First Nations House can help students in learning about and accessing the wide array of scholarships and grants available to undergraduate and graduate students. The majority of the Aboriginal scholarships and bursaries are based on financial need, although some awards and college bursaries are academic achievement and community contribution-based. Aboriginal students encountering any financial difficulties are encouraged to seek assistance from the Financial Aid Counsellor as early as possible.
University of Toronto Advance Planning for Students (UTAPS)
All Canadian citizens and permanent residents in receipt of OSAP will be automatically considered for UTAPS grant assistance in the fall. Those in receipt of government assistance from other Canadian provinces or territories or those in receipt of other government funding should contact Admissions and Awards for a UTAPS application. Additional information is available at on the University's financial aid website.
Available to all Aboriginal students studying full-time and part-time at the undergraduate level. Awards are based on financial need. Application is available at First Nations House or
Available to all Aboriginal students studying full-time and part-time at the undergraduate level. Applicants must be a resident of Ontario, as defined by OSAP. Awards are based on financial need. Application is available at First Nations House or a pdf version here.
To be awarded to Aboriginal students studying full-time at the U of T (TYP, undergraduate) on the basis of financial need and Ontario residency. Preference is given to applicants who can demonstrate a contribution to the Aboriginal community through volunteerism and involvement with First Nations House and/or the Native Student’s Association.
Downloadable Application at
Awarded to a Canadian Inuit or Aboriginal student from the North West Territories or Moosonee area who is entering or registered in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, Architecture Programs in the Faculty of Arts and Science or Wycliffe College. To be awarded to a student who is a member of Scouts Canada, on the basis of scouting service and experience. http://www.adm.utoronto.ca/adm-awards/html/awards/notices/prideaux.htm
Open to Aboriginal Students Registered at Victoria College, University of Toronto. To be awarded to students of Aboriginal Ancestry who have completed first, second or third year with high standing (GPA 3.30+). Financial need must be demonstrated.
Contact Victoria College Registrar at: email@example.com
To be awarded to Metis students registered and enrolled at the University of Toronto who demonstrate financial need.
The award will be given to students of Aboriginal ancestry (Status, Non-Status, Metis, Inuit) the recipient will be selected on the basis of academic achievement, and previous and/or intended contribution to the Aboriginal community. Student must be studying full-time and involved in course work.
To be awarded to an undergraduate Aboriginal student entering his/her second, third, or fourth year of study. To be eligible, the student must be registered in an undergraduate program and have obtained at least second class honour standing in his/her previous year. Financial status may be considered.
Open to Aboriginal students enrolled in the Transitional Year Programme. Students must be in good academic standing, demonstrate financial need and will be continuing with their academic studies at the University of Toronto.
To be awarded to Aboriginal students studying full-time at the U of T (graduate and second-entry programs) on the basis of financial need and Ontario residency. Preference is given to applicants who can demonstrate a contribution to the Aboriginal community through volunteerism and involvement with First Nations House and/or the Native Student’s Association.
Downloadable Application at http://www.adm.utoronto.ca/adm-awards/html/awards/notices/mcgregor_L.htm
The late Colonel F.A. Tilston established admission scholarships for students entering First Year Pharmacy, with the highest admission index, and who have not won an admission award of greater value. One of these scholarships will be awarded to an aboriginal student. Colonel Tilston was a 1929 Pharmacy graduate and retired president and chief executive officer of Sterling Drug Ltd. He was the first University of Toronto graduate (and the 9th Canadian) to win the Victoria Cross, the highest Commonwealth award of wartime honour, in World War II.
Contact Faculty of Pharmacy (416) 978-2889
Operated by Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC), the June Callwood Program in Aboriginal Law provides up to two summer fellowships of $10,000 each for law students to work with community organizations on aboriginal legal issues.
For more information, contact PBSC at 416-946-0143 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The award will be given to First Nations students of aboriginal ancestry (Status, Non-Status, Metis, Inuit) The recipient will be selected on the basis of academic achievement, and previous and/or intended contribution to the native community. Student must be studying full-time and involved in course work.
To be awarded to Aboriginal students, including Status, Non-Status, Metis and Inuit students, enrolled in graduate programs at the master’s or doctoral level, and second-entry professional programs. All Aboriginal students in these programs are eligible to apply, full-time and part-time, with preference given to those students who demonstrate financial need.
One award to a registered M.S.W. or Ph. D. Aboriginal student based on proven scholastic ability. Financial need may be a consideration students contact Registrar's Office at Faculty of Social Work for more information 416-978-6314 or www.socialwork.utoronto.ca
an endowed fund established through the Estate of Roman Paduch, to be awarded to an Aboriginal student on admission to the Faculty of Law or the Faculty of Medicine. The student will be considered on the basis of financial need, and demonstrated contribution, commitment and interest in the native community. For information contact First Nations House
This award is open to Canadian Aboriginal students (status, non-status, Metis as defined by the Federal Government) entering or attending an undergraduate, graduate or postgraduate program in the Faculty of Dentistry, and is to assist with the costs incurred in dental education not covered by federal grants to aboriginal students. Renewal of the award for the duration of the program is dependent on maintenance of satisfactory standing. Up to four awards will be made each year.
The NAAF is a program that offers financial awards to First Nations (status and non-status), Inuit and Metis students through four programs: the Fine Arts Bursary Awards, the Post-Secondary Education Bursary Awards, The Aboriginal Heath Careers, the Oil and Gas Trades and Technology Bursary and Scholarships, the Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres "Strong Women" Scholarship, the George Blondin Aboriginal Scholarship, and the Louise Moran - National Media Scholarship.
The Aboriginal Bursary system is a tool to assist Aboriginal students to find awards made available by various organizations and institutions. Bursaries may be search by regions, disciplines, providers, and key words.
FAAY is a national scholarship and bursary program open to candidates of First Nation (Status and Non-Status), Metis or Inuit ancestry and it is administered by the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB). The scholarship program is for Aboriginal students pursuing a post-secondary education in any discipline. Aboriginal post-secondary students of various ages can apply.
The scholarships will be awarded to aboriginal students studying in any of the health professional programs, undergraduate or graduate, on the basis of financial need, academic merit and demonstrated community leadership skills.