The future of Indigenous nationhood is grounded in education. It is also the backbone of the Indigenous economy and pathway to opportunity. It is important for Indigenous students to be celebrated and encouraged to continue the efforts in higher education in order to realize their maximum potential.
The Indigenous Financial Solutions (IFS) Scholastic Awards were created to celebrate and support motivated and exceptional First Nations, Métis and Inuit students as they embark on new directions in post-secondary education.
“These exceptional students will be the future economic, social and community leaders and will one day guide their respective nations,” said Scott Patles-Richardson, Chairperson and President of Indigenous Financial Services. “We created the IFS Scholastic Award to support the academic goals of Indigenous students and lift them up towards a bright future. There will be considerable demand for bright, young Indigenous people to assume a career in each of the academic areas we have identified. I see the IFS Scholarship Awards as an investment in fulfilling their dreams and meeting our needs in the Indigenous economy of the future.”
The IFS Scholastic Awards provide an endowment to assist the recipients in their studies at a college, university, or vocational training or skilled trades training. The endowment provides a contribution that may be used for books, supplies, IT technology or cost-of-living supplement that supports their post-secondary education. The endowment may also be used to offset costs for student athletes including athletic wear and equipment.
For 2020, the IFS Scholarships are awarded in four categories:
- Sports and Academia – For an Indigenous student entering or continuing post-secondary studies and playing a varsity-level sport.
- Business and Communications – For an Indigenous student entering or continuing post-secondary studies in the field ofbusiness or communications.
- Law and Humanities – For an Indigenous student entering or continuing post-secondary studies in the field of law, humanities or social sciences.
- Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – For an Indigenous student entering or continuing post-secondary studies in the field of mathematics, science technology, engineering or mathematics.
The IFS Scholastic Awards will be given out annually through an application process that will begin in the spring. Students are asked to complete a simple application form and bio and to share their vision of education and how their academic goals will support their future and the future of their respective nations.