First Citizens Fund

First Citizens Fund – Student Bursary Program

The First Citizens Fund Student Bursary Program provides financial awards to Indigenous students enrolled in post-secondary education. Bursaries between $700-$1,200 are awarded to students who meet all eligibility requirements and who demonstrate significant financial need. The funds are distributed after the applicant successfully completes a semester of school; the funds can then be applied to the following semester’s tuition, fees, and other related educational costs.
The Province of British Columbia funds the First Citizens Fund Student Bursary Program while the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres administers it. Both parties are honored to support Indigenous students in pursuing educational opportunities at the post-secondary level.
Please be advised that funding is limited and that not all applicants will be approved for a bursary.

Who is Eligible?

Post-secondary students of Indigenous ancestry (status, non-status, Métis, Inuit) who are:
– permanent residents of British Columbia
– registered in a BC recognized post-secondary institution
– with a minimum GPA of 2.5 or a C+ grade equivalent
* Please note: students are not eligible to receive a bursary to repeat a course or academic year.

A complete application includes:

Applications must be completed and submitted to the Education Coordinator by 5pm on the application deadline. Students must submit a new application for each semester.
1. Application Form – completed and signed
2. A copy of your Status Card (if applicable) – front and back
– If you are non-status, you must provide a copy of your birth certificate and a copy of your parent(s) status card, or other supporting evidence/documentation of Indigenous ancestry.
3. Proof of Registration/Enrollment – from the post-secondary institution you attend
4. Cost of tuition, Books, and Fees – documentation from your school that states tuition costs for the semester that you are applying for
5. Unofficial Transcripts/Grades – including your most recent semester/schooling
6. A Letter of Recommendation from a recognized Indigenous organization – speaking to your character, community involvement, or otherwise supporting your FCF application
7. A Personal Letter – self-written letter on family background, ancestry, education and employment history, and career and personal goals
8. For applicants completing graduate studies – a letter from your supervisor confirming that you are demonstrating satisfactory progress in your program
If you are a successful candidate, you must submit your Official Transcripts including your most recent schooling as soon as they are made available.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.

[Click Here for the FCF Application Form for 2020-2021]

Application Deadlines:

September 30, 2020 – for students applying for the Summer 2020 semester (May-August)
January 31, 2021 – for students applying for the Fall 2020 semester (September-December)
May 31, 2021 – for students applying for the Winter 2021 Semester (January-April)

How are applications evaluated?

Applications from eligible students will be assessed based on financial need, giving priority to those who do not receive other financial support for their education. Other factors will be taken into consideration such as cost of program, single parents, number of dependents, and spousal income.
The baseline amount for the FCF bursary is between $700-$1000 based on financial need, additional funds may be awarded for single parents, for an excellent personal letter, an excellent letter of recommendation, and for excellent grades, for a maximum of $1,200.
Please note: funding is limited, not all applicants may be awarded a bursary, and we cannot guarantee consecutive or multiple bursaries per student.


Please forward all applications, correspondence, inquiries, and official transcripts to the following:
Brooke Shaughnessy, Education Coordinator
Phone: (250) 388-5522 Ext. 216
BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres – Education
551 Chatham Street
Victoria, BC V8T 1E1
***Due to the ongoing pandemic, please forward applications digitally if possible. If you are not able to submit them digitally, mail them as soon as possible and expect delays in processing times.***