The New Relationship Trust Foundation and BC First Nations communities realize the importance of education. Interested and eligible BC First Nation students are encouraged to apply for the NRT Foundation Post-Secondary Scholarship Awards. Successful applicants will be eligible for a maximum of four consecutive years of undergraduate post-secondary funding, a maximum of two years at the Master’s level and a maximum of two years for the Doctorate level. Scholarships are awarded annually and students must re-apply for any subsequent years.


Students must fall into ONE of the following tracks to be eligible for a 2020-21 NRT Foundation Post-Secondary award.

Eligibility Track One:
• First Nations (status or non-status) member of a British Columbia First Nation community
• Planning to attend any accredited post-secondary institution on a full-time basis


Eligibility Track Two:
• First Nations (status or non-status) member or a Metis Nation member from anywhere in Canada
• Planning to attend an accredited British Columbia post-secondary institution on a full-time basis
• Resident of British Columbia

NRT and Indspire

New Relationship Trust and Indspire have partnered to offer First Nations Students (Status and Non-Status) from BC another opportunity to receive funding.

Indspire’s Building Brighter Futures: Bursaries, Scholarships and Awards (BBF) program supports Indigenous students to ensure that they succeed and achieve their educational goals. Through the BBF program, students can receive financial assistance to help pay for school – whether it’s for tuition, rent, groceries, or any other expenses that come with being a student.

Students are strongly encouraged to also submit an application to Indspire as well. Students must apply separately to both programs. The Indspire application is linked below.

NRTF | First Nations Students Scholarships |

Application Forms

The NRT Foundation application is due November 13 at NOON PST.

The NRT Indspire application is due November 1.

NRT Foundation Scholarships are awarded for:

  • Undergraduate;
  • Masters; and
  • Doctorate

Examples of Ineligible Fields of Study:

  • Conferences / symposiums / workshops
  • Professional Fees / schools
  • Education at non-recognized post-secondary institutions
  • Executive / Management programs

Foundation Partnerships

The NRT Foundation works with industry partners to build the capacity of BC First Nations through investments in education. These industry partnerships provide additional funding for specific fields of study to enable the NRT Foundation to award more scholarships and bursaries each year.


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