Funding, Scholarships and Awards for Indigenous Students

Lori Budge with an Indigenous female graduate

Paying for your college education can be challenging. But the Indigenous Education & Services team is here to help you wade through the waters of financial assistance at George Brown College.

There are a number of assistance options available to Indigenous students, including grants, bursaries, scholarships and awards, some of which are listed below.

For more information and assistance with any funding, scholarship or awards applications please contact Jolene May at indigenous.services@georgebrown.ca 416-415-5000 ext. 3969.

Funding

First Nations

You may be eligible to receive financial assistance for the cost of your tuition fees, books and living allowances. If interested, you should contact your post-secondary education office within your First Nation to receive the necessary forms and policies (most are online).

Métis

The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) offers a range of support and services for the educational success of all Métis across Ontario. Recognizing the absence of dedicated post-secondary financial assistance for Métis students, MNO initiated a bursary program in 1998. The investments were made at 32 colleges and universities. Contact the financial aid office for more information.

Contact the Métis Nation of Ontario for more information on scholarships and bursaries.

Inuit

Inuit students who have been residing outside of the Northwest Territories or Nunavut for 12 consecutive months could be eligible for funding through the Post-Secondary Student Support Program. Inuit students residing in these territories are eligible for funding support from their respective territorial governments.

Eligible Inuit students seeking more information on how to apply for available funding for post-secondary education should contact Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. Here you will find a link to the Inuit Post-Secondary funding application.

Scholarships and Awards

While many Indigenous students may be eligible for post-secondary education funding through their respective band, additional educational funding may be required. Here are a few websites to help you get started:

  • George Brown College’s financial aid office offers numerous scholarships and awards
  • Indspire – helps thousands of Indigenous students complete their education (http://indspire.ca)
  • AMMSA – Indigenous Scholarship Guide
  • CN Scholarships – Through their Scholarships Program, CN offers grants to support the post-secondary education of best-in-class students enrolled in programs relevant to CN's core business wards.
  • Colin Wasacase Scholarship – for students in the field of counselling
  • Hydro One student awards and scholarships – As part of their enduring commitment to increasing the representation of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit (FNMI) employees throughout their operations, Hydro One is actively engaged in encouraging and investing in students interested in careers within the electricity sector.
  • Miziwe Biik Indigenous Employment and Training – you may be eligible for monthly transportation costs (TTC), bursaries, books and supplies. Visit the website for more information.

Other bursaries and awards include:

  • Indigenous Student Bursary
  • Union Local 556 Bursary
  • Alfred Eli Bursary
  • Métis Student Award
  • Aditya Jha Indigenous Studies Awards

Contact our staff for more information on the application process for these awards and bursaries. The form to apply for student awards can be found here.