This award was established to provide a financial award for studies in all academic areas of post-secondary education. The purpose of this award is to meet the increasing needs of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students for financial support in pursuing post-secondary education, and to assist them in the pursuit of excellence in every discipline.


Nickle Family Foundation

Where Tenable

Calgary Board of Education and Calgary Catholic School District (City of Calgary schools only)

Field of Study







Open to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students registered in grade 12 who are completing the requirements of a high school diploma and plan on pursuing post- secondary studies. Applicants must have demonstrated academic progress and a high rate of attendance at school-sponsored activities within the local community and at community sponsored cultural awareness events including, but not limited to, events that focus on First Nations, Métis, and Inuit cultures. Preference given to applicants with financial need.

Applicants are required to submit an original essay of approximately 500 words describing learning or impact received from a meaningful First Nations, Métis, and Inuit cultural experience or a mentorship relationship that has positively impacted the applicant’s life today and for the future. The essay should also highlight financial circumstances affecting the student’s ability to pursue post-secondary education.

Applicants are required to submit at least one letter of reference, demonstrating the applicants’ community involvement and leadership qualities. Letters may be provided from a school official, employer, or a community leader or Band official.

Selection will be based on the academics, the essay, and the letter of reference.


Online application available at Applicants should check with their guidance office for more information and are encouraged to discuss their application with the Scholarship Coordinator at their high school.

Selection & Payment

Recipients are selected in May by the CBE & CCSD Aboriginal Team and a representative of EducationMatters. To claim the award, within 2 years (24 months) of notification of award, the recipient must be registered in an eligible program of post- secondary study in Canada of at least one year’s duration, or an eligible skilled trades or apprenticeship program. Payments are made to the post-secondary institution.

Awards will be presented at the Aboriginal Graduation ceremonies in May or June.

Deadline: May 30