. Please read the program guidelines before filling out the application form at

NIB Trust Fund

Deadline to Apply: Applications open in spring of 2022

Description: NIB Trust Fund Announces 2021-2022 Call for Applications from individuals is now open to First Nations and Métis people ages 18 and over with a social insurance number.

Application deadline June 4 2021. Individuals may apply for funding in the form of a scholarship, bursary, or award from the NIB Trust Fund through the online application accessible at its website. NIB’s vision is for today’s youth and future generations to be grounded in language, culture and a way of life that fosters a strong identity and resiliency.

How to Apply: For information and how to apply please go to

Kathleen Blinkhorn Aboriginal Student Scholarship

Deadline: June 17th 2022

Description: Kathleen Blinkhorn Aboriginal Student Scholarship supports Aboriginal students living in non-profit housing in Ontario. Each scholarship winner receives $2,000 for use towards their post-secondary education costs, like tuition, books, technology and transportation.

Value: 5 scholarships at $2,000

How to Apply: To learn more about this scholarship, find out if you’re eligible or to download an application, visit

OUA Black and Indigenous Heritage Student Athelete Bursary.

Description: The BIHS Bursary, a two-year pilot program commencing this season (2021-22) after being approved by the OUA’s Board of Directors, allows Members to provide additional financial support to student-athletes whose heritage is self-identified as either Black or Indigenous and who demonstrate financial need.

Value: $2000.00 per athlete

How to Apply: Those looking to learn more about the Black or Indigenous Heritage Student-Athlete Bursary are encouraged to talk to their respective athletic departments for additional details as it pertains to their university.

RBC Future Launch Scholarship for Indiegnous Youth.

Description: The RBC Future Launch Scholarship for Indigenous Youth 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.

RBC has been providing a scholarship for Indigenous students to complete post-secondary education since 1992. To date, more than $1.8 million dollars have been awarded to 198 Indigenous youth across Canada pursuing post-secondary education.

Value: 20 scholarships valued up to $10,000

How to apply:

Deadline: January 5th 2022

National Student Bursary

Description: FNIGC will grant up to four $2,500 bursaries to First Nations students enrolled in a post-secondary institution in either health, social science, or applied science fields, or studying issues related to helping First Nations achieve data sovereignty. A focus on quantitative or mixed methods research in one or more of the following fields is considered an asset:

Population health,
Information Management,
Information Technology,
Indigenous studies
Interdisciplinary studies,
Environmental studies/science, or
Computer science

Value: Four bursaries at $2,500.00

How to Apply:

Deadline: TBA

Helen Bassett Student Award

Deadline to Apply: July 15th, 2022

Description: The Helen Bassett Student Award for Indigenous women, Two-Spirit, or gender-diverse peoples pursuing post-secondary studies, (priority given to those in law or related fields) from each of the four directions: North, South, East, and West

How to Apply: Students can find forms and more information at under “Scholarships & Bursaries” and send their applications to

Michael Melancon-Koffend Student Award

Deadline to Apply: 2022 deadlines TBD

Description: The Michael Melancon-Koffend Student Award for young Indigenous women, Two-Spirit, or gender-diverse students from each province and territory

How to Apply: Students can find forms and more information at under “Scholarships & Bursaries” and send their applications to

Nellie Makokis Carlson Commemorative Student Award

Deadline to Apply: 2022 deadlines TBD

Description: The Nellie Makokis Carlson Commemorative Student Award for Indigenous single mothers, two-spirited or gender diverse persons, attending a post-secondary institute.

How to Apply: Students can find forms and more information at under “Scholarships & Bursaries” and send their applications to

Nelson Indigenous Student Scholarship 

Description: Each year, Nelson awards a $10,000 scholarship to one Indigenous student in Canada! They look for student leaders who have demonstrated academic success, personal strength, and a commitment to preserving Indigenous languages and culture. If this sounds like you, then be sure to apply by the end of June!

How to apply: Nelson Scholarship
Deadline: TBD please check the website for deadline updates

RBC Scholarship for Indigenous Students

Description: This recurring scholarship is awarded to 10 students each year. This is a renewable scholarship, meaning recipients will receive $4,000 each academic year for two to four years! That’s a total of up to $16,000 towards your education! They also offer an internship and other professional development opportunities for Indigenous students.

How to Apply: Check out their website for more details!

Deadline: Unknown

Canada Post Awards for Indigenous Students

Description: Canada Post offers $2,000 grants for Indigenous students annually! This unique scholarship provides funding to students who are renewing their educational learning. If you’ve been out of school for a year or have already completed a full year of schooling, this is the scholarship for you!

How to apply: www.canadapost

Deadlines: August 31st

Dreamcatcher Charitable Foundation

Description: The Dreamcatcher Charitable Foundation offers limited funding to Indigenous students in Ontario. A unique scholarship, this award can also be applied to purchase computers for special needs students, pay for organized school trips, and other educational circumstances.

How to Apply: Read more about their requirements on their website

Deadline: Unknown

Four Directions Scholarship

Description: This scholarship is intended for students graduating from an Ontario high school with 75% overall average. Applicants must show involvement in community and/or school extra-curricular activities, leadership qualities, dedication and good attendance.

How to apply:

Deadline: Summer and winter 2022 please go to website for deadline updates

Tom Longboat Awards

Description: Tom Longboat Awards provide a forum for acknowledging the growth and strength of the Aboriginal sport movement in Canada and its tremendous impact on the sport development from community level participation to elite level competition. The Awards include a male and female category. All nomination packages will be forwarded directly to the Aboriginal Sport Circle, where a National Selection Working Group will determine the national recipients for the male and female category. The two national recipients will be presented their Awards at the Canada's Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

How to apply: https://www.aboriginalsport

Deadlines: September 1st- August 31st

Canadian Nurses Foundation - Indigenous Nursing Fund

Description: Are you an outstanding nursing student currently studying in Canada? Do you need money to help pay for books, tuition, and the occasional coffee? If you answered YES, then you have come to the right place! CNF offers a variety of scholarships with specific criteria to ONE IN FIVE applicants across Canada every year!

How to apply:

Deadlines: August 1, November 1 and February 1

Husky Energy Aboriginal Education Awards

Description: Husky helps Indigenous students living in communities near its operations pursue post-secondary education. The company also provides opportunities for work experience and professional development through the Indigenous Mentorship Program. All programs eligible; preference will be given to those pursuing programs with potential to lead to a career in the oil and gas industry.

How to apply:
Deadlines: August 1, November 1 and February 1

SISCO Emergency Assistance Bursary (SFNS Students) 

Description: With the generous support of Sisco & Associates Consulting Services Inc. (SISCO), the SFNS has launched the SISCO Emergency Assistance Fund. The purpose of the fund is to provide financial supports to SFNS Post-Secondary students who are experiencing financial need due to an emergency. This fund supports the following communities:

· Aamjiwnaang First Nation,

· Chippewa of the Thames First Nation

· Chippewa’s of Kettle & Stony Point First Nation

· Eelünaapéewi Lahkéewiit Delaware Nation

· Munsee-Delaware Nation

· Oneida Nation of the Thames

Value: Students can access up to $1000 per year. Funding is limited and as a result we may not be able to assist all students who request financial support.

How to apply:

The Moss Bag Project Scholarship

Description: We want to empower Indigenous mothers with the gift of education, to meet this need we created- The Moss Bag Scholarship. This is a post-secondary education scholarship for Indigenous mothers and Two-Spirit parents. Join our circles of support by becoming a donor for the Moss Bag Scholarship.

Eligibility Criteria: Indigenous mother or Two-Spirit parent attending or planning to attend a post-secondary institution who is driven to embody the idea of reciprocity and kindness.

Value: Two scholarships at $2000 each

Deadline: TBA

How to apply: Head over to our website for more information and to apply. Questions and documents can be emailed to

TC Energy Scholarships

Description: TC Energy Scholarships are a convenient way to get financial support for school. Now with 800+ scholarships available across Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, you could receive a scholarship valued at up to $5,000.

What TC Energy offers:

STEM Scholarship
Indigenous Legacy Scholarship
Trades Scholarship
Deadline: May 6th 2022 at 11:59pm (PST)

How to Apply: For more information and to apply please go to

Lois Cornelius Education Scholarship

Description: The AIAI Lois Cornelius Education Scholarship was created to promote and recognize First Nations excellence in Education and to honor the memory of AIAI Elder Lois Cornelius.

Deadline: May 6th 2022 @ 4:30 P.M.

How to Apply: Please submit applications to: Kyla Stonefish, Education Manager (, Fax: 519-675-1053 or visit

Annual Health Scholarship.

Description: AIAI Health Scholarship was created to recognize First Nations excellence in a Health or Traditional Healing post-secondary program. The successful applicants (2) will receive $1,500.00 with an honourable recognition by AIAI’s Grand Chief at the 2022 Annual General Assembly.

Deadline: May 6th 2022 @ 4:30 P.M.

How to Apply: Please submit application to Suzanne Nicholas, Health & Wellness Manager (, Fax: (519)675-105 or visit

2022 Media Girlfriends Indigenous Student Scholarship

Description: This new scholarship is for Indigenous high school, college, or university students of any gender ages 17-30, entering or in a college or university program in journalism, communications, media, or tech in Canada.

Upon acceptance or return to a university or college in the fall of 2022, the recipient will receive this award and $10,000 CAD. They will also have the opportunity to meet with members of the Media Girlfriends network

Deadline: April 30th 2022 at 11:59pm (EST)

How to Apply: For more information please visit this website