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Scholarships and Bursaries

Indigenous students, including those receiving sponsorship, are encouraged to submit an online student profile through LORIS to be considered for competitive scholarships, awards and donor-support bursary opportunities.

Award opportunities are granted to students selected from a pool of eligible applicants from both the Waterloo and Brantford campuses, and Kitchener location. There are often more applications than awards to give out. Selection is challenging and not everyone who meets the criteria will be successful. Students with financial need should seek the guidance of their Indigenous student support coordinator.


SEEDs Program 

Are you a first-year student looking for ways to connect to campus and earn money for your expenses? Seeds is a transition and scholarship program for all incoming Indigenous first-year students at Laurier. Whether you are coming from high school, college, returning to school, full-time or part-time- all first-year Indigenous students are encouraged to apply. By participating, you can earn $1000 as a full time student or $750 as a part-time student  

How does it work?

To receive the scholarship, students must participate in  4 academic, 2 social, and 4 cultural workshops throughout the year and a monthly community session with other program participants.

Why join Seeds?

📌Build community by meeting other first-year and upper-year students

📌 Strengthen and maintain your cultural connections during the school year

📌Enhance your learning skills- time management, study skills, dealing with procrastination etc.

📌Get comfortable with campus

📌Get paid to get involved!

For more information and to register, complete the SEEDS Program Application Form

Indigenous Student Emergency Bursary 

The Indigenous Student Emergency Bursary is available for students experiencing unexpected financial burdens related to their education. Each submission is considered on a case-by-case basis. Book an appointment with your campus-specific Indigenous student support coordinator.

Sundance Indigenous Award

Granted to full-time Indigenous students who are attending Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, the University of Waterloo, Conrad Grebel College, Renison College, St. Jeromes College, St. Pauls College or the University of Guelph. The SUNDANCe Indigenous Award was established to recognize Indigenous students who give back to their communities. To apply please review the requirements on the SUNDANCE INDIGENOUS AWARD page.

2022/23 Important Dates

June 30: First-year student profile as application for all competitive entrance opportunities opens on LORIS for first-year undergraduate students only. 

August 10: Deadline to complete the First-year student profile on LORIS.

August 11: General student profile open on LORIS for ALL students.

October 5: Deadline to complete the General student profile on LORIS.

October 6: Faculty-specific profile opens on LORIS for students who have completed the general profile. 

October 20: Deadline to complete the Faculty-specific profile on LORIS.

Profiles must be submitted by the stated deadline in order to be considered for all competitive scholarship, bursary and award opportunities for the current academic year. Late submissions cannot be accepted.

Email communications will be sent to your MyLaurier email account once the student profile(s) are available on LORIS.