Aboriginal Students

Awards available to Aboriginal TYP students
Financial Aid for Aboriginal Students

First Nations House can help students in learning about and accessing the wide array of scholarships and grants available.
The following is a list of Awards available to Aboriginal TYP students:

The Lillian McGregor Aboriginal Award of Excellence

To be awarded to Aboriginal Students studying full time at the University of Toronto on the basis of financial need and Ontario residency. Aboriginal Students enrolled in the Transitional Year Program, undergraduate and graduate level programs and second entry studies will all be eligible to apply. Preference will be given to applicants who can demonstrate a contribution to the Aboriginal community through volunteerism and involvement with First Nations House and / or the Native Students Associations.
Deadline: February 1st of each year.

The RBC Aboriginal Student Awards Program

The RBC Aboriginal Student Awards Program was launched in 1992 to assist Aboriginal students to complete post-secondary education, and provide an opportunity for RBC to strengthen its relationship with the Aboriginal community. Selected students are awarded up to $4,000 each academic year for two to four years to use towards tuition, textbooks, supplies and living expenses.
Deadline: May 30, 2011

Gil Purcell Memorial Journalism Scholarship for Native Canadians

To encourage native Canadians to pursue a career in journalism through study at a Canadian post secondary institution. To be awarded to a native Canadian (status or non-status Indian, Métis or Inuit) who is enrolled at a Canadian university or community college. The student must either be enrolled in a journalism program or actively involved in a volunteer capacity with a student newspaper or broadcast station. The scholarship is open to
both French and English-speaking native Canadians.
Deadline: November 15th of each year.

National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation First Nations, Inuit & Métis Post Secondary Education Bursary Award

Is awarded to First Nations, Inuit or Métis students enrolled full-time in a post secondary program whom demonstrate financial need.
Deadline: June 1, 2011

Foundation for the Advancement of Aboriginal Youth

FAAY is the scholarship program operated by the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB).Corporate sponsors who support FAAY will award over $225,000 in scholarships and bursaries to Aboriginals (Status, Non Status, Métis and Inuit). To qualify for a scholarship, students must be enrolled in a Canadian university, college or technical institute. There is no age restriction for post secondary students.
Deadline: October 14th of each year.

Native Women's Association Helen Basset Commemorative Student Scholarships

Four awards of $1,000 are available to Aboriginal women of First Nations/Métis descent. To be eligible for the award, you must be pursuing post secondary studies, or just completing your studies, be under 31 years of age and have demonstrated a commitment to bettering the socioeconomic, legal and/or cultural status of Aboriginal women.
Deadline: July 28th of each year.

Métis Nation of Ontario Bursaries & Scholarships Program

Métis students can apply for the Métis Student Bursary Program (MSBP) at the Financial Aid Office, Aboriginal Student Liaison Centre or through Student Support Services at their college or university. Bursary applications are available to students following registration in the fall. Deadlines are school specific and bursary recipients are announced at the beginning of each school year. Students may reapply for bursaries and/or scholarships each year when they register for school. The amount of bursary money available at each school depends on the accumulation of interest at that school and its administration processes.
Deadline: November 26th



Susan Blight is the Coordinator of Academic Supports at First Nations House. Feel free to contact her at any time for advice on funding, or supports while you are in school – even if you haven't applied:

Phone: 416-978-1290
Toll-free phone: 1-800-810-8069

Visit this page to see a list of grants and scholarships available to Aboriginal students

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