Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards


Aboriginal Student Awards

Use this link to Financial Aid to search a list of all the awards available and instructions on how to apply.

Financial Aid & Awards



1. Youth Educational Assistance Fund for Former Youth in Care

The youth educational assistance fund for former youth in care provides grants to full-time students who were adopted or in foster care as children. Please refer to the Student Aid BC website for eligibility criteria and application forms.

2. National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation

The National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation (NAAF) has grown and evolved into the largest non-governmental funding body for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis post secondary students across Canada. Bursary and scholarship awards are provided to over 600 First Nations, Inuit, and Métis student annually across a diverse range of disciplines. In total, the NAAF has disbursed over $32 million to over 8400 recipients since its inception. The NAAF offers financial assistance (scholarships and bursaries) through three major categories: Post-Secondary Education, Fine Arts and Cultural Projects and Health Careers. For more information on the types of awards, eligibility criteria and application forms please refer to:

3. BC Aboriginal Student Award

The BC Aboriginal Student Award was established in 2008 as part of the Provincial Government's strategy to improve Aboriginal access and achievement. Its purpose is to support Aboriginal people in getting post-secondary education by reducing financial barriers.

The Scholarship Society administers the program in partnership with the Victoria Foundation. Awards of $1,000 - $3,500 are available for Aboriginal people pursuing post-secondary education that is at least nine weeks long.

To apply go to

Most of the following websites have extensive listings for Aboriginal scholarships, bursaries and awards:

AANDC Aboriginal Bursaries Search Tool

External Aboriginal Awards

Aboriginal Multi-Media Society's (AMMSA) Guide to Bursaries and Scholarships

If there are any links that you would like to see added to this page, please contact Anthony Isaac at 250.762.5445 ext. 4322 or at