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Scholarships, Awards & Bursaries

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Ann and Bill Mackay Entrance Award for Aboriginal Students in Recognition of Joanne Dallaire (Toronto Met’s First Elder)

The Ann and Bill Mackay Entrance Award for Aboriginal Students in Recognition of Joanne Dallaire (Toronto Met’s First Elder) recognizes the high academic achievement of a mature student entering any full-time or part-time academic program at the university.

Applicant must:

  • have clear academic standing
  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or Protected Person
  • identify as an Aboriginal Person
  • be enrolling in a post-secondary institution for the first time
  • be an undergraduate student
  • submit a statement (up to 1,000 words) on why they entered into their current program at Toronto Met and what they hope to accomplish from it.

Ann and Bill Mackay Entrance Scholarship for Aboriginal Students in Recognition of Monica McKay (Founding Director of Aboriginal Student Services (RASS))

Ann and Bill McKay Entrance Scholarship for Aboriginal Students in Recognition of Monica McKay (Founding Director of RASS) recognizes the high academic achievement of a high school student entering any full-time or part-time academic program at the university.

Applicant must:

  • be enrolling in a post-secondary institution for the first time
  • Identify as an Aboriginal Person (Indigenous, First Nations, Inuit, Métis, non-status, status)
  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or Protected Person
  • be an undergraduate student
  • have a minimum average of 80% from high school 

The scholarship is granted to the student with the highest incoming grade 12 average. 

Frank H. Hori Award for Aboriginal Students

This award recognizes two Aboriginal students with financial need at the university for their academic achievements and their connection to the Aboriginal community. 

Applicant must: 

  • Identify as an Aboriginal Person (Indigenous, First Nations, Inuit, Métis, non-status, status)
  • be enrolled and attend classes in any full-time undergraduate degree program, graduate studies program, or post-graduate program
  • have clear academic standing
  • have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • demonstrate financial need as determined by the university

Student must provide a written statement (1,200-word maximum) describing their connection to their Aboriginal community.

Indigenous Student Bursary

This bursary is provided to Indigenous students with financial need who are attending post-secondary programs and/or training programs at either Ontario publicly-assisted colleges and universities or approved Indigenous post-secondary education and training institutions. This bursary was first established in the 2008-09 academic year as part of the Government of Ontario's Indigenous Education Strategy. The value of each bursary ranges from $1,000 to $3,500.

Applicant must: 

  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or Protected Person
  • be an Indigenous Person in Canada
  • be an Ontario resident
  • have clear academic standing
  • have a cumulative GPA of 1.67 or higher
  • be enrolled in a certificate program, part-time undergraduate degree program, full-time undergraduate degree program, graduate studies program or law school program
  • demonstrate financial need as determined by the university

Johnson Scholarship Foundation Indigenous Student Awards

The Johnson Scholarship Foundation has established this award to support Indigenous students and help ensure they reach graduation.

Applicant must:

  • be an undergraduate student
  • be enrolled in their first or second year of studies
  • be enrolled full-time or have an approved accommodation for a reduced course load
  • meet a minimum CGPA of 2.33
  • demonstrate financial need as determined by the university
  • Identify as an Aboriginal Person (Indigenous, First Nations, Inuit, Métis, non-status, status)

Submit a written statement (250 to 1,000 words) about their experiences as an Indigenous student. The statement should outline academic goals and how the scholarship will enhance these goals.

Métis Nation of Ontario Bursary

The Métis Nation of Ontario Bursary is open to students who self-identify as Métis. Students may apply for and receive the bursary on an annual basis until they have completed their studies.

Applicant must:

  • Identify as an Aboriginal Person (Indigenous, First Nations, Inuit, Métis, non-status, status)
  • be a resident of Ontario
  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or Protected Person
  • have clear academic standing
  • demonstrate financial need as determined by the University.

Rabbi Abraham Silverstein Aboriginal Student Award

The Rabbi Abraham Silverstein Aboriginal Student Award is suitable for high school students with final grades 80% or better. If there are no suitable high school applicants,  in consultation with the donor, RASS may consider applications from mature students entering the first year of a full-time undergraduate degree program. The award is renewable subject to the recipient maintaining a CGPA of 3.00 or better in each of their first, second and third years of study (Fall + Winter terms) and continuing to demonstrate financial need.

Applicant must: 

  • Identify as an Aboriginal Person (Indigenous, First Nations, Inuit, Métis, non-status, status)
  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or Protected Person
  • be a resident of Ontario
  • demonstrate financial need as determined by the university

Mature students entering their first year of a four-year program will be considered for this award if no suitable qualifying direct-entry students apply.

Toronto Met Faculty Association - Indigenous Student Award

The Toronto Met Faculty Association Undergraduate Award for Aboriginal Students acknowledges the efforts of Aboriginal students, enrolled in an undergraduate program, who maintain academic proficiency, as well as demonstrate a commitment to social justice and/or labour relations both on and off-campus.

Applicant must:

  • have clear academic standing
  • be of Aboriginal ancestry (First Nations, Inuit ,Métis, non-status, status)
  • have a CGPA of 2.50 or higher

Students may apply for and receive the bursary on an annual basis until they have completed their studies. 

Learn more

Learn more about the award and scholarship opportunities for Indigenous students at Toronto Met.

Questions?

For more information, please contact Sloan (Joanne) Miller at  sloan.miller@ryerson.ca