Aboriginal Student Awards
In addition to the awards listed below, students who have self-identified as Aboriginal remain eligible to be considered for Carleton University’s Undergraduate Bursaries, Scholarships and various federal and provincial student loan programs.
Please Note: Many of the scholarships and bursaries listed below require a separate application.
1. Indigenous Student Bursary
The Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development has allocated funding to Carleton University to create the Indigenous Student Bursary as part of the Ministry’s Aboriginal post-secondary education funding approach. This bursary provides direct support to Aboriginal students with financial need to improve access to postsecondary education. Aboriginal peoples include First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples.
- Please note, there are a limited number of these bursaries available.
- To be considered, students may complete the Indigenous Student Bursary Application through the Undergraduate Online Application Forms system on Carleton Central. If you believe that you may meet the eligibility requirements to be considered for this bursary, but have not been presented with the Indigenous Student Bursary application via Carleton Central, please contact the Awards Office. The deadline to complete and submit your application is Oct. 31. To be considered, students must be attending first entry programs of study and must meet OSAP’s Ontario Residency requirements.
2. The Métis Nation of Ontario Bursary
Established by The Métis Nation of Ontario through the Métis Training Initiatives, this bursary is awarded on the basis of financial need to Métis students registered in any year, in any faculty or school at Carleton University.
- Recipients will have demonstrated financial need, must be Canadian Citizens or permanent residents of Canada (landed immigrant or a protected person) and must meet OSAP’s Ontario Residency requirements.
- The Métis Nation of Ontario Bursary requires students to complete a separate application. Selection for these awards will be made in consultation with the Métis Nation of Ontario. Complete and submit your application to the Awards Office by Nov. 15.
3. New Sun, New Beginning Bursary
Awarded annually to part-time and full-time undergraduate students who have demonstrated a commitment to furthering their education and who are in financial need. Preference will be given to Canadian Aboriginal and Inuit students with the Centre for Initiatives in Education Enriched Support Program, and Canadian Aboriginal and Inuit students in other programs of study at Carleton University. Endowed in 1997 by Mrs. Joy Maclaren, who was given the name “New Sun” at an Aboriginal Peoples’ naming ceremony. Mrs. Maclaren, a former member of the University’s Board of Governors, established the award in recognition of Carleton’s role in providing accessible education.
- To be considered for the New Sun New Beginnings Bursary, students must complete the online General Undergraduate Bursary application by the October 31st deadline.
4. Richard M. Zubrycki Bursary
Awarded annually to a deserving undergraduate student proceeding from Second to Third year in the Department of Law, Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice, or School of Social Work. Recipient will have demonstrated financial need, must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada (landed immigrant or protected person) and must meet OSAP’s Ontario residency requirements. Preference will be given to aboriginal students. Endowed in 2005 by Shirley Zubrycki, friends and colleagues, in memory of Mr. Richard Zubrycki.
- To be considered for the Richard M. Zubrycki Bursary, students must complete the online General Undergraduate Bursary application by the October 31st deadline.
5. Gordon Robertson National Inuit Scholarship
Gordon Robertson, former Chancellor and Chancellor Emeritus of Carleton University, established this scholarship to encourage and promote higher rates of post-secondary completion for Inuit students. This scholarship is awarded annually to one or two full-time Inuit students either entering or continuing a program of study at Carleton University.
6. Wilfred Peltier Memorial Scholarship in English
Awarded annually on the recommendation of the Chair of the Department of English Language and Literature, to an undergraduate, or graduate student whose area of interest is Aboriginal Literature. This award was established in 2001 by family, friends, and colleagues of Wilfred Peltier, Odawa pipecarrier, who passed away in July 2000. Associated some 20 years with Carleton University, Peltier served as an Elder-in-Residence in the Department of Sociology/Anthropology as well as adviser to the Centre for Aboriginal Education, Research and Culture.
- No application is required for this scholarship. At the end of each academic year, the English department will nominate or recommend outstanding students as potential recipients.
7. External Aboriginal Awards
Aboriginal students may also be eligible for various awards from organizations and associations outside of Carleton University. There are a wide variety of external scholarships and bursaries available for First Nations, Inuit and Métis students. The Centre for Aboriginal Culture and Education (CACE) recommends the following;
- Indspire – Indigenous Education, Canada’s Future Indspire Scholarship and Bursaries
- Windspeaker & the Aboriginal Multi-Media Society’s “Guide to Aboriginal Scholarships and Bursaries”
- Aboriginal Affairs & Northern Development Canada’s Aboriginal Bursaries Search Tool
- KPMG’s First Nations and Aboriginal Student Awards is available to Indigenous post-secondary students in the pursuit of post-secondary education in the fields of Business or First Nations Financial Administration across Canada. KPMG’s Indigenous Student Awards
For more information or support in completing these award applications please visit the Centre for Aboriginal Culture and Education (CACE)