Originally established in 1993 for students of the Plains Indians Cultural Survival School, this award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) students was transferred to the EducationMatters in 2005. The purpose of this award is to encourage FNMI students, who have demonstrated involvement in their school and native communities, to pursue post-secondary education.


Dr. Joan Horton/CBE

Where Tenable

Calgary Board of Education

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. 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. The applicant will have an interest in and a history of participation in traditional First Nations, Métis, and Inuit ceremonies. 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.

Selection will be based on academic progress and the essay.


Online application available at www.educationmatters.ca. 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 Aboriginal Education Team and a representative of EducationMatters. To claim the award, within two (2) years of notification of award the recipient must be registered in an eligible program of post- secondary study of at least one year duration. Payment will be made to the post- secondary institution. Awards will be presented at the CBE Aboriginal Graduation ceremony in June.


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