Scholarships, Awards and Bursaries

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Scholarships, Awards and Bursaries

In order to apply for these award you must fill out your Student Financial Profile (SFP) at the beginning of each academic term (Fall, Winter, and Summer.) The Student Financial Profile is also used for on-campus employment.

Award Name and Type Consideration Criteria

(Complete criteria at go.yorku.ca/scholarships)

Value of Award
Award for Aboriginal Students Indigenous ancestry Resident of Ontario $20,000*

($5,000x4 years)

Entrance Bursary for Aboriginal Students Indigenous ancestry Resident of Ontario $8,800

(2,200x4 years)

Indigenous Student Bursary Indigenous ancestry Resident of Ontario Varies with number of applicants
Alpha Foundation Bursary Indigenous ancestry Resident of Ontario $1500

Some of these awards, bursaries, and scholarships may not show on the Student Financial Profile list. You will automatically be considered for these awards when you have self identified as Indigenous/Aboriginal in your application. (NOTE: Fill it out as soon as you can- you don’t need to have an offer of admission and you don’t have to accept your offer- so that York can let you know what funding is available to you.)

There are three on-campus employment programs for current students such as Research at York (RAY), Work/Study, College Life at York (CLAY) and York Engaged Students (YES). You must connect with the Career Centre for information on these programs.

For external awards, bursaries and scholarship click on the link below: External Scholarships-Bursaries-Awards Listing

Frequently Asked Questions....

Q: What is the difference between a SCHOLARSHIP and BURSARY?

A: A scholarship is based on outstanding academic and/or athletic achievement, or personal merit and it is usually awarded during the admissions process. Bursaries are usually granted on the basis of student financial need. Academic excellence and financial need are usually the primary criteria for any type of award.

Q: Are there Scholarships, Awards & Bursaries available for Aboriginal Students at York University?

A: Yes! Please look to the above chart for the list of these scholarships, awards and bursaries. You can also find more information  on the Student Financial Services web page here: Funding for Aboriginal Students

Q: I am not sure if I qualify for the Entrance Awards & Bursaries?

A: If you are unsure if you qualify for the Entrance Awards & Bursaries, please fill out your Student Financial Profile (SFP) , this is an online application used to assess  your financial need. York University uses this information to help identify students who may qualify for financial support. Complete the SFP as soon as possible, you may contact the Centre for Aboriginal Student Services (416-736-5571) if you have any questions.   

Q: When can I fill this out?

A: Fill it out as soon as you can- you don’t need to have an offer of admission and you don’t have to have accepted your offer in order to fill out this form

Q: When is the deadline to fill out the SFP?

A: Deadlines are listed on the Student Financial Services web page.

Q: What about OSAP?

A: Please contact Student Fiancial Services for more information on OSAP. If you are considering applying for OSAP check out the OSAP Aid Estimator here