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Indspire Announces New Bursary Program for Indigenous Post-Secondary Students

Funding made possible through partnership with Investment Management Corporation of Ontario.

August 3, 2021.

Indspire is pleased to announce the creation of a new opportunity with the Investment Management Corporation of Ontario (IMCO): two bursaries which will provide additional support for Indigenous post-secondary students.

The IMCO Financial Futures Bursaries are two scholarships totaling $30,000.00 which will be distributed annually over the course of five years to post-secondary students in finance-related programs such as economics, accounting, finance, mathematics, commerce, or MBA programs.

Indspire will manage and distribute the awards through its Building Brighter Futures: Bursaries, Scholarships and Awards program, which leverages matching funds from the Government of Canada.

“The creation of the IMCO Financial Futures Bursaries represents an exciting opportunity for partnership between IMCO and Indspire as well as a new avenue toward success for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students,” said Dr. Mike DeGagné, President & CEO of Indspire. “These bursaries have the potential to transform the lives of Indigenous students, ensuring that they can feel free to pursue their finance-related education and, ultimately, enter their chosen careers.”

“We believe that building relationships with groups that are often under-represented in business, and specifically nurturing talent within Indigenous communities, is not only the right thing to do, but it also deepens the financial services talent pool in Canada and increases the overall competitiveness of the Canadian economy,” said Bert Clark, President & CEO of IMCO. “It’s a win on many levels.”

The next application deadline for the bursaries is August 1, 2021. Those interested should apply for the bursaries directly through the Indspire website.

About Indspire

Indspire is an Indigenous national charity that invests in the education of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people for the long-term benefit of these individuals, their families and communities, and Canada. With the support of its funding partners, Indspire provides financial awards, delivers programs, and shares resources so that First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students will achieve their highest potential. In 2019-2020, Indspire provided more than $17.8 million through 5,553 bursaries and scholarships to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students across Canada.

About IMCO

The Investment Management Corporation of Ontario (IMCO) manages $73.3 billion of assets on behalf of its clients. IMCO’s mandate is to provide broader public sector institutions with investment management services, including portfolio construction advice, better access to a diverse range of asset classes and sophisticated risk management capabilities. IMCO is an independent organization, operating at arm’s length from government and guided by a highly experienced and professional Board of Directors. Follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter @imcoinvest.

For more information, please contact:

Brandon Meawasige
Director, Communications and Marketing