Call for Applications for the IFS Scholastic Awards

As current and future students are enjoying their well-earned summer break, many are planning their next phase of their academic careers.  To assist, Indigenous Financial Solutions (IFS) is putting out a call for application for bursaries named for The Late Edward Two-Axe Earley.

The Edward Two-Axe Earley Fund supports the IFS Scholastic Awards that recognize and support up-and-coming Indigenous students pursuing higher education and careers in the areas of business, humanities, law and social justice.  IFS Scholastic Awards will also be presented to gifted, Indigenous student athletes in these fields

The application process is now open.  Applications will be open until Saturday, August 31, 2021 at 12 midnight.  IFS will announce the recipients early in September 2021.

Criteria for the IFS Scholastic Awards include:

  • Self-identify as a First Nation, Métis or Inuk person;
  • Be enrolled in a full-time post-secondary program at the college or university level, or enrolled in vocational training or skilled-trades training program;
  • Demonstrate that they are a highly motivated student;
  • Demonstrate their willingness to contribute to their own nation, community and family.
  • Commit to pursuing a career or engaged in a course of study in the fields of business, humanities, law and social justice.
  • Student varsity athletes demonstrate excellence in their sport, a commitment to their team and their academic studies.

The IFS Scholastic Awards provides cash award to assist the recipients in their studies.  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.

We thank the following donors to the Edward Two-Axe Earley Fund

  • $5000 from Indigenous Financial Solutions
  • Brenda Gideon, Mi’qmaq Star, $500 annually
  • Saga Williams and Derek Teevan, $500
  • Bob Goulais and Deborah Richardson, Nbisiing Consulting Inc. $1000 annually

To donate to the Edward Two-Axe Earley Fund, please contact Indigenous Financial Solutions at

About Edward Two-Axe Earley

The Late 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 supporting Indigenous entrepreneurship.  He held a Masters of Business Administration and was a business consultant, a historian, and a 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.

Information and Application

  1. Please download the application form.  Word version.
  2. For consideration of the Indigenous Financial Solutions (IFS) Scholastic Award, please complete the application form, and submit the completed form to