UBC has almost $100,000 in Presidential Scholars Awards for Aboriginal secondary school students, including two renewable scholarships valued at $20,000 each, seven one-time awards valued at $5,000 each, and two renewable entrance scholarships for Bachelor of Arts students valued at $6,000 each. For more information on how to apply, please visit the Presidential Scholars Awards page. Aboriginal students who apply before the deadline will be considered for both general and Aboriginal-specific Presidential Scholars Awards.
To acknowledge UBC’s strong relationship with the Musqueam First Nation, the President’s Office has created a new scholarship – valued at up to $5,500 annually and renewable up to four years – to support students from the Musqueam First Nation who are entering undergraduate programs (directly from high school or transferring from another post-secondary institution). Recipients will have demonstrated academic and leadership achievements including, but not limited to, engagement in the arts, athletics, school, and/or their community. Recipients will be selected based on their ability to demonstrate their openness to continuing to learn who they are, where they come from, and their responsibility in enriching and carrying forward knowledge in their community and in the world. If you are an undergraduate student who self-identified as a member of the Musqueam First Nation on your UBC application, you will be automatically considered. If you did not self-identify and would like to be considered, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The UBC Centennial Scholars Entrance Award program assists students in transition from secondary school and other post-secondary institutions to UBC. The purpose of this program is to support academically qualified students who show an interest in joining the UBC community, but who would not otherwise be able to attend without significant financial assistance. The Centennial Scholars Entrance Award offers entering students one-time and renewable awards of up to $40,000 payable over four years. There are opportunities for students studying on UBC’s Vancouver campus to receive full-ride awards, ranging in value up to the full cost of a student’s program and living expenses. For more information on how to apply, please visit the UBC Centennial Scholars Entrance Award page.
UBC has a dedicated Aboriginal Awards program. There are 25 awards totalling approximately $35,000 in bursaries, scholarships, and awards for Canadian Aboriginal students. Students can apply for Aboriginal scholarships and bursaries by submitting the Aboriginal Awards application form.
The BMO Entrance Award for Aboriginal Students in Commerce is a $10,000 award offered annually by Bank of Montreal to an Aboriginal student entering the Bachelor of Commerce degree program. The award may be renewed for an additional three years or until the first undergraduate degree is obtained (whichever is the shorter period), provided the recipient remains in good academic standing. Selection is based on admission scores, and the award is made on the recommendation of the UBC Sauder School of Business. You must submit your application to UBC by December 1 to be considered for this award.
The Lindsay and Elizabeth Gordon Award in Health Sciences is for Aboriginal students who are pursuing a degree in any area of health science on UBC’s Vancouver or Okanagan campus. This award is made on the recommendation of the Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health.
A cornerstone of the Spitz Fellows Program is The Spitz Family Awards for Aboriginal Women. These are renewable awards of $10,000 per academic year, with additional funding available for Fellows, based on financial need, for other student expenses. The program recognizes direct-entry and transfer students who demonstrate academic achievement, community engagement, tenacity, leadership skills, and service to others.
Having a financial plan is just as important as having an academic plan. We have online resources and advisors to help you. If you are an Aboriginal student who requires help with financial planning, awards, or sponsorship billing, please contact:
Administrator, Admissions and Awards
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