First launched in 2012, KPMG’s Indigenous Student Awards program is administered by Indspire’s Building Brighter Futures: Bursaries, Scholarships and Awards program that is available to Indigenous post-secondary students in the pursuit of university or college education across Canada.

Program details

This award is open to all Indigenous candidates (First Nations, Inuit and Metis) who are attending post-secondary institutions (i.e. college or university) with demonstrated financial need for contributions to education costs. Preference will be given to students studying in the following academic programs: Business Administration, Public Administration, Accounting, Information Technology, Human Resources, Communications and Marketing

To be eligible you must:

  • be a Canadian Indigenous person;
  • be enrolled in an accredited institution such as:
    • an accredited university program;
    • an accredited college program;
  • not be a member of the staff, board, or past participants at the time of applying for funding support.

Awards criteria:

  • Deadline(s): August 1, 2021; November 1, 2021; February 1, 2022
  • Program of study: Business & Management, Business Administration, Accounting, Taxation, Business & Economics, Information Technology, Human Resources, Communications and Marketing.
  • Level of study: College or University
  • Indigenous affiliation: Any

Application process

The award application process is now open. For full details and to apply, please visit

For more information regarding mentorship and internships please reach out to the Manager, Indigenous Recruitment & Enablement at

Daryl-Hannah Beckett Portrait

Applying for an Indspire scholarship was a wonderful opportunity that I had as a 4th year student. I saw other students on social media expressing their gratitude to Indspire, which sparked my interest in applying. I most definitely encourage all students to apply, as these scholarships and bursaries can make a great financial impact!

Daryl-Hannah Beckett

Having resources that support your educational goals is imperative to success. Indspire and KPMG's scholarship gave me the opportunity to focus on my schooling instead of how I was going to pay for it. Not having that financial burden allowed me to become a better student and focus on what matters most, my education.

Matt Cooley

Matt Cooley Portrait
Tatianna Pelletier Portrait

I am trying to create a life my son and myself can be proud of, and to have the opportunity to attend school in pursuing my aspirations of becoming a Chartered Professional Accountant is such a blessing. I wouldn't be able to achieve my goals if it wasn't for the generosity of donors like KPMG, and charity organizations dedicated to the Indigenous futures, like Indspire.

Tatianna Pelletier

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