Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards


Aboriginal Student Awards

Click Here to find out more about awards available through Financial Aid & Awards
Okanagan College offers up to $50,000 annually to support Aboriginal Students



1.  AANDC Aboriginal Bursaries Search Tool

The Aboriginal Bursaries Search Tool is a searchable list of more than 750 bursaries, scholarships and incentives across Canada.

2.   Indspire Awards

The Indspire awards used to be known as 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 Indspire awards have disbursed over $32 million to over 8400 recipients since its inception. Indspire offers financial assistance (scholarships and bursaries) through three major categories: Post-Secondary Education, Fine Arts and Cultural Projects and Health Careers.

3.  Irving K. Barber 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.

4. Assistance for Former Children and Youth in Care

Provincial Tuition Waiver Program

Starting in September 2017, students who are attending or planning to attend a BC public post-secondary institution may be eligible for this tuition waiver program.  Click on the link above for more information on eligibility criteria and application form.

Youth Education Assistant Fund

Full-time students who were adopted or in foster care as children as children may be eligible for this grant.  Click the link above for more information on the eligibility criteria and application form.

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

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, Jewell Gillies at 250-762-5445 ext. 4498 or