Work Force Qalipu

Work Force Qalipu encourages post secondary students to consider scholarship and bursary opportunities.
Apply for the Post-Secondary Student Support Program and the ASETS Program here.

Bernie Hanlon Memorial Scholarship

Work Force Qalipu is now accepting applications for the Bernie Hanlon Memorial Scholarship.

Bernadette “Bernie” Hanlon dedicated her life to supporting and encouraging the aboriginal people of Newfoundland both culturally and in working with them to meet their educational dreams. Bernie always went above and beyond for her many students and tried to help in any way possible through her many years with the Federation of Newfoundland Indians and later with the Qalipu First Nation. Bernie worked tirelessly to help those around her develop personally as well by supporting and encouraging cultural and spiritual growth. The Bernie Hanlon Memorial Scholarship was created to help a client of Work Force Qalipu attending college or completing an undergraduate degree to continue to pursue those dreams.

The scholarship is valued at $1,000.00 and will be awarded to the applicant that best embodies Bernie’s passion for our culture and a commitment to academics as well as to their community.

To qualify, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Currently be in receipt of support under the PSSSP
  • Currently enrolled a college diploma or undergraduate degree program and planning to return to school in the fall.
  • Achieve a grade average of B or higher in their program of studies

And answer the following essay question in 500 words or less:

“Using the information provided above, demonstrate how you embody the spirit of Bernie Hanlon.”

Please submit applications to Yvonne MacDonald via email ( by the last business day on or before Aug 5th of each year. Note: all essays must be submitted in PDF format.

Canada Post Aboriginal Education Incentive Awards

Canada Post’s Aboriginal Education Incentive Awards celebrate the hard work and determination of individuals of Aboriginal heritage who have embraced a renewed pursuit of learning. The awards are open to all Aboriginal Canadians who have been out of school for one year or more, who have since decided to return to an educational system, and who have now been back at school for at least one year. The Canada Post Aboriginal Education Incentive Awards are granted annually to select applicants from across the country and recipients area awarded $1,000 in recognition of their efforts.

You Are Eligible If …

1. You are an Aboriginal Canadian (member of a First Nation, Metis, or Inuit),
2. You have been out of school for one year or more,
3. You returned to school and have recently completed one year of studies (between January 2016 and August 2017), and
4. You have never received this award in the past (previous award recipients are not eligible).

How To Apply:

1. Write an essay which details your efforts to get an education. Be sure to include any challenges you have faced in order to
pursue your education, why you were out of school for one year (or more), and what life was like during that time. Your
essay should also include the reason(s) you decided to return to school, any extraordinary challenges you might now be
facing, and how you’re dealing with those challenges. Tell us how your life has changed since you’ve returned to school and
what your next steps will be. Your essay should be typed, double-spaced on letter-sized stationery, and no more than five
pages long.

  1. Complete an application form and return it by August 31, Be sure to include:
    • Your essay,
    • School transcripts or school letter confirming you’ve completed one year of studies between January 2016 and August 2017 ( photocopy is acceptable), and
    • A clear photocopy of your membership card or an official letter from a community member confirming that you are an Aboriginal Canadian.

To view this scholarship please click here

H.J. O’Connell Construction Limited Aboriginal Scholarship Program

If you are an Aboriginal person who is currently enrolled in a full-time post-secondary institution in a technical/trade program, or in Grade 12 and planning to enroll in full-time studies in this type of program, you may be eligible for one of three $1500 scholarships.

For more information, take a look at the attached information document, and application to apply (Deadline to apply is May 31st, 2017)

To view more about this program click here

To apply click here



Indspire is the largest supporter of Indigenous education outside the federal government. To date Indspire has awarded more than $54 million in scholarships and bursaries to 16,000 First Nation, Inuit and Métis recipients nationwide. Thanks to the generosity of numerous corporate and government partners, Indspire disburses funds to Indigenous youth across Canada, covering all disciplines in funding categories: Fine Arts, Oil and Gas and Trades and Technology, Health Careers and Post Secondary Education. Indspire is able to obtain and disburse this much-needed financial support by partnering and engaging some of Canada’s leading companies, public agencies, professional and labour groups who generously invest their resources toward realization of the potential of First Nation, Inuit and Métis students. For information on Indspire, visit their website



  • The Aboriginal Resource Office at Memorial University has put together an Aboriginal Student Scholarship Handbook that outlines a list of bursaries, scholarships, and incentives available to aboriginal students.  View the handbook
  • Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada – The Aboriginal Bursaries Search Tool
  • GE Foundation Scholarship Program – To view details, Click Here