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.

Please note that scholarships do not impact the allocation of funds we provide to our clients.

AllRock Consulting Ltd. STEM Scholarship

  • The AllRock Consulting Ltd. STEM scholarship was established to support Qalipu First Nation students pursuing a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program at the post-secondary level. Throughout the duration of this scholarship, three scholarships worth one thousand dollars will be awarded each year. Three (3) one thousand-dollar scholarships will be awarded each year.
  •  Applications are open to Qalipu First Nation members currently enrolled or accepted into a STEM program at a recognized post-secondary institution. The deadline for submissions is August 31st. Scholarships will be awarded by a selection committee, considering the merit of each application taking into consideration grades, career goals and volunteer activities.
  • Applicants must provide the following:
    • Completed application form,
    • At least one (1) character reference in the form of a recommendation letter,
    • Acceptance letter, or enrolment verification, that features applicant’s name, post-secondary institution, and program in which applicant is enrolled, or have been accepted into;
    • Post-Secondary unofficial transcript (only required if applicant has completed any post-secondary); and,
    • High school transcript (only required when applicant has not completed any post-secondary).

Please submit applications by email to Kristina Duffy ( by August 31.

Click here for the application form.

Bernie Hanlon Memorial Scholarship

Bernadette “Bernie” Hanlon dedicated her life to supporting and encouraging Indigenous people of Newfoundland.  As a Client Service Officer, Bernie always went above and beyond for her students through her many years of dedicated service with the Federation of Newfoundland Indians and later with Qalipu First Nation.  Bernie tried to help in any way possible and did what she could to reduce barriers for Indigenous students enrolled in Post-Secondary. She worked tirelessly to help those around her develop personally as well by supporting and encouraging cultural and spiritual growth.

To honor Bernie, an annual scholarship was created to further help a Post-Secondary student achieve their dreams.

The scholarship is valued at $1,000.00 and will be awarded to the applicant that best embodies Bernie’s passion for cultural outreach while demonstrating a commitment to academics and their community.

To qualify, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Currently be funded under the PSSSP
  • Be a registered member of Qalipu First Nation
  • Currently enrolled in Post-Secondary
  • Be in “Clear Academic Standing”

How to Apply:

In 500 words or less, demonstrate how you embody the spirit of Bernie Hanlon by detailing your participation in cultural activities, events, committees, volunteering, and community involvement.

Please submit applications to Paula Colombe by email ( by November 30.

Note: All essays must be submitted in PDF format.

Bird Heavy Civil Ltd. Indigenous Scholarship

Bird Heavy Civil Ltd. Indigenous Scholarship is an annual scholarship designed to encourage and support 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 fulltime post-secondary institution or students in Grade 12 who are planning to attend a full-time post-secondary education institution that are of Indigenous descent (First Nations, Métis or Inuit). Students pursuing an education in the technology and trades will be considered priority applicants.

Click here for more information.
Click here for the application form.

Calibre – Valentine Gold Mine Scholarship

  • In 2022-2023, Qalipu First Nation and Calibre – Valentine Gold Mine (formerly known as Marathon Gold) announced a scholarship to encourage and support Qalipu band members with career development and growth as they attend post-secondary.
  • Students pursuing an education in technology or trades associated with the mining industry will be considered priority applicants.
  • Five scholarships, valued at $1,000.00, will be presented annually.
  • Applicant(s) must provide the following:
    • Proof of Qalipu First Nation membership
    • A completed scholarship application form
    • At least one character reference in the form of recommendation letter detailing community participation, volunteer activities etc.
    • A copy of their most recent post-secondary transcript confirming successful completion of at least one semester from a recognized post-secondary institution as a full-time student. Priority is given to applicants enrolled in a program related to the mining industry.

Please submit applications by email to Kristina Duffy ( by January 31.

Click here for the application form.


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


Indigenous Student Resource Centre-MUN

The Indigenous Student Resource Centre at Memorial University has put together an Indigenous Student Scholarships Handbook that outlines a list of bursaries, scholarships, and incentives available to Indigenous students. Click here to view the handbook

Indigenous Services Canada Search Tool

Indigenous Services Canada has developed a search tool that provides a list of over 500 bursaries, scholarships and incentives that are available to Indigenous students across Canada. Take a look: