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Definitions of Awards, Bursary, Scholarship and Entrance Awards (PDF Format; 79 KB)


MANITOBA CITIZENS' BURSARY FUND FOR ABORIGINAL PEOPLES

Open to students currently enrolled at the Universities of Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Brandon. The bursaries range from $200 to $500 each.

Criteria:

  • Student must be of Aboriginal (First Nations, Metis and Inuit) ancestry who demonstrate financial need.
  • Students must maintain satisfactory grades to retain their eligibility.
  • Points will be given to students participating in extra-curricular activities.

At present, the Bursary Fund is not designed to help applicants meet the financial cost of entering University. On the contrary, it is designed, subject to the above criteria, to help meet financial problems that arise subsequently.

Applications are available online at http://www.uwinnipeg.ca/index/cms-filesystem-action/pdfs/awards/kiwanis%20bursary%20app%20rev%2012-10.pdfhere or get a hardcopy at Student Services, 1st Floor-Graham Hall and Aboriginal Student Services, 2nd Floor-Lockhart Hall.


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. Status and non-status Indians, Inuit or Métis pursuing post-secondary education are welcome to apply.

RBC awards 10 scholarships in two categories:

  • For students majoring in disciplines related to the financial services industry
  • For students majoring in disciplines unrelated to the financial services industry

We also consider scholarship recipients who are interested in careers in financial services for summer and post-graduate employment.

Apply on-line at www.rbc.com/careers/aboriginal_student_awards.html or download a hard copy at this website.


University of Winnipeg Major Entrance Scholarships:

Be nominated from your High School : Alumni Entrance Scholarship Program (AESP)

Criteria:

  1. High academic standing and promise.
  2. Noteworthy participation in extra-curricular activities in school and community.
  3. Leadership qualities and strength of character.

Value: $5,000

Each Manitoba high school may nominate one student. Nomination forms are sent to principals. A committee will select six to ten AESP recipients.


Marsha P. Hanen Entrance Scholarship

Criteria:

  1. Same as those of the Alumni Entrance Scholarship Program.
  2. Selected from among the AESP nominees.

Value: $10,500

$4,500 for Year I and then renewable for up to three more years at $2,000 per year.


Walter Leatherdale Entrance Scholarship

Criteria:

  1. Same as those of the Alumni Entrance Scholarship Program
  2. Must come from rural Manitoba and preferably from a farming community.
  3. Selected from among the AESP nominees.

Value: $24,000

$6,000 for Year I (tuition, textbook & living allowances) and then renewable for up to three more years.


Special Entrance Scholarships

These scholarships are offered, without the necessity of a scholarship application, to all graduates of Manitoba high schools who meet the conditions below. (Students with credentials of comparable standing from outside Manitoba will also be considered for these scholarships.) Senior 4 (Grade12) students must, however, apply for admission to the University by March 1.

  1. Only students with at least five approved 40S credits will be considered for a University of Winnipeg Special Entrance Scholarship (See below).
  2. A minimum average of 80% on the best five of the approved 40S credits. (Standing in full-credit Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses is approved for scholarship calculation purposes). Interim grades, submitted by high schools in spring, will be used.
  3. The two students with the highest incoming averages will be awarded the $4,000 Chancellor's Special Entrance Scholarships.
  • Students with averages of 95.0% or higher will receive a $2,250 scholarship.
  • Students with averages of 90.0% to 94.9% will receive a $1,750 scholarship.
  • Students with averages of 86.0% to 89.9% will receive a $1,100 scholarship.
  • Students with averages of 80.0% to 85.9% will receive a $800 scholarship.

ALSO $600 President's Award of Merit bonus awards for the five students with the highest averages entering each of Arts, Science & Education


OTHER ENTRANCE SCHOLARSHIPS TO U OF W

Application forms are available from your high school guidance counsellours office, The University of Winnipeg Student Services-1st Floor of Graham Hall, or at www.uwinnipeg.ca/index/cms-filesystem-action/pdfs/awards/entrance_schol_app-2011.pdf

Value: $ 100 - $4,000


BUSINESS COUNCIL OF MB: ABORIGINAL EDUCATION AWARDS

The Business Council offers awards to assist with the cost of tuition, books and supplies during the academic year. Each award is up to a maximum of $3000 for university and $1500 for college students. All applicants are eligible to reapply each year of their studies for a maximum of three years. Recipients of the awards may be considered for summer and/or part-time employment with one of the Business Councils member companies.

If you are of Aboriginal ancestry you are eligible to apply for a Business Council of Manitoba Aboriginal Education Award provided you meet the following criteria:

  • You are a citizen of Canada and permanent resident of Manitoba, having resided in Manitoba for the last 12 months
  • You plan to enroll in a Manitoba public post-secondary institution in the upcoming academic year, in any discipline (trades, business, general studies, science, etc.)
  • You maintain fulltime status (at least a 60% course load)
  • You are in need of financial assistance

If you are receiving funding from other sources, you may still apply for this award to cover additional costs.

www.businesscouncil.mb.ca/images/stories/pdf/appenglish20112012.pdf


The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2010 in recognition of the important work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and to honour students who are descendants of survivors of residential schools or who themselves are residential school survivors. Two awards of $5,000 will be made annually, one each to a female and a male student.

Application forms will be available late spring/early summer from the UW Awards office.


NEW SCHOLARSHIPS SUPPORT RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL SURVIVORS AND DESCENDANTS

UWinnipeg creates the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Scholarships

UW RELEASE - 2010/132

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - WEDNESDAY, JULY 28, 2010

WINNIPEG, MB -The University of Winnipeg is now accepting applications for two new scholarships valued at $5,000 each, created to honour and support Indigenous students who are descendants of survivors of residential schools or who themselves are residential school survivors. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Scholarship will be awarded annuallyto one male and one female student.

"Our campus is located on Treaty One land, a treaty that promised educational opportunities for First Nations people. That is a privilege and a responsibility The University of Winnipeg takes very seriously," said Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, President and Vice-Chancellor, UWinnipeg.

"Approximately 10% of our student population is Aboriginal, including many First Nations, Metis and Inuit students. This makes UWinnipeg one of the top four universities in Canada for Aboriginal student enrolment. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission has embarked on a journey of healing, and we are honoured to support that journey with our two new scholarships."

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada scholarship is open to students entering or continuing in any undergraduate degree program at UWinnipeg. New students should have a high school average of at least 75%, or continuing students should have a Grade Point Average of at least 3.00.

Numerous academic programs and support services exist at UWinnipeg to nurture Aboriginal scholarship and leadership. Details are available at:

http://www.uwinnipeg.ca/index/future-welcome-aboriginal-education

UWinnipeg has also created a unique Opportunity Fund to assist eligible Aboriginal students financially. Details are available at:

http://www.uwinnipeg.ca/index/cms-filesystem-action/pdfs/awards/opportunity%20fund%20bursary_2010.pdf

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission is headed by the Manitoba-born Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair. Its mandate is to inform all Canadians about what happened in Indian Residential Schools by documenting the truth of survivors, families, communities and anyone personally affected by the residential school experience.