Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards for Indigenous students

This section is specifically for Indigenous students.

Please read the instructions carefully to confirm whether an application is required.

Items marked with an asterisk (*) are administered by the University of Victoria Foundation.

Students may be considered for the following bursaries by completing the general bursary application. Only one application is necessary to be considered for all bursaries.

The bursaries below are open to First Nations status/non-status, Inuit or Métis students.

Ethel Clark Entrance Bursary*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies 

One or more bursaries are awarded to Aboriginal students entering the University of Victoria.

Frank Wing Memorial Bursary*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies 

One or more bursaries to be given to students of minority ancestral groups, entering or continuing at the University of Victoria.  Preference given to students of aboriginal or Asian ancestry.

Jessie L. and Frederic R. Sherwood First Nations Assistance Bursary*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or more bursaries are awarded to First Nations students entering or continuing in any program of study at the University of Victoria.  Preference is given to students in the Faculty of Law.

The Joyce Family Foundation Bursary for Indigenous Students*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or more bursaries are awarded to undergraduate students at the University of Victoria. Preference will be given to Indigenous students who have graduated from high school within the last five years, and have not qualified for funding from their First Nation Band or an Indigenous organization.  Applicants must be Canadian citizens or have permanent resident status. 

This award is renewable and elible recipients may apply for the award in subsequent years.

Michele Pujol Bursary in Women's Studies*

Value: Varies | Number: 1

A bursary is awarded to a female 3rd or 4th year student in the Department of Women’s Studies.  Preference will be given to a lesbian, woman of a visible minority or an aboriginal woman.

Rosy and Steven Chan Memorial Bursary*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or more bursaries to be given  to students of minority ancestral groups entering or continuing at the University of Victoria.  Preference will be given to students of Aboriginal or Asian Ancestry.

Trudy Usher Bursary*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or more bursaries are awarded to Indigenous students who are entering or continuing the School of Social Work at the University of Victoria

Visual Arts Auction Bursary*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or more bursaries are awarded to students entering or continuing in a Visual Arts program.  Preference will be given to students of First Nations heritage for at least one of every four bursary assignments.

Students must apply to be considered for the entrance scholarships below, which are based on marks and other criteria such as academic achievement and volunteer and community work. All UVic entrance scholarships require a minimum 85% admission average, unless otherwise specified in the terms of reference of the scholarship. 

The scholarships below:

  • are open to First Nations status/non-status, Inuit or Métis students.
  • require an online application via My Page submitted between February 15 - May 1, unless otherwise stated in the Terms of Awards.
  • are governed by the general regulations for scholarships, medals, and prizes.

Please see the eligibility section and click on the category that describes the type of student you are for details on how to apply.

C.H. Dowling Memorial Award*

Value:  $500 | Number: 1

A scholarship of $500 is awarded to a First Nations student who is a resident of British Columbia and who is entering the University of Victoria directly from a BC secondary school, college, or university.  Preference will be given to a student entering the Faculty of Humanities or the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Dr. J. Donald Rowlatt Entrance Scholarship

Value: Varies | Number: 1

A scholarship is awarded to a BC secondary school student entering first year at UVic and who has been granted admission to the Faculty of Business. Preference will be given to an aboriginal student.

HSBC Bank of Canada Aboriginal Award*

Value: Varies | Number: 1

One award is given to a first year undergraduate Aboriginal student entering from an Indigenous Adult and Higher Learning Association (IAHLA) Centre. If there are no eligible IAHLA applicants, Aboriginal students transitioning from a First Nations community will be considered. Students must have demonstrated community or leadership involvement.

Norah and Calvin Banks Science Scholarship*

Value: Varies | Number: 1

An entrance scholarship is awarded to an academically outstanding undergraduate Indigenous student in the Faculty of Science.

Robert and Audrey Harry Indigenous Scholarship in Nursing

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or more scholarships are awarded to academically outstanding Indigenous undergraduate students in the School of Nursing.

Applications from students are not required for scholarships listed in this section.

The scholarships below are open to First Nations status/non-status, Inuit or Métis students.

Unless otherwise indicated in the Terms of Awards, recipients are selected by the Senate Committee on Awards upon the recommendations of the relevant department.

These scholarships are governed by the general regulations for scholarships, medals, and prizes.

Scholarships marked with an asterisk (*) are administered by the University of Victoria Foundation.

Aborginal Graduate Scholarship in Economics

Value: $1,000 | Number: 1

A scholarship of $1,000 is awarded to an Aboriginal Graduate student entering the Department of Economics.  If there is no eligible Graduate Student then the scholarship will be awarded to an Aboriginal undergraduate student entering the Department of Economics.

Allison Osler Entrance Scholarship*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or more scholarships are awarded to academically outstanding Indigenous women entering the Faculty of Law.

Carolyn E. and Robert J. McCormick Aboriginal Entrance Scholarship

Value: $9,000 | Number: 1

A scholarship of $9,000 is awarded to an Aboriginal undergraduate student entering the Faculty of Law J.D. program who has demonstrated academic excellence.  Nomination of the student recipient will be made by the Faculty of Law.

Chief Michael A. Underwood Memorial Scholarship*

Value: Varies | Number: 1

A scholarship is awarded to a native student who has completed second year of the J.D. program and has contributed to the life of the Faculty of Law and the native community.

Christopher S. Johnson Scholarship

Value: Varies | Number: 1

A scholarship is awarded to a second or third year aboriginal student in the Faculty of Law. Preference is given to a student who is enrolled in the Law Centre program or has shown interest in criminal law and who has worked or is still working in aboriginal communities or other community organizations.

Crabtree Family Entrance Scholarship

Value: Varies | Number: 1

One entrance scholarship is awarded to an academically outstanding undergraduate student entering the Faculty of Law J.D. program. Preference will be given to an Indigenous student born in Canada.

Eloise Spitzer Scholarship for Indigenous Women

Value: Varies | Number: 1

A scholarship is awarded to an Indigenous, female student in her 2nd or 3rd year of the Faculty of Law J.D. program who has persevered through challenging circumstances. Eligible students must be in good academic standing.  Nomination of student recipient will be made by the Faculty of Law.

Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP Indigenous Entrance Scholarship

Value: $1,500 | Number: 1

A scholarship of $1,500 is awarded to a student entering the JD program who self-identifies as Indigenous and has demonstrated community involvement. Preference will be given to a student with high academic achievement.

Keith B. Jobson Award

Value: Award | Number: 1

An award is presented to a student in the Faculty of Law who has demonstrated leadership, community interest or academic excellence in respect to aboriginal issues.

Phil Petersen Scholarship in Social Work

Value: $500 | Number: 1

A scholarship of $500 is awarded to an academically outstanding 3rd or 4th year undergraduate Indigenous student in the School of Social Work.

Ramona Williams Memorial Scholarship in Child and Youth Care

Value: $1,000 | Number: 1

A scholarship in the sum of $1,000 is awarded to an academically outstanding undergraduate Indigenous student in the School of Child and Youth Care.  Preference will be given to students from the Cowichan Nation.

Ramona Williams Memorial Scholarship in Social Work*

Value: $1,000 | Number: 1

A scholarship in the sum of $1,000 is awarded to an academically outstanding undergraduate Indigenous student in the School of Social Work.  Preference will be given to students from the Cowichan Nation.

Sylvia Brown Law Entrance Scholarship

Value: Varies | Number: 1

A scholarship is awarded to an Aboriginal student entering the Faculty of Law.  Preference will be given to a student who is a member of the Heiltsuk or Kitasoo or Nuxalk communities.

Thomas M. Hess Scholarship in Indigenous Language Revitalization*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or more scholarships are awarded to academically outstanding undergraduate Indigenous students in either the Faculty of Humanities or the Faculty of Education and who are enrolled in Indigenous Language courses or an Indigenous language program. Part-time students are eligible for this award. Selection of the recipient will be made by a committee formed by the Department of Linguistics and will include members from both faculties.

Tsi'tsu'wu'tul Award

Value: $500 | Number: 1

A $500 award is given to a graduating undergraduate or graduate Indigenous student who has overcome significant obstacles. The award is given out in both June and November and recipients will be honoured at the Indigenous Recognition Ceremonies. Recipients will be nominated by the Office of Indigenous Affairs.

Underlings Scholarship

Value: $1,000 | Number: 1

A $1,000 scholarship is awarded to an academically outstanding undergraduate student in the Department of Linguistics. Preference will be given to a student who is pursuing a concentration in Indigenous Languages.

Winona Wood Native Women's Student Scholarship in Law*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or more scholarships are awarded to outstanding native women students entering the Faculty of Law.

Applications are required for in-course scholarships listed in this section. These scholarships are governed by the general regulations for scholarships, medals, and prizes. The scholarships below are open to First Nations status/non-status, Inuit or Métis students.

Scholarships marked with an asterisk (*) are administered by the University of Victoria Foundation.

  • Unless stated otherwise, the application must be made through completion of the in-course scholarship application on My Page.
  • The deadline, unless stated otherwise, is May 31.
  • Some of the following awards may require a unique application process; please review the eligibility criteria and application instructions below for further information.

 

Anthany Dawson Award*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or more awards are given to Aboriginal Canadian full-time undergraduate or graduate students taking courses in a discipline related to justice in any of the following: Social Work, Child and Youth Care, Law, Political Science, Institute of Dispute Resolution, Indigenous Governmance. Students must have demonstrated community or leadership involvement. In the case of undergraduate students, selection of the recipients will be made by the Senate Committee on Awards upon the recommendation of the Office of Indigenous Affairs and in the case of graduate students, selection of the recipients will be made by the Graduate Admissions and Awards Committee upon the recommendation of the Office of Indigenous Affairs.

CFUW Victoria Doreen Sutherland Indigenous Scholarship in Faculty of HSD*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or more scholarships are awarded to academically outstanding undergraduate Indigenous women students in the Faculty of Human and Social Development.

CFUW Victoria Doreen Sutherland Scholarship in the School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

Two or more scholarships are awarded to academically outstanding undergraduate women students in the School of Exercise Science, Physical & Health Education, with preference given to an Indigenous student for one of the awards.  Selection of the recipients will be made by the Senate Committee on Awards upon the recommendation of the School of Exercise Science, Physical & Health Education within the Faculty of Education.

Elizabeth (Betty) Valentine Prangnell Scholarship*

Value: Varies | Number: 2

Two scholarships, to two students of different genders, are awarded to academically outstanding undergraduate Indigenous students majoring in Visual Arts. Preference will be given to students with an interest in indigenous visual art.

Howlers Rugby Award*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or more awards are given to undergraduate and graduate students of Indigenous descent who participate in the Vikes Men's or Women's Rugby program at the University of Victoria. Eligible students must meet all the U SPORTS eligibility requirements. Award recipients will be selected on the basis of work ethic, commitment and performance criteria by the Director of Athletics and Recreation in consultation with the Varsity Head Coaches and the Associate Director, Sport. Preference will be given to students who demonstrate community involvement.

John Michael Brownutt Scholarship*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or more scholarships are awarded to academically outstanding undergraduate Aboriginal (First Nation Status, Non-Status, Inuit or Métis) students at the University of Victoria.  Students must have demonstrated community involvement.  

Ida Halpern Music Scholarship*

Value: Varies | Number: 1

A scholarship is awarded to a student entering third or fourth year of study towards the Bachelor of Music degree.  Preference will be given to a student with an interest in first nations music of the West Coast.

Joyce Underwood Indigenous Undergraduate Student Scholarship in Social Sciences*

Value: Varies | Number: Up to 4

Up to four scholarships are awarded annually to Indigenous students, domestic or international, registered in an undergraduate program in the Faculty of Social Sciences. The Faculty of Social Sciences Awards and Recognition Committee will nominate the recipients. Recipients will be selected on the basis of their commitment to their education (50%) and their financial need (50%). Applicants must provide a letter describing their commitment to education and financial need. Commitment to education is defined broadly and can be demonstrated in a variety of ways including but not limited to personal academic performance or perseverance, or support for education in the community. The application will be available each year through the Student Awards and Financial Aid Office.

Mark Krasnick Leadership Award*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or more awards are given to third or fourth year First Nations students in the Faculty of Human & Social Development, the Faculty of Law or the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business, who demonstrates leadership in either the First Nations community or within the Faculty. Preference will be given to a British Columbia resident.

Norah and Calvin Banks Aboriginal Leadership Award in Sciences*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or more awards are given to undergraduate or graduate Aboriginal students in the Faculty of Science, Faculty of Engineering or School of Environmental Studies who demonstrate leadership by encouraging/and or promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields of study in Aboriginal communities.

  • Undergraduate students must apply through the on-line application via My page under Student Awards and Financial Aid. Graduate students must obtain an application from the Office of Indigenous Affairs and return the application to that office by May 31st.
  • Applications must be submitted with reference letters from Aboriginal Community leaders outlining how they demonstrate leadership.
  • Selection of the recipients will be made by the Senate Committee on Awards or the Graduate Awards Committee upon recommendation of the Director of the Office of Indigenous Affairs in consultation with the Dean of Faculty of Sciences, the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, and the Director of the School of Environmental Studies.

Sellemah Scholarship

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or more scholarships, totaling not more than $1,000, will be awarded to academically outstanding undergraduate Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, or Inuit) students in the School of Environmental Studies. If no applicants meet this criteria, preference will be given to Indigenous students in the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Smonec Natural Sciences Scholarship

Value: Varies | Number: 1

A scholarship is awarded to an academically outstanding undergraduate student in the Faculty of Science. 

Preference will be given to a First Nations Status or Non-status student.  In the event that no First Nations Status or Non-status student is eligible, the award will be given to an Inuit or Métis student. Students may receive this award more than once.

Stó:lō Ethnohistory Legacy Scholarship

Value: $5,000| Number: 1

One scholarship of $5,000 is awarded to a registered member of any Stó:lō First Nation (i.e. any First Nation located along the Fraser River and its tributaries between Langley and Yale) enrolled in a certificate, diploma, or a degree program (undergraduate or graduate) at the University of Victoria.

Applicants must submit a short statement of the educational goals they wish to achieve with this scholarship, a high school transcript and/or other relevant educational transcripts, proof of band membership, and two letters of reference. Applications must be submitted to the Department of History, att: Dr. John Lutz, by May 31st. In the case of an undergraduate award, selection will be made by the Senate Committee on Awards, upon the recommendation of the Department of History. In the case of a graduate award, selection will be made by the Graduate Awards Committee, upon the recommendation of the Department of History.

Tolmie-Wood Scholarship*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or more scholarships are awarded to academically outstanding undergraduate Indigenous students in the Faculty of Human and Social Development.  Students must submit a letter outlining their contributions to their community and/or involvement with Indigenous art, including music.

Applications are available to students in August/September and April/May. The Le,Nonet bursaries below are open to First Nations status/non-status, Inuit or Métis students. For more information, please contact lenonet@uvic.ca.

Le,Nonet Undergraduate Bursaries

LE,NONET bursaries are awarded annually to Indigenous students who demonstrate financial need. Any Indigenous full-time undergraduate student who is in good academic standing (GPA of 2.0 or higher) at the University of Victoria is eligible to apply for a bursary of up to $3000 annually. Applications are available to students in August/September and April/May. For more information, please contact the Office of Indigenous Affairs or email  lenonet@uvic.ca

Le,Nonet Graduate Bursaries

Bursaries, up to a maximum value of $2,000, will be awarded to graduate Indigenous (First Nations Status/Non-Status, Inuit or Métis) students who demonstrate financial need.  Applicants must complete an application form and submit to the LE,NONET Mentorship & Bursary Coordinator located in the First Peoples House.