Since its inception in 1985, Indspire has disbursed $79 million through close to 25,000 scholarships and bursaries to Indigenous students, making it the largest funder of Indigenous education outside the federal government. The results confirm that Indspire is thriving, meeting its goals, and helping thousands of Indigenous students complete their high school and post-secondary education and embark on a rewarding career.
96% of Indigenous students who receive funding from Indspire earn a post-secondary credential, and 42% of them find work.
Corporation, foundation, and individual donations help Indspire deliver a range of programs to support and motivate thousands of Indigenous youth across Canada each year. These programs are designed to encourage young people to stay in school and obtain the necessary education that will allow them to ultimately find rewarding careers, which will enable them to make a successful contribution to their families, their communities, and to the economic prosperity of Canada.
In 2016-2017, Indspire awarded more than $11.6 million to over 3,700 First Nation, Inuit, and Métis students nationwide. This is impressive; however, we had to turn away almost 75% of the requests we received. Indspire looks forward to meeting the needs of these students by increasing our scholarship funds.