First Nations House can help students in learning about and accessing the wide array of scholarships and grants available to undergraduate and graduate students. The majority of the Aboriginal scholarships and bursaries are based on financial need, although some awards and college bursaries are academic achievement and community contribution-based. Aboriginal students encountering any financial difficulties are encouraged to seek assistance from the Financial Aid Counsellor as early as possible.
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to join the First Nations House listserv and find out about Aboriginal awards, scholarships, and bursaries
University of Toronto Advance Planning for Students (UTAPS)
All Canadian citizens and permanent residents in receipt of OSAP will be automatically considered for UTAPS grant assistance in the fall. Those in receipt of government assistance from other Canadian provinces or territories or those in receipt of other government funding should contact Admissions and Awards for a UTAPS application. Additional information is available at on the University's financial aid website.
Available to all Aboriginal students studying full-time and part-time at the undergraduate level. Awards are based on financial need. Application is available at First Nations House or
To be awarded to Aboriginal students studying full-time at the U of T (TYP, undergraduate) on the basis of financial need and Ontario residency. Preference is given to applicants who can demonstrate a contribution to the Aboriginal community through volunteerism and involvement with First Nations House and/or the Native Student’s Association.
Downloadable Application at
Awarded to a Canadian Inuit or Aboriginal student from the North West Territories or Moosonee area who is entering or registered in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, Architecture Programs in the Faculty of Arts and Science or Wycliffe College. To be awarded to a student who is a member of Scouts Canada, on the basis of scouting service and experience.
Open to Aboriginal Students Registered at Victoria College, University of Toronto. To be awarded to students of Aboriginal Ancestry who have completed first, second or third year with high standing (GPA 3.30+). Financial need must be demonstrated.
Contact Victoria College Registrar at: email@example.com
To be awarded to Métis students registered and enrolled at the University of Toronto who demonstrate financial need.
The award will be given to students of Aboriginal ancestry (Status, Non-Status, Metis, Inuit) the recipient will be selected on the basis of academic achievement, and previous and/or intended contribution to the Aboriginal community. Student must be studying full-time and involved in course work.
To be awarded to an undergraduate Aboriginal student entering his/her second, third, or fourth year of study. To be eligible, the student must be registered in an undergraduate program and have obtained at least second class honour standing in his/her previous year. Financial status may be considered.
To be awarded on the recommendation of the Office of Aboriginal Student Services and Programs, to Aboriginal students studying full/part-time at the University of Toronto on the basis of financial need and Ontario residency as defined by the OTSS program conditions. Preference will be given to applicants who can demonstrate a contribution to the Aboriginal community through volunteerism and involvement with the Native Students' Association
Open to Aboriginal students enrolled in the Transitional Year Programme. Students must be in good academic standing, demonstrate financial need and will be continuing with their academic studies at the University of Toronto.
This scholarship is awarded to an outstanding first-year Woodsworth College student who is of Aboriginal background and is studying full-time in the social sciences or humanities. Recipients must have been identified as having financial need, be Ontario residents and not be receiving band funding. This award is renewable for 4
years contingent on the student enrolling full-time and maintaining a grade-point
average of 3.0 until graduation.
Preference will be given to Aboriginal students enrolled in any science-related discipline on the basis of financial need. If no suitable candidates can be found, consideration will be given to Aboriginal students in any discipline on the basis of financial need. Deadline: November 30th.
To be awarded to Aboriginal students studying full-time at the U of T (graduate and second-entry programs) on the basis of financial need and Ontario residency. Preference is given to applicants who can demonstrate a contribution to the Aboriginal community through volunteerism and involvement with First Nations House and/or the Native Student’s Association.
Downloadable Application at www.adm.utoronto.ca/awards/university-of-toronto-award-competitions/dr-lillian-mcgregor-aboriginal-award-of-excellence/
The late Colonel F.A. Tilston established admission scholarships for students entering First Year Pharmacy, with the highest admission index, and who have not won an admission award of greater value. One of these scholarships will be awarded to an aboriginal student. Colonel Tilston was a 1929 Pharmacy graduate and retired president and chief executive officer of Sterling Drug Ltd. He was the first University of Toronto graduate (and the 9th Canadian) to win the Victoria Cross, the highest Commonwealth award of wartime honour, in World War II.
Contact Faculty of Pharmacy (416) 978-2889
Operated by Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC), the June Callwood Program in Aboriginal Law provides up to two summer fellowships of $10,000 each for law students to work with community organizations on aboriginal legal issues.
For more information, contact PBSC at 416-946-0143 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The award will be given to First Nations students of aboriginal ancestry (Status, Non-Status, Metis, Inuit) The recipient will be selected on the basis of academic achievement, and previous and/or intended contribution to the native community. Student must be studying full-time and involved in course work.
The scholarships will be awarded to aboriginal students studying in any of the health professional programs, undergraduate or graduate, on the basis of financial need, academic merit and demonstrated community leadership skills.
To be awarded to Aboriginal students, including Status, Non-Status, Metis and Inuit students, enrolled in graduate programs at the master’s or doctoral level, and second-entry professional programs. All Aboriginal students in these programs are eligible to apply, full-time and part-time, with preference given to those students who demonstrate financial need.
One award to a registered M.S.W. or Ph. D. Aboriginal student based on proven scholastic ability. Financial need may be a consideration students contact Registrar's Office at Faculty of Social Work for more information 416-978-6314 or www.socialwork.utoronto.ca
To be awarded to a MSW or PhD student on the basis of financial need and demonstrated academic achievement at the Faculty of Social Work. Perference to be given to an Aboriginal student in community practice or to a student from Africa, Asia, or Latin America. Contact the Registrar's Office at Social Work for more information at 416-978-6314 or www.socialwork.utoronto.ca
To be awarded to Aboriginal students registered in the M.S.W. Program at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, on the basis of financial need. This award is intended for students in the Advanced Aboriginal Practice Initiative Program (AAPI). Contact the Registrar's Office at Social Work for more information at 416-978-6314 or www.socialwork.utoronto.ca
To be awarded to an Aboriginal student(s) or a student(s) working with Aboriginal Communities who is registered in the MSW or PhD Program at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work.
Contact the Registrar's Office at Social Work for more information 416-978-6314 or www.socialwork.utoronto.ca.
Awarded to a full-time M.S.W. or PhD student at the Faculty of Social Work on the basis of financial need and demonstrated academic achievement. Preference will be given to an Aboriginal student(s). Contact the Registrar's Office at Social Work for more information at 416-978-6314 or www.socialwork.utoronto.ca
This award is open to self-identified Aboriginal students whoare enrolled in the Master of Information program. It is open to all Aboriginal candidates (First Nations, Métis, or Inuit). This award is based on academic merit. Previous and intended contributions to his/her community will be considered with preference given to new applicants. The value of the award is $8000 - $10,000
The scholarship, with a value of $12,000, will be awarded annually to an Aboriginal student who will be registered on a full-time basis in a graduate degree program at OISE. This award is open to all Aboriginal candidates (Inuit, status or non-status First Nation, Métis) at OISE with preference given to new applicants. The recipient will be selected on the basis of academic merit and previous and intended contributions to his/her community. Application deadline is March 15, 2013.
An endowed fund established through the Estate of Roman Paduch, to be awarded to an Aboriginal student on admission to the Faculty of Law or the Faculty of Medicine. The student will be considered on the basis of financial need, and demonstrated contribution, commitment and interest in the native community. For information contact First Nations House
This award is open to Canadian Aboriginal students (status, non-status, Metis as defined by the Federal Government) entering or attending an undergraduate, graduate or postgraduate program in the Faculty of Dentistry, and is to assist with the costs incurred in dental education not covered by federal grants to aboriginal students. Renewal of the award for the duration of the program is dependent on maintenance of satisfactory standing. Up to four awards will be made each year.
Indspire is an organization that offers financial awards to First Nations (status and non-status), Inuit and Metis students through four programs: the Fine Arts Bursary Awards, the Post-Secondary Education Bursary Awards, The Aboriginal Heath Careers, the Oil and Gas Trades and Technology Bursary and Scholarships, the Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres "Strong Women" Scholarship, the George Blondin Aboriginal Scholarship, and the Louise Moran - National Media Scholarship.
The Aboriginal Bursary Search Tool is a searchable list of more than 750 bursaries, scholarhsips, and incentives across Canada offered by governments, universities and colleges, [rivate and public companies, individual Canadians, organizations, and others.
This program was developed to recognize academic excellence and commitment to community by aboriginal students from Ontario who are pursuing the following designations:
Two awards of $5,000 each will be awarded to students enrolled in a graduate or professional university program. Two awards of $2,500 each will be awarded to students having completed at least one year of post-secondary education for studies at a community college or university.
The All Aboriginal Canadians (First Nations, Metis, and Inuit) who have resumed studies after a minimum of twelve months out of school and who have completed one full year of studies are eligible to apply.