The 2022 Graduation/Scholarship/Bursary Award applications are now open. Graduating students, please submit your application via email to awards@necvancouver.org by Thursday June 30th at midnight. Applications that are incomplete or past the deadline will not be considered. You can download the application package here.

Awards this year include:

Andre Dufour Bursary - This award is named after André Dufour, an advocate for Indigenous education. The recipient will have demonstrated commitment in the pursuit of academic achievement and be enrolled as a full-time student at the Native Education College, or at a recognized post-secondary school for the following academic year.
Bernie Agg Award (IJS) - This award was established in 1993 to honour the founder of Canada’s first intensive one-to-one youth justice program, established in Vancouver in 1973. NEC awards this scholarship, which is funded by the Pacific Legal Education Association, to an Indigenous Justice Studies graduate who has
overcome odds to continue their education.
Carla Poppen: Cultural Leadership Bursary - In honor of Carla Poppen; teacher, financial planner, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. NEC is honored to administer the Cultural Leadership Award to a student who demonstrates financial need, and commitment to cultural leadership in either an urban or rural setting.
Carla Poppen: Indigenous Community Service Bursary - In honor of Carla Poppen; teacher, financial planner, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. NEC is honored to administer the Indigenous Community service bursary to a student who demonstrates financial need and an educational plan that leads to community service that will help Indigenous people.
Carla Poppen: Single Parent Bursary - In honor of Carla Poppen; teacher, financial planner, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. NEC is honored to administer the Single Parent Bursary to a student who demonstrates financial need, identifies as a single parent, and has a minimum of 3 courses with a minimum GPA of 60%.
Ernie McDonald Award - This award is dedicated to the memory of a former NEC student who was involved in numerous activities around the college. Ernie was an enthusiastic, dedicated, and active student. The recipient will have shown outstanding commitment to NEC and how they have positively influenced staff and students by providing examples.
Founding Members Community Involvement Award - This award is in recognition and honour of the founding members of the Urban Native Indian Education Society, which was incorporated in 1979 and renamed NEC Native Education College in 2006. The recipient will have been actively involved in the community demonstrating outstanding citizenship and will be continuing with post-secondary education in the next academic year. (Applications may include reference letters from the community.)
Grace Mirehouse Memorial Award (IECE) - This memorial award is dedicated to the memory of Grace Mirehouse a former President of NEC who was a dedicated, compassionate, inspirational, competent, diligent, creative, and much-loved warrior for Aboriginal education. The recipient will have demonstrated commitment to Aboriginal Education and be enrolled as a full-time student at a recognized post-secondary institute the following academic year in a program that relates to their long-term goal of pursuing a career in Aboriginal Education. (Aboriginal Education can include early childhood; elementary; secondary; postsecondary; and adult education; and/or management in an Aboriginal Education organization.)
Howard Green Award (IABE) - This award is for an Indigenous Adult Basic Education program graduate who intends to pursue post-secondary studies at NEC. This award is given in honour of Howard Green, past administrator, who worked for the Society for nine years during the 1980’s when the NEC experienced rapid growth
and development.
The Native Northwest Reconciliation Fund Award (IECE) (ILS) - Founder of Native Northwest, Larry Garfinkel is committed to Reconciliation and has marked a significant contribution across the province, ensuring that Indigenous learners have access to bursaries that assist the learner to advance their studies. Mr. Garfinkel and his son Gabe have been longstanding supporters of the NEC and they are thrilled to offer this bursary to successful graduates of the NEC. This award is intended to support holistic wellness, healing and cultural wellbeing for a student enrolled in the Indigenous Early Childhood Education Program. The successful applicant will demonstrate a commitment to holistic wellness through active participation in cultural ceremony, cultural learning and active participation in community and cultural activities.
Karen Lidkea Office Administration Award (OAET) - This award is in recognition of Karen Lidkea’s exemplary commitment to NEC’s Department of Finance and her
20+ years of meeting the needs of its staff. Karen embodied and led from our Indigenous values in her tireless service to student success. The recipient of this award will be a graduate student who has found similar employment in office administration or Indigenous organization and who has demonstrated perseverance
in overcoming obstacles personally and financially.
Margaret Mitchell Fund for Women Bursary - In November 2001, the Van City Community Foundation established a bursary program in the name of Margaret Mitchell which will be awarded to female graduating students. The recipient will have demonstrated academic excellence while facing financial pressure during the academic year and is continuing education at the post-secondary level in the next academic year. (Copy of letter of acceptance required)
NEC Student Association Award - The recipient of the NEC Student Association award will be a current graduate with a strong interest and commitment in NEC activities to increase awareness of NEC. Please provide details and examples that show this interest and commitment.
Patrick Delorme Eagle Spirit Warrior Memorial Award - This memorial award in honour of Patrick Delorme, Eagle Spirit Warrior, is sponsored by Vancouver’s Mosaic Church community. The recipient will have modelled a warrior spirit by demonstrating truth-speaking leadership and is committed to bridging cultures. Preference given to students who have lived in foster care.
Ray Collins Scholarship - This award is in honour and memory of Ray Collins, founder of NEC. The recipient will be a graduating student from any NEC program who
demonstrated academic achievement and has intentions of pursing post-secondary education in the next academic year.
Staff/Faculty Award - This award sponsored by the staff and faculty of NEC. The recipient will be a graduating student who has shown marked improvement in areas
such as academics, attendance, personal growth, etc., and has demonstrated financial need.
Urban Spirit Foundation Single Parent Bursary - The Urban Spirit Foundation donated these awards to recognize the effort and commitment required to successfully pursue post-secondary education. The recipient will an accomplished student with good attendance and academic performance, who is a single parent with children in a childcare setting and who has demonstrated financial need and will also be continuing their education at the post-secondary level in the next academic year.
Urban Spirit Foundation Male Bursary - The Urban Spirit Foundation donated these awards to recognize the effort and commitment required to successfully pursue post-secondary education. The recipient(s) will be male graduating student(s) that have demonstrated academic excellence under adverse financial pressure, and plan to continue education at the post-secondary level in the next academic year.
Brenda Forsythe Memorial (FCC ) - This award is dedicated to the memory of a former NEC student. The recipient of this award will have graduated from first or second year of the Family and Community Counselling program, have shown academic achievement, and demonstrated student support and volunteerism.
Wanda Bolton Memorial (IECE) - This memorial award is in honour of Wanda Bolton who served as the Coordinator of the Early Childhood Education Program for six years. The recipient will graduate from the Early Childhood Education Program in the current academic year and has shown strong leadership capabilities, commitement, and dedication to First Nations education, as well as knowledge of and pride in cultural heritage.