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Building Brighter Futures: Bursaries, Scholarships, and Awards

Indspire’s Building Brighter Futures: Bursaries, Scholarships and Awards (BBF) program opens doors through education.

Since 2004, Indspire has provided over $115 million in financial support to more than 37,500 First Nations, Inuit and Métis students. All Building Brighter Futures donations are matched by the Government of Canada allowing us to be double the impact for students. For a complete listing of Building Brighter Futures Supports, please visit indspirefunding.ca.

How BBF is Supporting Students

Our Program is Growing

Our program has more than doubled in the last six years! This year, over 6,000 applications were processed – the highest number of applications ever received!

This year we were able to provide more money for individual First Nation, Inuit and Métis Students

On average, the award amount for 2019-2020 recipients was over $800 higher than last year. This means more money goes to individual First Nation, Inuit and Métis students to help with their education.

Our team continues to work to improve our program, reduce wait times and fund as many students as possible

We have upgraded our student information database to ensure we can quickly match students with awards and make it easier for students to submit applications.

Our focus remains on YOU!

Building Brighter Futures’ funding model is unlike any other in the country, wherever possible funds are awarded to a student to use as they wish – tuition, childcare, food, cultural support, shelter, travel, etc.

Bursaries, Scholarships and Awards for Post-Secondary Education

Post-Secondary Education Programs

Full and part time studies in college, university, skilled trades, apprenticeships, and technology programs.

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. September 2020 to August 2021 academic year.

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

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.

Bâtir un avenir meilleur : Bourses d’études, bourses d’excellence et primes

Études à temps plein dans des programmes de niveau collégial, universitaire, de métiers spécialisés, d’apprentissage et de technologie. Il existe une seule demande pour toutes les bourses d’études, bourses et récompenses Indspire (à quelques exceptions près, que vous verrez ci-dessous). Il vous suffit de remplir la demande une fois pour être pris en compte pour toutes les bourses, bourses et prix applicables. Application disponible pour l’année scolaire de Septembre 2020 à Août 2021.

Dates limite: 1er août, 1er novembre, 1er février à 11:59

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 of 2020.  It is a four year, $2500 per year renewable award.  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. To be eligible for this scholarship, you must be a First Nation (status and non-status), Inuit or Métis high school student from an Indigenous community in the territories as well as attending high school in the Northwest Territories, Yukon Territories, or Nunavut.

Deadline to apply is August 1, 2020.

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.

Deadline to apply is August 31, 2020.


Post-Secondary Education – Skilled Trades

Post-Secondary Education Programs: part-time or full-time certificate or diploma programs (1 month to 4 year programs)

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

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.


Student Success Stories

Indspire’s Building Brighter Futures program is helping them realize their educational dreams. Hear from students, in their own words, how Indspire’s Building Brighter Futures program is helping them through their educational journey.


Questions?

We can help!

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) x253 (bilingual support x039).

BBF Program Policy

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


Building Brighter Futures Sponsors

$5 Million +

$2 Million – $4,999,999

$1 Million – $1,999,999

Allan & Gill Gray Foundation

Estate of Norma Panaro Dietz

$500,000 – $999,999

Bill and Penny Eakin

The Rick George Family

Robert and Shirley Metka

$250,000 – $499,999

Hilary Pearson Award

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