Rupertsland Institute (RLI) provides post-secondary financial aid to Métis students to reduce the overall cost of education and the financial burden it can have. RLI seeks to increase the number of Métis students who successfully complete post-secondary studies and to bring parity between Métis post-secondary participation to that of other Albertans.
Two funding options are available to you as a Métis student:
- Higher Learning Completion program – includes financial support for post-secondary education, apprenticeship and certificate training
- Métis Scholar Awards – provides funding to Métis individuals in post-secondary programs at select post-secondary institutions in Alberta
In addition to financial aid for Métis students pursuing higher education, RLI provides general services such as:
- Education information in electronic and print form
- Information on bursaries and scholarships
- Use of phone, fax and internet services for training or employment purposes
Higher Learning Completion program
Are you a Métis student enrolled in:
- a one-year certificate program?
- the final two semesters of study in a degree or diploma program?
- any year of technical training in an apprenticeship trade?
If so, you may qualify for financial assistance for tuition, books/supplies and a living allowance while in school. Financial assistance for part-time training is also available for qualified individuals.
View RLI’s eligibility requirements.
Métis Scholar Awards
Are you a full time Métis student in one of 14 post-secondary institutions in Alberta?
You may qualify for financial assistance through the Métis Scholar Awards program that provides financial support in years one to three of your certificate, diploma or undergraduate program. Depending upon the institution, Métis Scholar Awards may also be available for graduate studies. Final year financial assistance (the last two semesters) is available for students via the RLI Higher Learning Completion program.
The Métis Scholar Awards program is funded through endowment agreements negotiated at post-secondary institutions across Alberta through the Métis Education Foundation (MEF) and RLI. The endowments and awards are administered directly by each post-secondary institution.
Métis Scholar Awards are available at the following institutions and all applications must be submitted directly to the appropriate post-secondary institution:
- Athabasca University
$2,500 for undergraduate students. The number of available awards varies.
Applications are available online
- Bow Valley College
$2,000 – $2,500 for students in certificate programs.
$4,000 – $5,000 for students in diploma programs.
Up to $1,500 for emergency bursaries, available to Métis students in emergency financial situations.
Often two to three awards are presented annually in each category (certificate programs and diploma programs).
Applications are available online
- Grande Prairie Regional College
Minimum value of $1,500 for a student who is enrolled in their first year of studies and minimum value of $2,500 for a student who is enrolled in their second year of studies.
Applications are available from the Awards & Financial Aid Office located in Student Services or online
- Lakeland College
$2,500 – $3,500 for students enrolled full-time in any certificate, diploma, or university transfer program. Two to four awards are available each year.
Applications are available from Student Services at Lakeland College or online
- Lethbridge College
$3,500 for students entering/continuing in post-secondary programs. Up to six awards are available each year. Students may access funding through the Métis Scholar Awards a maximum of two times.
Applications are available from Student Services at Lethbridge College or online.
- MacEwan University
$2,000 – $3,000 for certificate/diploma students
$3,000 – $5,000 for undergraduate degree or undergraduate applied degree students
The number of awards available varies.
Applications are available through the Student Resource Centre at MacEwan University or online
- Mount Royal University
Up to $3,500 per award is available for each academic year. A maximum of five awards are available annually.
Applications are available online
$1,500 – $2,000 for certificate programs
$2,000 – $3,000 for diploma programs
$3,000 – $5,000 for undergraduate applied degree or undergraduate degree programs
At least 20 awards will be distributed each academic year.
Application forms are available through the NAIT Scholarships & Bursaries Office or online
- NorQuest College
$1,500 – $2,000 for certificate/diploma students
$2,000 – $3,000 for university transition students
The number of available awards varies but 25 awards are typically distributed every year.
Applications are available through the Student Financial Aid Office at NorQuest College or online
- Northern Lakes College
Métis Scholar Awards: $2,500 for full-time students in a diploma, certificate or university transfer program.
Métis Student Bursaries: $500 for students in an academic upgrading program.
Four to five awards per category are available each year.
Applications are available through the Student Financial Aid Office at Northern Lakes College or online
- Portage College
Up to 30 awards of $1,500 will be distributed every year.
Application forms are available online
Completed applications must be submitted to the Student Services Centre, Portage College, Box 417, 9531 94 Avenue, Lac La Biche, Alberta T0A 2C0
- University of Alberta
Three separate award categories are available:
- Métis Scholar Award (One of up to $20,000; consideration will only be given to students enrolled in a graduate program)
- Métis Professional Studies Awards (of up to $10,000; consideration will only be given to students enrolled in the second, third or fourth year of study in any professional undergraduate degree program with differential fees)
- Métis Undergraduate Awards (of up to $5,000; consideration will only be given to students enrolled in the second or third year of study for any undergraduate degree program)
Typically, 13 awards are distributed annually.
Applications are available online through Aboriginal Students Services Centre at the University of Alberta.
- University of Calgary
Three separate award categories are available as follows:
- Métis Education Foundation Entrance Awards (three awards available; award amounts vary but may be up to $5,000)
- Métis Education Foundation Continuing Awards (three awards available; award amounts vary but may be up to $5,000)
- Métis Education Foundation Graduate Awards (three awards; award amount $10,000)
Student awards application and information on deadlines are available online
- University of Lethbridge
A minimum value of $2,500 for undergraduate degree programs and a minimum value of $10,000 for graduate degree programs, though award amounts vary. At least six undergraduate degree awards and at least one graduate degree award will be made annually.
Application forms are available at the University of Lethbridge Scholarships and Student Finance office or online
Métis Scholar Awards Criteria
Métis Scholar Awards criteria varies across the different post-secondary institutions. While there are commonalities across the overall endowment program, careful consideration was given to the programs at each institution to maximize the benefits to Métis students.
When considering your application for the Métis Scholar Awards, please contact the post-secondary institution directly to identify application deadlines and specific criteria that may apply.
To qualify for a Métis Scholar Award, a student must meet the criteria of both the Métis Education Foundation (Métis Scholar Awards criteria) and the post-secondary institution where the endowment resides.
The general criteria are as follows:
- Is not receiving RLI Métis Training to Employment (MTE) funding;
- Show proof of Métis ancestry 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 Métis membership card in any of the following governing members of the Métis National Council: Métis Nation of Ontario, Manitoba Métis Federation, Métis Nation – Saskatchewan, Métis Nation British Columbia; or
- photocopy of parent’s, grandparent’s or sibling’s valid membership card in any of the above named Métis organizations (along with proof of this kinship connection); or
- other valid proof of Métis genealogy linking to the Métis Homeland (as validated by either MNA/RLI);
- Submit a letter outlining how receiving a Métis Scholar Award will assist them in achieving their educational goals
- Is not Inuit, nor a Registered, Treaty or non-status Indian;
- Enrolled in full-time studies;
- Demonstrates financial need;
- Holds minimal GPA requirements.
*Each institution may have its own specific criteria in addition to the eligibility requirements listed above.