Undergraduate Student Bursaries and Scholarships

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 Indigenous 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.

Western Indigenous Awards and Scholarships

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.

Dr. Helen Battle Memorial Award in Biology

Deadline to Apply: Students must complete an application, available through the Biology Department, outlining their eligibility by September 30th

Description: Awarded annually to a student entering second year Honors Specialization in Biology, based on a minimum 70% average and demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to a student who has demonstrated leadership skills and who identifies as a member of a Black or Indigenous community who has experienced hardship, economic disadvantage or discrimination

How to Apply: Online financial assistance applications are available through Student Center and must be submitted by September 30th. The Biology Undergraduate Education Committee will select the recipient after the Office of the Registrar assesses the students’ financial need.

Dr. Marjorie I. Johnson Medical Award

Deadline to Apply: September 30th

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.

Dr. Valio Makkanen Indigenous Award of Excellence

Description: Awarded annually to an Indigenous undergraduate student and an Indigenous graduate student (First Nations – status/non-status, Métis and/or Inuit ancestry) registered on Western’s main campus. The recipients will be selected based on the level of demonstration in the following:

Achievement of academic excellence
Previous/active/intended contribution to Indigenous communities (on and/or off-reserve)
Commitment to Western’s campus community through engagement outside of the classroom.

This award was established with a generous gift from the estate of Dr. Valio Markkanen. Dr. Valio Markkanen was a well-loved medical doctor in both Canada and the USA. He passed away in 2008 in Windsor at the age of 95. His friends and family will always remember his positive, happy, funny and appreciative personality.

How to Apply: Students must submit the following, one to two page statement that details why they believe they fit the criteria for the award, one letter of reference (personal or professional) and an unofficial transcript to show academic achievement (this can be found on student.uwo.ca, a screen shot or print out is accepted). Please submit your application to the Indigenous Financial Aid Coordinator, Donna Noah (dnoah@uwo.ca)

Deadline: February 19th 2023

Gurmukh Family Bursary in Law

Deadline: October 31st 2021

Description: Awarded annually to a full-time student in year one and two in the Faculty of law, based on demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to a student who is: Black, Indigenous, or is a member of another racialized group experiencing hardship, economic disadvantage or discrimination.

How to Apply: Online financial assistance applications are available through Student Centre and must be submitted by October 31st. The Office of Registrar, in consultation with the Faculty of Law will select the recipient.

Indigenous Medical Continuing Scholarship

Deadline: July 1st

Description: Awarded annually to an Indigenous student (First Nations, Inuit or Metis) entering their first year of the Doctor of Medicine (MD) Program based on academic achievement and demonstrates financial need. This scholarship will continue for up to four years provided that the recipient progresses satisfactorily and continues to demonstrate financial need each year. If, for any reason, a student fails to retain the scholarship, a replacement student who meet the criteria and is in the same year will be selected. Only four students can hold this scholarship during any year.

How to Apply: Candidates must complete an online financial assistance application form, which is available through Student Centre. The Office of the Registrar will select the recipient.

Indigenous Mentorship Network of Onatrio (IMN-Ontario)

Description: Only Indigenous students registered at an Ontario University are eligible to apply. Graduate and Health Professionals must be undertaking applied community-based health and well-being research.

How to Apply: To apply, fill out the Scholarship Application Form at https://imnp.uwo.ca/ and submit along with all required documentation

Deadline: Monday February 22, 2021. Late applications will not be accepted. Applications must be emailed to: imnp@uwo.ca

Indigenous Student Bursary

Deadline: January 31st

Description: Awarded to a full time or part time undergraduate Indigenous student in any year of study or any program who are in financial need.

How to Apply: Candidates must complete a financial assistance application, which is available through Student Centre, by January 31st. Recipients must meet Ontario Residency Requirement.

Kenneth R. Good Family Indigenous Student Award

Deadline: May 1st

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 and Society of Ontario Education Equity Award

Deadline to Apply: September 30th

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).

Local First Nations Scholarship Program

Description: 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

How to Apply: For more information or to apply for the Local First Nations Scholarship Program please go to https://indigenous.uwo.ca/students/financial/local-first-nations-scholarship-program.html to download the application and reference form.

Deadline: September 30th Annually

Lorna Cuthbert Bursary in Law

Deadline to Apply: October 31st 2021

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

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 Indigenous Student Transition Program (IST) 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.

Metis Nation of Ontario Bursaries

Deadline to Apply: October 31st

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.

Robert Ninham Entrance Scholarship

Description: Awarded annually to a full-time undergraduate student entering first-year Law, based on academic promise. Preference will be given to an Indigenous student (First Nations, Metis, Inuit, Status, Non-Status and Self Identifying) who has demonstrated ties to his/her indigenous community.

How to Apply: The Scholarship/Awards Committee in the Faculty of Law will select the recipient.

The Ontario Indigneous Travel Grant (OITG)

Description: A non-repayable grant to help OSAP students cover the costs of travelling to college or university for Indigenous students living in designated remote First Nations communities.

How to Apply: For more information please visit the following website: https://osap.gov.on.ca/OSAPPortal/en/A-ZListofAid/PRDR019262.html

Joy and Hope (Gaundium et Spes) Entrance Award for Indigenous Students

Description: This award is granted annually to a First Nations, Inuit or Métis student entering full-time or part-time study at King's University College in the next academic year.

How to apply: https://www.ontariouniversitiesinfo.ca/scholarships/3628

Deadline: April 30th 2022

Kings University College Indigenous Student Award

Description: This award is granted annually to an Indigenous student (First Nations, Inuit or Métis) entering, or continuing, full-time or part-time study at King's University College; The Indigenous Student Award will be awarded annually based on academic achievement, community contribution, and need; The applicant must be a Canadian citizen, a Permanent Resident, or a Protected Person under subsection 95(2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada); The applicant must also be an Ontario Resident; The applicant must demonstrate need; The financial need may relate to direct educational costs and/or living costs; The successful recipient may hold this award with other student awards.

How to apply: https://www.kings.uwo.ca/current-students/money-matters/scholarships-awards-and-bursaries/

Kings University College Indigenous Student Bursary

Description: Awarded to Indigenous peoples as recognized and affirmed in the Constitution Acts of 1982, as well as individuals who self-identify with First Nations, Indigenous, Metis, or Inuit cultural and/or ancestral background in Canada. The applicant must be a Canadian citizen, a Permanent Resident, or a Protected Person under subsection 95(2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada). The applicant must also be an Ontario Resident. The applicant must demonstrate financial need equal to or greater than the amount of the Bursary. The financial need may relate to direct educational costs and/or living costs. Value and number of awards depends on funding renewal/availability

How to apply: https://www.kings.uwo.ca/current-students/money-matters/scholarships-awards-and-bursaries/

Deadline: August 1st 2021- October 15th 2021

MSc Indigenous Entrance Scholarships

All Ivey MSc in Management applicants will be considered holistically. The MSc admissions process takes into account- academic performance, community contribution, career ambitions, personal motivation and leadership orientation.

Applicants who self-identify as Indigenous* Learners and who are admitted to the MSc will automatically be considered for one of five MSc Indigenous Entrance Scholarships valued at up to $10,000.

Rise Awards in Resilient Leadership for Indigenous Students (MSc)

Awarded annually to a full-time student entering any stream (Business Analytics, Digital Management, and International Business) of the MSc Program at the Ivey Business School. The award will be given to an equity- deserving student who self-identifies as an Indigenous* Learner and who demonstrates community leadership and academic achievement. Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need.

Value: 1 at $5,000 (Business Analytics, Digital Management, OR International Business)

*Indigenous refers to the Original People of Turtle Island (North America) including First Nations, Metis and Inuit people of Canada as well as Native American, Native Alaskan, and Native Hawaiian people from the United States.