Aboriginal Awards

About aboriginal awards

Aboriginal awards include scholarships and bursaries.

  • Scholarships are merit-based awards that recognize academic achievement. Some may also consider achievements in areas like community involvement or athletics.
  • Bursaries are based on financial need. Student awards based solely on financial need are not indicated on a student's transcript.

You can find a full list of how UBC defines different types of awards in the Academic Calendar.

Am I eligible?

General requirements

To be considered for Aboriginal Awards, you must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or have refugee status
  • Be an Aboriginal student. UBC uses the term "Aboriginal" in the spirit of its use in section 35(2) of the Canadian Constitution, to refer inclusively to members of First Nations, status and non-status, treaty and non-treaty Indians, Métis, and Inuit peoples in Canada, recognizing in doing so that many people prefer the terms that are specific and traditional to their communities.
  • Submit the UBC Bursary Application via the Student Service Centre (SSC) by the deadline (you will be considered for UBC General Bursary at the same time)
  • Submit the application for aboriginal awards
  • Demonstrate financial need for bursaries
  • Provide supporting documentation if required
  • Be enrolled in a full-time course load
  • Meet the eligibility requirements as outlined in UBC’s Regulations Governing University Awards
  • Unclassified and qualifying students are not eligible

Additional requirements

Some awards have additional requirements, which are listed in the application. You can also read the award descriptions before you start your application.

How to apply

You'll find detailed instructions on the application form, but before you start:

  • Some awards for aboriginal students will require additional documentation in support of your application. Please ensure you have those documents before you submit your completed application. You will be deemed ineligible if you fail to provide these documents.
  • The application opens on Aug 15th, 2017 and closes on Sep 15th, 2017 (11:59 PM PST).

Before you apply

Before you apply, make sure you know what information and documents you'll need to submit.

Financial information

If you are a UBC student and have submitted the UBC Bursary Application in the Student Service Centre (SSC) (mandatory for UBC students to be considered for aboriginal awards), we won't need additional financial information in this application.

If you are not a UBC student, we'll require tax information from you and/or your parents (if applicable) and things like assets, resources, and income. We'll also need an estimate of your costs for the upcoming school year.

Other documents

Read the award descriptions to find out if there are documents you'll need to submit before you apply.

Band sponsorship

Third-party billing

If you're an Aboriginal student and are thinking about how to finance your education, you might consider band funding. Depending on your band, sponsorship can cover some costs and not others.

One common type of sponsorship is band funding for tuition, also known as third-party billing, where your band office provides your tuition and fee payments directly to UBC through Enrolment Services.

If you're considering band sponsorship, always be aware of deadlines for your band office and UBC Enrolment Services. For more information, read about third-party billing.

If you're already receiving band sponsorship, it's important to make sure you understand the type of sponsorship you're receiving and any restrictions on it.

Read more on third party billing

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