Funding for Aboriginal Students
Young Canada Works
If you are Aboriginal (First Nations, Metis or Inuit) between 16 and 30 and going back to school, you may be eligible to apply for summer employment at a participating Friendship Centre. Types of job include working with young Aboriginal children, organizing cultural and sporting events, or conducting community based research at a Friendship Centre. Visit your local Friendship Centre and ask about a summer job.
For assistance and information regarding Young Canada Works (YCW), please contact the Young Canada Works Program Officer at the National Association of Friendship Centre, toll-free at 1.877.563.4844.
BC Aboriginal Student Awards
The Irving K. Barber BC Scholarship Society is offering awards of $1,000 - $3,500 for Aboriginal learners. The program is open to BC residents of Aboriginal ancestry who have been active in their school or community and are planning to study in:
- An approved trades training or apprenticeship program,
- A certificate or diploma program, or
- An undergraduate or graduate degree program.
To apply or for more information about this award, visit: http://www.bcscholarship.ca/ Application Deadline: May 15 each year.
E-Directory of Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards for Aboriginal Students
FNESC, FNSA & INAC
The First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) and the First Nations Schools Association (FNSA) are once again responsible for funding from Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) for the New Paths for Education program. Please visit their website: http://www.fnesc.ca/or call 604.925.6087 or toll-free 1.877.422.3672 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
First Nations Advisor
If you have questions or require assistance while attending Kwantlen Polytechnic University, please contact the First Nations Education Coordinator, Darlene Willier at 604.599.2269 or email email@example.com
Aboriginal Emergency Assistance Fund
Through a generous one-time contribution from the Ministry of Advanced Education Innovation and Technology, Kwantlen Polytechnic University has established the Aboriginal Emergency Assistance Fund to help Aboriginal students who are facing financial barriers. Please see the Aboriginal Services Office website for more information.
Homeowner Protection Office Bursary
The Homeowner Protection Office has generously provided a $60,000 contribution over a three year period to support both a bursary and scholarship program ($40,000 and $20,000 respectively). The program is geared to those students enrolled in one of the following programs who are either Aboriginal and/or those with low income:
For further information, please speak to a Financial Aid Officer on any campus.