Scholarships & Bursaries for Indigenous Students

University & College Resources for all Canadians

Key Questions

What is the difference between a scholarship and a bursary?

A scholarship is a grant or payment made to support a student’s education, awarded based on academic or other achievement. A bursary is a monetary award made by an educational institution or funding authority to individuals or groups. It is usually awarded to help a student have the financial means to attend school. 

What is the difference between Status and Non-status? 

A status indigenous person refers to any First Nations person who is registered with the federal government or to a band that signed a treaty with the Crown. A non-status indigenous person refers to any First Nations person who is not registered with the federal government and not registered to a band which signed a treaty with the Crown. In 2013, it was established that non-status “Indians” have the same rights as “Indians”.

Helpful Sites for Indigenous Scholarships & Bursaries

National

Provincial

University & College Resources by Province

Links for Indigenous Resources in Each Major University/College in Canada: 

ONTARIO

Brock University (ALL awards)

https://brocku.ca/safa/awards-and-bursaries/ 

Carleton University

https://carleton.ca/awards/indigenous-students/ 

Lakehead University

https://www.lakeheadu.ca/admissions/scholarships-awards-loans/undergraduate-students/aboriginal-bursaries-scholarships/node/1121 

Laurentian University

https://laurentian.ca/indigenous-programs/student-resources 

McMaster University

https://registrar.mcmaster.ca/aid-awards-for-indigenous-students/ 

Queen’s University

https://www.queensu.ca/studentawards/indigenous 

Ryerson University

https://www.ryerson.ca/aboriginal/resources/postsecondary/ 

Trent University

https://www.trentu.ca/fphl/student-success/financial-assistance-indigenous-students 

University of Guelph

https://www.uoguelph.ca/studentexperience/indigenous-student-financial-matters/ 

University of Ottawa

https://www.uottawa.ca/indigenous/your-academic-journey/financial-aid 

University of Toronto (ALL awards)

https://future.utoronto.ca/finances/scholarships/ 

https://future.utoronto.ca/finances/financial-aid/ 

University of Waterloo

https://uwaterloo.ca/stpauls/waterloo-indigenous-student-centre/indigenous-awards-scholarships-and-bursaries  

University of Windsor

https://www.uwindsor.ca/law/aboriginal/4/financial-aid 

Western University

https://indigenousscholarship.uwo.ca/student_opportunities/index.html 

Wilfrid Laurier University

https://www.wlu.ca/future-students/undergraduate/applicants/indigenous-students/scholarships-and-bursaries.html 

York University

https://sfs.yorku.ca/scholarships/funding-for-indigenous-students 

NEW BRUNSWICK

University of New Brunswick (ALL)

https://nbcc.ca/scholarships-bursaries-awards 

St. Thomas University

https://www.stu.ca/indigenous_student_services/ 

NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR

Memorial University of Newfoundland

https://www.mun.ca/indigenous/students/isrc/index.php

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

University of Prince Edward Island (ALL)

https://www.upei.ca/scholarships-and-awards/externalawards 

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