8 Scholarships for Indigenous Students in Canada

If you are First Nations, Métis, or Inuit, there are lots of opportunities available for you to win scholarships! To help you start your scholarship process, here are some of the top scholarships for Indigenous students.

Indspire Scholarships

Indspire is the largest scholarship fund available for Indigenous students in Canada! This unique platform allows you to complete one application to apply for all of the Indspire scholarships. They also have three deadlines throughout the year, meaning it’s never too late to apply. With over $115 million in scholarships awarded to more than 37,500 Indigenous students over the years, there’s bound to be a scholarship for you!

Horatio Alger Indigenous Achievement Scholarships

The Horatio Alger Association offers $50,000 in scholarships to Indigenous students! Each year, five lucky students starting a four-year post-secondary program can receive a $10,000 scholarship. This award is in partnership with Indspire, although a separate application is required!

Nelson Indigenous Student Scholarship

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! 

Husky Energy Scholarships

Husky Energy offers five scholarships for Indigenous students each year! For students in a four-year degree program, you can receive $5,000 each school year for a total of $20,000 towards your degree! Students in college or technical institute programs can get $3,500 for two years, totalling $7,000 for your education. Preference is given to students with financial need, work experience, and community involvement. Apply before June each year for your chance!

RBC Scholarship for Aboriginals 

Another scholarship for Indigenous students that should be on your list is this one offered by RBC! 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. Check out their website for more details!

Canada Post Awards for Indigenous Students

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!

Dreamcatcher Scholarship

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! Read more about their requirements on their website.

Check Your University or College!

Lastly, many individual universities and colleges offer scholarships for Indigenous students! These awards can tend to have a bigger dollar amount. Some may even nearly pay for your entire tuition! An example is the $30,000 Presidential Scholars Award from the University of British Columbia (UBC). 

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