The call for applications for the Indigenous Financial Solutions (IFS) Scholastic Awards in honor of Ed Two-Axe Earley is now open. The award will be presented to gifted Indigenous students who excel within their respective fields. To qualify, students must be enrolled in a full-time post-secondary program; demonstrate their academic achievements, show a commitment to contributing to their Nation, families, or communities; and must be pursuing a career in business, humanities, law, science or social justice.
IFS is committed to supporting exceptional Indigenous students along their educational journey. Too often, financial concerns prevent students from actualizing their potential. With the Ed Two-Axe Earley scholastic fund by IFS, we hope to lessen the financial stress of attending post-secondary and help the Indigenous leaders of tomorrow reach their full potential.
The application process is now open. Applications will be open until Friday, August 31, 2023, at 12 midnight. Late applications will not be considered. IFS will announce the recipients in September 2023.
Criteria for the IFS Scholastic Awards Include:

Be a First Nation, Métis or Inuk person, proof required;

Be enrolled in a full-time post-secondary program (university, college, vocational or skilled-trades training program);

Demonstrate that they are a highly motivated student through transcripts, Dean’s list, awards, or honours, or any other significant achievement; or through demonstrating notable community involvement, involvement in clubs or sports, and any other extracurriculars;

Demonstrate their willingness to contribute to their own nation, community and family  through experiences like summer jobs, volunteer experience, etc., as well as by telling the story of their own life and their community;

Commit to pursuing a career or be engaged in a course of study in the fields of business, humanities, law, science and social justice. e.g. Outline future career goals and impact of your career on Indigenous peoples and future generations.

The IFS Scholastic Awards provides cash awards to assist the recipients in their studies for their upcoming school year(s). The award provides a contribution that may be used for books, supplies, IT technology,  or cost-of-living supplement that supports their post-secondary education.
The Edward Two-Axe Earley scholastic awards are proudly funded by Indigenous Financial Solutions.
About Edward Two-Axe Earley
The Late (Poppa Ed) Edward Two-Axe Earley was a gifted orator, storyteller, and proud Onkwehonwe. Born in Brooklyn, New York, and a citizen of the Mohawks of Kahnawake, Mr. Two-Axe Earley devoted his life to supporting Indigenous entrepreneurship. He held a Master of Business Administration and was a business consultant, historian, and well-known political aficionado. He was also a veteran of the United States Armed Forces. Edward was the son of renowned Mohawk women’s rights-advocate the Late Mary Two-Axe Earley.
To donate to the Edward Two-Axe Earley Fund, please contact Indigenous Financial Solutions at
Begin your application process here.