Indigenous Student Awards (FNMI)

The Indigenous Student Awards (FNMI) application is now closed. 

The application for the 2020/2021 school year is now closed. The deadline for all items was Friday February 12, 2021 at 4:30pm. Stay tuned for information regarding 2022 Indigenous Student Award applications.

General Information Eligibility:
Registered Mohawk College student who self-identifies as a First Nations, Inuit, Métis (FNMI), status or non-status person is eligible to apply for an Indigenous Student Award (FNMI) - students can self-identify in Indigenous Student Services in A114, Fennell Campus. If you were in receipt of a PSET bursary awarded by Mohawk College in the Fall or Winter semesters of the academic year, you are not eligible to receive an award from IESS. 

Students are only considered for a PSET Bursary if they have completed the Financial Profile Application, linked below via the Additional Funding Opportunity menu. 

2021 Hamilton Spectator Feature

Congratulations to the 2020 Indigenous Student Award Recipients. 


To apply for an Indigenous Student Award (FNMI):

To complete your application and be considered for an Indigenous Student Award, the following three items are required to be submitted by each applicant: an Online Application Form, Application Letter and at least one Reference Letter. 

1. Complete and submit the Online Application Form. ***Please note: If you have your Application Letter and Reference Letters ready at this time, you have the option to attach them to your Online Application Form and submit all at once. Guidelines are below for the Application Letter. 

If you do not attach your Application Letter and Reference Letters to the Online Application Form, please see steps 2 - 4 in order to complete your Indigenous Student Award Application and be considered for an award. 

2. Write a typed Application Letter (min 1 page). Please see below for Guidelines on what to include in the Letter.

3. Obtain Reference Letters from Volunteer Work, Community Members, or Faculty. At least one must be submitted and should outline & reflect your involvement in the community. 

4. Submit your Application Letter and scanned Reference Letters by email to iess [at]


Please note: 

By applying for an Indigenous Student Awards (FNMI), you are accepting the following conditions:
Your name, student number and relevant contact information will be shared to cross-reference bursary recipients to ensure that no one person is in receipt of more than one bursary/award. In addition, some of the content you include in your Application Letter and Reference Letters may be shared during the evening of the Awards Dinner to inspire students and the community with your story.

Incomplete applications OR applications submitted after the deadline will NOT be accepted or considered for an award.
If you do not attach your Application Letter and Reference Letter(s) to your Online Application Form, they must be submitted via email to iess [at]
by the Friday February 12, 2021 at 4:30pm. All awards communication will be done via MyMohawk – it is students’ responsibility to check their MyMohawk for updates. 

Application Letter & Reference Letter Guidelines

Application Letter 

  1. Who you are, where you’re from, why you are a Mohawk College student.
  2. Your dedication to your future career and Indigenous community.
  3. Describe and give examples of your volunteer experience.
  4. Describe and give examples of your community involvement.
  5. Describe any extracurricular activities, additional interests & passions.
  6. Conclusion – Why do you deserve an award? 

Reference Letter(s) 

At least one letter must be submitted to be considered - the letter should outline & reflect your involvement in the community. Reference Letters can be from Volunteer Work, Paid Work, or your Faculty. Please include contact information for your references so we may verify information with them. 

Indigenous Student Awards (FNMI) List 

Please note: With COVID-19 we understand there has been limited interaction among peers and staff. We may include additional Perseverance and Vision Like a Hawk Awards and eliminate the Keepers of the Fire and School Spirit Awards for this year if students have been unable to do this virtually.

1. Academic Proficiency Award
Highest grade average.

2. Inspiring Youth Award
Demonstrates academic success and excellent personal conduct, an inspiring role model for our Indigenous youth.

3. School Spirit Award
Demonstrates positive interactions and regular participation in IESS events and engages in Mohawk College activities beyond academic studies.

4. Sara Smith Award
Demonstrates strong overall success in academic, personal and community involvement.

5. Community Involvement Award
Demonstrates active participation within the Indigenous community to promote and inspire our people.

6. Amber Skye Memorial Award
A student enrolled in Practical Nursing who has demonstrated academic and personal success.

7. “Keepers of the Four Directions” Awards (4 in total – one student per award)
Demonstrates academic success and personal growth in one of the four directions of the Medicine Wheel.

8. “Vision Like a Hawk” Award
Demonstrates a clear vision of the direction they are taking beyond their current academic studies. Has a strong sense of self-awareness and demonstrates through all aspects of their life that they will have continued success.

9. Perseverance Award
Student who has demonstrated commitment, pride and a positive attitude in pursuit of their post-secondary education despite obstacles.

10. “Keeper of the Fire” Award (2 awards in total – one student per award)
Helps to maintain respect and understanding amongst their peers and staff. Keeps the fire going through leadership and guidance.

14 Indigenous Student Awards (FNMI) in total  

Additional Funding Opportunity - Completing your Financial Profile Application

The MyMohawk Financial Assistance Profile for the Fall 2020 semester will be open on August 3, 2020. 

Apply and be included in reviews for available financial assistance including Awards (Scholarships and Bursaries). Students must monitor their MyMohawk email for any communication and updates on the availability of the application and their submission.

Please visit the Financial Profile Application and Guidelines for more details. 

Submit your Indigenous Student Awards (FNMI) Online Application

Complete step one of your Indigenous Student Award (FNMI) Application via the online form, linked below.

Check out complete list of steps under the `To apply for an Indigenous Student Award (FNMI)`` section above. 

The Indigenous Student Award Application (FNMI) is now closed.