The Education and Training Department

The Education and Training Department encourages post secondary students to consider scholarship and bursary opportunities.
Apply for the Post-Secondary Student Support Program and the ISETP Program here.

Bernie Hanlon Memorial Scholarship

The Education and Training Department 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 The Education and Training Department 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.

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

Bird Heavy Civil Ltd. Aboriginal Scholarship Program

Bird Heavy Civil Ltd. Aboriginal Scholarship is a program designed to assist and support the indigenous people of Canada with their career development and growth as they attend post secondary education.

Scholarship applications will be accepted from students who are currently enrolled in a full-time post-secondary institution or students in Grade 12 who are planning to attend a full-time post-secondary education institution that are of Aboriginal descent (First Nations, Métis or Inuit). Students pursuing an education in the technology and trades will be considered priority applicants.

To learn more about this scholarship please 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

Students on Ice

SOI is an award-winning and globally unique educational program. Since 1999, we have taken more than 2,500 students, educators, elders, scientists, artists, musicians and leaders from 52 countries around the world on educational expeditions to the Arctic and the Antarctic.

Reference Form
Application Form

Nova Scotia Power Burseries and Scholarships






To apply or to learn more about these opportunities click here

Deadline to apply: April 26, 2020

International Ocean Institute

IOI-Canada is pleased to offer three scholarships for Indigenous peoples in Canada to participate in its two-month training programme on Ocean Governance: Policy, Law and Management at Dalhousie University in Halifax. Funding is provided under Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Oceans Management Contribution Program and covers travel, tuition, course materials, field trips and living expenses including accommodation in a Dalhousie residence.

Please click here to learn more


  • 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