Background

Métis Scholar Awards

Introduction

Are you a Métis student interested or engaged in post-secondary education? Rupertsland Institute now offers Métis Scholar Awards at a number of post secondary institutions across Alberta. In order to qualify for these awards, you must meet the following general criteria, as well as any specific criteria identified at your school of choice:

  • you must be a Canadian citizen;
  • you must be enrolled in full time studies (as defined by your institution);
  • you must demonstrate financial need (in most cases);
  • you must hold a minimum GPA (this differs across institutions) with preference generally given to those with a higher academic standing; and
  • you must provide valid proof of Métis ancestry, preferably through your membership in the Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) or Métis Settlements of Alberta (MSA), or through another nationally recognized Métis organization. These include the following: Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO), Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF), Métis Nation – Saskatchewan (MNS), Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC). In some cases, you may provide valid proof of Métis genealogy through alternative means. Please make note of the membership requirements for the MEF Métis Scholar Award at your school.

In order to qualify for these awards, students must not be receiving a Rupertsland Institute Métis Training to Employment Services (MTES) sponsorship nor can you hold Registered or Treaty Indian status under Canada’s Indian Act.

Please contact Rupertsland Institute Métis Training To Employment Service offices for general information on these awards (a full listing of our office locations across Alberta can be found at www.metisemployment.ca) or your preferred post-secondary for specific information on these awards.


MacEwan University

Awards Available

Award amounts vary with a minimum value of $1500 for certificate/diploma students and a minimum value of $3000 for undergraduate degree or applied undergraduate degree students. Maximum values for awards are $2000 for certificate/diploma students and $4000 for undergraduate degree or applied undergraduate degree students.

The number of awards varies.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for an award, applicants must:

  • be enrolled full-time in any certificate, diploma, applied undergraduate degree, or undergraduate degree program at MacEwan University;
  • demonstrate financial need;
  • have a minimum GPA of 2.3 in the previous fall semester;
  • provide proof of Métis heritage, with at least one of the following:
  • photocopy of valid Métis Nation of Alberta membership card (obtained from the MNA) or, a valid membership card in any one of the following Métis organizations: Métis Settlements of Alberta, Métis Nation of Ontario, Manitoba Métis Federation, Métis Nation – Saskatchewan, Métis Nation British Columbia, or
  • photocopy of parent’s/grandparent’s/aunt’s/uncle’s or sibling’s valid membership card in any of the above named Métis organizations, or
  • proof of Métis genealogy; and
  • submit a letter explaining to the Selection Committee why receiving a Métis Education Foundation Métis Scholar Award will benefit you in achieving your educational goals.

Application Deadlines

Applications must be submitted to the Student Resource Centre at MacEwan University by the 3rd week of January. Applications will be reviewed and recipients selected by the Selection Committee in the 2nd week of February.

How to Apply

Applications are available through the Student Resource Centre at MacEwan University. http://www.macewan.ca


NorQuest College

Awards Available

The number of awards varies but typically 25 awards will be distributed every year. Award amounts will vary with a minimum value of $1500-2000 for certificate/diploma students, and $2,000-3000 for University Transition students.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for an award, students must:

  • be enrolled full time (taking a minimum of 60% of full program load) in any certificate, diploma, or university transition programs at NorQuest College;
  • demonstrate financial need;
  • include a letter of recommendation from an instructor evaluating the student’s academic abilities and showing the applicant’s dedication and commitment to studies, including class participation and attendance;
  • provide a statement of marks from their first term of study and have a minimum mark of 65% (or a 2.0 GPA - C Grade) in their current program at NorQuest College to qualify for second disbursement of the award;
  • provide proof of Métis heritage, with at least one of the following:
  • photocopy of valid Métis Nation of Alberta membership card or, a membership card in any one of the following Métis organizations: Métis Settlements of Alberta, Métis Nation of Ontario, Manitoba Métis Federation, Métis Nation – Saskatchewan, Métis Nation British Columbia, or
  • photocopy of parent’s/grandparent’s/aunt’s/uncle’s or sibling’s membership card in any of the above named Métis organizations, or
  • valid proof of Métis genealogy; and
  • submit a letter to the Selection Committee outlining your career goals and objectives, and the measures you are taking or propose to take to reach these objectives. Students may also include any challenges you have faced or overcome in returning to school.

Application Deadlines

Applications must be submitted to the Student Financial Aid Office (Room 125) of NorQuest College by October 26th. Applications will be reviewed and selected by the Selection Committee by the end of November.

How to Apply

Applications are available through the Student Financial Aid Office of NorQuest College. http://www.norquest.ab.ca/awards


University of Alberta

Awards Available

Varies; typically 13 awards will be distributed annually. Three separate award categories are available as follows:

  • Métis Education Foundation (MEF) Métis Scholar Award (1 of up to $20,000; consideration will only be given to University of Alberta students enrolled in a graduate program or entering the fourth year of study for any undergraduate degree program).
  • MEF Métis Professional Studies Awards (varies; of up to $10,000; consideration will only be given to University of Alberta students enrolled in the second, third, or fourth year of study in any professional undergraduate degree program with differential fees)
  • MEF Métis Undergraduate Awards (varies; of up to $5000; consideration will only be given to University of Alberta students enrolled in the second or third year of study for any undergraduate degree program).

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for an award, applicants must:

  • be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate degree program or, in the case of the MEF Métis Scholar Award, in a graduate degree program or the final year of an undergraduate degree program at the University of Alberta;
  • have maintained a minimum GPA of 2.0 and above;
  • demonstrate financial need;
  • provide proof of Métis heritage, by attaching one of the following to their application:
  • photocopy of a valid Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) membership card or a valid membership card from any of the following Métis Nation organizations: Métis Settlements of Alberta, Métis Nation of Ontario, Manitoba Métis Federation, Métis Nation – Saskatchewan, Métis Nation British Columbia, or
  • photocopy of parent’s/aunt’s/uncle’s or sibling’s valid membership card in any of the above named Métis organizations;
  • submit a letter to the Selection Committee that includes a personal introduction, description of their experience, involvement and connection with the Métis community as well as future goals; and,
  • provide two (2) reference letters that will highlight your experience, involvement and connection with the Métis community. We recommend letters of reference that come from your community, voluntary associations, professors or Métis community members. Letters must be on organization letterhead and signed by reference including contact information.

Application Deadlines

Student applications must be received by November 15th (or the closest date to November 15 dependent on the calendar year as defined by the Aboriginal Student Services Centre).

How to Apply

Applications are available online through Aboriginal Students Services Centre at the University of Alberta: http://aborginalservices.ualberta.ca/


NAIT

Awards Available

Varies; at least 20 awards will be distributed each academic year. Awards will vary in value, with a minimum value of $1,500 for certificate, $2,000 for diploma, and $3,000 for undergraduate applied degree or undergraduate degree programs. Maximum values for awards will be $2,000 for certificate, $3,000 for diploma and $5,000 for undergraduate degree or applied undergraduate degree programs.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for an award, students must:

  • be enrolled full-time in any certificate, diploma, applied undergraduate degree or undergraduate degree program at NAIT;
  • demonstrate financial need;
  • have achieved a grade point average of 2.3 or better in the immediate previous semester at NAIT (preference will be given to applicants with higher GPA’s);
  • provide proof of Métis heritage, by submitting one of the following:
  • photocopy of a valid Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) membership card (which can be obtained by applying to the MNA) or a valid membership card in any of the Métis Settlements of Alberta; or
  • photocopy of parent’s, aunt’s/uncle’s or sibling’s valid membership card in any of the above named Métis organizations; and
  • submit a letter of no more than 400 words outlining their experience with the Métis community.

Application Deadlines

Applications must be received by the second Monday of the beginning of the second semester in January. Applications will be reviewed by the Selection Committee and recipients selected by the 2nd week of February. Awards will be disbursed in the second semester of every academic year.

How to Apply

Application forms are available through the NAIT Scholarships & Bursaries Office or online at: http://www.nait.ca/scholarships

Applications must be submitted to: NAIT Scholarships & Bursaries Office O101–11762 106 Street Edmonton, AB T5G 2R1 Phone: (780) 491–3056 Fax: (780) 491–3960


Portage College

Awards Available

Approximately 30 awards of $1,500 will be distributed every year (contingent on Endowment Fund performance).

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for an award, students must: be enrolled full-time in any certificate, diploma or undergraduate degree program at Portage College; demonstrate financial need; have achieved a grade point average of 2.1 or better in the immediate previous semester at Portage College (preference will be given to applicants with higher GPA’s); provide proof of Métis heritage, by submitting one of the following: photocopy of the applicant’s valid Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) membership card (which can be obtained by applying to the MNA); or photocopy of parent’s/aunt’s/uncle’s or sibling’s valid membership card in the MNA; submit a short essay of no more than 500 words describing applicant’s experience and/or engagement with Alberta’s Métis community; and submit a letter of reference from a community leader, former teacher or employer.

Application Deadlines

Applications must be received by the second Monday of the beginning of the second semester in January. Awards will be reviewed by the Selection Committee and recipients selected by the 2nd week of February. Awards will be disbursed in the second semester of every academic year.

How to Apply

Application forms are available online at http://www.portagec.ab.ca Completed applications must be submitted to: Student Services Centre, Portage College, Box 417, 9531 94 Avenue, Lac La Biche, Alberta T0A 2C0


Grande Prairie Regional College

Awards Available

Awards will vary in value, with a minimum value of $1500 for a student who is enrolled in their first year of studies and $2500 for a student who is enrolled in their second year of studies.

Eligibility

To be eligible for an award, students must:

  • be enrolled as a full time student in one of the following programs (upgrading, certificate, diploma or university transfer);
  • demonstrate financial need;
  • have achieved a GPA of 2.0 or better in the immediate previous semester at GPRC;
  • provide proof of Métis heritage, by providing one of the following:
  • photocopy of applicant’s valid Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) membership card (which can be obtained by applying to the MNA), or
  • valid membership card in any of the following organizations: Métis Settlements of Alberta, Métis Nation of Ontario, Manitoba Métis Federation, Métis Nation – Saskatchewan, Métis Nation British Columbia, or
  • photocopy of parent’s/aunt’s/uncle’s or sibling’s valid membership card in any of the above named Métis organizations; and
  • submit a letter of no more than 400 words outlining their experience with the Métis community.

Application Deadlines

Applications must be received by the Awards and Financial Aid Office at GPRC by the date set by the GPRC Awards and Financial Aid Office. Please contact this office for further information. Awards will be disbursed in the second semester of each academic year.

How to Apply

Applications are available from the Awards & Financial Aid Office located in Student Services or on the GPRC website at: http://www.gprc.ab.ca/students/financialaid/awards.html


Mount Royal University

Awards Available

Varies; a maximum of five bursaries are available for each academic year. The maximum value for each bursary will be $3,500.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for an award, students must:

  • be enrolled full time in a diploma, applied degree or bachelor’s degree at Mount Royal University;
  • demonstrate financial need;
  • provide proof of Métis heritage, by submitting one of the following:
  • a photocopy of applicant’s valid Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) membership card (which can be obtained by applying to the MNA) or their membership in any of the following: Métis Settlements of Alberta, Métis Nation of Ontario, Manitoba Métis Federation, Métis Nation – Saskatchewan, Métis Nation British Columbia, or
  • a photocopy of a parent’s/aunt’s/uncle’s or sibling’s valid membership card in any of the above named organizations; and
  • submit a letter of no more than 400 words outlining their experience with the Métis community.

Application Deadlines

The application deadline is March 1. The selection committee makes their decisions by June 30. Awards will be applied in one lump sum payment against recipient’s tuition by September 30.

How to Apply

Applications are available online from Dec. 1 to March 1 only at http://www.mtroyal.ca/awards Applications must be submitted to: Mount Royal University Student Awards & Financial Aid 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW Calgary, AB T3E 6K6 Phone: (403) 440–6223


University of Lethbridge

Awards Available

Award amounts vary, with a minimum value of $2500 for undergraduate degree programs and a minimum value of $10,000 for graduate degree programs. At least six undergraduate degree awards and at least one graduate degree award will be made annually.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for an award, students must:

  • be enrolled full-time
  • demonstrate financial need
  • have achieved a GPA of 2.3 or better in the immediate previous semester at U of L (ranking is by higher to lower GPAs)
  • provide proof of Métis heritage, by providing one of the following:
  • photocopy of their valid Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) membership card (which can be obtained by applying to the MNA), or
  • a valid membership card in any of the following organizations: Métis Settlements of Alberta, Métis Nation of Ontario, Manitoba Métis Federation, Métis Nation – Saskatchewan, Métis Nation British Columbia, or
  • photocopy of their parent’s/aunt’s/uncle’s or sibling’s valid membership card in any of the above named Métis organizations; and
  • submit a letter of no more than 400 words outlining their experience with the Métis community.

Application Deadlines

Applications must be received by the U of L Scholarships and Student Finance office (Anderson Hall #151) by the date determined by this office. Please contact the Scholarships and Student Finance office for further information. Awards will be disbursed in the second semester of every academic year.

How to Apply

Application forms are available at the U of L Scholarships and Student Finance office or find further information online at: http://www.uleth.ca/ross/student-finance


University of Calgary

Awards Available

Three separate award categories are available as follows:

  • Métis Education Foundation Entrance Awards (3 Awards Available; award amounts vary but may be up to $5000)
  • Métis Education Foundation Continuing Awards (3 Awards Available; award amounts vary but may be up to $5000)
  • Métis Education Foundation Graduate Awards (3 awards; award amount $10,000)

Eligibility Criteria for MEF Entrance Awards and MEF Continuing Awards

To be eligible for an entrance or continuing award, students must:

  • be enrolled in full-time studies (in any faculty or field of studies);
  • have a minimum GPA of 2.60;
  • demonstrate financial need;
  • have proof of academic merit;
  • provide proof of Métis heritage, by providing one of the following:
  • photocopy of applicant’s valid Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) membership card (obtained by applying to the MNA), or their membership card in any of the following organizations: Métis Settlements of Alberta, Métis Nation of Ontario, Manitoba Métis Federation, Métis Nation – Saskatchewan, Métis Nation British Columbia, or
  • photocopy of their parent’s/aunt’s/uncle’s or sibling’s valid membership card in any of the above named Métis organizations; or
  • proof of Métis genealogy; and
  • submit a short essay of no more than 500 words describing their experience and engagement with Alberta’s Métis community.

Application Deadlines and How to Apply (undergraduate)

Student Awards online application and information on deadlines is available at: http://www.ucalgary.ca/studentfinance/

Eligibility Criteria for MEF Graduate Awards

To be eligible for this award, students must:

  • be enrolled full-time in a graduate program in the Faculty of Graduate Studies (in any field of study);
  • demonstrate connection to the Alberta Métis community through a short essay of no more than 500 words describing their experience and engagement with Alberta’s Métis community;
  • provide proof of Métis heritage, by providing one of the following:
  • photocopy of applicant’s valid Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) membership card (obtained by applying to the MNA), or their membership card in any of the following organizations: Métis Settlements of Alberta, Métis Nation of Ontario, Manitoba Métis Federation, Métis Nation – Saskatchewan, Métis Nation British Columbia, or
  • photocopy of their parent’s/aunt’s/uncle’s or sibling’s valid membership card in any of the above named Métis organizations; or
  • proof of Métis genealogy.

Candidates with questions regarding the proof of heritage documents should contact the University of Calgary Native Centre (403–220–6034).

Application Deadlines and How to Apply (graduate)

You can find detailed information on deadlines and how to submit an application at: http://grad.ucalgary.ca/awards

 
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