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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 2004, Indspire has provided over $153 million in financial support to more than 49,000 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 2022 – August 2023 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.

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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.

Requirements:

  • First Nation (status and non-status), Inuit and Métis high school students from an Indigenous community in the territories as well as attending school in the Northwest Territories, Yukon Territories, or Nunavut.
  • Enrolled full-time in a high school within Canada at time of application.
  • Starting in a four-year post-secondary program within Canada full-time in September.
  • Have a valid Social Insurance Number.

Deadline to apply is July 31, 2022.

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Petro-Canada Award for Indigenous Students

The Petro-Canada Award for Indigenous Students is for Canadian Indigenous students enrolled in a Canadian high school program.  It is a one time award of $750 for students from one of the Indigenous communities listed within the application.

Requirements:

  • First Nation (status and non-status) high school students who live in communities listed within the application.
  • Enrolled full-time in a high school within Canada.
  • Have a valid Social Insurance Number.
  • Students must be under the age of 19 and a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

Deadline to apply is July 31, 2022.

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Canada Post Awards for Indigenous Students

The Canada Post Awards for Indigenous Students celebrate the hard work and determination of Indigenous peoples who have embraced a renewed pursuit of learning. The awards are open to all First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples who have been out of school for one year or more, who have since decided to return to an educational system, and who have now been back at school for at least one year. The Canada Post Awards for Indigenous Students are granted annually to select applicants from across the country, and recipients are awarded $2,000 in recognition of their efforts.

Deadline to apply is August 31, 2022.

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 2020-2021 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.

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