Indigenous Student Scholarships and Awards

NLPS Indigenous Achievement Award

Indigenous youth graduating from an NLPS school

Sponsored by 
NLPS Board of Trustees

Indigenous youth pursuing post-secondary studies with the ultimate objective of obtaining a university degree, a college diploma, or a certificate from a technical institute.


June 10

Application Information Indigenous Achievement Award


Audience Indigenous students completing high school and mature students entering their first year of study.
Sponsored by Alberta Blue Cross
Eligibility students who are completing their high school education and entering their first year of post-secondary study at an accredited institution and individuals, deemed as mature by their post-secondary institution, entering their first year of study at an accredited institution.
Value $1,500
Deadline January 31, 2024
Application Information Alberta Blue Cross Indigenous Scholarships


Audience First Nations, Inuit, and Metis students across Canada who demonstrate leadership capabilities and strive to be role models in their schools and communities.
Sponsored by ATCO
Eligibility Applicants must be enrolled in full-time high school (including upgrading) or an accredited post-secondary institution or training program, and cannot be the child of an ATCO employee.

Merit Awards - $750 (students completing Grades 9-12)
Bursaries - $1,200 (students enrolled in trade/community technical college diploma or certificate programs)
Scholarships - $1,800 (students enrolled in degree or graduate programs)
Bridging Awards - $1,000 (students registered in an upgrading program or university preparation program

Deadline Applications open in March 2024.
Application Information ATCO Indigenous Education Awards Program




Audience These awards recognize First Nations, Metis, and Inuit students who model strength and commitment in the pursuit of their personal education path and embrace their own gifts, strengths and potential while celebrating the ways of their people.
Sponsored by Alberta School Boards' Association
Awards are open to all students in Kindergarten to Grade 12.

Deadline Feb. 5, 2024
Application Information Honouring Spirit: Indigenous Student Awards



Audience Students enrolled in a post-secondary educational institution for the upcoming academic year.
Sponsored by TC Energy
Eligibility Must be enrolled in a post-secondary institution and located in a community near TC Energy's operations or projects.
Value $5,000
Deadline TBD 2024
Application Information TC Energy Scholarships


Students renewing their educational studies

Sponsored by Canada Post
  •  Canadian and a member of a First Nation, Métis or Inuit community
  • Have been out of school for 1 year or more and are returning
  • Have already returned to school and completed 1 full year of studies
  • Have never received this award in the past (you can apply as many times as you want, but you can only receive the award once)
Value $2,000
Deadline August 31
Application Information Canada Post Awards for Indigenous Students

First Nations, Inuit and Métis students across Canada demonstrating strong academic performance and community involvement

Sponsored by RBC
Eligibility Indigenous students pursuing post-secondary education 
Up to $10,000 per year for up to 4 years

Deadline February 7, 2024
Application Information RBC Future Launch Scholarship for Indigenous Youth




Audience Indigenous students pursuing full and part time studies in college, university, skilled trades, apprenticeships, and technology programs.
Sponsored by  Indspire
Eligibility There is one application for all of Indspire's bursaries, scholarships and awards (with a few exceptions). You only need to complete the application once to be considered for all applicable bursaries, scholarships and awards.
Value Depends on which bursary or scholarship is awarded.
Deadline August 1, November 1, February 1
Application Information Indspire Building Brighter Futures: Bursaries, Scholarships and Awards

Audience Indigenous students pursuing post-secondary education
Sponsored by  Bird Construction
Eligibility Three scholarships available 
Value $1,500 - $3,000
Deadline TBD
Application Information Bird Construction Indigenous Scholarships

Audience Students in grades 11 and 12
Sponsored by  Verna J. Kirkness Education Foundation
Eligibility Indigenous students in grades 11 and 12 to spend a week at a Canadian university, interacting with scientists in their research laboratories. During the week of instruction on campus, students have the opportunity to meet role models, learn about the support systems available on campus and experience the excitement of doing research.
Value Monetary scholarships available for students who have completed the VJFK program.
Deadline Dec. 15, 2023
Application Information Verna J. Kirkness Education Foundation