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Michael A. Riffel Catholic High School
Aboriginal, First Nations, Metis Scholarships
Please note when applying for scholarships, that deadlines are non-negotiable. If transcripts or references are required, be aware that it takes time for others to process your requests. Also be aware that if you must mail documents, it will likely take 2 or 3 days for your application to reach its destination.

Note: Many Scholarships have not yet been announced for the school year. Scholarships whose deadlines have passed or have not had current contact with the school will be kept on our web site for reference. Please keep checking this page for updates or do a Google search using the scholarship name.

Aboriginal Arts & Stories  - ($500- $2000) Create a writing or art piece that explores a moment or theme in Aboriginal history or culture.  A 200-400 word Artist’s or Author’s Statement that explains how your piece reflects or interprets the moment or theme you selected must accompany your entry into the Aboriginal Arts & Stories competition. Application deadline is March 31.

Aboriginal Bursaries Search Tool - The Aboriginal Bursaries Search Tool is a searchable list of more than 750 bursaries, scholarships and incentives across Canada, offered by governments, universities and colleges, private and public companies, individual Canadians, organizations and others.

The majority of bursaries on this list target Aboriginal students but could vary by group such as First Nation, Métis or Inuit. Also, some bursaries are specific to a region, place of residence, a school, or a field of study.

CNScholarship - $3000. This scholarship is eligible to graduating student who are First Nations and entering a program in: engineering, transportation, sales & marketing, human resources, accounting & finance, or Aboriginal studies and law. Application deadline is December 31

Gabriel Dumont Institute Awards (numerous scholarships, various amounts) - If you are Métis and a resident of Saskatchewan pursuing post-secondary education, you may be eligible for a scholarship through the Gabriel Dumont Scholarship Foundation. You only need to fill out one application for all scholarships you are applying for. On the application form there is a spot to check the scholarships you wish to apply for. Please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page for these scholarships. Application deadline is May 1st and October 1st of each year.

Inspire Foundation - Indspire is the largest supporter of Indigenous education outside the federal government. To date Indspire has awarded more than $54 million in scholarships and bursaries to 16,000 First Nation, Inuit and Métis recipients nationwide. Scholarships and bursaries have various application deadlines. 

RBC Aboriginal Student Awards Program - The RBC Aboriginal Student Awards Program was launched in 1992 to assist Aboriginal students to complete post-secondary education, and provide an opportunity for RBC to strengthen its relationship with the Aboriginal community. Selected students are awarded up to $4,000 each academic year for two to four years to use towards tuition, textbooks, supplies and living expenses. Application deadline is Feb. 28.

RBC awards 10 scholarships in two categories:1) For students majoring in disciplines related to the financial services industry, and 2) For students majoring in disciplines unrelated to the financial services industry. Application deadline is February 28th annually. 

Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority First Nations Scholarship Awards - Two $5000 scholarships will be awarded to students in Information Technology, Bachelor of Commerce (majoring in HR, Accounting, Finance or Marketing) or Hospitality and Tourism Management. Two $2500 scholarships will be awarded to students studying Communications or Electronics. In addition, ten $1000 scholarships will be awarded to eligible students in any other field. Check the  Applications for deadlines.