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”.

Feature: The Sylvia Bowerbank Memorial Bursary

The Sylvia Bowerbank Memorial Bursary recognizes Kijicho Manito Madaouskarini First Nation member Sylvia Bowerbank.

This bursary was established in 2005 by family and friends in memory of Dr. Sylvia Bowerbank who was a professor in the English department at McMaster University and was instrumental in setting up the Indigenous Studies program at McMaster.

This bursary is offered to female students enrolled in the Department of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario who demonstrate financial need. Preference is given to students who are part of an Indigenous community in Canada.

The bursary can be found on the McMaster University website under the in-course bursaries, Open to the Faculty of Humanities.

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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