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Sample Scholarship Essays

If you’re applying for a scholarship, chances are you are going to need to write an essay. Very few scholarship programs are based solely on an application form or transcript. The essay is often the most important part of your application; it gives the scholarship committee a sense of who you are and your dedication to your goals. You’ll want to make sure that your scholarship essay is the best it can possibly be.

Unless specified otherwise, scholarship essays should always use the following formatting:

  • Double spaced
  • Times New Roman font
  • 12 point font
  • One-inch top, bottom, and side margins

Other useful tips to keep in mind include:

  1. Read the instructions thoroughly and make sure you completely understand them before you start writing.
  2. Think about what you are going to write and organize your thoughts into an outline.
  3. Write your essay by elaborating on each point you included in your outline.
  4. Use clear, concise, and simple language throughout your essay.
  5. When you are finished, read the question again and then read your essay to make sure that the essay addresses every point.

For more tips on writing a scholarship essay, check out our Eight Steps Towards a Better Scholarship Essay .

The Book that Made Me a Journalist

Prompt: Describe a book that made a lasting impression on you and your life and why.

It is 6 am on a hot day in July and I’ve already showered and eaten breakfast. I know that my classmates are all sleeping in and enjoying their summer break, but I don’t envy them; I’m excited to start my day interning with a local newspaper doing investigative journalism. I work a typical 8-5 day during my summer vacation and despite the early mornings, nothing has made me happier. Although it wasn't clear to me then, looking back on my high school experiences and everything that led to me to this internship, I believe this path began with a particularly savvy teacher and a little book she gave me to read outside of class.

I was taking a composition class, and we were learning how to write persuasive essays. Up until that point, I had had average grades, but I was always a good writer and my teacher immediately recognized this. The first paper I wrote for the class was about my experience going to an Indian reservation located near my uncle's ranch in southwest Colorado. I wrote of the severe poverty experienced by the people on the reservation, and the lack of access to voting booths during the most recent election. After reading this short story, my teacher approached me and asked about my future plans. No one had ever asked me this, and I wasn't sure how to answer. I said I liked writing and I liked thinking about people who are different from myself. She gave me a book and told me that if I had time to read it, she thought it would be something I would enjoy. I was actually quite surprised that a high school teacher was giving me a book titled Lies My Teacher Told Me. It had never occurred to me that teachers would lie to students. The title intrigued me so much that on Friday night I found myself staying up almost all night reading, instead of going out with friends.

In short, the book discusses several instances in which typical American history classes do not tell the whole story. For example, the author addresses the way that American history classes do not usually address about the Vietnam War, even though it happened only a short time ago. This made me realize that we hadn't discussed the Vietnam War in my own history class! The book taught me that, like my story of the Indian reservation, there are always more stories beyond what we see on the surface and what we’re taught in school. I was inspired to continue to tell these stories and to make that my career.

For my next article for the class, I wrote about the practice of my own high school suspending students, sometimes indefinitely, for seemingly minor offenses such as tardiness and smoking. I found that the number of suspensions had increased by 200% at my school in just three years, and also discovered that students who are suspended after only one offense often drop out and some later end up in prison. The article caused quite a stir. The administration of my school dismissed it, but it caught the attention of my local newspaper. A local journalist worked with me to publish an updated and more thoroughly researched version of my article in the local newspaper. The article forced the school board to revisit their “zero tolerance” policy as well as reinstate some indefinitely suspended students.I won no favors with the administration and it was a difficult time for me, but it was also thrilling to see how one article can have such a direct effect on people’s lives. It reaffirmed my commitment to a career in journalism.

This is why I’m applying for this scholarship. Your organization has been providing young aspiring journalists with funds to further their skills and work to uncover the untold stories in our communities that need to be reported. I share your organization’s vision of working towards a more just and equitable world by uncovering stories of abuse of power. I have already demonstrated this commitment through my writing in high school and I look forward to pursuing a BA in this field at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. With your help, I will hone my natural instincts and inherent writing skills. I will become a better and more persuasive writer and I will learn the ethics of professional journalism.

I sincerely appreciate the committee’s time in evaluating my application and giving me the opportunity to tell my story. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Scholarship Essay Do's and Don'ts

Do:Follow the prompt and other instructions exactly. You might write a great essay but it may get your application rejected if you don’t follow the word count guidelines or other formatting requirements.
DON'T:Open your essay with a quote. This is a well-worn strategy that is mostly used ineffectively. Instead of using someone else’s words, use your own.
DON'T:Use perfunctory sentences such as, “In this essay, I will…”
DO:Be clear and concise. Make sure each paragraph discusses only one central thought or argument.
DON'T:Use words from a thesaurus that are new to you. You may end up using the word incorrectly and that will make your writing awkward. Keep it simple and straightforward. The point of the essay is to tell your story, not to demonstrate how many words you know.

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Planners and Searchers

Prompt: In 600 words or less, please tell us about yourself and why you are applying for this scholarship. Please be clear about how this scholarship will help you achieve your personal and professional goals.

Being African, I recognize Africa’s need for home- grown talent in the form of “planners” (assistants with possible solutions) and “searchers” (those with desperate need) working towards international development. I represent both. Coming from Zimbabwe my greatest challenge is in helping to improve the livelihoods of developing nations through sustainable development and good governance principles. The need for policy-makers capable of employing cross-jurisdictional, and cross- disciplinary strategies to solve complex challenges cannot be under-emphasized; hence my application to this scholarship program.

After graduating from Africa University with an Honors degree in Sociology and Psychology, I am now seeking scholarship support to study in the United States at the Master’s level. My interest in democracy, elections, constitutionalism and development stems from my lasting interest in public policy issues. Accordingly, my current research interests in democracy and ethnic diversity require a deeper understanding of legal processes of constitutionalism and governance. As a Master’s student in the US, I intend to write articles on these subjects from the perspective of someone born, raised, and educated in Africa. I will bring a unique and much-needed perspective to my graduate program in the United States, and I will take the technical and theoretical knowledge from my graduate program back with me to Africa to further my career goals as a practitioner of good governance and community development.

To augment my theoretical understanding of governance and democratic practices, I worked with the Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) as a Programs Assistant in the Monitoring and Observation department. This not only enhanced my project management skills, but also developed my skills in research and producing communication materials. ZESN is Zimbabwe’s biggest election observation organization, and I had the responsibility of monitoring the political environment and producing monthly publications on human rights issues and electoral processes. These publications were disseminated to various civil society organizations, donors and other stakeholders. Now I intend to develop my career in order to enhance Africa’s capacity to advocate, write and vote for representative constitutions.

I also participated in a fellowship program at Africa University, where I gained greater insight into social development by teaching courses on entrepreneurship, free market economics, and development in needy communities. I worked with women in rural areas of Zimbabwe to setup income-generating projects such as the jatropha soap-making project. Managing such a project gave me great insight into how many simple initiatives can transform lives.

Your organization has a history of awarding scholarships to promising young students from the developing world in order to bring knowledge, skills and leadership abilities to their home communities. I have already done some of this work but I want to continue, and with your assistance, I can. The multidisciplinary focus of the development programs I am applying to in the US will provide me with the necessary skills to creatively address the economic and social development challenges and develop sound public policies for Third World countries. I thank you for your time and consideration for this prestigious award.

Scholarship Essay Do's and Don'ts

DO:Research the organization and make sure you understand their mission and values and incorporate them into your essay.
DO:Focus on your strengths and turn in any problems or weaknesses into a success story.
DO:Use actual, detailed examples from your own life to backup your claims and arguments as to why you should receive the scholarship.
DO:Proofread several times before finally submitting your essay.
DON'T:Rehash what is already stated on your resume. Choose additional, unique stories to tell sell yourself to the scholarship committee.
DON'T:Simply state that you need the money. Even if you have severe financial need, it won’t help to simply ask for the money and it may come off as tacky.

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Saving the Manatees

Prompt: Please give the committee an idea of who you are and why you are the perfect candidate for the scholarship.

It is a cliché to say that I’ve always known what I want to do with my life, but in my case it happens to be true. When I first visited Sea World as a young child, I fell in love with marine animals in general. Specifically, I felt drawn to manatees. I was compelled by their placid and friendly nature. I knew then and there that I wanted to dedicate my life to protecting these beautiful creatures.

Since that day in Orlando, I have spent much of my spare time learning everything there is to know about manatees. As a junior high and high school student, I attempted to read scholarly articles on manatees from scientific journals. I annoyed my friends and family with scientific facts about manatees-- such as that they are close relatives of elephants--at the dinner table. I watched documentaries, and even mapped their migration pattern on a wall map my sister gave me for my birthday.

When I was chosen from hundreds of applicants to take part in a summer internship with Sea World, I fell even more in love with these gentle giants. I also learned a very important and valuable lesson: prior to this internship, I had imagined becoming a marine biologist, working directly with the animals in their care both in captivity and in the wild. However, during the internship, I discovered that this is not where my strengths lie. Unfortunately, I am not a strong student in science or math, which are required skills to become a marine biologist. Although this was a disheartening realization, I found that I possess other strengths can still be of great value to manatees and other endangered marine mammals: my skills as a public relations manager and communicator. During the internship, I helped write new lessons and presentations for elementary school groups visiting the park and developed a series of fun activities for children to help them learn more about manatees as well as conservation of endangered species in general. I also worked directly with the park’s conservation and communication director, and helped develop a new local outreach program designed to educate Floridians on how to avoid hitting a manatee when boating. My supervisor recommended me to the Save the Manatee Foundation so in addition to my full-time internship at Sea World, I interned with the Save the Manatee Foundation part-time. It was there that I witnessed the manatee rescue and conservation effort first hand, and worked directly with the marine biologists in developing fund-raising and awareness-raising campaigns. I found that the foundation’s social media presence was lacking, and, using skills I learned from Sea World, I helped them raise over $5,000 through a Twitter challenge, which we linked to the various social media outlets of the World Wildlife Federation.

While I know that your organization typically awards scholarships to students planning to major in disciplines directly related to conservation such as environmental studies or zoology, I feel that the public relations side of conservation is just as important as the actual work done on the ground. Whether it is reducing one’s carbon footprint, or saving the manatees, these are efforts that, in order to be successful, must involve the larger public. In fact, the relative success of the environmental movement today is largely due to a massive global public relations campaign that turned environmentalism from something scientific and obscure into something that is both fashionable and accessible to just about anyone. However, that success is being challenged more than ever before--especially here in the US, where an equally strong anti-environmental public relations campaign has taken hold. Therefore, conservationists need to start getting more creative.

I want to be a part of this renewed effort and use my natural abilities as a communicator to push back against the rather formidable forces behind the anti-environmentalist movement. I sincerely hope you will consider supporting this non-traditional avenue towards global sustainability and conservation. I have already been accepted to one of the most prestigious communications undergraduate programs in the country and I plan to minor in environmental studies. In addition, I maintain a relationship with my former supervisors at Save the Manatee and Sea World, who will be invaluable resources for finding employment upon graduation. I thank the committee for thinking outside the box in considering my application.

Scholarship Essay Do's and Don'ts

DO:Tell a story. Discuss your personal history and why those experiences have led you to apply for these scholarships.
DO:Write an outline. If you’ve already started writing or have a first draft, make an outline based on what you’ve written so far. This will help you see whether your paragraphs flow and connect with one another.
DON'T:Write a generic essay for every application. Adapt your personal statement for each individual scholarship application.
DO:Run spellcheck and grammar check on your computer but also do your own personal check. Spellcheck isn’t perfect and you shouldn't rely on technology to make your essay perfect.

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The Indigenous Learning Centre (ILC) 2016 Bursary Program
The ILC has 3 @ $1,000 bursaries to be awarded in August 2016. Bursaries are available to Aboriginal students attending college or university as a full-time student in an academic program such as; Business Administration, Business Management, Accounting, Commerce and/or other finance related programs.
CLICK HERE for the Bursary Guidelines and Application or see attached Application.
Deadline for Applications: Friday, August 5, 2016
Application packages can be emailed to or faxed to 613-722-3467, mailed, couriered or submitted in person at the address below:
Indigenous Learning Centre
c/o AFOA Canada
1066 Somerset Street West-Suite 301,
Ottawa, ON K1Y 4T3




CFUW Aboriginal Women’s Award (AWA).


The application deadline is November 1, 2016.

In March 2015, the Education Council-Wolfville transferred the proceeds of their education fund to the CFUW Charitable Trust to establish a new award, the CFUW Aboriginal Women’s Award (AWA).

This award was designed to honour Dr. Marion Elder Grant’s life-long commitment to education of women.  Dr. Grant has an outstanding record of leadership as the 11th National President, CFUW Wolfville President and educator. 

Funds were provided by members of CFUW Wolfville and the Estate of Dr. Marion Elder Grant.  The value of this award is established by a formula which adjusts for the variation in the cost of tuition for different programs across Canada.  For the 2016-2017 academic year, the award will be within the value range of $10,000 - $25,000.  The formula also allows for future awards to be adjusted based on higher tuition expenses. 

An applicant for the CFUW AWA will be considered eligible on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Canadian Aboriginal woman;
  • Study in Canada;
  • Holds or will hold an undergraduate university degree or equivalent before the CFUW AWA for which she applied is granted; and
  • Must have applied to be a full-time student in any year of an eligible program* at a recognized or accredited Canadian post-secondary degree-granting institution.

*Eligible programs: are the academic programs for which a CFUW AWA Applicant (or Renewal Applicant) may be studying. They include:

1. Programs leading to a first degree in law – Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.); Juris Doctor (J.D.).

2. Programs leading to the following first degrees in medicine – Medical Doctor (M.D.); Doctor of Optometry (O.D.).

3. Programs leading to qualifying for a license to practice as a Nurse Practitioner in the province or territory of the graduate’s choice.

4. Programs leading to a Master’s degree in fields dealing with important Canadian aboriginal issues at the time the AWA is given as defined by the most recent Canadian report by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples.

The award is renewable as it is designed to help a Renewal Applicant by providing the award for a second year. 

In May 2016, the CFUW AWA application form with instructions, guidelines, and eligibility criteria will be available from the CFUW website:


Skills Award for Aboriginal Youth - Canadian Council of Forest Ministers and the Forest Products Association of Canada


Deadline: October 16th

This year $2500 will be awarded to two individuals who meet the eligibility criteria below more information on the application requirements is provided on the website and in the attached booklet.
Eligibility Criteria
1. Demonstrate strong academic standing; and
2. Are currently enrolled in a post-secondary study program; and
3. Demonstrate a commitment to their field of study beyond academics, such as volunteering or working for the forest products industry; and
4. Demonstrate a commitment to the Aboriginal community; and
5. Are Canadian; and
6. Are First Nations, Inuit, or Métis; and
7. Are between the ages of 18-30 (proof of age required); and
8. Have not won this award in the last 3 years.



AltaLink Aboriginal Scholarship Program


This scholarship program is designed to recognize leaders in the Aboriginal community by offering eight scholarships to Aboriginal students attending post-secondary institutions. Two eligible students from each of Treaty 6, 7, 8 and the Métis community in Alberta will be awarded with a $1,000 scholarship. 

To be eligible, applicants must be currently enrolled in a post-secondary institution and:

  • Treaty applicants must be born in Alberta. 
  • Métis applicants must either be a member of the Métis Nation of Alberta Association or an Alberta Métis Settlement or must have been living in Alberta for at least the past three months with a Métis membership card from another province. 

Application forms are available online at and may be submitted by email or by mail to the address below. A transcript, either official or unofficial, and a photocopy of your status card must be submitted for the application to be considered. The deadline for receipt of the completed application is October 15.


or mail to

ATTN: Altalink Aboriginal Scholarship
2611 - 3rd Avenue SE
Calgary, Alberta T2A 7W7


2016 Jim Pattison Broadcast Group Prairie Equity Scholarship

By supporting the career development of groups currently underrepresented in the broadcast industry on the Canadian Prairies, the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group believes it can improve the industry in a number of ways.
• By removing barriers to employment for underrepresented groups
• Aboriginal Peoples
• Persons with disabilities
• Members of visible minorities
• Women

• By accessing a currently untapped pool of potentially talented employees
• By encouraging the employment of people with diverse viewpoints and backgrounds
• By using those diverse backgrounds and viewpoints
• to enhance relationships with local communities
• to broaden the potential audience and advertiser base

The Scholarship
The Prairie stations of the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group will make available two $2000.00 scholarships in 2016 to students accepted into a recognized broadcast education program at a post-secondary educational institution in Alberta, Saskatchewan or Manitoba.

Eligibility Criteria
Applicants must meet these criteria:
• Resident of Alberta, Saskatchewan, or Manitoba.
• Attending or planning to attend, on a full-time basis, a post-secondary institution in Alberta, Saskatchewan or Manitoba in a recognized Broadcast program. (Though applicants may apply prior to enrollment, proof of enrollment will be required before payment is finalized.)
• Signature of head of institution’s Broadcast Department or of high school Counselor or Principal certifying that the applicant meets the eligibility requirements.

Selection Criteria
The selection committee will award the scholarships based on the following criteria.
• Preference will be given to members of groups currently underrepresented in the broadcast industry.
• Aboriginal Peoples
• Persons with disabilities
• Members of visible minorities
• Women

• The submission of a short essay. This essay will be evaluated on the clarity and content of how the applicant addresses the following:
• Applicability of the philosophy of this scholarship to the applicant’s personal situation (i.e., membership in one of the underrepresented groups).
• The applicant’s commitment to broadcasting
• The applicant’s community involvement and activity

Two personal references.
Application Procedure

Complete the application form, attaching your essay and recommendation letters, and mail or e-mail all documents to:
Prairie Equity Scholarship Committee
Jim Pattison Broadcast Group – Medicine Hat Division
10 Boundary Road SE
Redcliff, Alberta
T0J 2P0

Applications must be postmarked/e-mailed by October 8, 2016.
The applications will be reviewed by the General Managers of the stations of the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. A personal or phone interview may be arranged. The successful applicants will be notified by November 2016.



ConocoPhillips Aboriginal Awards Program
Deadline June 30th of each year.
The Aboriginal Awards Program has been developed to provide financial assistance to Aboriginal students pursuing high school upgrading and post-secondary education.
Award amounts are designated according to the educational level you are pursuing:

Secondary School/Academic Upgrading $1,000
College or Technical Institute $2,000
University $3,000
The award amounts are granted on an annual basis with students being required to re-apply each year for continued funding. Awards may be used to cover portions of tuition, books or living expenses.
You may apply to the ConocoPhillips Aboriginal Awards Program if you meet the following criteria:
1. You are of Aboriginal ancestry
2. You are a Canadian citizen
3. You are enrolled in an eligible program, on a full-time basis
4. You demonstrate promising academic qualifications
5. You require financial assistance to pursue your education
Application process: Please send your completed application along with your proof of acceptance and most recent transcripts to the following address:
Please send your completed application along with your proof of acceptance and most recent transcripts to the following address no later than June 30th:
Attention: Aboriginal Awards Program
Stakeholder Engagement
ConocoPhillips Canada
P.O. Box 130, Station "M",
401 - 9th Avenue SW

Calgary, AB T2P 2H7

Direct Phone: (403) 260-1655

Fax: (403) 532-3404


Link for Application Form:

Canadian Nurses Foundation

Canadian Nurses Foundation (CNF) is the only national foundation solely committed to promoting the health and patient care of Canadians by financially supporting Canadian nurses engaged in higher education, research, home health-care and specialty certification; advocating dissemination and utilization of nursing knowledge.

Awards are supported by contributions from corporate and individual donors. CNF gives nurses across Canada approximately $275,000 annually in scholarships and certification awards.  The value of the scholarship awards ranges from $1,000-$6,000

The CNFTD Aboriginal Nursing Fund specifically supports First Nation Status or Non-status, Inuit or Métis nurses at the Bachelor, Master’s, PhD and Nurse Practitioner levels.  Over the past five years, CNF has supported over 100 aboriginal nursing scholars through the TD awards.

Deadline for all applications is March 31st of each year for the following academic year. 

Applicants for the CNA Certification awards must have confirmation of approval from CNA to write the exam. 

For more information, please visit the CNF web site at or e-mail to  We’re on Facebook and Twitter, too!

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9th Annual AFOA-PotashCorp Aboriginal Youth Financial Management Awards

The 9th Annual AFOA-PotashCorp Aboriginal Youth Financial Management Awards are open to Aboriginal youth in grades 11 and 12. Winners attend AFOA Canada's National Conference and participate in a special Youth program designed to introduce youth to careers in Aboriginal finance and management.

There is a great demand both within First Nation communities and off-reserve for Aboriginal financial management professionals and there are many opportunities for those who want to pursue this career path and many sources of assistance. However, very few of our young people are pursuing an education in financial management after high school. 

That is why AFOA Canada and PotashCorp have come together to offer the Aboriginal Youth Financial Management Awards. 

In 2015 we want to bring 3 outstanding Aboriginal Youth to Winnipeg, Manitoba for 4 nights to attend the conference and awards ceremony at the AFOA Canada National Conference on February 17-19, 2015.


  • Aboriginal Ancestry
    (Proof of First Nation, Inuit or Métis status)
  • Pursuing post-secondary education and demonstrates an interest and is considering a career in the areas of finance and/or management/commerce (including financial management/planning, business administration, commerce, accounting and economics)
  • Completed Application Form and submit an essay
  • 2 letters of recommendation from a teacher, guidance counsellor or educator, attesting to the student’s performance and commitment
  • Academically successful
  • Students in Grades 11 and/or 12 may apply
    (maximum age 19)  

Deadline: Monday, December 1, 2014 at 9PM (EST)

For more information:

Call: 1-866-722-2362



Submit your application, essay and reference letters to one of the following:

  1. Email:
  2. Fax: (613)-722-3467
  3. Mail: AFOA Canada
    1066 Somerset St. West-Suite 301
    Ottawa, ON K1Y 4T3


ATCO Pipelines Aboriginal Education Awards Program

The ATCO Pipelines Aboriginal Educational Awards Program is aimed at supporting Aboriginal students from First Nations and Métis communities in close proximity to our facilities. Successful applicants will demonstrate a balanced lifestyle and commitment in the pursuit of education. These awards, bursaries and scholarships are awarded to select students who demonstrate leadership capabilities and strive to be role models in their schools and communities.

Since the program was launched in 2011, this program has seen 74 students from across the province receive awards.

There are three different awards available:

  • Merit Awards - merit awards of $500 to be granted each year;
    Must be attending High School (completing grades 10-12); Maximum one award per applicant per calendar year; Must re-apply to be considered for subsequent years 

  • Bursaries - bursaries of $1,000 to be granted each year; Must be registered in a recognized trade/community/technical college diploma or certificate program; Preference will be given to those enrolled in a program relating to the natural gas industry; Maximum one award per applicant per calendar year; Must re-apply to be considered for subsequent years 

  • Scholarships - scholarships of $1,500 to be awarded each year; Must be registered in a university program intended to lead to a bachelor or graduate degree; Preference will be given to those enrolled in a program relating to the natural gas industry; Maximum one award per applicant per calendar year; Must re-apply to be considered for subsequent years


All applicants must be enrolled full-time in a secondary or post-secondary educational program, be Canadian citizens of Aboriginal ancestry and originate from within 50km of ATCO Pipelines facilities. ATCO employees and/or their children will not be considered for these awards.


Downloadable Application Form(pdf )

The deadline to submit an application is August 1st annually. Applications received after that date will not be considered during the review and selection process.

The following information must ALL be included in the application package in order to be regarded for any one of these awards:

  • A completed application form 

  • One reference letter from a teacher, faculty member, employer or community leader 

  • A short essay (minimum 250 words) describing why you are a suitable candidate for the award 

  • Proof of enrollment for the upcoming semester in a secondary or post-secondary institution

  • Transcripts from a secondary and/or post-secondary institution in which you are currently enrolled

Mail or deliver completed application packages, and direct official transcripts, to:

Corporate Communications
ATCO Pipelines
#1300, 909 – 11th Avenue SW
Calgary, AB  T2R 1L8



All applications will be reviewed by a selection committee comprised of representatives from various departments within ATCO Pipelines. Committees will be established each year specifically to review candidate submissions for this program.


Indigenous Scholarship Program - Holiday Inn Vancouver Downtown

Value: $2,000
Number: Varies
Deadline: Scholarships awarded throughout the year

Conceived and established in 2003 by Holiday Inn Vancouver Downtown, the Indigenous Scholarship Program sets aside program funds for every room night spent at the hotel by a member of Canada's Aboriginal Community.

Each year, the hotel will award at least one scholarship to First Nation youth that are pursuing a post-secondary education. Open to all Aboriginal students, the Indigenous Scholarship Program considers a number of criteria in awarding scholarships including financial situation, academic achievement, community involvement and career aspirations. The Indigenous Scholarship Program is managed by Holiday Inn Vancouver Downtown with recommendations from an Executive Education Committee and input from an Advisory Board made up of representatives from Canada's Aboriginal Community.

Eligibility: Aboriginal/Indigenous student currently enrolled at or, accepted to a post secondary institution.

Application: Application form and eligibility criteria for the Indigenous Scholarship Program can be obtained by calling the Holiday Inn Vancouver Downtown at 1-800-663-9151.

Web site:

Helen Bassett Commemorative Student Award

Deadline: July 27

Every year since 2003 the Native Women’s Association of Canada
coordinates the Helen Bassett Commemorative Student Award (previously a scholarship) that is awarded to four young Aboriginal women in the amount of $1,000.00 dollars each in accordance with the four directions (North, East, South and West). This Student Award is NWAC’s way of supporting Aboriginal women strive for their academic goals, as well as recognizing the dedication and commitment that they are making toward the well-being of their sisters and their communities. The Helen Bassett Commemorative Student Award is facilitated through the Youth Program of the Labour Market Development Department and is made possible by the generous donation of Helen Bassett.

Weighting will be proportionally focused on the following categories:

  • Future plans to support the Aboriginal community
  • Future career plans
  • Current and/or projected financial situation
  • Current involvement in the Aboriginal community and other organizations
  • Grade point average

Requirements of Scholarship Recipients

  • Willing and available for media interviews
  • Willing and available to be photographed
  • Provide permission to be referenced and quoted in KPMG and/or KPMG approved material, websites and publications
  • Provide permission for use of photos in KPMG and/or KPMG approved material, websites and publications

How to submit your application

1. Provide it directly to your local KPMG adviser

2. Email to:

3. Mail to: Penny Eggett, National Marketing Coordinator
                KPMG MSLP
                333 Bay Street, Suite 4600
                Toronto, ON M5H 2S5

TransAlta Aboriginal Bursary Program

In keeping with our commitment to provide educational support to the Aboriginal community in Canada, on an annual basis TransAlta offers up to seven bursary awards in the amount of $3000 each for those entering college or university programs on a full time basis. Additionally, TransAlta offers three awards in the amount of $1000 each for those in a trades program.

Eligibility Criteria
1. You are an Aboriginal person, and provide proof of your status
2. You are enrolled in a fulltime post secondary or trades program and will maintain satisfactory academic standing throughout your program
3. You have a plan for achieving your education and career goals
4. You commit to updating TransAlta on your progress throughout the duration of your studies
5. You complete and provide the information as requested by TransAlta
Deadline: September 15
You must submit the application form and all requested documentation by September 15th to be considered. Additional information and a copy of the application form can be found on the website:

Contact Information:
Lynn Calf Robe, Aboriginal Relations Coordinator
Phone: 403 267 2557
Fax: 403 267 2005

Strategic Alliance of Broadcasters for Aboriginal Reflection (SABAR) Scholarship

Deadline: Not being awarded in 2015

SABAR is pleased to offer our first annual Scholarship to an Aboriginal student in Journalism or Radio/Television Arts. SABAR is particularly proud to play an important part in supporting the development of a future community leader who may have the potential to help us meet our primary goal of increasing Aboriginal reflection in Canadian broadcasting.
1. First Nations, Inuit or Métis permanent Canadian resident;
2. Desire to follow a path to a career in the broadcast industry;
3. Enrolment in Canadian post secondary Journalism or Radio and Television Arts Program or Equivalent Certified Training Program; and
4. Interest in acting as an ambassador for the broadcasting industry and serving as a role model for other Aboriginal people to encourage them to pursue careers in broadcasting.
One scholarship valued at $5,000.00 will be awarded. This award may be applied to academic and/or living costs.

Scholarship winners are eligible for continued scholarship awards each year they continue in their approved programs in the amount of $2,500.00 annually to a maximum total scholarship value of $10,000.00.

For more information:

ECO Canada Scholarships

ECO Canada is pleased to launch the 2012 Newalta Aboriginal Environmental Scholarship. The scholarship, generously sponsored by Newalta, will award $2,500 each to three Aboriginal students across Canada.

Closes: May 14
To qualify for the Newalta Aboriginal Environmental Scholarship, applicants must:
* Be a Canadian resident Aboriginal individual who is First Nation status or non-status, Métis, or Inuit
* Be 30 years of age or younger, with a high school diploma
* Have been accepted into an environment-related program at a Canadian post-secondary institution for the fall of 2012
* Submit a 500-word description of their environmental values, leadership, or vision
* Demonstrate their accomplishments and ambitions in the areas of environmental protection, resource management, or environmental sustainability
* Provide a reference letter describing the applicant's character and highlighting any involvement in community-related environmental projects

*Please note if you are not already an ECO member, you will be asked to register for a free account before you are redirected to your application form.
All applications must be submitted by May 14.

For more information or for assistance with your application, contact Rebecca Dickson at or 403-233-0748.
Scholarships are awarded to individuals who have shown leadership in their communities in the areas of environmental protection, resource management, or environmental sustainability. Students are chosen based on the reference letter and essay they submit about their environmental accomplishments and ambitions.

The award is provided for the first year of tuition in an environment-related program, including but not limited to: engineering, sciences, social sciences, and mathematics. Browse our Program Directory for more information on environment-related programs.

GE Foundation Scholar-Leaders Program in Canada

The GE Foundation Scholar-Leaders Program in Canada is a unique program that provides financial support and skills development opportunities for up to 5 accomplished first-year undergraduate students from recognized institutions who are pursuing degrees in the fields of engineering or business/management and are Canadian resident Aboriginal individuals who are either First Nation status or non-status, Métis or Inuit

Why Apply?
· A $4000 per year scholarship for the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th years of your undergraduate program
· An opportunity to be mentored by a business leader at GE in Canada
· Participation in GE Foundation Scholar-Leaders activities, including a specially designed leadership development seminar at GE Canada in Mississauga, Ontario
· Participation in community development projects

Who Can Apply?
Only applicants who meet the eligibility criteria described below will be considered for the award
Aboriginal peoples who:
· Are Canadian residents
· Are first-year full-time undergraduate students at a recognized Canadian university
· Are studying engineering or business/management
· Have high academic performance, as demonstrated by first semester university results and high school transcripts.
· Demonstrate financial need
How to Apply?
Click on the link at the bottom of the page and complete the online application.

The application form including essay must be submitted online by 11:59pm EST on March 15 each year. All Supporting Documentation must arrive via post by March 15 to:

GE Foundation Scholar-Leaders Program in Canada
Institute of International Education
809 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017

Supporting Documentation – In addition to your application form, the following documentation is required:
1. Certification Page with original signature (downloaded from online application)
2. High school transcripts – official copy, may be sent directly by high school
3. First semester university results (if available) – official copy, may be sent directly by university
4. Two letters of recommendation (see instructions on form which can be downloaded from the online application)
5. Proof of Aboriginal ancestry – photocopy of Band/Treaty card; Métis membership card; Inuit Beneficiary card. Students who are non-status First Nation may send a photocopy of the band card issued to parent or grandparent.

English translations must accompany any documents not in English.

Incomplete application materials or application materials received after March 15, 2011 will not be considered. Application materials will not be returned to applicants.
What is the Selection Procedure?

A selection committee will evaluate all applications. Each applicant’s motivation and academic potential will be assessed.

Who Can I Contact for More Information?

If you have any questions, please contact IIE:
Phone: 1–800-486–0308
Fax: 1–212-205–6466

Complete the GE Foundation Scholar-Leaders Application Here:

Dr. William Commanda Willis Scholarship

Willis College, with 11 locations across Ontario, is announcing the scholarship in partnership with TeKnoWave Inc.
Willis College of Business, Health & Technology and TeKnoWave Inc. are proud of its association with Elder and Grandfather Dr. William Commanda and have chosen to establish The Dr. William Commanda Scholarship in Clean Energy and Business Education. 

The scholarship will be awarded annually to eleven Aboriginal students from across Canada who would otherwise not have the opportunity to obtain the career-oriented education provided at Willis College.

The scholarship will accommodate one Aboriginal person, per location, to take one program in clean energy or business valued at ten thousand dollars.  The Scholarship provides tuition and book cost for a one year program at Willis College. The student may select courses from the curriculum offered at the time of selection. Students will also be able to choose which Willis College location they wish to attend.

The evaluation and award process will take place annually in Ottawa with many prominent individuals involved on the scholarship board of trustees. Students of First Nations, Métis or Inuit heritage will be chosen based on academics and community involvement along with other criteria.   The scholarship is administered by The Dr. William Commanda Board of Trustees.

Interested candidates must apply by July 1. To find out how, click here.

Willis College of Business, Health, & Technology established in 1896 stands as an ongoing testament to the creativity, tenacity, and strength of Canadian private career colleges and maintains a corporate mission statement to provide a quality adult educational learning environment where the creative interests and development of our students are paramount. Willis specializes in accredited adult career education. Students may take individual courses to upgrade their skills or enroll in a full career program that leads them to attractive jobs in the clean energy and business sectors.

Algonquin Elder William Commanda from Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg, Maniwaki, Quebec was born on November 11, 1913. He was acclaimed chief of the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg for over nineteen years. He received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from the University of Ottawa in 2005. In December 2008, he was appointed Officer of the Order of Canada and in November 2009, the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards Foundation announced his selection as the  2010 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.

”The Scholarship” was announced in January 11th, 2010. The Scholarship carries a nominal value, at the time of announcement, of $110,000.

The scholarship will accommodate one Aboriginal person, per location, to take one program in clean energy or business valued at ten thousand dollars. Students will be able to choose which Willis College location they wish to attend.

The Scholarship is available to qualified First Nations, Inuit and Métis students to pursue clean energy and business studies.

The Scholarship is awarded annually to a qualified student selected by the Dr. William Commanda Scholarship Board of Trustees Selection Committee.
The Scholarship provides tuition and books for up to a one year program at Willis College of Business, Health and Technology’s eleven locations. The student may select courses from the curriculum offered at the time of selection.

The Scholarship is non-transferable and may be applied to academic career courses only.

The student may attend courses during a 12-month period from the time the courses are started at Willis College campuses offering the selected courses.
Interested candidates must apply by July 1. To find out how, click here.

Any Aboriginal student in Canada who wishes to apply may do so directly through Willis College by July 1st. The candidate selection will be made by the Dr. William Commanda Scholarship Board of Trustees and will entitle the winner to attend the program of his/her choice at any of the Willis College campuses across Ontario.
Selection Process
Basis of Selection
The Selection Committee is looking for candidates with proven intellectual and academic ability, integrity of character, interest and respect for fellow human beings, ability to lead, demonstrate leadership and creativity in the areas of environmental stewardship and sustainable relationships, appreciation for education, and initiative to use their talents to the fullest.

Method of Selection
A Selection Committee, consisting of representatives of the Dr. William Commanda Scholarship Board of Trustees, will choose the successful candidate. The decision of the Selection Committee is final.

Method of Application
The completed application, with all the required information must be forwarded to:

Selection Committee Dr. William Commanda Scholarship Board of Trustees
c/o Willis College of Business, Health & Technology
85 O'Connor Street
Ottawa, ON K1P 5M6

Admission Status

The applicant must:
(i) Have a minimum of Grade 12 high school or be of age of 19 and over; and
(ii) Provide a transcript of marks from a previous academic institution.

Payment of Award
The successful candidate will be presented with the award and a commemorative certificate at The Dr. William Commanda Scholarship Award Annual General Assembly, which is held each summer at Willis College Ottawa campus.

Canada - US Fulbright Program

Deadline: November 15

Student must be American or Canadian with Native Heritage and attending a post-secondary education institution studying countries relations between other countries. Value of award is $15,000.00 for student and $25,000.00 for faculty members enrolled in graduate studies.

For more information contact:

350 Albert Street, Suite 2015,
Ottawa, Ontario, K1R 1A4
Ph: (613) 688-5540   Fax: (613) 237-2029
web site:

Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation (CMSF):

The CMSF Awards program was started in 1989 to identify, recognize and reward well-rounded students who combine distinguished talents with character, leadership potential, and a commitment to the community.

The CMSF National Awards
The CMSF National Award is our most prestigious scholarship. It is awarded after a rigorous process, which includes the written application and extensive interviews.. A description of the National Awards follows:
Up to 35 National Awards are offered to students bound for one of our 25 participating Canadian universities. The top National Award is valued at up to $8000 cash and up to $8000 in annual tuition for up to four years of full-time study, plus up to $7500 in summer program funding over the course of a degree.

The CMSF Finalist Awards

CMSF Finalist Award are valued at $2,500 and are one-time entrance awards tenable at any accredited university in Canada at which the recipient gains admission and enrolls in a full-time program of study. A Finalist Award is offered to every finalist who participates in National Selections but is not offered a CMSF National Award.

The CMSF Provincial Awards
CMSF Provincial Award are valued at $1,500 and are one-time only entrance awards tenable at any accredited university in Canada at which the recipient gains admission and enrolls in a full-time program of study.

All Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation (CMSF) Awards inquires contact:
Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation (CMSF)
53 Yonge Street, 5th floor
Toronto, ON M5E 1J3

Garfield Weston Merit Scholarships for Colleges (GWMSC)

Deadline: March 27

1) Be in the final year of study for a high school diploma OR be an adult in the work force.
2) Must NOT be university degree or college diploma graduate within the last 3 years.
3) Demonstrate an academic ability that will ensure success in their chosen course of study.
4) Demonstrate leadership potential.
5) Present a record of service to the school and/or community.
6) Demonstrate an interest in his/her selected field of study.
7) Be accepted at an accredited community college for 2-4 year diploma studies in the academic year after selection.

National Award:
Up to 50 available annually
For each National Award the colleges make a tuition grant of up to $4500 per year. In addition to this, the GWMSC offers up to $8000 per year as a stipend.
The National Award is renewable for up to 4 years of diploma studies only at our participating colleges.

To renew the National Award, award holders must:
1) Show continued evidence of character, leadership and service
2) Maintain an acceptable academic record under a full course load

GWMSC Regional Award:
Up to 30 available annually @ $4000 Award

GWMSC Provincial Award:
Up to 25 available annually @ $2500 Award
Regional and Provincial Awards are one-time awards for use at any accredited community college in Canada.

All GWMSC Awards inquires contact:

Web Site:

Sir John A. MacDonald graduate fellowship in Canadian History

This scholarship is awarded to a student enrolling in a doctoral program in Canadian history at an Ontario university. The value of award is $8,500.00 and can be renewed for three consecutive years to a maximum of $25,500.00.
For more information contact:

The Graduate Studies Office at Ontario Universities or
The Ministry of Education and Training
Student Affairs
PO Box 4500
189 Red River Road, 4th Floor
Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 6G9
Phone: (807) 343-7257 or 1-800-465-3957

Gil Purcell Memorial Journalism Award - The Canadian Press

To a Native person studying journalism.
Value: One scholarship of $4,000
Eligibility: Native ancestry.

Studying journalism at a Canadian university or community college.

Deadline: November 15 of each year.

Mrs. Deborah McCartney
Administrative Assistant - HR
The Canadian Press
36 King Street East
Toronto, ON M5C 2L9
Tel: 416-507-2132
Fax: 416-507-2033


The Canadian Medical Foundation Dr. John Big Canoe Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: Applications and supporting documentation for the 2009/2010 academic year must be received by October 2010.

During each year of the program, a $2000 scholarship may be awarded to an undergraduate Aboriginal student enrolled in the last or second to last year of study in a Canadian school of medicine who has demonstrated both strong academic performance and outstanding contributions to the aboriginal community in Canada.
Applications and supporting documentation to:

Marie-Jeanne Schoueri, Office Manager
The Canadian Medical Foundation,
1867 Alta Vista Drive,
Ottawa, ON K1G 3H7
Phone: (613) 520-7681
Toll Free: 1-866-530-4979
Fax: (613) 520-7692

Web site:

Canadian Medical Association Special Bursary Program for Undergraduate Aboriginal Medical Students

Deadline: October 9

The bursary is awarded based on financial need and will provide a maximum of $4000 per academic year to each successful applicant. A total of up to $40,000 in bursaries may be awarded in each academic year of the program. Given that financial resources are often limited by the end of the academic year, bursaries will be awarded at this time. Bursary recipients will also receive memberships in the CMA, the relevant division of CMA (provincial or territorial) and the Native Physicians Association in Canada.

Applications and supporting documentation to:
Marie-Jeanne Schoueri, Office Manager
The Canadian Medical Foundation,
1867 Alta Vista Drive,
Ottawa, ON K1G 3H7
Phone: (613) 520-7681
Toll Free: 1-866-530-4979
Fax: (613) 520-7692

Web site:

Heroes of our Time Scholarships - Assembly of First Nations

Sponsored by: Assembly of First Nations
Eligibility: First Nations Citizen
Value: TBA
Deadline Date: June 1 each year

Tommy Prince Award
Walter Dieter Award
Omer Peters Award

Robert Smallboy Award
James Gosnell Award

Applications submitted to:
Selection Committee – Heroes of Our Time Awards
The Assembly of First Nations – Education Sector
473 Albert Street - Suite 810
Ottawa, ON K1R 5B4
Toll-Free: 1-866-869-6789
Phone: (613) 241-6789
Fax: (613) 241-5808

Tom Longboat Award

Sponsored by: The Aboriginal Sport Circle
Eligibility: Nominations are invited from all levels of sport. To be eligible, nominees must meet the following criteria:
Must be of Aboriginal descent

Must have amateur status in the sport which they are nominated

Must be for athletic achievements within the awards calendar year

Must submit a completed Nomination Form to the appropriate Provincial/Territorial
Aboriginal Sport Body on or before the annual deadline.
Value: TBA

Criteria: Currently enrolled/accepted in medical program, demonstrated exceptional academic abilities, involved and committed to extra-curricular activities

Deadline Date: January each year.

For more information contact :
Aboriginal Sport Circle at
Ph: (613) 236-9624 ext. 223

Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP)
FSWEP replaces the Federal Summer Student Employment Program

Offers full-time high school, CDGEP, college, technical institute and university students the opportunity to apply for student jobs with the federal government

Application forms are available at student career offices at colleges, GEGEPS, technical institutions and universities, Human Resources Centres of Canada, and PSC Regional and District offices.

Canada Trust Scholarship for Outstanding Community Leadership

Full tuition plus $3,500 toward living expenses
Guaranteed offer of summer employment at Canada Trust
Deadline: October 31
Contact: 1-800-308-8306

Investing in the future growth of Aboriginal Youth - Canadian National

CN makes awards available to Inuit, status or non-status Indian or Métis students entering or enrolled full-time in a post-secondary program in Canada that leads to a career in the transportation industry. This includes fields such as engineering, business, computer science, communications and technical studies.

Deadline: June 1 of each year.

For more info. contact your band office, friendship centre or college of your choice
Web Site:
To obtain further information or an application form, please contact:

Aboriginal Awards Program
c/o National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation
70 Yorkville Avenue, Suite 33A
Toronto, Ontario M5R 1B9
Telephone: 1-800-329-9780 (toll-free)

CN Scholarship For Women

Deadline: October 15 each year
CN encourages women to pursue non-traditional careers in areas such as trades, technology and operations. To date, participation by women in these fields has been limited. This is a special CN initiative aimed at promoting employment equity in Canada. Scholarships are awarded annually to women in selected community colleges and institutes of technology across Canada.

Web Site:

Educational Awards Program - Husky Oil

Deadline: May 31

Awards announced: July 31
Up to 7 Aboriginal students are selected each year.
Awards of up to $3,000 per year will be granted to cover a portion of tuition, books, or living expenses.
Aboriginal people (Inuit, Metis, Status and Non Status Indians) who meet the following qualifications:
* Canadian citizen
* in need of financial assistance
* demonstrate serious interest in furthering their educational and career development

Preference will be given to applicants whose residence is located on or near one of Husky's exploration, development or operation sites

Individuals pursuing academic post-secondary studies at a university, community college or technical institute are eligible to apply.

Diversity and Aboriginal Affairs
Husky Oil Operations Limited
P.O. Box 6525, Station D
Calgary, Alberta T2P 3G7

RBC Aboriginal Student Awards

Deadline: January 31

Ten (10) awards of up to $4,000/ year for four (4) years at university or two years at college.
* You are a permanent resident or citizen of Canada
* You have been accepted to or are currently attending an accredited post-secondary institution in Canada
* You maintain a full course load that leads to a recognized degree, certificate or diploma
* You require financial assistance to pursue your education

A committee of Aboriginal academics and RBC representatives review all completed applications and makes the final selection of the award recipients primarily based on personal and academic achievements and individual financial need. Successful applicants are notified of the committee's decision by June 15 of each year. All decisions of the committee are final.

You will receive up to $4,000 per academic year for educational and living expenses for a maximum of four years. To receive the full amount for all years of study, you must attend an accredited post-secondary institution, remain in the program of study we awarded the scholarship for and maintain a full-time course load and good academic standing. RBC requests confirmation of your full course load and good academic standing at the beginning of every fall and winter semester. This confirmation will be collected in a way satisfactory to RBC. You will receive the first half of your scholarship at the beginning of the fall semester. If you maintain a good academic standing, you will receive the balance in January. Please note that RBC reserves the right to change or discontinue this program at any time. We will honour commitments already in place if the program changes or ends.

Toll-Free Fax: 1-866-780-2188

Toll-Free Fax: 1-866-780-2188

RBC Aboriginal Student Awards
C/O Aboriginal Link
PO Box 50058, 17-2595 Main Street
Winnipeg, MB R2V 4W3

CMHC Housing Awards: Housing for Youth

Individuals, firms, institutions and government agencies that are delivering programs that improve choice, quality or affordability of housing for youth may be nominated for a Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) Housing Award. Awards and honourable mentions are given to those individuals or groups that have achieved excellence in one of five categories: financing and tenure, technology and production, planning and regulation, concept and design, and process and management.

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Social and Economic Policy and Research
700 Montreal Road Room C7-417
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0P7
Phone: 1-800-668-2642

Polaris - Northern Star Program

This awards program recognizes the creative and innovative environmental actions by youth who have had an impact within their communities.
Young people up to 25 years of age may be nominated for an award. Completed forms are due by March 31 of each year.
For more information and a nomination form, call the Action 21 National Office toll free at: 1 800 668-6767.

Department of Justice Canada Entrance Scholarships for Aboriginal Students

The Department of Justice Canada has made available three-year scholarships to Metis and non-status Indian students who wish to attend law school. Each year, ten or more pre-law scholarships will be made available to Metis and non-status Indians, to cover the cost of attending a summer orientation program offered by the Native Law Centre, University of Saskatchewan, in Saskatoon and a summer French language pre-law orientation program at the University of Ottawa.
In September, ten or more three-year law school scholarships will be made available to Metis and non-status applicants to defray their living costs, textbooks, tuition fees, and other costs.
The Department of Justice Canada is accepting applications for the summer pre-law program until 1 April, and applications for the law school scholarships until 1 June. Students interested in both programs must forward two separate applications.

For further information and application forms,contact:
Program Assistant,
Legal Studies for Aboriginal People Program,
Department of Justice Canada,
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0H8

Similar financial assistance is available from Indian and Northern Affairs for registered Indian and Inuit students.

Sears Canada Inc. Scholarship:
Deadline June 1

Ten scholarships of $1,000 are available to children of Sears employees. Applications are available from and submitted to:

Canadian Awards Program,
International & Canadian Programs Division,
Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada,
Suite 600, 350 Albert Street,
Ottawa, Ontario K1R 1B1

Chevron Canada Resources

Deadline: January 31

Number of scholarships varies, value up to $5,000
Available to students of Aboriginal heritage interested in undertaking a period of study in public administration and/or community affairs involving drug/alcohol education and rehabilitation. Special consideration given to residents of Northwest territories and other areas of concern.

Parent must be Chevron employee

Apply to: Canadian Universities for Northern Studies
#201, 130 Albert Street,
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5G4
Phone: (613) 238-3525

TD Bank and First Nations Bank of Canada Aboriginal Education Awards

Deadline: March 31

Value: Five awards of $1,000 each Recipients will also receive consideration for summer employment and full-time employment once education is complete.
Criteria: Applicants must be of Aboriginal ancestry (Status, Non-Status, Inuit, Métis); full time student at recognized Canadian post secondary institutionpursuing a program relevant to a career in banking such as business, economics, computer science, math and sciences; in need of financial assistance to further educational goals.

Apply to:
Award Coordinator
Toronto Dominion Centre
201 Portage Avenue
P.O. Box 7700
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 3E7

J. Michael Waldram Fellowships - The Canadian Model Forest Network and the Canadian Institute of Forestry

The Canadian Model Forest Network, together with the Canadian Institute of Forestry, has awarded J. Michael Waldram Fellowships of $1000 each to three students in resource management programs in British Columbia and Quebec.

The J. Michael Waldram Fellowship was first awarded in 2008 and is given annually to assist Aboriginal youths pursuing studies in natural resource management at the college or university level.

This award honours Mike Waldram, General Manager of the Manitoba Model Forest from 1993 to 2006. As General Manager, Waldram strove to enhance the participation of Aboriginal peoples in the model forest and in forest resource management.

The Canadian Model Forest represents Canada's 14 Model Forests, in a shared vision of advancing sustainable forests and sustainable communities.
David Winston, President, CMFN
Phone: 613-258-8400 or

AMEC Aboriginal Undergraduate Engineering Scholarship

Deadline: January 15
Value: $5,000

In conjunction with AMEC, CEMF offers up to one $5000 Undergraduate Engineering Scholarship annually to young Canadian Aboriginal women who are proven leaders and active in their community to encourage them to pursue a career in engineering. Applicants must be enrolled full-time in an accredited Canadian undergraduate engineering program of study and be:
1. In their first year, or
2. In their second year, or
3. In the first term of their third year, immediately prior to the December deadline.
Scholarships are based primarily on demonstrated community leadership and involvement in extra-curricular activities. Special emphasis is placed on leadership to recognize and encourage continued contributions to Canadian society.
Work experience may also be considered.
High marks are not one of the criteria for this scholarship.
Applicants must be willing to act as role models and promote engineering as a career choice to young Aboriginal girls - each Scholarship winner will be required to make at least one presentation to a high-school level audience of Aboriginal youth.
Scholarship funds may be used by the winner as she wishes. Successful applicants will be paid in two installments - $3,000 within approximately four months of the application deadline date and $2,000 twelve months after the first installment, upon submission of:
1. Confirmation in writing of continued enrollment in engineering prior to payment of the first installment and proof of promotion to the next year or term of engineering study.
2. A written report to CEMF prior to payment of the second installment which shall
a. A written update of community and extra-curricular involvement
demonstrating leadership qualities,
b. Proof of having made at least one presentation to a high-school Aboriginal
audience including a letter of confirmation from an attending teacher,
c. Proof of promotion to the next year of engineering study.
The Foundation reserves the right to not issue a scholarship in any given year.
A Committee appointed by the Foundation will select the winners, with the Judges being both engineers and non-engineers. The Committee's assessment will be based on all of the information provided with the application. Any application that is incomplete in any way will be rejected prior to judging and another application will not be accepted until the following year. The decision of the Judges will be final.
Eligibility Requirements
Applicants must be Canadian Aboriginals with permanent residence in Canada. In accordance with the Constitution Act, 1982, Part II, Section 35(2), an Aboriginal applicant is an Indian, Inuit, or Métis person of Canada, or a person who is accepted by one of the Aboriginal peoples of Canada as a member of their community.
The following will be accepted as proof of ancestry:
* A certified copy of a Status or Treaty card;
* A certified copy of a Métis membership card;
* A certified copy of an Nunavut Trust Certificate card, roll number or any other proof accepted by Inuit communities;
* Proof that an ancestor's name has been entered
- in the Indian Register according to the Indian Act, or
- on the Band list of an individual Band, or
- on the Inuit roll;
* Evidence of an ancestor who received a land grand or a script grant
under the Manitoba Act or the Dominion Lands Act;
* Written confirmation of Aboriginal ancestry from the Department of
Indian Affairs;
* A Statutory Declaration by an Applicant attesting to Aboriginal
ancestry, supplemented by letters or documentation supporting that
- from an official or a recognized native organization, or
- from a relative in the Aboriginal community, or
- from the Applicant describing involvement with Aboriginal
All applicants must be enrolled in a Canadian university accredited engineering program.
Previous AMEC Scholarship Winners are not eligible to apply although unsuccessful applicants may re-apply in a subsequent year if they qualify.
There is no limitation on the number of applications from any university or program.
All applications must be submitted by all applicants directly to:
The Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation
AMEC Undergraduate Engineering Scholarship Award
P. O. Box 370, 1-247 Barr Street
Renfrew, Ontario
K7V 4A6

The Department of National Defence Security and Defence Forum (SDF)

SDF Aboriginal Scholarship Program
Value: $10,000
Number available: The Security and Defence Forum has set aside up to $10,000 a year to fund Aboriginal scholars. The exact number and value awarded annually will depend on the number and quality of applicants. Scholarship funds may cover tuition fees and or expenses related to a degree program, including – but not limited to – support for distance learning.
Deadline: The 2006 competition is now closed.
Objective: The Security and Defence Forum Aboriginal scholarship is intended to help develop and promote scholarly interest in contemporary Canadian security and defence issues among members of the First Nations (status or non-status), Inuit, and Métis Canadians. Security and defence issues include, but are not limited to:
* Failed or failing states
* Terrorism
* Weapons of Mass Destruction
* Regional flashpoints
* Canadian Forces Transformation, including integrated and unified approaches to operations
* The Defence of Canada
* Canada-United States defence relations
* The Canadian Forces' international role
* The Integrated Defence, Diplomacy and Development ("3D") approach to conflict and post-conflict situations
* Defence procurement and management
* National Defence's support to other government departments and agencies
In addition to financial support for security and defence studies, the Security and Defence Forum also introduces recipients to the Policy Group of National Defence Headquarters and provides award recipients with the opportunity to have their research circulated within the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces.

Fields of study:
Social sciences/humanities studies relating to current and future Canadian security and defence issues, including their political, international, historical, social, military, and economic dimensions. Research in the pure or applied sciences is ineligible. Applicants must explain in their proposal the relationship of their study/research plans to Canadian security and defence issues.
* Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents at the time of application and be of either a member of the First Nations (status or non-status), Inuit or Métis.
* Applicants must, as a minimum requirement, hold an Honours Bachelor's degree (four year program) or its equivalent before taking up the award.

One academic year, and can be used to assist students in continuing their graduate studies at university and/or to purchase technology required to assist distance learning
Eligible institutions: Graduate scholarships are tenable only at Canadian institutions.

For more information: For complete information and application form please visit the DND website. If you wish to have an application form emailed to you, please contact
Ph: (613) 563-1236 -- Fax: (613) 563-9745

CSA Spaceflight and Life Sciences Training Program Scholarship

The trainee(s) will be sponsored by the Canadian Space Agency and will receive:
* round trip transportation between their home in Canada and the Orlando International Airport in Florida
* accommodation in the Cocoa Beach area
* local transportation to and from the Kennedy Space Center
* a daily meal allowance, which should also cover some other expenses

- limited to currently enrolled full-time undergraduate students who:
* are pursuing their first undergraduate B.Sc. degree in a life science program at a recognized university
* have a minimum cumulative average of 75% at the time of application
* will have completed their second or third year of study (first year or second year of study in the case of Quebec students, called, respectively, U1 and U2 by the Quebec Ministére de l'Éducation) by the start of the training program
* are proficient in English (score of at least 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language, TOEFL);
* are Canadian citizens, who have or can obtain a valid Canadian passport and are at least 18 years of age

Web Site:

Email address for inquiries:

CSA Space Exploration Scholarship -
Email address for inquiries:

How to Apply
Application materials include:
1. A completed Space Life Sciences Training Program Application Form (pdf document).
2. A 500-word typed double spaced essay which will be used to evaluate the applicant's experience and written communication skills.
The essay should contain three parts:
1. A paragraph covering the classroom, laboratory and research experiences of the applicant in the life sciences,
2. A paragraph demonstrating the applicant's knowledge of space research, interest in space life sciences, and
3. How the Training Program will further their career goals. The applicant's full name must appear on each page of the essay.
3. TWO completed Reference Request Forms (pdf document) from people familiar with the academic and/or research record of the applicant. References can be sent a) directly by the referee or b) by the applicant. If sent by the student, the reference must be submitted in a sealed envelope with the referee's original signature over the seal. References sent by both submission methods must arrive by the stated deadline.

4. An official transcript from every college, cégep, and university attended, up to and including the fall of the current academic year. Grade notifications in possession of the applicant will not be considered.

Please note that SLSTP is presented in English and applications must be submitted in English only.
Completed application materials must be postmarked by January 31 and mailed to:

Space Science Program
Canadian Space Agency
6767 Route de l'Aéroport
Saint-Hubert, QC J3Y 8Y9

Marion Neiman
CSA Scholarships Coordinator

Project Manager/Consultant
Lansdowne Technologies
Suite 1001 - 275 Slater Street
Ottawa ON K1P 5H9

Toyota Earth Day Scholarship Program

Cultivating Tomorrow's Environmental Leaders
Every day, in communities across Canada, young people are actively demonstrating their passion for the environment through the important work they accomplish. These dedicated young Canadians are emerging as tomorrow's environmental leaders and advocates.

Toyota Canada Inc. and Earth Day Canada established the Toyota Earth Day Scholarship Program to help cultivate and nurture this environmental leadership. The Toyota Earth Day Scholarship Program encourages and rewards graduating high school students and Québec junior college students who have distinguished themselves through environmental community service, extracurricular and volunteer activities, and academic excellence.

Because environmental issues are increasingly being tackled through multidisciplinary approaches, future environmental leaders will come from a broad range of academic backgrounds. The Toyota Earth Day Scholarship is offered to students entering their first year of post-secondary studies in the discipline of their choice, to prepare themselves for the career of their choice.
The Toyota Earth Day Scholarship Program grants 15 awards of $5000 each annually, to be applied directly towards tuition, books, room and board (where applicable) or other educational expenses for the first year of post-secondary full-time studies in Canada.
Regional panels of community, business and environmental leaders will select the winners who best meet the selection criteria. Awards will be granted in five geographic areas:
· Atlantic Canada - 2 awards
· Québec - 4 awards
· Ontario - 4 awards
· Western Canada/Northwest Territories/Nunavut - 3 awards
· British Columbia/Yukon - 2 awards
A national winner - selected from the 15 regional winners - will also be awarded an Outstanding Environmental Achievement Award and a Panasonic CF50 ToughbookT notebook computer. The National Award Ceremony will be held in Toronto on Earth Day (April 22), 2009

Application Deadline: Jan 31

For applications and more information please visit:

Millennium Excellence Awards

Value: Local award winners will receive a one-time $4,000 award.

Provincial/territorial award winners will receive a $4,000 award, renewable up to three times (for a possible total of $16,000). National award winners will receive a $5,000 award, renewable up to three times (for a possible total of $20,000).

Eligibility: The excellence awards recognize, support, and encourage talented Canadians who make positive and significant contributions to the betterment of communities across the country, who demonstrate the capacity for leadership, and are committed to the pursuit of academic excellence and innovation. Only individuals who intend to enter a college or university undergraduate program for the first time may apply.

Duration: N/A

Application Deadline: January 25, 2009
For application information, visit, or contact:
Millennium Excellence Award Program
Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation
1000 Sherbrooke Street West, Suite 800
Montréal, Québec
H3A 3R2

Alliance Pipeline Aboriginal Student Awards Program

Number: One
Value: Cost of tuition, books and supplies to a maximum of $4,000 per academic year.
Deadline: January 10
Eligibility: Aboriginal students who are: residents of Saskatchewan, Alberta or British Columbia; enrolled in, or have applied to a technical school, college or university, in a program relevant to the oil and gas industry; relevant programs include: mechanical engineering technology, instrumentation engineering technology, electrical engineering technology, power engineering, mechanical engineering or business administration.

Coordinator, Aboriginal Student Awards Program
Alliance Pipeline Ltd., #400
605 5th Avenue South West
Calgary, Alberta T2P 3H5

Imperial Oil Aboriginal Scholarships Awards Program

Value: $3,500 (maximum for college) and $4,500 (maximum for university)
The awards are designed to cover tuition, textbooks, supplies and other compulsory fees.

Deadline: June 30 of each year

Imperial Oil Resources offers four individual education awards each year to any person of Aboriginal ancestry entering post-secondary studies. The purpose of the awards program is to encourage people of Aboriginal ancestry to pursue undergraduate post-secondary educational studies in disciplines relevant to the petroleum industry. Applicants must reside in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories or the Yukon for at least one year immediately prior to applying for the award.

Application form, full program guidelines and eligibility details can be obtained by calling Imperial Oil Community and Aboriginal Affairs at 780-639-5194.

Jennifer Robinson Memorial Scholarship - Arctic Institute of North America

Value: One scholarship of $5,000.
The Jennifer Robinson Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a graduate student in northern biology who best exemplifies the qualities of scholarship that the late Jennifer Robinson brought to her studies at the Institute's Kluane Lake Research Station.
Eligibility: Applicants must submit: a brief description of the proposed research (two to three pages),including a clear hypothesis, relevance, title and statement of the purpose of the research, the area and type of study,the methodology and plan for evaluation of findings. A collaborative relationship or work should be briefly identified; three academic reference letters; a complete curriculum vitae with transcripts; and a list of current sources and amounts of research funding, including scholarships, grants and bursaries.

The scholarship committee looks for evidence of northern relevance, and a commitment to field-oriented research.

Deadline: January 10
Executive Director
Arctic Institute of North America
University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4
Phone: (403) 220-7515
Fax: (403) 282-4609

Jim Bourque Scholarship - Arctic Institute of North America

Value: One scholarship of $1,000.

The Jim Bourque Scholarship is awarded to a Canadian Aboriginal student who intends to take, or is enrolled in, post-secondary training in education, environmental, traditional knowledge or telecommunications. The scholarship is open to mature students and matriculating students alike.

Eligibility: Each applicant must submit, in 500 words or less, a description of his or her intended program of study and the reasons for the choice of program. In addition, applicants must: .include a copy of their most recent high school or college/university transcript; a signed letter of recommendation from a community leader (e.g.,Town or Band Council, Chamber of Commerce, Métis Local, etc.); a statement of financial need, indicating funding already received or expected; and proof of enrollment in, or application to a post-secondary institution.
Deadline: July 18
Executive Director
Arctic Institute of North America
University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4
Phone: (403) 220-7515
Fax: (403) 282-4609

Lorraine Allison Scholarship - Arctic Institute of North America

Value: One scholarship of $2,000.
Eligibility: The Lorraine Allison Scholarship is open to any student enrolled at a Canadian university in a program of graduate study related to northern issues, whose application best addresses academic excellence, a demonstrated commitment to northern research, and a desire for research results to be beneficial to northerners, especially Native northerners. Candidates in biological science fields are preferred, but social science topics are also be considered. Scholars from Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut are encouraged to apply.

Each application must contain: a two-page description of the northern studies program and relevant projects being undertaken; three letters of reference from the applicants 'current or past professors; a complete curriculum vitae with academic transcripts; and a list of all current sources of research funding.
Deadline: January 10
Executive Director
Arctic Institute of North America
University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4
Phone: (403) 220-7515
Fax: (403) 282-4609

Northern Resident Scholarships - Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies

Value: Four (4) awards of $10,000.
The Northern Scientific Training Program is sponsoring four scholarships, valued at $10,000 each, for students identified as long-term residents of Nunavut, Northwest Territories, Yukon, or the Provincial North, enrolled in full-time, post-secondary programs at the undergraduate level at a Canadian college or university.


Northern Resident Award - Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies
Value: Eight (8) awards of $5,000.
The Northern Scientific Training Program is sponsoring eight (8) scholarships valued at $5,000 each for students identified as long term residents of Nunavut, Northwest Territories, Yukon or the Provincial North, currently enrolled in master or doctoral-level programs at a Canadian university.
#Research Support Opportunity in Arctic Environmental Studies - Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies
The Meteorological Service of Canada (a division of Environment Canada) sponsors a unique research support opportunity by providing accommodation, facilities, and services at the High Arctic Weather Station (HAWS) at Eureka on Ellesmere Island, to graduate students at the masters or doctoral level. Preference will be given to environmental research proposals in the physical or biological sciences.

Deadline: March 31
Application materials will not be accepted by fax or email.
Mail complete packages to:

Canadian Northern Studies Trust Awards Program
Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies
17 York Street, Suite 405
Ottawa, ON
K1N 9J6

James W. Bourque Studentship in Northern Geography - Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies

Value: One scholarship of $10,000.
Eligibility: The James W. Bourque Studentship is awarded for research on subjects relating to northern geographical research. While applications are normally from students in geography departments,careful consideration is given to students in related fields. In making its decision, the Management Committee is guided by academic record, potential for development, and the applicant 's interest in, and commitment to, advancing the knowledge and appreciation of the geography of northern regions. If you apply to the James W. Bourque Studentship in Northern Geography and to the Studentship in Northern Studies only one set of official university transcripts and reference letters is necessary.
Deadline: January 31
Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies
17 York Street, Suite 405
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9J6
Phone: (613) 562-0515
Fax: (613) 562-0533

Intelligent Sensing For Innovative Structures (ISIS)Canada Research Scholarship for Aboriginal People in Engineering

Value: One scholarship of $5,000 per year.
Intelligent Sensing for Innovative Structures (ISIS Canada)is a Network of Centres of Excellence funded by the federal and provincial governments, the university communities and the private sector. The mandate of ISIS Canada is to develop a new generation of sophisticated civil engineering structures for the 21st century.
Eligibility: In order to be eligible,applicants must be graduates in engineering or applied sciences at a Canadian university or be currently enrolled in a degree program, and must be registered in, or intending to proceed to, graduate study in engineering or applied sciences. The scholarship is awarded for a 12-month period and may be renewed for a second year at the discretion of the awarding committee.

Deadline: March 31
ISIS Canada - Scholarship Committee
University of Manitoba
A250 Agricultural and Civil Engineering Building
96 Dafoe Road
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3T 2N2
Attention: Mrs. Kim Archer

Intelligent Sensing For Innovative Structures (ISIS)Canada - Research Scholarship for Women and Aboriginal People

Value: One scholarship of up to $5,000.
Eligibility: Applicants must: be women or be of Aboriginal ancestry; be engineering graduates or currently enrolled in a degree and intending to pursue graduate studies; be seeking solutions to the deterioration of steel reinforced concrete; and be in third year civil engineering or above.

Deadline: March 31
ISIS Canada - Scholarship Committee
University of Manitoba
A250 Agricultural and Civil Engineering Building
96 Dafoe Road
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3T 2N2
Attention: Mrs. Kim Archer

National Union Scholarship for Aboriginal Canadians

Value: One scholarship of $1,000.
Eligibility: The award is open to all Aboriginal Canadian students who plan to enter the first year of a public post- secondary education institution full-time, and who are children of, or foster children of, a National Union member. The award is given to the writer of the best 750-1000 word essay on "The importance of quality public services in enhancing the quality of life of Aboriginal Canadians."

Deadline: June 30
National Union of Public and General Employees
15 Auriga Drive
Nepean, Ontario K2E 1B7
Phone: (613) 228-9800
Fax: (613) 228-9801

National Union Scholarship for Visible Minorities

Value: One of $1,000.
Eligibility: The award is open to all visible minority students who plan to enter the first year of a public post-secondary educational institution full-time, and who are the children, or foster children, of a National Union member. The award will be given to the writer of the best 750-1000 word essay on "The importance of quality public services in enhancing the quality of life of visible minorities."

Deadline: June 30
National Union of Public and General Employees
15 Auriga Drive
Nepean, Ontario K2E 1B7
Phone: (613) 228-9800
Fax: (613) 228-9801

KPMG’s Aboriginal Services is proud to offer five $1,500 scholarships

The scholarship program is designed to recognize the Aboriginal community and offer financial assistance to Aboriginal students attending post-secondary institutions across Canada.


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