In 1999, an endowment fund was started between the Manitoba Métis Federation and participating Manitoba universities in order to create available funds for issuing scholarships and bursaries to Manitoba Métis students. The awards come from the interest on the capital contributions to the fund, creating a legacy for future generations.
To date, contributions from all parties totals over $12.9 million dollars with over $1.8 million in awards being distributed. Award amounts vary at each institution from $500 to $3,000 with the average being $1,500 per student.
These awards are available to Métis students attending participating universities in Manitoba.
Students are required to complete an application that may consist of one or two parts - depending on their university. The Louis Riel Institute confirms that, as a Métis student, the applicant is eligible for the award and the university chooses the recipients. Students are eligible to apply for this award every year that they are attending the university.
Students who are interested in applying for this award can contact their university directly or contact the LRI to request an application and further details.
All students applying for this award are required to provide proof of their Métis heritage. Acceptable proof at this time consists of:
- A membership in a Métis nation (i.e. MMF) or
- A certified genealogy from the Saint Boniface Historical Society (SBHS) or Métis Culture and Heritage Resource Centre (MCHRC) or
- You may use the proof of someone else in your family as long as you are able to provide copies of documents proving that you are related to that person. The following are acceptable methods of showing proof of relationship:
- Long form birth certificate
- Baptismal record which lists parents
- Other proof of identification as approved by the Louis Riel Institute
The following is a list of participating universities and their application due dates:
University of Manitoba - due date is October 1st annually - contact "Financial Aid & Awards Office - University Centre"
University of Winnipeg - deadline - Sept 14
The University of Winnipeg (U of W) has streamlined their application process. All U of W students interested in being considered for the Louis Riel Bursary must complete the "General Application for Awards and Bursaries" available at http://www.uwinnipeg.ca/index/services-awds-current-continuing
Brandon University - first due date is Spring annually - there are different due dates for returning and entrance students - contact "Senate Office - McKenzie Building"
Université de Saint Boniface - due date is October 1st annually - contact "Registrariat"
University College of the North - due date is February 22nd annually - contact "Financial Aid Office"