First Citizens Bursary
Aboriginal (status, non-status, Metis, and Inuit) post-secondary students that are:
- In financial need
- Sponsored and Non-sponsored students
- Permanent residents in British Columbia for six months or more at the time of application
- International/U.S. studies are not eligible unless a part of your BC studies and/or program and will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
- Registered full-time in a minimum two-year academic program at any BC recognized post-secondary institution.
- Full time is considered as follows:
- undergraduate students, at least 3 full time credit courses per term
- students with a disability affecting academic performance, a least 2 full credit courses per term
- Graduate students, a letter from your academic advisor confirming satisfactory progress at a full time level (for a maximum of 3 years for Masters Students, and 5 years for Doctorate students).
Applicant must attain a minimum 2.5 GPA or C+ grade equivalent for each semester that they are eligible for the funding. They will need to submit grades proving this at the end of each semester.
Please note: Students will not be eligible for a bursary to repeat a course or academic year for which a bursary has already been received.
Students submitting an application must complete the following or will be denied funding:
- A completed, signed and dated application form for the proper academic year.
- A letter written by the applicant on ancestry, family background, education, employment history, and career or academic goal.
- Proof of full-time registration in a BC college or university
- A letter of support from a recognized Aboriginal organization.
- Supporting evidence of Aboriginal ancestry.
- Applicants with a disability that affects academic performance must provide one of the following documents explaining academic performance limitations:
- verification of receipt or qualification for federal or provincial assistance for persons with disabilities, or
- a medical certificate from a licensed medical practitioner e.g. physician or specialist, or
- a learning disability assessment, or
- a Verification of Permanent Disability form. (Note: Medical documentation must be signed and certified by the prescribing medical practitioner
- Graduate students must also provide: an official transcript verifying enrolment, a letter from your academic advisor confirming advisor’s role, full time level and satisfactory progress, advisor contact information, and dated and signed on university letterhead.
- Returning Applicants: You must provide a new, completed application for the academic year and proof of academic enrolment.
Any additional information pertaining to the application can be included on a separate page.
Students who do not submit their official transcripts within one month of their semester's completion, may be ineligible for funding for the academic year.