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.

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Entrance Awards

Title Application deadline

Yukon University acknowledges and offers awards to Grade 12 students who show academic potential despite experiencing hardship(s). One award is available for payment towards tuition only for a maximum of $3500 for the first year of study at Yukon University (over two sequential semesters).

Eligibility

  • Citizen or permanent resident of Canada
  • Grade 12 Yukon high school student
  • Have applied for Yukon University full-time studies before May 15

Requirements

  • Copy of your Letter of Acceptance from Yukon University within two days of notification
  • Essay (maximum 300-words) describing: 
    • How you have overcome hardship(s)
    • How your 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
$3500 tuition payment (maximum) for first year of study (over two sequential semesters)

Yukon University acknowledges and offers scholarships to Grade 12 students who have achieved significant academic standing in their final year of high school. Three scholarships are available for payment towards tuition only for a maximum of $3500 for the first year of study at Yukon University (over two sequential semesters).

Eligibility

  • Citizen or permanent resident of Canada
  • Grade 12 Yukon high school student with a minimum average of 80% in Grade 12 courses
  • Have applied for Yukon University full-time studies before May 15 

Requirements

  • Official high school transcript 
  • Copy of Letter of Acceptance from Yukon University within two days of notification
  • Essay (maximum 300-words) describing: 
    • Your work and life goals
    • How your program at Yukon University will further your goals
Application deadline
Amount
$3500 tuition payment (maximum) for first year of study (over two sequential semesters)

Yukon University offers entrance awards for new full-time students who have been accepted into a Yukon University certificate, diploma, or degree program and demonstrate financial need. Three awards/scholarships are available for payment towards tuition only for a maximum of $3500 towards the first year at Yukon University (over two sequential semesters).

Eligibility

  • Citizen or permanent resident of Canada
  • Have applied for the first time into a Yukon University full-time certificate, diploma, or degree program before May 15. (Note: partnership university programs and post-graduate certificates are not eligible)
  • Demonstrate financial need

Requirements

  • Official High School transcript
  • Copy of your Letter of Acceptance from Yukon University within two days of notification
  • Essay (maximum 300-words) describing:
    • Your work and life goals
    • How your program at Yukon University will further your goals
Application deadline
Amount
$3500 tuition payment (maximum) for first year of study (over two sequential semesters)

General Awards

Title Application deadline

Two, $3,000 bursaries have been made possible by a generous donation from The Joyce Family Foundation, which is committed to providing access to education for youth who face significant financial barriers and who have demonstrated the ability to overcome obstacles and adversity.

These bursaries will be awarded annually to deserving undergraduate students entering Year One of the University Access Pathways program at YukonU. These awards may be renewed up to two times with good academic standing and active participation in the Peer to Peer Mentor program.

Donor

The Joyce Family Foundation logoThe Joyce Family Foundation is a private, family foundation created by Ronald V. Joyce (1930-2019). Ron Joyce is best known as the legendary Canadian behind the success of the Tim Hortons franchise. He stood with a strong work ethic and business acumen, and his passion for helping young Canadians reflects a deep-rooted sense of responsibility to give back to his community.

The Joyce Family Foundation is dedicated to supporting the social, economic and emotional well-being of children and youth by empowering them to develop into healthy, confident, independent contributors to Canadian·society.

Eligibility

  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person from Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut or north of the 55th parallel· in Alberta or British Columbia
  • Be no more than 23 years of age on the first day of classes at YukonU
  • Be registered full-time in Year One of the University Access Pathways program
  • Submit a letter, audio or video file answering three questions:
    • Challenges in your learning career
    • Declaration of your future program
    • How your future program supports your hopes/dreams/aspirations
  • Community reference letter, audio or video file from one of the following:
    • Education mentor/advisor, coach, First Nation Post-Secondary Education Coordinator, First Nation Council member, Elder, past or current employer, a member of a community organization)
      • Speaking to your resilience in the face of adversity and your potential for success in post-secondary studies
  • Demonstrate financial need

Requirements

NOTE:  Preference will be given to those who have no other avenues of funding or support in their pursuit of post-secondary education. In the event of a tie, preference will be given to the applicant with the greatest financial need.

Application deadline
Amount
2 x $3,000

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

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

Thanks to a generous donation, an additional $500 scholarship will be available in the Winter 2022 semester.

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
2 x $500

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

Donor
Photo of Audrey McLaughlin
Photo: Christian Kuntz

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

See the NOTE below for award availability.

Dr. Gary Fulcher wishes to make a $1,000 award available to an Indigenous student in Yukon University’s Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Governance program.

Donor
Photo of Dr. Gary Fulcher
Photo: The Whole Grains Council

Gary Fulcher moved with his family to the Yukon when he was a teenager and completed most of his secondary education at Whitehorse High School. Even after his family moved “back east” to Ottawa, Gary returned to the North to work at the Stewart Cassiar Asbestos Mine for three summers.

Gary’s fondness of the Yukon and the North shines through every time he speaks of the territory, the people he knew there and the adventures he shared with them. He highlights that a notable portion of his Yukon memories came from the respect, care and humour that he enjoyed from his Indigenous classmates and friends even though residential schools were in full operation at that time.

Gary understands first-hand the challenges that Indigenous youth face as they must leave their families, communities and way of life to pursue post-secondary education. He hopes that his award will assist a young Indigenous learner to embark of a journey of higher learning, skill development and commitment to the future.

Eligibility

  • Be of Indigenous ancestry
  • Be registered in the first year (have completed less than 30.0 credit hours of post-secondary credit courses) of Yukon University’s Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Governance program
  • Provide a brief letter (max. 500 words) outlining:
    • how your strengths, combined with your learnings from the Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Governance program, will help you be a leader in this field or in your community
  • Provide a letter of recommendation from a past or current employer, a teacher, an Elder or a member of a community organization that outlines:
    • your connection to your community and culture
    • how you have demonstrated your commitment to taking on a leadership role following your studies
  • Demonstrate financial need

Requirements

  • Typed letter
  • A letter of recommendation that must include:
    • your connection to your community and culture
    • how you have demonstrated your commitment to taking on a leadership role following your studies

NOTE: As long as the Winter 2021 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 January 2024.

Application deadline
Amount
$1,000

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.

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

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

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

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 or in the Earth Sciences program who has the intent on entering the mining industry and/or entering the field of mining engineering.

Donor

JDS Energy and Mining Incorporated logoJDS 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 in the territory, JDS has built a strong reputation for fit-for-purpose design as well as leadership in the development of 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 essay outlining why you have chosen this program and your future goals
  • Demonstrate financial need
Application deadline
Amount
$1,000

Native Northwest is pleased to support Indigenous students at Yukon University with a $500 award.

Donor

Native Northwest is committed to building everyday connection to Indigenous cultures through authentic art. The company's lifelong relationship with each artist (whose art is featured on Native Northwest's products) is built on a foundation of respect and authenticity, ensuring that each artist is honoured and able to tell the stories of their communities and cultures through their distinct designs.

Native Northwest logoThese awards were made possible by the Native Northwest Reconciliation Fund. Everyone at the company hopes that this award, and the conversations it initiates, will foster reflection, inspiration and ultimately, action.

Eligibility

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Be of Indigenous ancestry
  • Be registered as a full-time or part-time student in a Yukon University program
  • Schedule a chat with ONE of the following Yukon University staff members:
    • First Nations Support Navigator
    • Elder on Campus
    • A member of the First Nations Initiatives (FNI) team
  • Discuss how this award will support your educational journey related to one or more of the following topics:
    • Wellness
    • Learning
    • Culture

Requirements

 

NOTE: The YukonU staff member will summarize your key points in a confidential document. It will be shared only with the Student Awards Committee.

Application deadline
Amount
$500

Sarah Locke wishes to make a $1,000 scholarship available to a full-time student in Yukon University’s Renewable Resources Management, Northern Science (Environmental and Conservation Sciences or General stream) or Earth Sciences diploma programs, as well as the B.Sc. in Northern Environmental and Conservation Sciences degree program.

Donor
Photo of Juri Peepre
Photo: Cathie Archbould

While Juri Peepre’s love for nature was nurtured in Ontario, as soon as he had earned his BA, he headed west in search of wilder places. His dream job that first summer — mapping little known rivers in northern British Columbia as part of Parks Canada’s Wild Rivers Survey — confirmed his love for wild waters as well.

He spent many summers exploring rivers in the Northwest Territories but it was after moving to the Yukon in 1987 that he found the landscape that inspired him above all — the Peel watershed. His innovative campaign efforts to show others the wonders of this remote region culminated with the Three Rivers Project — a multi-week journey with artists, writers, photographers and First Nations people down the Wind, Snake and Bonnet Plume rivers. The end result was a book and a travelling art exhibition.

Juri recognized and worked on conservation opportunities around the Yukon. He would be honoured to know that he is helping young Yukoners learn more about the magnificent region in which they live, and ways that they can help protect and manage it for the future.

Eligibility

  • Be registered as a full-time student in Yukon University’s Renewable Resources Management, Northern Science (Environmental and Conservation Sciences or General stream) or Earth Sciences diploma programs, or the B.Sc. in Northern Environmental and Conservation Sciences degree program
  • Have earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the last 30.0 credit hours of Yukon University or a partnered Yukon University courses counting toward completion of the program
  • Provide a brief letter or audio/video file answering the following question:
    • Climate change is one of the critical issues of our time, and the magnitude of change is greater in northern terrestrial regions than others. How do you see climate change impacting natural resource management and decision-making over the next 30 years?
Application deadline
Amount
$1,000

 

Photo of Kathleen Thorpe (nee Van Bibber)
L to R: Johnny Brown, Kathleen  (Van Bibber) Thorpe, Allan Brown. ID by Archie Van Bibber and Pat  Van Bibber.
Yukon Archives, Van Bibber family fonds, 79/2, #2.

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 Thorpe
Yukon Archives, Selkirk First Nation fonds, 88/7, #9660.

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 one time without subsequent application as long as the Fall 2021 recipient remains in good academic standing (minimum GPA of 2.0) throughout their program of study.

Application deadline
Amount
$1,000

The Laberge Renewable Resources Council wishes to make two $2,000 awards available to students in Yukon University's Renewable Resources Management or Northern Science programs in the Winter semester of 2022.

Donor

Laberge Renewable Resources Council logoThe Laberge Renewable Resources Council (LRRC) is the primary instrument for local renewable resources management for the Traditional Territory of the Ta'an Kwach'an Council, which includes the city of Whitehorse. The members of the LRRC must have resided in the Ta'an Kwach'an Council Traditional Territory  for at least one year prior to their appointment and possess long-term familiarity with the renewable resources in the area.

The LRRC, acting in the public interest and consistent with their Final Agreement, may make recommendations to the Minister, Ta'an Kwach'an Council, the Fish and Management Board and/or the Salmon Sub-Committee on any matter related to the conservation of fish and wildlife. The LRRC makes provisions for public involvement in the development of its decisions and recommendations.

Eligibility

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Be registered in Yukon University's Renewable Resources Management or Northern Science program
  • Provide a brief letter outlining:
    • the reasons why you chose this program
    • how the program will support your future plans

Requirements

  • Indicate how long you attended, or if you graduated from, a Yukon high school

NOTE: First preference will be given to applicants who have graduated from a Yukon high school. Second preference will be given to applicants who have attended a Yukon high school.

Application deadline
Amount
2 x $2,000

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

This $500 award is provided to support students taking Yukon University’s Early Learning and Child Care program. It was made available by the F.H. Collins Mary Ellen Whyard Committee and by a fund created in memory of her father, Jim Whyard.

Donor
Photo of Mary Ellen Whyard
Photos: The Whyard Family

Mary Ellen Whyard was born in Yellowknife in 1946 and came to Whitehorse in 1954 when her father was transferred by the federal government. She attended Whitehorse Public School and F.H. Collins Secondary before going to the Fairbanks Campus of the University of Alaska. She decided to train to be a Nanny, but discovered such training was not available in Canada. So, with the help of a neighbour who was from New Zealand, she moved to Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand to pursue Karitane (pronounced care-it-tawnee) Nursing training which focuses on caring for infants born with special physical needs. After completing her two-year program, Mary Ellen became a Nanny for a family with two such children in Vancouver, B.C.

Photo of Mary Ellen Whyard and a child
Mary Ellen Whyard with her nephew, Dan Anton, who is a long-serving employee of Yukon University

In 1967, she returned to Whitehorse, working at the Skookum Jim Friendship Centre and in other childcare/kindergarten positions. She passed away in Truro, Nova Scotia, at the age of 46.

 

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

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

Paul and Helen Flaherty offer six bursaries in support of students enrolled in the University Access Pathways program and courses, planning to pursue post-secondary education at Yukon University.

Paul and Helen hoped that these bursaries would help students access private tutoring, internet connectivity, a laptop computer and training, textbooks, supports to aid in recovery from a traumatic experience, and unexpected circumstances that threaten a student's ability to remain enrolled.

To access this award:

#1: Students hoping to access these bursaries must submit their application to the Financial Aid Advisor by January 31, 2022.

#2: Faculty of the School of Academic Skill and Development or the Academic Support Centre may also submit nominations to the Financial Aid Advisor by January 31, 2022. Nominations must be completed in collaboration with their student nominee as proof of Yukon residency and a budget sheet form part of the nomination package.

Donor

Photo of Paul FlahertyAfter graduating from the University of Western Ontario in London, Paul's career with Bell Canada carried him and his family across Ontario and Quebec and ultimately to Whitehorse as the President and CEO of Northwestel for 18 years.

Paul always encouraged the pursuit of education at all levels and the healthy competition found in sport. His interests culminated into his roles as the Chair of the Board of Governors at Yukon College for six years and the Canada Games Board of Governors for eleven years. Paul also had an extreme love for the north and discovered it thoroughly by foot, raft, canoe, snowmobile, air and dogsled.

Eligibility

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Currently reside in the Yukon
  • Be registered part-time or full-time in the University Access Pathways program at Yukon University
  • OR
  • Be registered in Yukon University 020-060 level courses
  • Indicate what program you plan to enroll in following University Access Pathways
  • Be a self-funded student (unable to secure funding from other sources)
  • Demonstrate financial need
Application deadline
Amount
$500 x 2

Rotary Club of Whitehorse wishes to make a $500 award available to a full-time Yukon University student 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

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

Photo of Steven ThornittSteven 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: This award may be renewed up to two times without subsequent application as long as the Winter 2022 recipient remains in good academic standing (minimum GPA of 2.0) throughout their program of study.

Application deadline
Amount
$1,000

Alkan Air would like to make a $1,000 bursary available to a full-time student in Yukon University's Aviation Management Diploma Program, in memory of Shawn Kitchen. 

Donor
Shawn Kitchen at International Falls 2018
International Falls Hike - Sept., 2018
Photo credit: The Kitchen Family

Shawn Kitchen was a lifelong Yukoner with a true passion for life.  He approached his career in aviation with the right balance of enthusiasm, drive, passion and intelligence. Everyone who came into contact with Shawn felt welcomed and supported by him. Shawn also traveled widely and committed his time to mentor youth as a volunteer leader for Scouts Canada.  

 The Alkan Air family hopes this scholarship helps you achieve your aviation dreams.

Eligibility

  • Be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident
  • Be registered full-time in Yukon University's Aviation Management Diploma Program
  • Have successfully completed the previous semester of this program as a full-time student
  • Provide a letter from an instructor or community member that outlines how the applicant shares Shawn Kitchen's qualities:
    • Balance of enthusiasm, drive, passion and intelligence
    • Welcoming and supportive nature
    • Youth mentor/volunteer leader
    • Avid traveller
  • Demonstrate financial need

Requirements

  • A letter from an instructor or community member outlining how applicant exemplifies Shawn Kitchen's personal qualities
Application deadline
Amount
$1,000

Stantec is pleased to support students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Governance or the First Nations Governance and Public Administration programs with a $1,000 award.

Donor

Stantec logoAt Stantec, we believe that what we do has an impact on the world in which we live. That's an important responsibility and a great opportunity.

Stantec prioritizes support for higher education. We aim to make a difference in the places where we live and where we work. Through donations, sponsorships and volunteering, Stantec employees connect with communities and help strengthen them in meaningful ways.

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 of Indigenous ancestry
  • Be registered part-time or full-time in Yukon University's Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Governance  or First Nation Governance and Public Administration programs
    • Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Governance students must have completed a minimum of 36.0 credit hours in good academic standing.
  • Respond to the following questions, using a creative medium of your choice (eg., photography, drawing, video, podcast, zine, comic/graphic novel, storytelling, creative non-fiction, essay, poetry, spoken word, music/song, dance, animation, beading, carving, painting, etc.):
    • What does two-eyed seeing mean to you?
    • How can you embody two-eyed seeing in your work and everyday life?
      • Please submit a short statement (2-3 paragraphs) describing how your creative piece responds to the questions. Your creative submission can be in the form of an audio, video, jpg or pdf file.

Requirements

 

NOTE: The essay is the short statement (2-3 paragraphs) describing how your creative piece responds to the questions.

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

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 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

Shellby Fulton wishes to make a $500 award available to a Yukon University student who is passionate about leadership.

Donor

Photo of Shellby FultonShellby Fulton is a born and raised Yukoner from Faro. She acknowledges, with sincere gratitude, how support from scholarships and awards enabled her to reach success in both her studies and her career.

Her current pursuit of a Master of Arts in Leadership degree from Royal Roads University has so inspired her that Shellby created this award to support Yukon University students on their journey to becoming leaders in and for the Yukon, and beyond.

Eligibility

  • Be registered as a full-time student at Yukon University
  • Provide a brief essay (max. 500 words) outlining:
    • what leadership means to you
    • what studies you will be taking at Yukon University
    • how your field of study will help you better your leadership skills
    • what specific goals you have that will promote leadership and create more leaders in Yukon

Requirements

 

NOTE: Preference will be given to students from Yukon.

Application deadline
Amount
$500

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

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

Donor
Aron Senkpiel standing before new Yukon College campus in 1988
Aron Senkpiel at the new Yukon College Ayamdigut Campus just prior to its opening in 1988
Photo: Nancy McLeod, UP HERE Magazine, May/June 1988

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. 

Photo of Aron Senkpiel
        Photo: Amanda Graham

 

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

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, Northern Science, Northern Science (Environment and Conservation Sciences stream) or Northern Environmental and Conservation Sciences programs.

Donor

EDI logoEDI 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: year 2 of Renewable Resources Management, Northern Science or Northern Science (Environment and Conservation Sciences stream) 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 (max. 500 words) on The Role of Environmental Consultants in in the Yukon
Application deadline
Amount
$1,000

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 2019: 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.

Application deadline
Amount
$2,000

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

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

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 a $500 award to a student in financial need who is 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.

Application deadline
Amount
2 x $500

The family of Lorene Robertson has created a $2,000 award for a Yukon University student who is enrolled in University Access Pathways courses. 

Donor
Lorene Robertson guiding a student
Lorene Robertson (left) guiding a student
Photo credit: archbould.com

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

Paul and Helen Flaherty offer six bursaries in support of students enrolled in the University Access Pathways program and courses, planning to pursue post-secondary education at Yukon University.

Paul and Helen hoped that these bursaries would help students access private tutoring, internet connectivity, a laptop computer and training, textbooks, supports to aid in recovery from a traumatic experience, and unexpected circumstances that threaten a student's ability to remain enrolled.

To access this award:

#1: Students hoping to access these bursaries must submit their application to the Financial Aid Advisor by October 1, 2021.

#2: Faculty of the School of Academic Skill and Development or the Academic Support Centre may also submit nominations to the Financial Aid Advisor by October 1, 2021. Nominations must be completed in collaboration with their student nominee as proof of Yukon residency and a budget sheet form part of the nomination package.

Donor

Photo of Paul FlahertyAfter graduating from the University of Western Ontario in London, Paul's career with Bell Canada carried him and his family across Ontario and Quebec and ultimately to Whitehorse as the President and CEO of Northwestel for 18 years.

Paul always encouraged the pursuit of education at all levels and the healthy competition found in sport. His interests culminated into his roles as the Chair of the Board of Governors at Yukon College for six years and the Canada Games Board of Governors for eleven years. Paul also had an extreme love for the north and discovered it thoroughly by foot, raft, canoe, snowmobile, air and dogsled.

Eligibility

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Currently reside in the Yukon
  • Be registered part-time or full-time in the University Access Pathways program at Yukon University
  • OR
  • Be registered in Yukon University 020-060 level courses
  • Indicate what program you plan to enroll in following University Access Pathways
  • Be a self-funded student (unable to secure funding from other sources)
  • Demonstrate financial need
Application deadline
Amount
$500 x 2

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

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 program 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

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 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

Faculty Nominated Awards

Title Application deadline

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

Donor

 

Photo of David Jang
Dave at the kiosk overlooking the Nisutlin Bay Bridge in Teslin, Yukon. Photo: Mary McKenna.

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, 2022.

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

Paul and Helen Flaherty offer six bursaries each year in support of students enrolled in the University Access Pathways program and courses, planning to pursue post-secondary education at Yukon University.

Paul and Helen hoped that these bursaries would help students access private tutoring, internet connectivity, a laptop computer and training, textbooks, supports to aid in recovery from a traumatic experience, and unexpected circumstances that threaten a student's ability to remain enrolled.

They provide two $1,000 bursaries - one in the Fall semester and one in the Winter semester. Faculty of the School of Academic and Skill Development or the Academic Support Centre must submit their nominations for the $1,000 Paul Flaherty Bursaries by the last business day in September and January, respectively. These nominations must be completed in collaboration with their student nominee as proof of Yukon residency and a budget sheet form part of the Eligibility Requirements.

Donor

Photo of Paul FlahertyAfter graduating from the University of Western Ontario in London, Paul's career with Bell Canada carried him and his family across Ontario and Quebec and ultimately to Whitehorse as the President and CEO of Northwestel for 18 years.

Paul always encouraged the pursuit of education at all levels and the healthy competition found in sport. His interests culminated into his roles as the Chair of the Board of Governors at Yukon College for six years and the Canada Games Board of Directors for eleven years. Paul also had an extreme love for the north and discovered it thoroughly by foot, raft, canoe, snowmobile, air and dogsled.

Eligibility

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Currently reside in the Yukon
  • Be enrolled part-time or full-time in the University Access Pathways program at Yukon University
  • OR
  • Be registered in Yukon University 020-060 level courses
  • Indicate which program you plan to enroll in following University Access Pathways
  • Be a self-funded student (unable to secure funding from other sources)
  • Demonstrate financial need

Requirements

No application is required for this award. Yukon University faculty and instructors will submit nominations by October 1, 2021 and January 31, 2022, respectively.

Amount
$1,000

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, 2022.

Amount
$1,000

Sysco Edmonton is pleased to provide a $500 scholarship to a full-time student in Yukon University's Culinary Arts program. 

Donor

Sysco logoSysco is the global leader in selling, marketing and distributing food and non-food products to restaurants, healthcare and educational facilities, lodging establishments and other customers around the world.

Eligibility

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Be a citizen of a Yukon First Nation
  • Be enrolled full-time (first or second year) in Yukon University's Culinary Arts program
  • Demonstrate quality, 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, 2022.

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
Under review

Michele Genest wishes to make an award of up to $2,000 available to a full-time student in Yukon University's Culinary Arts program.

Donor
Photo of Michele Genest
Photo credit: Cathie Archbould

Michele Genest is a writer and cookbook author who moved to Whitehorse from Toronto in the mid-1990s. She came to visit her sister, fell in love with the North and just never left. The wilderness was intimidating at first, but gradually she came to know and love the bush by going on berry picking expeditions with friends.

As she learned about the wild foods of the boreal forest, she also learned about the close connection between Yukon Indigenous people and the land. Michele honours and thanks Yukon’s Indigenous people for their ways of knowing and being on the land, and for sharing their knowledge so generously.

Across Canada, Indigenous chefs are writing books, opening restaurants and starting businesses; they are collaborating, learning, and supporting each other on this inspiring journey.

Michele is excited about Indigenous students in the Culinary Arts program at YukonU adding their voices to the Indigenous food stories being told across the country, in professional kitchens, at community gatherings, and at feasts and celebrations.

She hopes that the Naganainlyaa K’itanahee - Follow Your Dream Award will help Indigenous students pursue their culinary passion in the way that most inspires them, whether it be:

  • pursuing their Red Seal Certification
  • exploration of a specific skill (eg., baking, gala events, French cuisine)
  • developing a business plan for a culinary/catering business
  • developing and marketing a food product, or
  • acquiring the supplies or equipment related to the Culinary field to cook for their community.

A note on the title: Michele collaborated with Brandon Kyikavichik and his mentor, Marion Shafer, to craft the award’s title. Brandon and Marion are citizens of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation, and are gifted speakers of the Gwitchin language. Michele treasured the opportunity to capture the very heart of her award in the title with them. The title brings back fond memories of working with community cooks in Old Crow, creating recipes together for the cookbook, Vadzaih, Cooking The Caribou From Antler To Hoof.

 

Eligibility

Nominees must:

  • Be Canadian citizens or permanent residents
  • Be of Indigenous ancestry
  • Be registered as a full-time student in Yukon University’s Culinary Arts program
  • Provide a brief letter, audio or video file outlining:
    • the reasons why they chose this program
    • how this award will support their future plans

Requirements

 

NOTE: Preference will be given to nominees who are citizens of a Yukon First Nation.

Application deadline
Amount
Up to $2,000

Paul and Helen Flaherty offer six bursaries in support of students enrolled in the University Access Pathways program and courses, planning to pursue post-secondary education at Yukon University.

Paul and Helen hoped that these bursaries would help students access private tutoring, internet connectivity, a laptop computer and training, textbooks, supports to aid in recovery from a traumatic experience, and unexpected circumstances that threaten a student's ability to remain enrolled.

To access this award:

#1: Students hoping to access these bursaries must submit their application to the Financial Aid Advisor by January 31, 2022.

#2: Faculty of the School of Academic Skill and Development or the Academic Support Centre may also submit nominations to the Financial Aid Advisor by January 31, 2022. Nominations must be completed in collaboration with their student nominee as proof of Yukon residency and a budget sheet form part of the nomination package.

Donor

Photo of Paul FlahertyAfter graduating from the University of Western Ontario in London, Paul's career with Bell Canada carried him and his family across Ontario and Quebec and ultimately to Whitehorse as the President and CEO of Northwestel for 18 years.

Paul always encouraged the pursuit of education at all levels and the healthy competition found in sport. His interests culminated into his roles as the Chair of the Board of Governors at Yukon College for six years and the Canada Games Board of Governors for eleven years. Paul also had an extreme love for the north and discovered it thoroughly by foot, raft, canoe, snowmobile, air and dogsled.

Eligibility

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Currently reside in the Yukon
  • Be registered part-time or full-time in the University Access Pathways program at Yukon University
  • OR
  • Be registered in Yukon University 020-060 level courses
  • Indicate what program you plan to enroll in following University Access Pathways
  • Be a self-funded student (unable to secure funding from other sources)
  • Demonstrate financial need
Application deadline
Amount
$500 x 2

Paul and Helen Flaherty offer six bursaries in support of students enrolled in the University Access Pathways program and courses, planning to pursue post-secondary education at Yukon University.

Paul and Helen hoped that these bursaries would help students access private tutoring, internet connectivity, a laptop computer and training, textbooks, supports to aid in recovery from a traumatic experience, and unexpected circumstances that threaten a student's ability to remain enrolled.

To access this award:

#1: Students hoping to access these bursaries must submit their application to the Financial Aid Advisor by October 1, 2021.

#2: Faculty of the School of Academic Skill and Development or the Academic Support Centre may also submit nominations to the Financial Aid Advisor by October 1, 2021. Nominations must be completed in collaboration with their student nominee as proof of Yukon residency and a budget sheet form part of the nomination package.

Donor

Photo of Paul FlahertyAfter graduating from the University of Western Ontario in London, Paul's career with Bell Canada carried him and his family across Ontario and Quebec and ultimately to Whitehorse as the President and CEO of Northwestel for 18 years.

Paul always encouraged the pursuit of education at all levels and the healthy competition found in sport. His interests culminated into his roles as the Chair of the Board of Governors at Yukon College for six years and the Canada Games Board of Governors for eleven years. Paul also had an extreme love for the north and discovered it thoroughly by foot, raft, canoe, snowmobile, air and dogsled.

Eligibility

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Currently reside in the Yukon
  • Be registered part-time or full-time in the University Access Pathways program at Yukon University
  • OR
  • Be registered in Yukon University 020-060 level courses
  • Indicate what program you plan to enroll in following University Access Pathways
  • Be a self-funded student (unable to secure funding from other sources)
  • Demonstrate financial need
Application deadline
Amount
$500 x 2