Funding for Aboriginal Students

As an Indigenous student at the College of New Caledonia, you have access to several avenues of support through the Aboriginal Resource Centre, and through your CNC student services.

Funding options are available in the form of external awards (scholarships and bursaries), as well as federal and provincial government funding ministries. Begin exploring these resources below.

 

ARC PG 8

External Awards

Arctic Institute of North America Jim Bourque Scholarship

Amount: $1,000
Application Deadline: July (follow link for more details)
Eligibility: Enrolled in post-secondary training in Education, Environmental Studies, Traditional Knowledge or Telecommunications; and a Canadian Aboriginal student. 

ATCO Indigenous Education Awards Program

Amount: Up to $1,500
Application Deadline: April (follow link for more details)
Eligibility: Varied (follow link for more details)    

BC Hydro Indigenous Scholarships and Bursaries

Amount: Up to $8,000
Application Deadline: Varied (follow link for more details)
Eligibility: Varied (follow link for more details) 

Canada Post Aboriginal Education Incentive Awards

Amount: $2,000
Application Deadline: August (follow link for more details)
Eligibility: You can apply if you are a Canadian and a member of a First Nation, Métis or Inuit community; have been out of school for 1 year or more and are returning; have already returned to school and completed 1 full year of studies; and have never received this award in the past (you can apply as many times as you want, but you can only receive the award once)

Ch'nook Scholars Program

Amount: Varies
Application Deadline: Fall (follow link for more details)
Eligibility: Program open to status and non-status First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students studying full-time in a business program at a post-secondary institution in British Columbia or at the University of British Columbia.

First Citizen Fund

Amount: Up to $1,200
Application Deadline: January, May & September (follow link for more details)
Eligibility: Post-secondary students of Indigenous ancestry (status, non-status, Métis, Inuit) who are:  permanent residents of British Columbia,  registered in a BC recognized post-secondary institution, and have  a minimum GPA of 2.5 or a C+ grade equivalent. Students are not eligible to receive a bursary to repeat a course or academic year.

Indspire Scholarships

Amount: Varied (average $800)
Application Deadline: February, August & November (follow link for more details)
Eligibility: Full and part time studies in college, university, skilled trades, apprenticeships, and technology programs. (follow link for more details)

Ike Barber Transfer Aboriginal Scholarship Program

Amount:$1,000- $5,000
Application Deadline: Varies (follow link for more details)
Eligibility: Each Award has unique eligibility criteria. (follow link for more details)

KPMG First Nations Student Awards

Amount: Varied (follow link for more details)
Application Deadline: February, August & November (follow link for more details)
Eligibility: To be eligible, you must be a Canadian Indigenous person; be enrolled in an accredited institution such as an accredited university program or an accredited college program; not be a member of the staff, board, or past participants at the time of applying for funding support.

New Relationship Trust

Amount: Varied (follow link for more details)
Application Deadline: October (follow link for more details)
Eligibility: First Nations (status or non-status) member of a British Columbia First Nation community; Planning to attend an accredited post-secondary institution on a full-time basis anywhere in the world.

NIB Trust

Amount: Varied (follow link for more details)
Application Deadline: June (follow link for more details)
Eligibility: Follow link for more details.

NWAC Helen Basset Commemorative Student Award

Amount:$1,000
Application Deadline: July (follow link for more details)
Eligibility: Applicants must: Be currently pursuing post-secondary studies (priority is given to students who are studying law or are in a law-related field); demonstrate financial need; be an Indigenous woman, gender-diverse, or Two-Spirit person under 31 years of age; demonstrate a commitment to improving the situation of Indigenous women and youth in Canada politically, culturally, economically, or otherwise.