Aboriginal Awards

Am I Eligible?

Each Award has unique eligibility criteria. Click on the Award that you wish to apply for to determine if you are eligible.

Detailed Eligibility Criteria:

  • Apprenticeship/Trades Training/Certificates/Diplomas
    • You are First Nations (Status or Non-Status), Inuit or Metis;
    • You are a BC Resident (12 consecutive months before the date of enrollment for the program for which you are seeking an Award);
    • You are planning to study at a BC public post-secondary institution, or an Aboriginal-run institution;
    • Your course of study will be no less than nine (9) weeks in length and will commence sometime between the dates of May 1, 2017 and April 30, 2018;
    • You will be registered as a full-time student*, as defined by the institution you will be attending (usually 60% or more of a full course load).

    *Exceptions may apply to applicants who are prevented from studying full-time for medical reasons or disabilities.

    **The application period for new awards has closed.  Please check back in January 2018**

    How to Apply

    • Previous Year Award Recipients:
      If you previously received an Award in this category, you can request an additional $1,000 – $2,000 each year, provided you remain enrolled in your program on a full-time basis. (Maximum of three years.)  Applications for renewals must be received by May 1, 2017.
    • If you previously received an Award in this category but, have completed your program, you can apply for a new Award for a different program.

    How to Renew

  • Undergraduate or Associate Degree/Law or Medical Degree
    • You are First Nations (Status or Non-Status), Inuit or Metis;
    • You are a BC Resident (12 consecutive months before the date of enrolment for the program for which you are seeking an Award);
    • You are planning to study at a BC public post-secondary institution, or an Aboriginal-run institution;
    • Your course of study will be no less than two semesters in length and will commence sometime between the dates of May 1, 2017 and April 30, 2018;
    • You will be registered as a full-time student*, as defined by the institution you will be attending (usually 60% or more of a full course load).

    *Exceptions may apply to applicants who are prevented from studying full-time for medical reasons or disabilities.

    **The application period for new awards has closed.  Please check back in January 2018**
    How to Apply

    Previous Year Award Recipients:

    • If you previously received an Award in this category, you can request an additional $2,000 each year provided you remain enrolled in your program on a full-time basis. (Maximum of three years.)  Applications for renewals must be received by May 1, 2017.
    • If you previously received an Award in this category but, have completed your program, you can apply for a new Award for a different program.

    How to Renew

  • Master's or Doctoral Degree
    • You are First Nations (Status or Non-Status), Inuit or Metis;
    • You are a BC Resident (12 consecutive months before the date of enrollment for the program for which you are seeking an Award);
    • You are planning to study at a BC public post-secondary institution, or an Aboriginal-run institution;
    • Your course of study will be no less than two semesters in length and will commence sometime between the dates of May 1, 2017 and April 30, 2018;
    • You will be registered as a full-time student*, as defined by the institution you will be attending (usually 60% or more of a full course load).

    *Exceptions may apply to applicants who are prevented from studying full-time for medical reasons or disabilities.

    **The application period for new awards has closed.  Please check back in January 2018**

    How to Apply

    Previous Year Award Recipients:

    • If you previously received an Award in this category, you can request an additional $5,000 each year for up to three years (Master’s) or six years (Doctoral) provided you remain enrolled in the program for which you received the original Award on a full-time basis; (You must provide a confirmation of “positive progress” from your program supervisor to qualify);  Applications for renewals must be received by May 1, 2017;
    • If you previously received an Award(s) in this category but, have completed your program, you can apply for a new Award for a different program.

    How to Renew

  • Teacher Education
    • You are First Nations (Status or Non-Status), Inuit or Metis;
    • You are a BC Resident (12 consecutive months before the date of enrollment for the program for which you are seeking an Award);
    • You are registered in a teacher education program at a BC university, leading to certification by the British Columbia Teachers’ Council (includes programs leading to a Developmental Standard Term Certificate in First Nations Language and Culture).
    • Your course of study will be no less than two semesters in length and will commence sometime between the dates of May 1, 2017 and April 30, 2018;
    • You will be registered as a full-time student*, as defined by the institution you will be attending (usually 60% or more of a full course load).

    *Exceptions may apply to applicants who are prevented from studying full-time for medical reasons or disabilities.

    **The application period for new awards has closed.  Please check back in January 2018**

    How to Apply
    Previous Year Award Recipients:

    • If you previously received an Award in this category, you can request an additional $5,000 each year for up to four years provided you remain enrolled in the program for which you received the original Award on a full-time basis;  Applications for renewals must be received by May 1, 2017;
    • If you previously received an Award(s) in this category but, have completed your program, you can apply for a new Award for a new program.

    How to Renew

  • Eligible Institutions

    Public Post-Secondary

    • British Columbia Institute of Technology
    • Camosun College
    • Capilano University
    • College of New Caledonia
    • College of the Rockies
    • Douglas College
    • Emily Carr University of Art + Design
    • Justice Institute of British Columbia
    • Kwantlen Polytechnic University
    • Langara College
    • Nicola Valley Institute of Technology
    • North Island College
    • Northern Lights College
    • Northwest Community College
    • Okanagan College
    • Royal Roads University
    • Selkirk College
    • Simon Fraser University
    • Thompson Rivers University
    • University of British Columbia (including UBC-O)
    • University of the Fraser Valley
    • University of Northern BC
    • University of Victoria
    • Vancouver Community College
    • Vancouver Island University

    Aboriginal Institutions

    • Chemainus Native College
    • Community Education Authority, Fort Nelson First Nation
    • En’owkin Centre
    • Gitksan Wet’suwet’un Education Centre
    • Gitwangak Education Society
    • Kitimat Valley Institute
    • Native Education Centre
    • Ts’zil Learning Centre
    • Wilp Wilxo’oskwhl Nisga’a Institute
    • Other*

    *If you are planning to attend a BC Aboriginal Institute that is not listed above, please contact the Irving K. Barber BC Scholarship Society by e-mail at info@ikbbc.ca or by phone at 1-844-478-4645 (toll free).

  • Adult Basic Education or Non-Credit Continuing Education

    Awards are NOT available for these programs at this time.