NRT Foundation Announces 2018-19 Scholarships & Bursaries!

Vancouver, BC – The New Relationship Trust Foundation (NRT Foundation), in partnership with New Relationship Trust (NRT), is pleased to announce the call for applications for the 2018-19 Scholarships and Bursaries will soon open to First Nations students in British Columbia (BC)!


Apply online on Tuesday, April 17, 2018


NRT, the founding partner of the NRT Foundation, has committed $600,000 this year to provide the following Scholarships and Bursaries:


·     $20,000 for Doctorates

·     $10,000 for Masters

·     $5,000 for Bachelors

·     $2,000 for Certificates, Diplomas, Associate Degrees, and Trades Bursaries


Additional funding has also been secured from our funding partners that include the Province of BC, First Nations Healthy Authority, and additional partners are still coming in.


In 2006, the BC Government worked with First Nations leadership to create NRT, and gave $100 million to NRT to support capacity building initiatives, which include First Nations Scholarships and Bursaries. Since 2010, 1,955 Scholarship and Bursary awards totaling over $9.3 million have been given to students from First Nations in BC.


Indigenous Early Years Scholarships & Bursary Awards


The NRT Foundation and the Province of BC are proud to introduce the Indigenous Early Years (IEY) Scholarship & Bursary program. Interested and eligible Indigenous students should apply to the Indigenous Early Years Bursary program. NRTF is pleased to offer IEY Scholarships and Bursaries to students who currently reside in British Columbia and are enrolled in Early Years Education programs. The First Call for submissions to the Bursaries starts Tuesday, April 17, 2018, and the Second Call will start Thursday, August 13th, 2018.


IEY Award Eligibility:


Indigenous: First Nations, First People, Metis and Inuit people of Canada. Those who identify as Indigenous persons who are residents of British Columbia are eligible for the Indigenous Early Years Bursary Program in areas of study that align with early years professions including early childhood education, early intervention therapies and supports, and other para-professions.

Apply online on Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The NRT Foundation was created to ensure First Nations education awards continue in perpetuity. “The goal of the NRT Foundation is to create a $30 million endowment that will allow us to be self-sustaining so that students have funding options to turn to for generations. We always hear that post-secondary education of Indigenous people is vital – we have taken on the challenge and we are fully committed to supporting our families and to strengthening our communities,” explains Judith Sayers, Chair of the NRT Foundation.

Eliminating financial barriers to post-secondary education will enable more First Nations students to embark on successful academic journeys,” said NRT CEO, Cliff Fregin. “Improving education outcomes for First Nations students will not only help them achieve their life goals and present them with greater employment opportunities, these students are also helping to strengthen First Nations communities and British Columbia as well.”


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