The Concordia Indigenous Scholar Awards is open to First Nations, Inuit and Métis students registered with the Concordia University Otsenhákta Student Centre. Candidates must be registered full-time in a Master or Doctoral program at the University.
Awards & bursaries
Concordia offers scholarships and bursaries to Indigenous students! Each award has different criteria. Below you will find a summary of awards.
Undergraduate scholarships and bursaries
The Records Management and Archives Bursary is available to undergraduate Indigenous students with demonstrated financial need as well as enrollment in the First Peoples Studies program in the School of Community and Public Affairs, or in any program within the Department of Sociology & Anthropology.
The Entwistle Family Bursary is intended to attract and encourage students newly enrolled at the University and who are in financial need. Preference will be given to students studying at the Faculty of Fine Arts and coming from Indigenous communities. Open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, the bursary is renewable over a period of four years.
The Melissa Montour Bursary was established to encourage students who show determination in their personal endeavours. This award is open to Indigenous students who are single parents.
The Janis Riven Family Scholarship was established in 2021 through the generosity of Janis Riven, a proud alumna and Adjunct Professor at John Molson School of Business, where she has been a member of the faculty for over 20 years. With a B. Comm from Concordia University, an MBA from University of British Columbia and a BCL and JD from McGill University, Janis Riven has dedicated her most recent life to consulting and teaching to help today’s organizations and future managers to enhance value to all stakeholders through adopting sustainable strategies and effective governance. Janis Riven wishes to provide greater opportunities to Indigenous students who wish to develop their business skills to provide effective leadership in their communities. This Entrance Scholarship is open to full-time Indigenous students in JMSB.
The Laura Smyth Groening award for Indigenous Students was established by the generosity of Emily McDonald in memory of her mom Laura Smyth Groening (1949-2016). Laura was an associate professor in the Department of English and over the course of an accomplished career authored many books and inspired many students. She was a strong believer in social equity and of particular importance to her were the rights and welfare of Indigenous peoples. The purpose of the scholarship is to support Indigenous students in Canada entering an undergraduate program at Concordia University. This scholarship is reserved for full-time and part-time Indigenous students in Canada in any faculty at Concordia University.
The Cheryl McKenzie Scholarship for Indigenous Students in Journalism was established by the generosity of Cheryl McKenzie, Executive Director of News and Current Affairs at APTN and a proud Anishinaabe and Cree woman from Hollow Water and Peguis First Nations in Manitoba. The purpose of the scholarship is to support Indigenous students of Canada entering an undergraduate program in the Department of Journalism. This scholarship is open to full-time and part-time Canadian citizens and permanent residents who are entering a BA major in Journalism or minor in Science Journalism.
CIBC has donated funds to provide student scholarships for EDI students in the John Molson School of Business. Selection of recipients shall be made by the University from qualified applicants entering a full-time course of study leading to Bachelor’s degree in Finance or BTM (Business Technology Management) at the University. Eligible candidates must also identify in a short statement as belonging to, or identifying with, one of the following groups: BIPOC, LGBTQ+, female, or disabled. Indigenous students must also provide information on their nation and community of origin in their statement, as well as provide proof in the form of documentation to Financial Aid and Awards. LGBTQ+ students may alternately indicate why receiving this award would be meaningful to them. The Scholarships are open to Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and international students.
CIBC has donated funds to provide student scholarships for EDI students in the Gina Cody School of Engineering. Selection of recipients shall be made by the University from qualified applicants entering a full-time course of study leading to Bachelor’s degree in computer Science, Computer Engineering, or Software Engineering at the University. Eligible candidates must also identify in a short statement as belonging to, or identifying with, one of the following groups: BIPOC, LGBTQ+, female, or disabled. Indigenous students must also provide information on their nation and community of origin in their statement, as well as provide proof in the form of documentation to Financial Aid and Awards. LGBTQ+ students may alternately indicate why receiving this award would be meaningful to them. If, in the Gina Cody School of Engineering there are no eligible candidate in one EDI group, the award may be disbursed to more than one candidate in a different specified EDI Group. The Scholarships are open to Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and international students.
These awards were established in 1999 through the generosity of the Great-West Life Assurance Company. These awards are available to all full-time students in the John Molson School of Business who have completed a minimum of twenty-four (24) credits at Concordia University and have maintained a minimum GPA of 3.30. Preference will be given to students who can demonstrate ongoing involvement in community volunteer work. Applications from women, Indigenous students, visible minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged.
Candidates for this non-renewable bursary are selected by the In-Course Bursary Committee each year. The candidate must be in his/her final year of studies and registered with the Otsenhákta Student Centre.
Eric Poteet is a long-time donor to the University. He is a graduate of the JMSB (1992) and a former winner of the Finance Medal and the Charles E. Frost Award. Applicants for this award should present a brief paragraph on why this award is meaningful to them. Open to full-time Canadian citizens and permanent residents in JMSB, major Finance. Applicants must self-identify as a member of any one of the following diversity groups: Indigenous peoples, Visible Minority, LGBTQ2+, Persons with Disabilities, Female.
The First Nations, Inuit and Métis Bursary program is intended to recognize and reward full-time students in Bachelor's programs in any area of study, who are in financial need and acceptable academic standing. There are 2 bursaries available annually. The bursary is not renewable however recipients may reapply in subsequent years.
Preference will be given to First Nations students residing in Kahnawake, however, First Nations students residing outside of Kahnawake are also eligible for this bursary, which is renewable on the basis of continuing enrollment and satisfactory academic standing.
The Marie-Rose Durocher Scholarship is part of the Undergraduate In-Course Scholarships & Awards Program. No application is required. Candidates are considered and selected by the Undergraduate Scholarships and Awards Committee in the Fall term every year on the basis of outstanding Last Annual GPA.
The Marie-Rose Durocher Bursary recipient is selected each year by the In-Course Bursary committee. This non-renewable bursary is open to First Nations women enrolled full-time in a Bachelor's program in any discipline of study.
Candidates for this scholarship are automatically selected each year by the Undergraduate Scholarships and Awards Committee on the basis of top Assessment GPA.
The bursary is available annually to a student in any area of study who is in financial need.
The Angèle Tanios Antoun Bursary for BIPOC Women in Engineering was created through the generosity of Lesley Antoun (BEng ’95). Lesley is an engineer and entrepreneur who is the founder and President of Lesley Antoun Consulting. She is also a member of the Concordia University Alumni Association. The purpose of this annual in-course undergraduate bursary is to support and encourage BIPOC students enrolled in the Bachelor of Engineering program at the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science. The award is established in honour of her mother.
Jean E. Douville is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of UAP Inc. His son, Charles Douville is a graduate from Concordia University (BComm'84). The purpose of this award is to create an annual undergraduate bursary for students at the John Molson School of Business who are pursuing their Bachelor of Commerce in Finance at the University. Open to full-time Canadian citizens, permanent residents or international students, this bursary is renewable. When possible, three of the potential six available bursaries shall be awarded to qualified students who self-identify as Indigenous or Black and are enrolled in a full-time course of study leading to Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance at John Molson School of Business of the University.
The Steve Hon-Ying Seto Award was established by Ben H. Szto in memory of his brother Steve Hon-Ying Seto (BSc 1978, MSc 1982). This renewable Bursary is intended to support and encourage undergraduate students in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, with preference given to Indigenous students. Selection of recipients shall be made by the University from qualified applicants enrolled in a part-time or full-time course of study leading to Bachelor of Science in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University. Preference is given to Indigenous students in Canada. Selection is made based on financial need and satisfactory academic standing as assessed by the University.
Established in 2021 through the generosity of the Commerce and Administration Students Association (CASA), the Diversity Committee of CASA Bursaries are intended for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce program who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, a person of color or from the LGBTQ2 community. Applicants must provide a statement as to why a Bursary supporting students from a diverse background would be meaningful for them. Candidates for this bursary are selected by the In-Course Bursary committee each year. The bursary may be renewed on the basis of continuing enrollment in the Bachelor of Commerce Program and acceptable academic standing.
This merit-based award is part of the Undergraduate In-Course Scholarships & Awards Program. No application is required. Candidates are considered and selected by the Undergraduate Scholarships and Awards Committee in the Fall term every year on the basis of outstanding last annual GPA.
This scholarship is generously donated by Richard Paterson, a loyal donor to the University having named a classroom in the Molson Building and supported the Concordia Entrepreneurship Program in Ghana among many other designations. This merit-based scholarship is intended for Indigenous students. No application is required. Candidates are considered and selected by the Undergraduate Scholarships and Awards Committee based on outstanding Last Annual GPA. The scholarship may be renewed based on continuing full-time registration and a minimum Assessment GPA of 3.30.
This merit-based award is part of the Undergraduate In-Course Scholarships & Awards Program. No application is required. Candidates are considered and selected by the Undergraduate Scholarships and Awards Committee in the fall term every year on the basis of outstanding Last Annual GPA.
This award is part of the Undergraduate In-Course Scholarships & Awards Program. Candidates are recommended to the Undergraduate Scholarships and Awards Committee and the Financial Aid and Awards Office each year by the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema.
This award was created in 2004 in memory of filmmaker, teacher, and community activist Susan Schouten (1943-1995), through the efforts of Norman Bethune Levine, Penny Cousineau-Levine, and Sharon Schouten Chambers. It was made possible through the contributions of Susan's family, friends and colleagues, and a generous matching donation on the part of Grant and Alice Burton. The Susan Schouten Documentary Film Award is intended to support students specializing in the documentary form and will be awarded annually to an Undergraduate student enrolled in a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Major or Specialization in Film Production), or to a Graduate student enrolled in a Master of Fine Arts (Film Production). Candidates' studio work will be assessed based on creativity, quality, and merit of a completed documentary film reflective of the social justice concerns at the heart of Susan's documentary film philosophy: Indigenous issues, women`s issues, poverty, and class struggle. Recipients are selected in the Spring of every year following a nomination and selection process conducted within the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema.
The Sportsnet Scholarship for Communication Studies and Journalism was established in 2003 through the generosity of Sportsnet Inc. The scholarship is open to full-time Undergraduate students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts program with a Major, Specialization, or Honours in Communication Studies or Journalism, as well as full-time students in the Graduate Diploma in Journalism. Candidates must have at least one semester of studies completed in the aforementioned areas of study, with an interest in a career in the areas of Sports Journalism or Sports Broadcasting. The Sportsnet Scholarship program is intended for students from groups that are under-represented in the fields of Sports Journalism and Sports Broadcasting: visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and other groups who without the recognition afforded by this scholarship program, might not be represented in the profession in meaningful numbers. The Sportsnet Scholarship in Communication Studies and Journalism is non-renewable.
The Karen Macdonald Award in Journalism was established in 2021 by the generosity of Karen Macdonald, BA 82. The purpose of the award is to encourage and support Journalism students who demonstrate their involvement in causes within the Black or Indigenous community. Preference for this application-based award is given to students who can demonstrate their involvement in causes within the Black or Indigenous community. Candidates must have a minimum GPA of 3.00.
Self-Identification: The online application will give you the option to self- identify as a First Nations, Inuit or Métis person. Self-identification helps us help you! Concordia has a number of unique programs and services specifically for Indigenous students including scholarships and bursaries.
Applying for Concordia’s In-Course Bursaries: Each year in March, all undergraduate students who have at least one school year complete are eligible to apply for the bursaries. See the Financial Aid and Awards Office website each year starting in early spring with the specific criteria and guide on how to apply on your student portal.
Graduate scholarships for Indigenous students
Other Indigenous award programs
There are many scholarships available throughout the year; some are open to everyone while others are offered to Indigenous students in specific programs. We would like to encourage you to apply to scholarships open to the general population as well!
The Otsenhákta Student Centre tries its best to keep students informed via Facebook, the e-newsletter and bulletin boards. Stay connected by joining these communication tools! Research the following websites for key scholarship and bursary programs for Indigenous students:
- Helen Bassett Commemorative Student Award
- RBC Indigenous Student Awards Program
- The First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIGC) National Student Bursary
- Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC)
- Indigenous Bursaries Search Tool
Let us know if you need help preparing your application! We host scholarship and bursary workshops!