Yukon University Student Financial Awards

Our Financial Awards program can help you reach your educational goals.

Yukon University and our generous donors understand the value of an education, so we supply a variety of awards to help you support your educational and living costs.

Awards can be based on academic or personal achievement, or financial need, along with other specialized criteria. All applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.0.


How to apply

Click on each award below to see whether you are eligible to apply and what documents you need to submit.

You need fill out the following two documents once, no matter how many awards to which you are applying:

  1. Student Financial Award Application Form
  2. Student Financial Award Application Waiver Form

Please read the information on additional award requirements carefully.

Applications can be submitted in person at the Student Services Centre, Ayamdigut Campus or by email.

Entrance Awards

Title Application deadline

Yukon University acknowledges and offers awards to students who show academic potential despite experiencing hardship(s). Two full academic year tuition waiver awards are available.

Eligibility

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Be a Grade 12 Yukon high school student
  • Have applied for Yukon University full-time studies (minimum 9 credits) before May 15

    Requirements

    • Write a letter (maximum 300-words) describing:
      • How you have overcome hardship(s)
      • How your selected program at Yukon University will further your goals
    • Provide two letters of recommendation from administrators, teachers or counselors from your high school
    Application deadline
    Amount
    Full year of tuition

    Yukon University acknowledges and offers scholarships to grade 12 students who have achieved higher academic standing in grade 12. Three full year tuition waiver scholarships are available.

    Eligibility

    • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
    • Be a Grade 12 high school student with a minimum average of 80% in grade 12
    • Have applied for Yukon College full-time studies (minimum 9 credits) before May 15

      Requirements

      • Copy of your interim Grade 12 transcript
      • Write a letter (maximum 300-words) describing:
        • Your work and life goals
        • How your selected program at Yukon University  will further your goals
      • Proof of application
      • Copy of your Letter of Acceptance from Yukon University within two days of notification
      Application deadline
      Amount
      Full year of tuition

      Yukon University offers entrance awards for new full-time students who have been accepted into a Yukon University certificate, diploma or degree students and who demonstrate financial need. Three full academic year tuition waiver awards are available.

      Eligibility

      • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
      • Have applied for the first time into a Yukon College full-time (minimum 9 credits) certificate, diploma or degree program  before May 15. (Note: partnership university programs and post-graduate certificates are not eligible).
      • Demonstrate financial need

      Requirements

      • Write a letter (maximum 300-words) describing:
        • Your work and life goals
        • How your selected program at Yukon University will further your goals
      • Proof of application
      • Copy of your Letter of Acceptance from Yukon University within two days of notification
      Application deadline
      Amount
      Full year of tuition

      General Awards

      Title Application deadline

      See the NOTE below for award availability.

      The purpose of this scholarship, valued at $2,000 (to a maximum of $8,000), is to assist a student beginning his/her studies in an undergraduate degree program at Yukon University. This award will begin in the fall of 2019 and will be available for up to four years.

      Donor

      The VK to C in 50 Scholarships were established by an anonymous donor to mark his 50th anniversary in Canada. Arriving here as a refugee, he benefited from Canada’s educational system and went on to become a world-class nation builder. Turning to philanthropy in his retirement, he has offered scholarships in every province and territory to mark this special occasion, and to thank Canada for the opportunities it has afforded him. VK is Velke Kapusany, Slovakia, the donor’s birthplace, while C signifies Canada. The Ottawa Community Foundation is pleased to facilitate this act of generosity from coast to coast to coast.

      Eligibility

      • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
      • Be accepted for the first time into one of the following programs at Yukon University in the Fall of 2020: Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Governance; Bachelor of Business Administration; Northern Environmental and Conservation Studies; Social Work; Yukon Native Teacher Education; Yukon Native Teacher Education After Degree
      • Be registered full-time at Yukon University
      • Remain in good academic standing throughout your program
      • Demonstrate financial need

      Requirements

       

      NOTE: As long as the Fall 2019 recipient continues to demonstrate financial need and remains registered in his/her program on a full-time basis in good academic standing, this award will not be open to new applications until September 2023.

      Amount
      $2,000

      See the NOTE below for award availability.

      Respect. Responsibility. Accountability. Integrity. These high standards live in the heart of a leader and drive the transformation of a vision into action. Education provides the opportunities to develop these leadership qualities, as well as foster and adopt many more.

      Knowledge is most powerful when it is shared. One of the goals of this award is to foster the sharing of the knowledge garnered during studies at Yukon University with other citizens of the Selkirk First Nation.

      Donor

      Steven Thornitt of TD Wealth Private Investment Counsel would like to make a $1,000 award available to a Selkirk First Nation student. The purpose of this award is to assist this student with expenses over the course of his/her studies at Yukon University to a maximum of three years.

      Eligibility

      • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
      • Be a member of the Selkirk First Nation
      • Submit an audio or video file, or a written submission (max. 200 words), answering the following questions:
        • What program are you pursuing at Yukon University?
        • How will this program help you be a leader in your community?
        • How do you plan to share your learnings with your community?

      Requirements

      • Audio file OR video file OR a typed essay (max. 200 words)

      NOTE: As long as the Winter 2020 recipient remains registered in his/her program on a full-time basis in good academic standing, this award will not be open to new applications until January 2023.

      Amount
      $1,000

      Andrew Smith wishes to make a $500 scholarship available to students in Yukon University’s Renewable Resources Management or Northern Science program. 

      Donor

      Andrew G. Smith

      Andrew G. Smith is a 2015 graduate of Yukon College’s Renewable Resources Management program. Andrew’s time at Yukon College was characterized by a strong determination to succeed, and led to him being recognized as a leader in his cohort. 

      Eligibility

      • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
      • Be registered as a full-time student (minimum of 9.0 credit hours) in the second year of Yukon University’s Renewable Resources Management or Northern Science program
      • Have earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the first 30.0 credit hours of Yukon University courses counting toward completion of the Renewable Resources Management or Northern Science program
      • Provide a brief letter (max 2 pages) outlining:
        • What drives them (the reasons why the student chose this program)
        • What their vision is (the student’s plans for the future)
        • How they will contribute to Yukon (personal strengths and strategies for success)

      Requirements

       

      NOTE: Selection will be based upon the applicant’s ability to communicate their personal strengths and strategies that motivate them to excel, and their willingness to extend themselves in order to: 

      • gain mastery of their field of studies 
      • leverage their education to meet and exceed their future plans
      Application deadline
      Amount
      $500

      The family of Aron Senkpiel has made this $1,000 award available in his memory.

      Donor

      Aron Senkpiel, a dean of Yukon College from 1982 to 1992, was passionate about the North and initiated the Northern Studies program. During his time, and largely due to his efforts, the territorial government awarded Yukon College with a one million dollar endowment fund to support northern and Yukon research. He also oversaw the development of the Renewable Resources Management program, the Bachelor of Social Work program, and Women's Studies. He also worked to introduce the Masters of Education and Masters of Public Administration in collaboration with Simon Fraser University and the University of Alaska Southeast respectively. Aron's vision of a 'higher education in the North, for the North, and by the North' is now a reality.

      Eligibility

      • Be a Canadian citizen
      • Have attended a Yukon high school for at least one year
      • Have completed at least one year of full-time studies at Yukon University immediately prior to this application
      • Be registered full-time at Yukon University or an alternate post-secondary education institution in a program that is focused on the North and includes Northern content
      • Write a letter stating your educational goal(s) and steps taken to achieve these goal(s)
      • Demonstrate financial need
      Application deadline
      Amount
      $1,000

      With a strong belief in fostering education, ATCO Electric Yukon is pleased to provide a $1,000 award as part of their commitment to the territory.

      Donor

      ATCO Electric Yukon

       

       

       

       

       

      ATCO Electric Yukon recognizes its employees live, work and play in the Yukon and invests in organizations that are striving to improve its communities.

      Eligibility

      • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
      • Be registered full-time at Yukon University
      • Write an essay (max. one page) describing your community involvement, including:
        • examples of situations or occasions when you have been an ambassador for your community
        • volunteer activities in which you are engaged
      • Demonstrate financial need
      Application deadline
      Amount
      $1,000

      The Yukon University Student Union wishes to make a $250 bursary available to a Yukon First Nation student in the trades, with demonstrated financial need.

      Donor

      Dylan Alexis was a twenty-four year old carpentry student, from Kwanlin Dün First Nation, Crow Clan. He was also father to a three and a half month old son when he suddenly passed away. He was determined to work as a carpenter and learn as much as he could about the trade. He was incredibly excited about starting his new career and he was a meticulous craftsperson. This bursary was established in his memory.

      Eligibility

      • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
      • Be a Yukon First Nation student
      • Be registered in any of the Yukon University Trades programs
      • Demonstrate financial need

      Requirements

       

      NOTE: Preference will be given to applicants whose identity and situation are similar to Dylan's.

      Application deadline
      Amount
      $250

      EDI would like to provide a $1,000 award to a second year Yukon University student in the Renewable Resources Management diploma or Bachelor of Science in Northern Environmental and Conservation Sciences program.

      Donor

      EDI Environmental Dynamics Inc. focuses on living things and where they live. A consulting company with over two decades of experience, EDI offices can be found in seven locations in western and northern Canada. In the Yukon, EDI has worked for developers, First Nations and governments and has developed a reputation for providing practical advice and effective results.

      Eligibility

      • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
      • Be registered full time in: second year of Renewable Resources Management diploma OR year 3 or 4 of Northern Environmental and Conservation Sciences degree
      • Have a GPA of 3.0 (B) or higher
      • Write an essay on The Role of Environmental Consultants in in the Yukon (max. 500 words)
      Application deadline
      Amount
      $1,000

      The 8th International Congress on Circumpolar Health is honoured to make this $400 award available in memory of Dr. George Walker.

      Donor

      The International Congress on Circumpolar Health gatherings are held every three years in a different location in the circumpolar region. The Congress is the largest scientific meeting on circumpolar health worldwide . The 8th International Congress on Circumpolar Health was held from May 20-25, 1990 in Whitehorse, Yukon with 1,000 delegates in attendance. This Congress focused on the concerns of health-care delivery in a high-cost region.

      Eligibility

      • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
      • Be registered full-time in a health, social services, or science-related program at Yukon University
      • Have a 3.0 GPA or higher
      • Write a short essay detailing community service and future plans
      • Demonstrate financial need
      Application deadline
      Amount
      $400

      This $500 bursary is designed to support a grade 12 student from St. Elias Community School in Haines Junction, or a St. Elias Community School student returning to educational pursuits after an absence of at least one year.

      Donor

      For more information, contact the Haines Junction Campus Committee by phone at 867 634 8800 or by email ychainesj@yukoncollege.yk.ca.

      Eligibility

      • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
      • Have attended at least two years at St. Elias Community School in Haines Junction, between grades 9 and 12
      • Be registered full-time in a Yukon University trades program
      • Provide a letter of support from a person other than a family member

      Requirements

      • Letter of support from a person other than a family member
      • Proof of two years of attendance at St. Elias Community School in Haines Junction, between grades 9 and 12
      Application deadline
      Amount
      $500

      In recognition of the valuable contributions students make to their community when volunteering their time, Rolf and Margaret Hougen would like to provide a $500 award to a Yukon University student enrolled in the second year of the Business Administration Diploma program.

      Donor

      Rolf and Margaret Hougen have been pillars of the North for their entire adult lives. In a book documenting their history, they provided advice to their own grandchildren and would like to share this advice with applicants for the scholarship:

      Education is important and will give you an excellent foundation for all of your endeavours in the years ahead.  Build yourself into a person of integrity and trustworthiness, and ensure you have a reputation for honesty.  Seek advice from those around you but in the end make up your own mind.  When starting out in your career, be prepared to live simply until you can reduce your debts and are successful enough to afford some luxuries.

      Rolf was the founder of many Yukon community organizations, including: the Young People’s Association, the first Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous event, and the Yukon Foundation. Nationally, Rolf chaired the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and co-founded the satellite delivery network Cancom, the first company in the world to provide a unique system to deliver radio and television to remote and underserved regions of Canada. Rolf is also a recipient of the Order of Canada. To this day, both Rolf and Margaret remain committed contributors to the arts community in the Yukon and to the preservation of the territory’s unique heritage.

      Eligibility

      • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
      • Be registered full-time in the second year of the Business Administration diploma program at Yukon University
      • Provide a letter from a community organization stating that you are a volunteer. The letter must include:
        • confirmation that you are currently volunteering with the organization
        • the date you started to volunteer with this organization
        • an approximation of the number of hours you have volunteered
        • your duties

      Requirements

      • A letter from a community organization stating that you are a volunteer. The letter must include:
        • confirmation that you are currently volunteering with the organization
        • the date you started to volunteer with this organization
        • an approximation of the number of hours you have volunteered. and
        • your duties
      Application deadline
      Amount
      $500

      The Bennet Family Foundation would like to make a $400 bursary available to a student with demonstrated financial need in the Berton’s name.

      Donor

      Pierre Berton was the chancellor at Yukon College from 1989 to 1993. He was born in Whitehorse, Yukon in 1920. Pierre was the son of a gold-seeker and worked in the Klondike mining camps during his university years. He went on to become an editor and columnist at newspapers and magazines, a television personality and an author. Pierre is now among Canada's most well-known authors with 50 published books, many of which are considered Canadian classics. He is a Companion of the Order of Canada and was inducted into Canada's Hall of Fame in 1998. Pierre passed away in 2004 in Toronto, Ontario after publishing his last book entitled, Pioneers of the North, which was a collection of biographical sketches on five of Canada's northern explorers.

      Eligibility

      • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
      • Have resided in the Yukon for at least two years as of the date of award application
      • Be registered full-time at Yukon University 
      • Demonstrate financial need

      Requirements

      • Indicate how long you have lived in the Yukon as of the date of your award application
      Application deadline
      Amount
      $400

      JT Ritter wishes to make an annual bursary of $1,000 available in recognition of the difficulties of returning to school following an absence from educational pursuits.

      Eligibility

      • Be returning to school after having been away from education for a minimum of three years
        • If no applicants apply with a break of three years, then the award may be given to a student who has been away from education for at least one year
      • Be registered full-time at Yukon University
      • Write a paragraph, identifying how your planned program of study aligns with your goals
      • Demonstrate financial need

      Requirements

      • Indicate the length of time you have been away from educational studies

      NOTE: Students may receive this award twice; however, preference goes to those who have not received it in the past. The award may be split and given to two applicants.

      Application deadline
      Amount
      $1,000

      Kathleen (Van Bibber) Thorpe was a lovely woman who lived an amazing life on the land, raised with a big family at Mica Creek, the Pelly, Yukon, Tay and MacMillan Rivers, Ta’Tla Mun Lake and the Ddhaw Grho mountain area.

      Her moccasins were high demand, and she also loved to paint. She had the best photo albums and journals, and her cozy house was full of paintings and old photos. At the time of her death on May 30, 2016, she was the oldest member of the Selkirk First Nation.

      Kathleen spent most of her life volunteering for the community of Pelly, working in the school teaching sewing and providing support to numerous students and family members. Kathleen’s dedication to and support of Selkirk youth was, and continues to be, inspirational.

      Donor

      Dan Sanford and Jeff Glaicar, Glaicar Sanford Wealth Partners of RBC Dominion Securities, would like to make a $1000 award available to a Selkirk First Nation student, in Kathleen Thorpe’s name. The purpose of this award is to assist this student with expenses over the course of his/her studies at Yukon University to a maximum of two years.

      Eligibility

      • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
      • Be a member of the Selkirk First Nation
      • Submit an audio or video file, or a written submission (max 200 words), answering the following questions:
        • What program are you pursuing at Yukon University?
        • How do you plan to use this award?
        • How will your program help you be a leader in your community?
      • Remain in good academic standing (minimum GPA of 2.0) throughout their program of study

      Requirements

      • Audio file OR video file OR a typed essay (max 200 words)

      This bursary may be renewed without subsequent application as long as the Fall 2020 recipient remains in good academic standing (minimum GPA of 2.0) throughout their program of study.

      Application deadline
      Amount
      $1,000

      Jack Kobayashi and Antonio Zedda (KZA), together with their partner firm, 360° Design Build, would like to offer a $1,000 bursary to women studying full-time in Yukon University trades programs.

      Donor

      kobayashi + zedda architects ltd. believes that a gender balance in the construction trades, reflective of the general population, supports effective building projects. As the largest Yukon architectural firm, it offers 40 years of combined experience in every eco-region of the territory and its team includes urban planners, architects, general contractors and carpenters. 360° Design Build is an active private developer, having constructed over $10 million worth of multi-use commercial/residential projects in downtown Whitehorse in the past 8 years.

      Eligibility

      • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
      • Be registered full-time in a Yukon University trades program
      • Demonstrate financial need

      Requirements

      • Indicate how long you have lived in the Yukon immediately prior to your award application

      NOTE: Preference will be given to female applicants who have been in the Yukon for two years or longer. Second priority will go to female applicants who have resided in the Yukon for less than two years. If there are no female applicants, the Chair of Yukon University's trades program will nominate the trades student demonstrating the highest academic merit.

      Application deadline
      Amount
      $1,000

      The Lake Laberge Lions Club would like to provide two $500 awards to students in financial need who are enrolled full-time in a pre-apprentice program.

      Eligibility

      • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
      • Have been a Yukon resident for a minimum of two years as of the date of the award application
      • Be registered full-time in a Yukon University pre-apprentice trades program
      • Demonstrate financial need

      Requirements

      • Indicate:
        • how long you have lived in the Yukon as of the date of your award application
        • if you have attended a Yukon high school, and for how long

      NOTE: If no eligible pre-apprentice applicants, other applicants from pre-employment programs might be considered. Preference given to those with at least one year of attendance at a Yukon high school. If there is only one applicant, the two $500 awards will be combined to make a $1,000 award.

      Application deadline
      Amount
      $500 x 2

      The family of Lorene Robertson has created a $2,000 award for a Yukon University student who has completed upgrading courses and is currently registered in a Yukon University credit program. 

      Donor

      Lorene grew up in the suburbs of Vancouver but always dreamed of living near the wilderness in the North. She moved to Whitehorse at age 33 in 1988 where she was able to pursue her twin passions of paddling Yukon rivers and riding her horse in dressage competitions or with her partner Hugh Monaghan in the hills above Lake Laberge.  Lorene was a creative and engaging English teacher for over 25 years teaching primarily in our Adult Basic Education program.  She was an excellent writer, editor and mentor and particularly loved teaching and writing poetry. She also developed curriculum for the Northern Institute of Social Justice. 

      She received two awards – one in 1995 for her innovative teaching and one in 2014 for her many contributions to the institution.  She was particularly proud of establishing our Writing Centre where students could receive individual mentoring to improve their writing.   She passed away in August 2014 due to a tragic fall from her much-loved horse.

      This writing award in Lorene’s name hopes to continue her legacy of inspiring others to find their voice and tell their stories especially about their experience of living in the North.

      Eligibility

      • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
      • Be registered full-time or part-time (minimum 2 courses or 6.0 credit hours) in University Access Pathways courses at Yukon University
      • Provide a  written submission (max. 600 words) with the theme – Our Northern Homeland (poetry is eligible)
      • Demonstrate financial need
      Application deadline
      Amount
      $2,000

      This $500 award is provided by the F.H. Collins Mary Ellen Whyard Committee and the Jim Whyard Memorial Fund.

      Eligibility

      • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
      • Be registered full-time in Yukon University's Early Learning and Child Care program
      • Write a letter describing what your goals and future plans are, and the steps taken to achieve them
      • Demonstrate financial need
      Application deadline
      Amount
      $500

      Paul and Helen Flaherty have established a $500 bursary in support of a student enrolled in the University Access Pathways program who plans to enroll in a credit program at Yukon University.

      Donor

      A long-time volunteer in the Whitehorse community, Paul joined our Board of Governors in 2009. He became Chair of the Board in 2012, during which time the institution began its path to becoming Canada’s first university north of 60.

      Eligibility

      • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
      • Be a resident of Yukon
      • Be registered part-time or full-time in the University Access Pathways program at Yukon University
      • Indicate what program you plan to enroll in following University Access Pathways
      • Demonstrate financial need

      Requirements

      • Provide proof of Yukon residency
      • Indicate the program you intend to follow after University Access Pathways
      Application deadline
      Amount
      $500

      Pierre Lacasse is a Senior Financial Planning Advisor and past member of the Yukon College Foundation Board. His family has firsthand experience with the barriers associated with learning challenges. He appreciates the opportunity to offer a $1,000 award in order to help reduce barriers for a student with learning challenges.

      Eligibility

      • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
      • Be registered at Yukon University
        • The award is open to those who are on a reduced course load.
      • Self-identify as a student with a permanent disability
        • For the purpose of this award, a permanent disability is a permanent functional limitation which affects your ability to participate fully in post-secondary education.
      • Write an essay (max. 250 words) describing an academic challenge you have experienced at Yukon University and your plan and/or experience in overcoming this challenge

      Requirements

      • Indicate that you are a student with a permanent disability
      Application deadline
      Amount
      $1,000

      Rotary Club of Whitehorse wishes to make two $500 awards available to full-time Yukon University students in the Bachelor of Social Work program.

      Eligibility

      • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
      • Be registered full-time in the first year of Yukon University's Bachelor of Social Work program
      • Write a letter:
        • outlining your reasons for pursuing a social work degree
        • describing your current financial circumstances, including a list of all funding you have secured
      Application deadline
      Amount
      $500 x 2

      Ruth McIntyre, a dean at Yukon College until 1986, has made a $500 award available to a student enrolled full time in Yukon University upgrading courses.

      Eligibility

      • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
      • Have resided in the Yukon for a minimum of two years as of the date of the award application
      • Be registered full-time in University Access Pathways courses at Yukon University
      • Demonstrate financial need

      Requirements

      • Indicate how long you have lived in the Yukon as of the date of your award application
      Application deadline
      Amount
      $500

      SLR Consulting has created a $1,000 bursary available to Yukon University students in the following programs: Bachelor of Science in Northern Environmental and Conservation Sciences, Earth Sciences and Renewable Resources Management.

      Donor

       As a business operating across Canada and in the Yukon, SLR Consulting (Canada) Ltd. recognizes that a qualified, educated workforce is integral to Canada's and the Yukon’s future. As an environmental consultancy, a bursary that aims to assist students in the Earth Sciences, Environmental and Conservation Sciences, and Renewable Resources Management programs fits with our business focus and areas of interest. The SLR bursary will help attract and retain students in the Yukon and support the integration of Indigenous persons into the local workforce.

      Eligibility

      • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
      • Be registered on the following Yukon University programs: Bachelor of Science in Northern Environmental and Conservation Sciences, Earth SciencesRenewable Resources Management
      • Demonstrate financial need

      Requirements

       

      NOTE:  Students in the Bachelor of Science in Northern Environmental and Conservation Science students will receive first priority. Earth Sciences or Renewable Resources Management students will take second priority. Following that, First Nations, Inuit or Metis students will be given priority.

      Application deadline
      Amount
      $1,000

      Small's Expediting Services wishes to make a $750 bursary available to a student returning to school following an absence from educational pursuits. This bursary will be available to a student with an interest in business and entrepreneurship who is enrolling in Yukon University's Business Administration Certificate or Diploma program, or the Bachelor of Business Administration Degree program.

      Donor

      Founded in 2004 by entrepreneur, and Yukon University alumnus, John Small, Small's Expediting Services is a Yukon company providing logistical and transportation support to exploration, mining and oil and gas industries in the Territory.

      Eligibility

      • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
      • Have resided in the Yukon for a minimum of two years as of the date of your award application
      • Be returning to school after having been away from education for a minimum of two years
      • Be registered in Yukon University's Business Administration Certificate or Diploma program, or the Bachelor of Business Administration Degree program
      • Demonstrate financial need

      Requirements

      • Indicate how long you have lived in the Yukon as of the date of your award application
      • Indicate how long you have been away from educational studies

      NOTE: If there are no applicants who have been away from education studies for two years, then the award may be given to an applicant who has been away from education for at least one year.

      Application deadline
      Amount
      $750

      Stantec is pleased to support Yukon University's first made-in-the-Yukon degree and post graduate certificate. As such, we would like to provide a $1,000 award to a Yukon University student enrolled part or full-time in the Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Governance or the post-graduate certificate in Climate Change Policy.

      Donor

      At Stantec, we aim to make a difference and impact the places where we live and where we work. Through donations, sponsorships, and volunteering, Stantec employees connect with communities and help to strengthen communities in meaningful ways such as supporting higher education. Stantec’s business objective is to be a top 10 global design firm. We do this by focusing on what we do best – providing architectural, engineering, and environmental services that solve tough challenges and make communities stronger.

      Eligibility

      • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
      • Be registered part-time or full-time in either Yukon University's Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Governance or post-graduate certificate in Climate Change Policy program
        • Be registered for a minimum of two courses in one academic semester
      • Demonstrate your ability to provide leadership or academic excellence through either:
        • Having a GPA of 3.0 ('B' average) in your most recent year of college or university studies, or
        • Providing a letter of reference from your employer addressing your ability to provide leadership in your area of study
      • Demonstrate financial need

      Requirements

      • If elected, a letter of reference from your employer addressing your ability to provide leadership in your area of study
      Application deadline
      Amount
      $1,000

      Stephen and Debra Osborne wish to encourage and support Yukon students returning to education in studies focused on the natural northern environment, including climate change, or the areas of social work, nursing and health care assistant. To that end, they will make a $200 bursary available to a full-time student who can demonstrate financial need.

      Donor

      Stephen Osborne was a coordinator/instructor at the Haines Junction Campus for many years, and continues to teach both Wilderness and Standard First Aid classes for the University.

      Eligibility

      • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
      • Have a attended a Yukon high school for a minimum of two years
      • Be returning to education after a period of absence
      • Be registered full-time in Yukon University programs focused on northern environment, climate change, social work, nursing or health care
      • Demonstrate financial need

      Requirements

      • Indicate:
        • if you are returning to education after a period of absence
        • how many years you attended a Yukon high school

      NOTE: If there are no applicants who have attended a Yukon high school, the bursary can be awarded to a student who has not.

      Application deadline
      Amount
      $200

      Dr. Terry Weninger has created a $500 award for an aspiring researcher.

      Donor

      Dr. Weninger was the president of Yukon College from 2006-2011, and president at the College of New Caledonia in Prince George from 1990-2004. He was also Deputy Minister of Education in Yukon and vice-president at Medicine Hat College.

      Eligibility

      • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
      • Be registered in the second year of a full-time program at Yukon University, or progressing to another post-secondary program
      • Write a short essay (max. 200 words) describing:
        • the research you have undertaken in the past year
        • how it relates to your program of study
      • Provide a supporting letter from a Yukon University faculty member or a senior researcher at the Yukon Research Centre

      Requirements

      • Supporting letter from a Yukon University faculty member or Yukon Research Centre senior researcher
      Application deadline
      Amount
      $500

      The Yukon Chamber of Mines provides two separate awards of $1,000 to students in need. These awards are intended to foster interest in geology, trades and/or the life cycle of mining.

      Donor

      The Yukon Chamber of Mines represents a dynamic membership numbering over 400. Since its creation, the Yukon Chamber of Mines has worked to protect and promote the interests of Yukon’s mineral exploration, development and mining industry through clear initiatives and policies which encourage a safe, economically viable, socially and environmentally responsible industry.

      Eligibility

      • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
      • Reside in the Yukon
      • Be registered full-time in a Yukon University Centre for Northern Innovation in Mining (CNIM) program for at least one semester:
        • Earth Sciences
        • Heavy Equipment Technician
        • Millwright
      • Demonstrate financial need

      Requirements

      • Indicate how long you have lived in the Yukon immediately prior to your application

      NOTE: Priority for one bursary is given to female applicants. Priority for the second bursary is given to female applicants, preferably of Indigenous ancestry, in a Yukon community outside of Whitehorse.

      Application deadline
      Amount
      $1,000 x 2

      The Yukon Fish and Game Association (YFGA) would like to provide a $500 award to a student in one of the following Yukon University programs: Renewable Resources Management diploma; Northern Environmental and Conservation Sciences degree, Northern Outdoor and Environmental Studies diploma; or the Northern Science diploma.

      Donor

      YFGA exists for the purpose of educating the public on participating in the environment in a responsible manner, specifically: better wildlife management; improving wildlife habitat; and promoting sportsmanship.

      Eligibility

      • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
      • Have resided in the Yukon for the past three months
      • Be a current member of the Yukon Fish and Game Association
      • Be registered full-time at Yukon University in any year of the following programs - Renewable Resources Management diplomaNorthern Environmental and Conservation Sciences degreeNorthern Outdoor and Environmental Studies diploma; or the Northern Science diploma
      • Write a paragraph describing your goals and what you want to do with this education

      Requirements

      • Indicate how long you have lived in the Yukon as of the date of your award application
      • Copy of current membership card of the Yukon Fish and Game Association

      NOTE: Students with a passion for conservation will be given priority.

      Application deadline
      Amount
      $500

      To commemorate the life of long-time Yukon outfitter Pete Jensen, Yukon Outfitters Association wishes to make a $500 award available to a Yukon University student. Pete was in the Outfitting business for 45 years, delivering a high quality wilderness experience, along with his wife Sharon. "He was a legend," said Sharon and so many others.

      Eligibility

      • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
      • Be registered full-time in Yukon University's Renewable Resources Management program
      • Write a short essay (max. one page) describing your values as they relate to the Yukon wilderness, and specifically how these values are expressed in your activities and lifestyle
      Application deadline
      Amount
      $500

      The Yukon University Board of Governors has created a $700 award to support an exemplary Yukon University student.

      Donor

      As representatives from both the University and community, the Yukon University Board of Governors role is to set and govern the University's vision, mission and strategic plan. The Board is empowered by the Yukon University Act. For more information on the Board, see yukonu.ca/about/bog

      Eligibility

      • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
      • Be registered full-time in second-year studies at Yukon University
      • Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the last academic year
      • Write a paragraph (100 words) describing how your program aligns with your career goals
      • Not have received the scholarship in the last five years

      Requirements

       

      NOTE: The applicant with the highest GPA will receive the award.

      Application deadline
      Amount
      $700

      This $300 bursary is available to assist a second-year, physically-disabled student at Yukon University with their education costs.  Students studying in a health-related program will also be considered.

      Donor

      Born in Victoria, BC in 1912, Mrs. Donald moved to Whitehorse in 1976 following brain surgery that left her without the use of her right arm, limited use of her right leg, and a severe speech impediment. She was well known for her production of hooked wall hangings, which she would craft with her non-dominant hand. 

      Eligibility

      • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
      • Have completed the previous semester at Yukon University
      • Be one of:
        • A second-year, physically-disabled student at Yukon University
        • A second-year student of a health-related program
      • Demonstrate financial need

      Requirements

      • Indicate if you are a physically-disabled student

      NOTE: Priority will be given to physically-disabled applicants.

      Application deadline
      Amount
      $300

      This $500 award was established in 2016 by the friends of Audrey McLaughlin in honour of her 80th birthday.

      Donor

      Born in Ontario, Audrey McLaughlin was executive director of the Canadian Mental Health Association and a social worker in Toronto prior to moving to Whitehorse in 1979. In Yukon, Audrey opened a consulting business, working on projects such as child welfare legislation and research on land claims and aboriginal self-government.

      In 1987, Audrey was recruited to run for the New Democratic Party nomination which she won, going on to win the federal by·election later that year. The first New Democratic Party MP ever elected in Yukon, Audrey distinguished herself in the House. She was chosen Party Leader two years later - the first woman to lead a national political party in Canada. Audrey remained party leader until 1995 and represented Yukon as Member of Parliament until 1997.

      Audrey holds a Masters of Social Work from the University of Toronto and honourary doctorates from the Universities of Toronto, Guelph and Northern British Columbia.

      An Officer of the Order of Canada, Audrey continues to be an active community volunteer and a strong advocate for democracy, peace and public service at home and in developing nations throughout the world.

      Eligibility

      • Be a female Canadian citizen or permanent resident
      • Have been a Yukon resident for a minimum of two years as of the date of the award application
      • Be registered full-time in Yukon University's Social Work program
      • Be an active community volunteer
      • Write a short essay (max. two pages) describing:
        • your volunteer roles and responsibilities
        • how this experience, and your education, will support your career goals

      Requirements

      • Indicate how long you have lived in the Yukon as of the date of your award application

      NOTE: Preference will be given to applicants who are returning after an absence of at least one year from educational studies. Second priority will be given to applicants whose community service and career goals reflect Audrey's passion for democracy and/or public service.

      Application deadline
      Amount
      $500

      This $500 award recognizes the courage of students in academic upgrading classes who often overcome many obstacles to return to the classroom.

      Donor

      This award was established by the former Developmental Studies Division of Yukon College in 1995 at the time of Hazel Fekete’s retirement in order to recognize her commitment from 1964 as an instructor, and later as dean, to the students in academic upgrading classes. 

      Eligibility

      • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
      • Have been a Yukon resident for a minimum of two years as of the date of the award application
      • Have completed the previous semester at Yukon University
      • Be registered full-time in University Access Pathways at Yukon University

      Requirements

      • Indicate how long you have lived in the Yukon as of the date of your award application
      Application deadline
      Amount
      $500

      Yukon University would like to provide two $500 awards to International Students.

      Donor

      Yukon University is a publicly funded university, providing a wide range of programs to local and international students.  The University has earned a reputation for quality instruction and small class sizes, providing students with an outstanding educational experience.  Yukon University's programming meets the needs of students and communities in the Yukon, and beyond.

      Eligibility

      • Be an International Student
      • Have completed a full-time Fall semester at Yukon University in any academic program (including ESL 050 and ESL 030) with a minimum GPA of 3.5
      • Be registered full-time in a Yukon University Winter semester
      • Write an essay, describing:
        • one academic challenge you have experienced at Yukon University (max. 100 words)
        • how you have overcome this challenge (max. 100 words)
      Application deadline
      Amount
      $500 x 2

      JDS Energy and Mining Inc. would like to invest in Yukon's next generation by making a $1,000 bursary available to a student enrolled in the Centre for Northern Innovation in Mining, who has the intent on entering the mining industry and/or entering the field of mining engineering.

      Donor

      JDS Energy and Mining Inc. creates value for clients, with an entrepreneurial approach to business where every project is treated as their own. With ongoing projects within the territory, JDS has built a strong reputation in the industry for fit-for-purpose design as well as leadership in developing mining projects around the world.

      Eligibility

      • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
      • Be registered full-time in a Yukon University trades program or the Earth Sciences program
      • Write a brief letter outlining why you have chosen this program and your future goals
      • Demonstrate financial need
      Application deadline
      Amount
      $1,000

      Leith Wheeler Investment Counsel wishes to make a $1000 award available to students registered in one of https://www.ibm.com/design/thinking/’s Indigenous Self-determination programs.

      Eligibility

      • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
      • Be a Yukon First Nation citizen
      • Be currently registered in one of: Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Governance, First Nations Governance and Public Administration, First Nations Leadership Training, Heritage and Culture, Heritage and Culture Essential Skills, First Nations Community Services Administration
      • Write an essay (200 words), describing your goals and career plans, including how your program of choice will help meet these goals
      • Demonstrate financial need
      Application deadline
      Amount
      $1,000

      Established in 1983, the bi-annual North American Caribou Workshop brings together researchers, managers and stakeholders to discuss caribou conservation and management, and provides an opportunity for people to learn what’s happening with caribou in many different regions. The organizing committee of the 15th workshop, held in Whitehorse in 2014, established this award for an aspiring Yukon caribou researcher.

      Eligibility

      • Be registered full-time at an accredited academic institution
      • Provide official transcripts and proof of registration for the semester in which the award is to be provided
      • Provide a 500-word (maximum) summary detailing their proposed caribou-related research
      • Submit a supporting letter from a faculty member

      Requirements

      • Official transcripts
      • Proof of registration for the Winter 2021 semester
      • A 500-word summary of proposed caribou-related research
      • A supporting letter from a faculty member
      Application deadline
      Amount
      $1,000

      As part of their commitment to Yukon and Yukoners, Whitehorse Motors would like to provide a $1,000 award to a Yukon student enrolled full-time in a visual arts program at Yukon University.

      Donor

      Whitehorse Motors is the official Ford Dealership serving Whitehorse and area. They are locally owned and operated and are active sponsors and volunteers in the community.

      Eligibility

      • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
      • Have resided in the Yukon for a minimum of two years as of the date of award application
      • Be registered full-time in Yukon University's Visual Arts program
      • Write an essay (200 words) describing:
        • your goals and career plans
        • how your program of choice will help you meet these goals
      • Demonstrate financial need

      Requirements

      • Indicate how long you have lived in the Yukon as of the date of your award application

      NOTE: If no eligible Yukon students, other applicants may be considered upon consultation with Whitehorse Motors.

      Application deadline
      Amount
      $1,000

      The Yukon School of Visual Arts (SOVA) has established a $1,000 award for a full-time student in Yukon University's Visual Arts Program.

      Eligibility

      • Be registered full-time in Yukon University's School of Visual Arts program
      • Have a 3.0 GPA (‘B’ average) in the Fall term
      • Demonstrate financial need
      • Provide a 200-word (maximum) essay describing how you believe the arts contribute to a healthy community
        • Provide examples of your involvement in the community
      Application deadline
      Amount
      $1,000

      Faculty Nominated Awards

      Title

      In loving memory of Dave, his wife Mary created a student award of $1,000.

      Donor

      Dave Jang lived his life in Vancouver, BC with a lot of spontaneity and with no regrets. A caring man, he was active in the BC Ataxia Society, Air Cadets, various support groups, and the Royal Canadian Legion. He loved outings with his family, friends and clan gatherings. A single parent to two sons in his forties, he empathized with people facing personal challenges.

      Dave and Mary visited family in the Yukon in the fall of 2017. He had hoped to make more trips to the territory but he passed way suddenly in the summer of 2018.

      Eligibility

      • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
      • Be registered full-time at Yukon University
        • The award is open to those on a reduced course load
      • The recipient is facing/has faced a significant personal challenge and is pursuing education to better their lives and the lives of others. Examples of personal challenges include:
        • Living with a physical disability
        • Overcoming life-threatening disease
        • Facing financial and other challenges as a single parent

      Requirements

      No application is required for this award. Yukon University faculty and staff will submit nominations by January 31, 2021.

      Amount
      $1,000

      The modular nature and remote locations of the courses in the Environmental Monitoring program require scheduling outside of standard post-secondary timelines. This impacts the ability of some students to access grants, scholarships and/or bursaries, as the courses do not comply with traditional application criteria or procedures. Students are also expected to travel to remote locations and to possess industry-specific gear. The Mines for Minds Giving Circle Award will support students in this program in the following ways:

      • Tuition bursaries
      • Remote location access grants
      • Gear grants
      Donor

      Members of the Yukon Party Executive came together to offer $2,000 annually to Yukon University students enrolled in the Environmental Monitoring program, especially those who reside in communities outside Whitehorse, to attain a meaningful, skilled education in the territory’s mineral exploration and development industry.

      Eligibility

      • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
      • Be one of:
        • A Yukon First Nation citizen
        • An Indigenous citizen
        • A resident of a Yukon community at least 50 kilometres outside of Whitehorse City Limits
      • Be registered in the Yukon University's Environmental Monitoring program

      Requirements

      NOTE: No application is required for this award. The Environmental Monitoring Program Coordinator will facilitate disbursement of these funds.

      Amount
      Up to $2,000

      Joe Novak wishes to make a $2,000 award available to a full-time or part-time student in Yukon University’s Heritage and Culture program.

      Donor

      Joe Novak would like to make these awards available in memory of his son, Peter Novak. Peter was a Northerner who worked in both public and not-for-profit media organizations (CBC and CHON, respectively) in Nunavut, NWT and Yukon. He believed that the ability to tell stories about the North by Northerners was essential to sustaining healthy and vibrant communities.

      Eligibility

      Nominated students must:

      • Be registered full-time or part-time in Yukon University's Heritage and Culture program

      Requirements

      • Nominated students must have:
        • demonstrated a passion for their studies
        • demonstrated superior story-telling skills in their class projects
        • made a significant contribution to their fellow students and the university community
      • Preference will be given to Indigenous applicants

      NOTE: No application is required for this award. Yukon University Heritage and Culture Certificate faculty will submit nominations by January 31, 2021.

      Amount
      $2,000

      Joe Novak wishes to make a $2,000 award available to a full-time student in Yukon University's Multimedia program.

      Donor

      Joe Novak would like to make these awards available in memory of his son, Peter Novak. Peter was a Northerner who worked in both public and not-for-profit media organizations (CBC and CHON, respectively) in Nunavut, NWT and Yukon. He believed that the ability to tell stories about the North by Northerners was essential to sustaining healthy and vibrant communities.

      Eligibility

      Nominated students must:

      • Be registered in their last semester of Yukon University's Multimedia Communication program

      Requirements

      • Nominated students must have:
        • demonstrated a passion for their studies
        • demonstrated superior story-telling skills in their class projects
        • made a significant contribution to their fellow students and the university community
      • Preference will be given to Indigenous nominees

      NOTE: No application is required for this award. Yukon University Multimedia Communication faculty will submit nominations by January 31, 2021.

      Amount
      $2,000

      The Rendezvous Rotary Club wishes to make a $1,000 award available to a full-time student in Yukon University's Culinary Arts program.

      Eligibility

      • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
      • Be registered full-time in Yukon University's Culinary Arts program
      • Demonstrate quality work, leadership and vision in food service, specifically in the area of food safety
      • Be planning a career in the food service industry
      • Ideally, have participated in the Rotary Wine Festival

      Requirements

      NOTE: No application is required for this award. Yukon University's Culinary Arts and Food Services Department Head and the Culinary Arts instructor will submit nominations by January 31, 2021.

      Amount
      $1,000

      Sysco Edmonton wishes to make a $500 scholarship available to a full-time student in Yukon University's Culinary Arts program. 

      Eligibility

      • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
      • Be enrolled full-time in Yukon University's Culinary Arts program
      • Demonstrate quality work, leadership and vision in food service, specifically in the area of food safety
      • Be planning a career in the food service industry

      Requirements

      NOTE: No application is required for this award. Yukon University's Culinary Arts and Food Services Department Head and the Culinary Arts instructor will submit nominations by January 31, 2021.

      Amount
      $500

      In loving memory of Wallace (Wally) Chamberlain, his family would like to provide up to four $500 awards that trades students can put towards tools and equipment needed for the job. The recipients will be nominated by program faculty based on on the most significant improvement in grades over the past academic year.

      Donor

      Wallace (Wally) Chamberlain

      For over 60 years, friends, family and customers could count on Wally to get the job done right. Wally's willingness to teach, open up his garage, go the extra mile, and lend a toolbox to anyone who showed an interest in plumbing, mechanics, carpentry, and everything in between, allowed him to share what he loved with the people he loved.

      Eligibility

      • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
      • Be registered full-time in a Yukon University trades program

      Requirements

      NOTE: No application is required for this award. Yukon University's trades instructors will submit nominations by January 31, 2021.

      Amount
      $500

      Yukon University awards three scholarships for students between grades 7 and 12, who have been chosen to represent the Yukon/Stikine Region at the Canada-Wide Science Fair.

      Eligibility

      • Be accepted into a full-time Yukon University program (minimum of 9 credits) within two years of high school graduation.
      • Undertake a minimum of two sequential semesters of study, in order to take advantage of the full scholarship.
      Amount
      Tuition Waiver for 2 Semesters