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Building Brighter Futures – Bursaries, Scholarships and Awards

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Build your own bright future with just one application!

Hundreds of bursaries, scholarships, and awards. Are you ready to apply?

Since 1996, Indspire has provided over $217 million in financial support to more than 66,000 First Nations, Inuit and Métis students – just like you!

Bursaries, Scholarships and Awards for Post-Secondary Education and Skilled Trades

Full and part time studies in college, university, skilled trades, apprenticeships, and technology programs for the September 2023 – August 2024 academic year.

There is one application for all of Indspire’s bursaries, scholarships, and awards (with a few exceptions that you’ll see below). You only need to complete the application once to be considered for all applicable bursaries, scholarships, and awards.

Deadlines: August 1, November 1, February 1 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

Application submissions for the 2023-2024 school year are now closed. The application for the next school year (2024-2025) will open in May.

If you would like to review our Program Policy, you can access the document here.

The Building Brighter Futures: Bursaries, Scholarships and Awards program is made possible thanks to generous supporters and federal and provincial governments. While we work to increase the amount of funding available each year, due to the growth in the number of applications, we’re not able to fund every student that applies.

Bursaries, Scholarships and Awards with unique deadlines

Horatio Alger Indigenous Achievement Scholarship

The Horatio Alger Indigenous Achievement Scholarship is for Indigenous students starting a four-year post-secondary program in the fall. This is a renewable award of $2,500. While enrolled in post-secondary students must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA and a full-time course load to receive the renewed support each year.


  • First Nation (status and non-status), Inuit, and Métis students must be in their final year of high school.
  • Students whose home Indigenous community are in the Northwest or Yukon Territories or Nunavut.
  • Enrolled full-time in a high school within Canada at time of application.
  • Must be starting in a four-year post-secondary program within Canada full-time in September.
  • Have a valid Social Insurance Number.

Deadline: August 1, 2024.

Application Walk-Through Video

Need help filling out the application or have questions about certain sections? Check out this video for some guidance!

Frequently Asked Questions

What documents do I need to submit with my application?

Applicants need to submit four documents:

  • Indigenous card (front and back)
  • grades,
  • proof of enrollment (registered in classes), and
  • letter from Indigenous organization regarding educational funding.

What is a letter from my Indigenous organization regarding educational funding?

All students must submit a copy of the official confirmation letter from their First Nation and/or Inuit organization, stating whether you are being sponsored for the 2023-2024 academic year, or not being sponsored. If you are receiving band funding, the letter must provide a breakdown of the amounts you receive for tuition, books, and living allowance as it will reflect the amounts in your budget.

Métis students receiving assistance from their Métis organization are required to submit the document as well.

When will I know the results of my application?

Please note that due to the high volume of applications, only successful students will be notified.

Fortunately, you do not need to reapply to the next deadline if you haven’t heard from us. Your application will stay valid for all three deadlines (August 1, November 1 and February 1). You only need to complete the application once per academic year to be considered for all applicable bursaries, scholarships, and awards. 

For more information or if you have any questions, please visit our FAQ page, or email education@indspire.ca or call 1-855-INDSPIRE (463-7747) x0223 (bilingual support x039).

Building Brighter Futures Sponsors

For a complete list of Building Brighter Futures sponsors and supporters, please visit this page. For a complete listing of awards and criteria, please visit indspirefunding.ca.