Awards for Aboriginal students

UBC has scholarships, bursaries, and awards for Aboriginal students and students in Aboriginal-focused coursework.

Major Entrance Scholarships

UBC has almost $100,000 in Major Entrance Scholarships 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 Major Entrance Scholarships page. Aboriginal students who apply before the deadline will be considered for both general Major Entrance Scholarships and the Aboriginal-specific scholarships.

Musqueam First Nation Scholarship

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

UBC Centennial Scholars Entrance Award

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.

Aboriginal Awards

UBC also has an Aboriginal Awards program. There are 25 awards totalling approximately $35,000 in bursaries, scholarships, and awards for Canadian Aboriginal students. Several of these awards are available to students in Aboriginal-focused course work. Students can apply for Aboriginal scholarships and bursaries by submitting the Aboriginal Awards application form. The applications for awards for Aboriginal students is now closed. The 2017 application will open on June 1, 2017.

Need help with financial planning?

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:

Joanna Ludlow
Enrolment Services Professional
Toll Free: 1.877.272.1422

Halyna Petryshyn
Administrator, Admissions and Awards