Indigenous Students

The Financial Aid & Awards Office is an important resource for a large number of programs designed to assist Indigenous students meet the costs of their tuition and living expenses while studying full and part-time. These programs are administered by both the University of Manitoba and several outside agencies in order to improve access to education and increase representation of Indigenous students in various programs of study. 

Please note that the majority of scholarships and awards at the University of Manitoba are automatically awarded each year based on academic achievement (no application required). To be considered, if you are a North American Indigenous Student, complete Canadian Indigenous Self-Declaration. This will ensure that you are considered for automatic Indigenous-specific academic awards and scholarships.

For automatic awards, please note that most scholarships (awards based on marks) require that you complete a minimum of 24 credit hours for each Fall & Winter session to be eligible (Graduate students . Most bursaries (awards based on financial need) require at least 18 credit hours for each Fall & Winter session. We do not count summer session for automatic scholarship and bursary consideration.

The links below will direct you to University of Manitoba departments and other organizations offering awards and funding for Indigenous students.

University of Manitoba links:

Indigenous Leader of Tomorrow Scholarship  - These scholarships, valued at up to $16,000 ($4,000 in each year for four years of an undergraduate degree), are designed to recognize and encourage exceptional Indigenous high school graduates from across Canada who combine outstanding leadership potential with academic giftedness.  

Derek Riley Undergraduate Entrance Bursary:Deadline June 1st

UM Student Awards Database  - Check out our searchable Awards Database for a listing of all UM awards.

UM Bursaries -  The University of Manitoba offers a variety of bursaries to students who are enrolled in school from September to April who have a demonstrated financial need and a minimum academic standing.

Post Secondary Club / Rec and Read Bursary Application: Deadline June 1st

UM Indigenous Student Centre  -  Provides support and assistance for many needs and situations, including transition to the university and/or city/province/country.

UM ACCESS Program -  Offers unique, holistic supportive programming, with the coordination of academic and personal counselling, limited financial support, course instruction, orientation program, tutoring and advocacy.  Any resident of Manitoba may apply.

UM Indigenous Business Education Partners  -  Is a community of Indigenous students (First Nations, Metis and Inuit) in pursuit of a Bachelor of Commerce Honours degree at the University of Manitoba's Asper School of Business.

UM Engineering ACCESS Program  -  Offers an opportunity for Indigenous students who may not meet the normal entrance requirements for engineering.  Students who meet the regular engineering requirements will be able to accelerate their program based on demonstrated ability.

Youth-in-Care Grants  -  Provide an opportunity for youth, who are or who have been in care of Child and Family Services in Manitoba, to attend post-secondary education. 

External (non-UM) links:

Government Student Loan Programs  - Provides financial support for students attending a post-secondary institution.

Manitoba Student Aid -  Provides supplemental financial assistance for post-secondary educational purposes to Manitobans with limited finance.

Manitoba Métis Federation  -  The official democratic and self-governing political representative for the Metis Nation's Manitoba Metis Community. 

Louis Riel Institute  -  Please ensure that you complete and hand in the paper application to the Financial Aid & Awards Office and complete the University of Manitoba general bursary application on your Aurora Student account.  Please visit the website for further details on the fall/winter application process.  The spring/summer application details are available on the Awards Requiring Application webpage.

Manitoba Hydro Awards, bursaries & scholarships - We offer awards, bursaries, and scholarships to high school, college, and university students who enrolled in programs that support our operational requirements

Business Council of Manitoba - The Business Council of Manitoba is committed to helping Aboriginal students attend university or community college. We believe that education is an important component in their personal development and greatly improves their opportunities.

Indspire - An Indigenous-led registered charity that invests in the education of Indigenous people for the long term benefit of these individuals, their families and communities, and Canada.

Helen Betty Osborne Memorial Foundation Awards - The Helen Betty Osborne Memorial Foundation makes it possible for Indigenous post-secondary students to complete their chosen field of study through the provision of financial bursaries bestowed annually to applicants selected by the independent adjudication panel. Please visit the website for further application details.

Government student loans are a great way to help you pay for your post-secondary education at a designated college, university or other post-secondary institution.

The Government of Canada and most provincial or territorial governments work together to deliver federal and provincial student loan and grant programs

External Award Opportunities:

RBC Aboriginal Student Awards Program: 
Due: 28-Feb 

Assiniboine Credit Union 
Due: 28-Feb