Jim Bourque Scholarship

Scholarship Details

Value of Scholarship


Number of Scholarships Awarded

1 annually 

Deadline to Apply

Application must be received by midnight Mountain Time, July 08, 2024.

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About the Scholarship

This scholarship honours the legacy of the late Hon. James W. Bourque, PC. Born in Wandering River, Alberta, Bourque was of Cree and Métis background. At the age of 18 he was elected president of an association of hunters and trappers in Fort Chipewyan before working as a park warden in Wood Buffalo National Park from 1955 to 1963. He served as president of the Métis Association of the Northwest Territories from 1980 to 1982, was deputy minister of renewable resources for the government of the Northwest Territories from 1982 to 1991 and chairman of the Northwest Territories' Commission for Constitutional Development.

In 1984 he founded the Fur Institute of Canada, serving as its chairman for four years. He was named co-director of policy for the Royal Commission on Aboriginal People in 1994. On July 1, 1992 he was sworn into the Queen's Privy Council for Canada.


To be eligible you must be:

  • Enrolled in post-secondary training in Education, Environmental Studies, Indigenous Knowledge or Telecommunications.
  • a Canadian Indigenous student.


The Scholarship Committee looks for:

  • Financial need.
  • Relevance of study to the scholarship.
  • Applicants achievements.
  • Return on investment.
  • Overall presentation of the application.

Application Requirements

The following items are required for your application: 

  • Cover letter (please include an email address where we can contact you).
  • A description of your intended program of study and the reasons you chose the program, in 500 words or less.
  • Transcripts (most recent from college/university or high school).
  • A signed letter of recommendation from a community leader (e.g., Town or Band Council, Chamber of Commerce, Métis Local, etc.).
  • A statement of financial need which indicates funding already received or expected.
  • Proof of enrolment in, or application to, a post-secondary institution.
  • Proof of Canadian Indigenous descent.