Scholarship & Bursaries
The Louis Riel Institute administers several scholarships and bursaries. These scholarships or bursaries are available to Metis students at post secondary institutions.
Louis Riel Scholarships/Bursaries
These awards are available to Metis students attending participating universities in Manitoba. The funds for this award come from the Manitoba Metis Federation and are matched by the university.
Students are required to complete an application that may be one or two parts - depending on their university. The Louis Riel Institute confirms that as a Metis student, the applicant is eligible for the award and the university chooses the recipients. Students are eligible to apply for this award every year they are at the university.
Students who are interested in applying for this award can contact their university directly or the LRI to request an application and further details.
All students applying for these awards are required to provide proof of their Metis heritage. Acceptable proof at this time consists of:
- A membership in a Metis nation (i.e. MMF)
- A certified genealogy from the Saint Boniface Historical Society (SBHS) or Metis Culture and Heritage Resource Centre (MCHRC)
- You may use the proof of someone else in your family as long as you are able to provide copies of documents proving that you are related to that person.
The following are acceptable methods of showing proof of relationship:
- Long form birth certificate
- Baptismal record which lists parents
- Other proof of identification as approved by the Louis Riel Institute.
The following is a list of participating universities and their application due dates:
- University of Manitoba - due date is October 1st annually - contact "Financial Aid & Awards Office - University Centre"
- University of Winnipeg - due date is September 15th annually - contact "Student Services - Centennial Hall"
- Brandon University - first due date is Spring annually - there are different due dates for returning and entrance students - contact "Senate Office -McKenzie Building"
- Université de Saint Boniface - due date is October 1st annually - contact "Registrariat"
- University College of the North - contact "Financial Aid Office" for due dates at the beginning of the school year
Mary Guilbault Metis Bursary - due October 1st annually
The Mary Guilbault Metis Bursary is an award available to Manitoba Metis students who excel in their academics and community. The funds for the award are fundraised by the staff and board of the LRI and matched by the Manitoba Metis Federation. Any Metis student enrolled in their second year or more at a post secondary institution in Manitoba may apply.
Students apply directly to the LRI and the recipient is chosen by the staff and board of the LRI.
Students who are interested in applying for the Mary Guilbault Metis Bursary can access the application here. Applications are due October 1st of each year (or the following Monday if October 1st falls on the weekend).
The award amount for the 2011/2012 school year is $2,000.
All applicants are required to provide proof of Metis heritage (see above for requirements).
Manitoba Metis Federation - Vickar Community Chevrolet Metis Student Award
(MMF-Vickar Award) due December 15th annually
The MMF-Vickar Award is available to Metis students attending Red River College who are taking an automotive course. The funds for the award come from the combined generousity of Mr. Vickar of Vickar Community Chevrolet, the Manitoba Metis Federation and matching dollars from Red River College.
Students apply directly to Red River College and the college chooses the recipients.
Students who are interested in applying for the MMF-Vickar Award should contact Student Services at Red River College and request an application form.
Audreen Hourie Governance Fellowship - due annually each summer
The Audreen Hourie Governance Fellowship is available to Metis students enrolled in the Masters of Indigenous Governance or Masters of Development Practice at the University of Winnipeg. The funds for this award come from the Manitoba Metis Federation and are matched by the University of Winnipeg.
Students apply directly to the University of Winnipeg and the university chooses the recipient.
Students who are interested in applying for the Audreen Hourie Governance Fellowship should contact Graduate Studies at the University of Winnipeg and request an application.
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