Education

Southern Chiefs' Organization Scholarships

VICKAR AUTOMOTIVE GROUP & SCO EDUCATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP

Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO) and Vickar Automotive Group have launched a $50,000 endowed scholarship fund for First Nation students, called the Vickar Automotive Group Southern Chiefs’ Organization Educational Scholarship. Vickar Automotive contributed $25,000, matched by SCO, to establish the endowed fund administered through The Winnipeg Foundation.

Scholarships will be awarded every year to a student attending Yellowquill College and a student attending the Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology (MITT). The scholarship recipients must be a citizen of one of SCO’s 34 member First Nations. The recipients must also be active in their community, either contributing to their school community or the community-at-large.

The Vickar Automotive Group Southern Chiefs' Organization Educational  Scholarship will first be awarded in the 2021/2022 academic year.

If you wish to donate to this scholarship you can do so through The Winnipeg Foundation.


 

SCO & SCEDC SOUTHERN FIRST NATIONS SCHOLARSHIPS with INDSPIRE

Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO) and the Southern Chiefs’ Economic Development Corporation (SCEDC) thank the committed businesses, organizations and individuals that supported our third annual golf tournament in 2020. Through a partnership with Indspire, more than $42,000 in annual scholarships will be awarded to students from SCO-member communities.

Indspire is a national Indigenous registered charity that invests in the education of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people for the long term benefit of these individuals, their families and communities, and Canada.

These awards will be distributed to students who are citizens of one of the 34 southern First Nation communities with proven financial need and who are attending post-secondary institutions.


Impact of the 2019 CEDC Southern First Nations Scholarships:

Dylan Kensick
My name is Dylan Kensick, I am currently in year 4 at the University of Manitoba pursuing a Bachelor of Environmental Studies degree. After I graduate, I hope to work with different First Nations to help restore and/or mitigate environmental degradation wherever it is needed. I have recently been awarded a bursary that tremendously helped with my current financial situation. The awarded funds will help with the cost of living at my apartment in Winnipeg, different school expenses, ceremonial travel, and savings to build a house.

I am extremely grateful for this award and would like to thank SCEDC Southern First Nations Scholarship, Indspire, the Government of Canada, and other organizations or groups that work towards helping students for their generous support in helping me and other students during their journey in school and elsewhere. Thanks again/Chi-miigwetch!

Germaine Bear
Hello and let me begin by thanking you for the generous bursary! My name is Germaine Bear and I am an Indigenous single mother of two children from Peguis First Nation Reserve. I am studying at the University of Manitoba in the Masters of Social Work Based in Indigenous Knowledges. I love this program I am attending because a lot of it is applicable to my life as an Indigenous woman. Taking my Bachelor of Social Work taught me about colonization, but taking this program has deepened my knowledge on the many layers of colonization.

I am a helper and being in this program is allowing me to further my opportunities in how I can help my people. I am very grateful to be the recipient of this award. It has allowed me to pay back a portion of my student loan and my credit card, so I appreciate this award a lot. Having this award, especially over the Christmas holidays, has lessened my financial stress, allowing me to really enjoy my holidays away from school and focus on my time spent with my kids. I have attached a Christmas photo of myself and my two kids, Chloe and Ben.

Carmen Cook
I want to take the opportunity to personally thank you for selecting me as one of the recipients for the 2019 SCEDC Southern First Nations Scholarship! I am from Pinaymootang First Nation and I am a full-time student at the University College of the North in The Pas, Manitoba, where I am in my fourth year of the Bachelor of Arts and Education Integrated Program.

I currently reside in Swan River with my two children. For the past two years, I have been traveling to The Pas to attend classes, staying at the student residence during the week and coming home to Swan River where my children stay and attend school. Receiving this bursary has helped my family immensely because not only do I pay for a dorm room, but I also continue to pay for mine and my children’s home. I am very grateful to have received this bursary. It has helped with the costs of travel and school residence fees. Thanks again for your generous support!

Clarence Mckay
My name is Clarence Mckay and I am currently enrolled in the Indigenous Applied Plumbing Installation Program at Assiniboine Community College in Dauphin, Manitoba. Upon completion of my program, I will be well on my way to becoming a Level One Plumber.

Being awarded this bursary will go a long way in helping me purchase the tools and materials that I need for when I enter the workforce and will support myself and my family. I am grateful for being chosen for this award.

Going forward, I plan to continue in the plumbing trade to achieve my apprenticeship hours and further my education in my chosen field. Thank you for your most generous support!

 


FINANCIAL HELP FOR POST-SECONDARY STUDENTS

There are several options for post-secondary students to receive financial help including from post-secondary institutions themselves, government scholarships as well as from scholarship-focused organizations.

We have compiled a list to help your search for scholarship, bursary and award options for First Nation post-secondary students:

Aboriginal Education Awards

The Business Council of Manitoba is committed to helping Aboriginal students attend university or community college. Since the program was launched in 2001, in partnership with the governments of Manitoba and Canada, more than 2400 awards totalling close to $6,000,000 have been presented.

If you are of Aboriginal ancestry, you are eligible to apply for a Business Council of Manitoba Aboriginal Education Award provided you meet the following criteria;

  • You are a citizen of Canada and a permanent resident of Manitoba, having resided in Manitoba for the last 12 months
  • You plan to enroll in one of the recognized and authorized Manitoba post-secondary institutions in the upcoming academic year, in any discipline (trades, business, general studies, science, etc.)
  • You maintain fulltime status (at least a 60% course load)
  • You are in need of financial assistance

Deadlines for applications is March 31, 2021.

Indspire's Building Brighter Futures: Bursaries, Scholarships, and Awards (BBF) program opens doors through education.

Since 2004, Indspire has provided over $115 million in financial support to more than 37,500 First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students. All Building Brighter Futures donations are matched by the Government of Canada, allowing the organization to double the impact for students.

Deadlines for all Indspire Bursaries, Scholarships and Awards are August 1 at 11:59pm PT, November 1 at 11:59pm PT, and February 1 at 11:59pm PT every year.


The Vincent Design Scholarship Fund, through Indspire, provides educational funding to Indigenous Youth pursuing post secondary studies in graphic design and related programs. Every student’s story is different, but the financial gap for many under-served Indigenous Youth is still apparent. The Fund aims to reduce barriers to educational success for Indigenous youth while encouraging their future careers and contributions in the visual arts.

Vincent Design, an Indigenous-led creative marketing company in Winnipeg, helps organizations of all stripes and sizes achieve greater impact with fresh approaches to graphic design and visual identity.

For more information about the scholarship visit Vincent Design Scholarship Fund.

This innovative program provides an opportunity for current and former youth in care to attend post-secondary education. Established in 2012 at the University of Winnipeg, now nine participating colleges and universities in Manitoba offer support to current and former youth in care. Tuition waiver recipients may be eligible to apply for living supports from the province to cover the cost of books and supplies, transportation and housing while attending a post-secondary institution. The institutions currently offering tuition waivers include:

 

  • Assiniboine Community College
  • Brandon University
  • Booth College
  • Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology
  • Red River College
  • University College of the North
  • University of Manitoba
  • University of St. Boniface
  • University of Winnipeg

For more information visit the Futures Forward Tuition Waivers webpage.

Use the Indigenous Bursaries Search Tool to search through over 600 bursaries, scholarships, and incentives across Canada, offered by governments, universities and colleges, private and public companies, individual Canadians, organizations ,and others focused on Indigenous students.

Click on the name of the bursary to view more information about the award including a description, value, institution, deadline (if applicable), and contact information.

Scholarships Canada is an online tool that helps students find access to scholarships all over Canada.

The website lists all relevant scholarships and bursaries. We endeavour to update each listing on an annual basis. Students are matched to scholarships and bursaries when they create an account.

Student Awards is an online tool that helps students find and access scholarships all over Canada.

Student Awards sends new awards right to students’ inboxes every week. In addition, Student Awards is a part of the Yconic network, giving students easy access to resources for evaluating campuses, choosing the right school, and getting their questions answered.

Assiniboine Community College

Each year, Assiniboine students receive over $300,000 in the form of scholarships and bursaries. Scholarships are based on multiple criteria, such as academic achievement, school or community involvement, and athletics. Bursaries are based primarily on financial need.

Brandon University

You can view details on all of the scholarships, bursaries, and other awards available at BU in their searchable database.  In 2017-18, BU awarded over $2.2 million in scholarships & bursaries.

Red River College

Last year, Red River College administered awards, bursaries, and scholarships totaling more than $2.9 million to help students achieve their academic goals. These awards are intended to support students who have shown outstanding abilities in academic or vocational areas and/or are in need of financial assistance.

The College’s Awards and Financial Aid Office provides a number of support services for students, including information on financial assistance programs available to Manitoba students.

University of Manitoba

The University of Manitoba issues more than $17 million to students each year in the form of scholarships and bursaries. Find out how you can access funding so you can focus on your studies.

University of Winnipeg

Financial assistance is administered through the University of Winnipeg's Awards & Financial Aid Office. They provide a comprehensive program of scholarships, awards, prizes and bursaries.

The University of Winnipeg provided over $5.7 million in scholarships, awards and bursaries in 2018-2019 to assist students with their direct education costs. The University also administers over $15 million in annual assistance from Government Student Aid Programs.

 

Student Aid

The Government of Canada and the Manitoba Government both have options for grants and student loans:

The Government of Canada offers student grants and loans to full-time and part-time students. Grants and loans help students pay for their post-secondary education.

  • apply for grants and loans in one application, directly with your province of residence
  • you don't need to repay grants you receive
  • you need to repay loans after finishing school, with interest
  • you may be eligible for more than 1 type of grant - when you apply with your province, they will assess your eligibility for all available grants

The Manitoba Student Aid program provides loans, grants, and bursaries to Manitobans who need help paying for school.

Student loans are calculated based on financial need and are meant to supplement, not replace, your own resources. Just because you apply for a student loan does not mean you'll get one, and just because you get one does not mean you will get the maximum amount.

If you do get a student loan, you don't have to make payments or pay interest on it while you are a full-time student.

When you apply to Manitoba Student Aid, you become eligible for loans and grants, not only from Manitoba Student Aid, but also from the Canada Student Loans Program.

When you receive and repay your student loans, you deal with both lenders separately.

Canada Learning Bond

The Canada Learning Bond (CLB) is money that the government will give to the Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) of an eligible child. You don’t personally need to contribute anything to your child’s RESP to receive the grant, you simply need to open an RESP account for your child. The Government of Canada then deposits money directly into an eligible child's RESP account to help parents save for their child's education after high school. It can add to any band funding your child receives.

The government will contribute up to $2,000 in total to an RESP for each eligible child. Eligibility is based on the number of eligible children in the family and the adjusted income of the primary parent/caregiver. The adjusted income includes the income of a cohabiting spouse or common-law partner. 

The CLB contributes $500 the first year your child is eligible, and $100 each year after that your child remains eligible (up until and including the year they turn 15).  Money in your child’s RESP can be used to pay for full-time or part-time apprenticeship programs, trade schools, colleges, or universities after high school.

To apply, you’ll need your child’s birth certificate to get a Social Insurance Number (SIN) number, and then you will need to open a RESP to put the funds into. You have up until your child is 21 to apply for the grant, and it’s retroactive which means that you’ll receive the full amount your child was entitled to in any past eligible years.

 


First Nations Education

FIRST NATION POST-SECONDARY INSTITUTION

Yellowquill College

Yellowquill College has provided First Nations control of First Nations education for almost 36 years, under the governance of the Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council.  Yellowquill College is accredited by the National Indigenous Accreditation Board and the World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium. More than 2,500 students have graduated.

Yellowquill College currently offers:

  • Mature Student High School Diploma program offered in Winnipeg and delivered in First Nation communities to prepare students for studies at the post-secondary level
  • Employment Training including certificates and diplomas in Business, Certified Aboriginal Financial Management, First Nation Management and Administration, Certified Aboriginal Management, First Nation Community Management, First Nation Child and Family Services, and First Nation Community Health to prepare students directly for the workforce
  • Workshops including computer training, human resource training, case management and management studies as well as upgrading programs are delivered in First Nation communities to provide needed basic skills
  • Professional development and work-related training to enrich the skills of First Nation and other employees

FIRST NATION HIGH SCHOOL

South East Collegiate

Southeast Collegiate serves as a campus for First Nations students during the school year – educating them in a new state of the art school facility and housing them in the adjoining lodge.


FIRST NATION EDUCATION RESOURCES

Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre

The Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre Inc. (MFNERC) provides the province’s leading education, administration, technology, language and culture services to First Nations schools in Manitoba. .

Professional development training is provided for school board members, administrators, teachers and teaching assistants. MFNERC works in partnership with Manitoba First Nations to ensure the highest standards of education are achieved in First Nations schools.