Financial Support

The Horatio Alger Jim Pattison British Columbia Scholarship Program

IAHLA and FNESC have been informed of a new scholarship opportunity. The Horatio Alger Jim Pattison British Columbia Scholarship Program is named in honour of Canadian business icon Jim Pattison — an International Horatio Alger Award recipient, and thus, a Member of the Association.

New Scholarship Opportunity – Chief Joe Mathias BC Aboriginal Scholarship Fund

IAHLA and FNESC have been informed of a new scholarship opportunity. The Chief Joe Mathias BC Aboriginal Scholarship Fund is now accepting applications. Eligible applicants are members of a BC First Nation enrolled in post-secondary education. Completed application are due June 15, 2014.
Contact information: 

For more information, email


2014 Dr. Jacob Mckay Awards – now accepting applications

Adult Aboriginal students are invited to apply for one of four $1,000 awards to support their education. The Dr. Jacob McKay Awards are provided by the Indigenous Adult & Higher Learning Assoication (IAHLA), which is a non-profit, independent society that supports the growth of the Aboriginal-controlled adult education and post-secondary institutes of British Columbia. These awards are open to Aboriginal students who have attended an IAHLA institute and will either be continuing at the IAHLA institute or attending a BC public institution in the fall of 2014. Application deadline: March 7, 2014
Contact information: 

Apply by email, mail or fax to:
Dr. Jacob McKay Awards Committee
c/o Indigenous Adult & Higher Learning Association (IAHLA)
Suite #113 – 100 Park Royal South
West Vancouver, BC V7T 1A2
Fax: 604-925-6097

New Scholarship Opportunity

IAHLA and FNESC have been informed of a new scholarship opportunity. Reliance Foundry, a company that makes cast metal and architectural products, has announced a new scholarship opportunity. Reliance Foundry is awarding $4,000 in scholarship prizes to students who submit presentations describing the functions bollards play in contemporary communities. This scholarship is open to students currently attending any post-secondary institute, in any program. It is also open to students in the twelfth grade who will be transitioning directly to post-secondary in September 2014. For more information, and to find out what bollards are, click here. (

The Flatiron Graham Aboriginal Scholarship

 The Flatiron Graham Aboriginal Scholarship  Posted date: October 30, 2013

New Relationship Trust Bursary Program

IAHLA and FNESC have been informed that the second call for New Relationship Trust  Bursaries is now open. NRT Bursaries are available to First Nation students pursuing a  post-secondary education from a recognized institution. Bursaries are awarded to  students pursuing trades certificates and diplomas. Funds are awarded on a first come  first serve basis until funds are exhausted. For more information and an application  form, visit

Canada Post Aboriginal Incentives Awards Application

IAHLA and FNESC have been informed that Canada Post Aboriginal Awards Program for the 2013 / 2014 academic year is now accepting applications. The Canada Post Awards recognize students who have returned to school after a gap in attendance. Eligible students have completed one full year of studies since returning. This award is available to students in all types of post-secondary education and training, as long as students are enrolled in a multi-year program. For more information and an application form, visit Deadline: August 31, 2013

Shore Davis Johnston Award Application

 IAHLA and FNESC have been informed that the Shore Davis Johnston Award Program for the 2013 / 2014 academic year is now accepting applications. The Shore Davis Johnston Award recognizes a student registered in the Faculty of Law at an accredited Canadian university who demonstrates an understanding of current criminal issues in Canada by answering the following question in approximately 1000 words:

Norman Taylor Memorial - Aboriginal Financial Management Scholarship and Bursary Program

IAHLA and FNESC have been informed that the Norman Taylor Memorial Scholarship and Bursary Program for the 2013 / 2014 academic year is now accepting applications. Bursaries are available to Aboriginal students attending university or college as a full-time student in an academic program such as Business Administration, Business Management, Accounting, Commerce and/or other finance related programs. Bursaries are open to AFOA Canada members and non-members. Four bursaries in the amount of $1,000 each will be awarded. Professional Development Scholarships are available to AFOA Canada members who wish to take AFOA Canada's online courses for the Certified Aboriginal Financial Management (CAFM) Program, Certified Aboriginal Professional Administrator (CAPA) Program or Professional Development courses, or to attend AFOA's National Conference. The Professional Development Scholarship is intended to offset full registration costs for AFOA courses and/or registration and travel related costs to attend the National Conference (February 2014 in Halifax, NS). Two applicants who wish to enrol in one on-line AFOA course will receive scholarships with a value of up to $800 each. Two applicants who wish to attend the AFOA National Conference will receive scholarships that include conference registration (value up to $800) and travel related costs (up to $2,000). The deadline for applications is July 26, 2013.


KPMG 2013 Aboriginal Student Awards Application

KPMG 2013 Aboriginal Student Awards Application IAHLA and FNESC have been informed that the KPMG Aboriginal Scholarship Program for the 2013 / 2014 academic year is now accepting applications. There is the opportunity for Aboriginal students enrolled in a post-secondary institution and pursuing studies in business or First Nations financial management to receive one of five scholarships valued at $1,500 each. The scholarship program is designed to recognize the Aboriginal community and offer financial assistance to Aboriginal students from across Canada. The deadline for applications is July 15, 2013.

Aboriginal Scholarships offered by Flatiron-Graham JV

Aboriginal Scholarships offered by Flatiron-Graham JV. The application deadline for this round of scholarships is May 6, 2013 by 3:00 pm. All scholarship requirements and eligible communities for the scholarships have been attached along with the application form. For any inquiries; please contact Gaylene Degroot at
Flatiron-Graham JV

BC Aboriginal Student Awards 2013 Applications Now Being Accepted

The Irving K. Barber Scholarship Society is now accepting applications for the 2013 BC Aboriginal Student Awards. Please see: for more information


Announcement - BC Hydro Aboriginal Scholarships (Deadline 15 April 2013)

BC Hydro

BC Hydro is proud to support education and skill development in B.C.'s Aboriginal communities. We are committed to developing a diverse and inclusive workforce which is representative of the communities we serve.Aboriginal scholarships are awarded to selected B.C. Aboriginal students currently enrolled in a full-time post-secondary institution or students in Grade 12 planning to pursue a full-time public post-secondary education within Canada. BC Hydro offers the following scholarships:

CN Diversity Scholarships

CN is proud to recognize and encourage educational excellence. Through its recently revised Scholarships Program, CN will offer grants to support the post-secondary education of women, military veterans and people of Aboriginal heritage in Canada. As part of this program, and to support its hiring needs, CN will sponsor these deserving, best-in-class students enrolled in programs relevant to CN’s core business. Selected students will be awarded a $3,000 scholarship, tenable for one academic year.

2013 BC Aboriginal Student & Teacher Education Awards

To apply, or get for more information about the awards, please visit the Society’s website at: The deadline to apply is April 5, 2013.

Awards of $1,000 - $5,000 are available to Aboriginal students enrolled in BC public post-secondary studies including trades, certificate, diploma, degree, master’s, doctoral, and teacher education programs. The program is targeted towards students who have been active in their school or community and are studying at a BC public post-secondary institution or Aboriginal-run institution.

Youth in Care Education Bursary 2013

he Youth in Care Bursary was established by Federation members in 2009, as a means to encourage young people to develop a career in our sector. The bursary program supports young people 25 or younger who either are or have been in care and who want to pursue post-secondary education towards a career in the social services, health or education fields. Students are welcome to apply over multiple years as we share a long-term interest in their studies and development into social service professionals. In its first year, the bursary program supported five young people with financial support for tuition, books and supplies as well as several computers. In 2010, the program grew to support 23 youth who received financial awards ranging from $250 to $2000! This program is possible because of the generosity of Federation members and agencies, and people like you who believe in the value of post-secondary education. See below for information about contributing and supporting the Bursary Program.

How to ApplyPlease see attached application forms for 2013.  The application deadline is May 3, 2013. Once completed, drop off, mail, or fax your application to:The Federation of Community Social Services of BCBursary Selection Committee2nd Floor, 526 Michigan Street  |  Victoria, BC  |  V8V 1S2 Email:  |  Fax: 250.480.7396 

Aboriginal Student Emergency Financial Assistance

In 2012/13, the Ministry of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology has provided each public post-secondary institution with funding to assist students who have urgent unforeseen financial needs that might prevent them from finishing the school year. This funding may be available to IAHLA students enrolled in programs delivered in partnership with a public post-secondary institution. Contact the Aboriginal Student Services at your institution for more information.

Please see the Ministry’s Aboriginal Post-Secondary Education, Student Resources webpage for more information: At the bottom of the page, click on the “Student Services” Tab for links to public post-secondary institution’s Aboriginal Students Services websites. Contact Naomi Adams ( if you have any further questions. 

National Aboriginal Bursaries Search Tool

The Aboriginal Bursaries Search Tool is a searchable list of more than 680 bursaries, scholarships and incentives across Canada, put together by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada. The majority of awards on this list are targeted directly at Aboriginal students but could vary by group such as First Nation, Metis or Inuit. Some awards are specific to a region, place of residence, a school or a field of study.
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC)

2013 FCSSBC Youth in Care Bursary

2013 FCSSBC Youth in Care Bursary

Law Society Scholarship

Law Society Aboriginal graduate students: The $12,000 annual award aims to enhance the retention of Aboriginal lawyers by supporting the development of Indigenous leaders and role models in the legal academic community. The first scholarship is expected to be available in 2013. More details about the scholarship and the application process and deadlines will be posted soon on the Society’s website.

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