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The RBC Indigenous Student Awards Program was launched in 1992 to assist Indigenous students to complete post-secondary education, and provide an opportunity for RBC® to strengthen its relationship with the Indigenous community. Selected students are awarded up to $5,000 each academic year for two to four years to use towards tuition, textbooks, supplies and living expenses.


RBC awards 20 scholarships in two categories:

  • For students majoring in disciplines related to the financial services industry
  • For students majoring in disciplines unrelated to the financial services industry


We also consider scholarship recipients who are interested in careers in financial services for summer and post-graduate employment.


Who Is Eligible?

You are eligible to apply to the RBC Indigenous Student Awards Program if you are a Status Indian*, a Non-status Indian, Inuit or Métis and meet these criteria:

  • You are a permanent resident or citizen of Canada
  • You have applied or are currently attending an accredited post-secondary institution in Canada
  • You maintain a full course load that leads to a recognized degree, certificate or diploma
  • You have at least two years remaining in post-secondary studies as of September 2021
  • You require financial assistance to pursue your education


If you are already receiving partial funding from other sources, you may still apply to the RBC Indigenous Student Awards Program to cover additional educational and living expenses.

*Indian as defined in Section 2(1) of the Indian Act


How It Works

Applications and supporting documents are to be received by RBC by 11:59 pm EST on February 28, of each year. If selected, the applicant must provide proof of her/his acceptance to university or college and eligible status by July 31.

You will receive up to $5,000 per academic year for educational and living expenses for two to four years.


To receive the full amount for all years of study, you must attend an accredited post-secondary institution, have at least two to four years remaining in your current program of study, remain in the program of study we awarded the scholarship for and maintain a full-time course load and good academic standing. RBC requests confirmation of your full course load and good academic standing at the beginning of every fall and winter semester. This confirmation will be collected in a way satisfactory to RBC. You will receive the first half of your scholarship at the beginning of the fall semester. If you maintain a good academic standing, you will receive the balance in January. Please note that RBC reserves the right to change or discontinue this program at any time. We will honour commitments already in place if the program changes or ends.


How Award Recipients Are Selected

A committee of Indigenous academics and RBC representatives review all completed applications and makes the final selection of the award recipients primarily based on personal and academic achievements and individual financial need. Successful applicants are notified of the committee’s decision by May 30 of each year. All decisions of the committee are final.


For more information, please visit our website.



The Corinne Mount Pleasant-Jetté Leadership Award

In honour of the late Corinne Mount Pleasant-Jetté, a prominent member of the First Nations community who was instrumental in leading the launch of the RBC Indigenous Student Awards Program, as of January 2015, one of the RBC awards will be named “The Corinne Mount Pleasant-Jetté Leadership Award”. This award will be given to one of the 10 winners who demonstrates leadership skills in their community and acts as a change agent for Indigenous communities.


Congratulations to the 2020 Winners!


Meet our past winners:
Laura Arngna’naaq
Chad Garlow
Debra Alivisatos


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