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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.

Sundance Aboriginal 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. 

How to Apply for this Award:

Please submit all documents into one electronic package in PDF format.

  1. Cover Page stating your name, student ID phone number, and school of registration
  2. Two letters of reference
  • Letters of reference should address your involvement with the Indigenous community.
  1. Essay submission answering the following question:
    What is your involvement with the Indigenous community?
  • Include details on your accomplishments and volunteer work.
  • 1000 words max /2 pages double spaced, min. 9 font
  1. Completed Making Ends Meet Work Sheet
  • To receive a copy of this required document please reach out to the contact for your school:

University of Waterloo - Lori Campbell

University of Guelph - Natasha Young

Wilfrid Laurier University Waterloo Campus – Emily Daniel

Wilfrid Laurier University Brantford Campus – Margaret Neveau

Applicant eligibility requirements:

  • Full time registration at one of the above mentioned institutions.
  • Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident (Landed Immigrant) or Protected Person.
  • Long term resident of Ontario.
  • Demonstrated financial need per the completion and submission of the Making Ends Meeting Work Sheet
  • Make sure that all documents include your name, student I.D. number, and school of registration.

The completed documents can be submitted via email to by the program deadline on Friday February 14th, 2020.

SEEDs Program 

First-year undergraduate Indigenous students at Laurier can earn $250 per semester through the SEEDs scholarship program. The program consists of four academic, social and cultural activities that students participate in each semester. In order to receive the SEEDs scholarship, students must complete all requirements and meet with the Indigenous student support coordinator twice a semester. 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.

Important Dates

June 4: First-year undergraduate profile as application for all competitive entrance opportunities opens on LORIS.  Open to students who are entering a first year undergraduate program in the fall semester.

July 31: Deadline for completion of First-year student profile as application for all competitive entrance opportunities.

August 1: General student profile as application for all competitive opportunities which are open to ALL students opens on LORIS.

Sept 26: Deadline for completion of the General student profile, as application for all competitive opportunities which are open to ALL students.

Sept 30: Faculty-specific profile for students who have completed the general profile opens on LORIS. This is the application for competitive opportunities that are specific to your program of study.

Oct 24: Deadline for completion of Faculty-specific profile, as application for competitive opportunities that are specific to your program of study.

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.