Indigenous Education Awards

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Our Indigenous Education Awards Program supports First Nation, Inuit and Métis students across Canada by providing financial assistance to help them in their quest for higher education.

These awards, bursaries and scholarships are given to students who demonstrate leadership capabilities and strive to be role models in their schools and communities.
There are three different awards available:

  • Merit Awards ($500) – for students completing Grades 10 – 12, including upgrading

  • Bursaries ($1,000) – for students enrolled in trade, diploma or certificate programs

  • Scholarships ($1,500) – for students enrolled in degree or graduate programs

There is a maximum of one award per applicant per year. Students must re-apply each year if they wish to be considered. 


You can apply for one of our Indigenous Education Awards if you:
  • Are a Canadian Indigenous person

  • Are enrolled full-time in high school (including upgrading) or an accredited post-secondary institution or training program

  • Are not the child of an ATCO employee


How to Apply

Submit the following required documentation:

  • One reference letter from a teacher, community leader or employer

  • Short essay [500 – 1,000 words] describing why you are a suitable candidate

  • Proof of enrollment for the upcoming school semester [can include acceptance letter, class schedule or receipt of paid fees]

  • Transcript from the most recent school attended [unofficial transcript is acceptable]


Thank you for your interest in the 2018 ATCO Indigenous Education Awards.  The application deadline was July 15,  and we are no longer accepting applications.

Due to the large volume of scholarship applications we are unable to accept telephone or email inquiries regarding the status of your application. We thank everyone for applying; however only those being considered for an award will be contacted.

You may submit your application for the 2019-2020 school year in March 2019.