Building Brighter Futures: Bursaries, Scholarships, and Awards

Successful futures are created through hard work, creativity, and perseverance. Each one of us has a unique potential to achieve, and for First Nation, Inuit, and Métis students, Indspire is here to help make that happen. Indspire provides hundreds of scholarships, bursaries and awards to thousands of Indigenous students every year!

Thanks to our generous sponsors, Indspire is able to provide financial support to Indigenous students across Canada. To learn more about the sponsors for Building Brighter Futures and to see the full list of sponsor awards, click the button below.

Note: if you are applying for financial support from Indspire, please see the sections below for the application.


See full list of awards


Post Secondary Education


Post-Secondary Education

online application for September 2019 to August 2020 academic year
(full-time studies in a post secondary education program)
Deadlines: February 1, August 1, November 1, at 11:59 p.m. EST


Application Form Closed

Études postsecondaires

application en ligne maintenant disponible pour l’année scolaire de Septembre 2019 à Août 2020
(programmes d’études postsecondaires à plein temps.)
Dates limite: 1er février , 1er août , 1er novembre, à 11:59 


Formulaire d’application fermée


The Bill Messenger Scholarship

Provides up to $10,000 to support self-identifying Indigenous men attending post-secondary who have a demonstrated commitment to the Friendship Centre Movement in Ontario.
Deadline: August 1 at 11:59 p.m. EST


Application Form

Red River College School of Indigenous Education Award

Deadlines: March 15, June 15 and November 1. All applications close at 11:59 p.m. EST.


Application Form


Native Law Centre Summer Program

Deadline: May 1 at 11:59 p.m. EST


Application Form

Carleton University, Public Administration Post Graduate Diploma

Deadline: May 30  11.59 p.m. EST


Application Form


OFIFC Strong Women Award

Deadline: August 1 at 11:59 p.m. EST


Application Form




Post-Secondary Education – Skilled Trades


Apprenticeships, Skilled Trades, and Technology Programs

Post-Secondary Education Programs: part-time or full-time certificate or diploma programs (1 month to 4 year programs)
Deadlines: February 1, August 1, November 1, at 11:59 p.m. EST


Application Form



High School Bursary, Scholarships and Awards


Petro-Canada Award for Indigenous Students

(high school students who live in communities with Petro-Canada sites)
Deadlines: June 1, at 11:59 p.m. EST


Application Form


Ted Rogers Scholarship

The Ted Rogers Scholarship Fund aims to provide access to post-secondary education and reward youth who demonstrate community leadership.
Deadline: April 15, at 11:59 p.m. EST


Application Form



Questions? We can help!


For more information, please email or call 1.855.INDSPIRE (463.7747) x253 or bilingual support x039.


Questions about the application process? Watch our How-to-Videos!




Program Policy

If you would like to review the program policy for Building Brighter Futures, you can access the document below.


Program Policy




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