Starting in 2020!
NIEEF partners with CIBC to create
Indigenous Scholarship Program
delivered by Indspire

This new initiative will provide $44,000 in awards
annually for four (4) years.
Many of the awards provide funds to a student over multiple years.

Application deadlines:
February 1 - August 1 - November 1

More information:


NIEEF Scholarships for 2020.
Four (4) awards of $2,000 each.

The National Indigenous Economic Education Foundation (NIEEF) is a charitable organization of Cando providing scholarships, training and research funding to students involved in Indigenous community economic development.

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The NIEEF Indigenous Scholarships ($2,000 each) will be awarded to 3 successful applicants at Cando’s upcoming Annual National Conference & AGM.

In addition one Plains Midstream Canada - NIEEF Scholarship ($2,000) will be awarded to a successful applicant based in Alberta.

Selection is based on passing Grade 12 marks or post secondary GPA (Grade Point Average). Please review eligibility requirements carefully.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Priority will be given to students enrolled in one of the Cando accredited institutions

  • Must be a current Cando Student member

  • Attending or currently enrolled as a full-time student in a post-secondary institution

  • Proof of Indigenous ancestry

  • Studying in the fields of: Business Administration / Economics, Business Finance, Business Management, Natural Resources or CED

 To qualify for this scholarship, please submit the following:

  • Completed NIEEF Scholarship Application Form

  • Cover letter outlining a personal introduction, educational level achieved to date and your community involvement

  • A copy of the most recent official transcripts

  • Proof of current enrollment

  • Two (2) Letters of Support

  • Essay describing career goals & aspirations

  • Proof of Indigenous Ancestry

  • Completed Cando Student Membership Form ($25+applicable taxes)

Deadline is July 31, 2020!

Mail completed scholarship application to:

NIEEF Scholarship Application
c/o Cando
9635 - 45 Ave, Edmonton, AB T6E 5Z8
Phone: 780.990.0303
Toll Free: 1.800.463.9300
Fax: 780.429.7487



NIEEF Scholarship Recipients for 2019

Kiera Kowalski - Metis student has more confidence thanks to scholarship

Kiera Kowalski NIEEF Though she’s now working on her second post-secondary program Kiera Kowalski is still uncertain what career path to pursue.

“I’m not 100 per cent sure,” Kowalski said when asked what career she’d like to have. “My mind changes quite frequently.”

But Kowalski, a 22-year-old who is Metis, believes she would like a job that involves some type of Indigenous-based education or development.

Kowalski, who grew up in northwestern Ontario town of Fort Frances, graduated earlier this year from Ottawa’s Carleton University. Her degree, with combined honours, was in Journalism and Communication Studies.

Heading into her fourth and final year of that program, however, Kowalski knew she was interested in pursuing additional education.

That’s because in the summer of 2018 she spent a summer in Yukon. She was one of 20 students participating in the Stories North initiative.

This program allowed students to learn about truth and reconciliation, self-governance and Indigenous issues. Students met various chiefs, former leaders and residential school survivors.

Read Kiera's story

Taylor Wilson - Cree student wins scholarship for second consecutive year

 Taylor WilsonEvery little bit helps.

That’s the attitude taken by Taylor Wilson, who’s in her second and final year of the Master’s in Development Practice program offered at the University of Winnipeg.

The program, which focuses on Indigenous development, is a costly one as tuition is $22,000 per year.

It’s also why Wilson, a member of Manitoba’s Fisher River Cree Nation, sought out as much financial assistance as she could.

A year ago she was fortunate to be one of the three recipients of a National Indigenous Economic Education Foundation (NIEEF) scholarship. Each winner received $2,000 via Cando, the organization that promotes economic development in Indigenous communities across Canada.

Despite winning the scholarship in 2018, a guidance conselor at the University of Winnipeg suggested to Taylor to send in another application this year.

As it turned out, the 25-year-old was once again selected as one of the three scholarship recipients for 2019.

“I was surprised to win it again,” she said. “I was encouraged to apply again but I was told not to get my hopes up.”

Taylor was recognized at the Cando Conference, which was held Oct. 27-30 in Gatineau, Quebec.

Read Taylor's Story


Patrick Twinn - Scholarship helps offset travel costs to B.C. for Alberta student


Patrick Twinn NIEEFThough he already has a post-secondary diploma, a degree and a decent job, Patrick Twinn is continuing to further his education.

Twinn, a member of Alberta’s Sawridge First Nation, is currently working on his Master of Business Administration in Indigenous Business and Leadership through Vancouver’s Simon Fraser University (SFU).

“For me the journey of learning is never ending,” said Twinn, a 33-year-old who lives in Edmonton. “I want to keep supporting Indigenous communities in any capacity I can.”

Twinn incurs some hefty costs to be part of the SFU program. While he is able to complete many of his necessary readings and assignments at home, the program requires him to attend 10 intakes in Vancouver, each one last between one to two weeks, during the course of the 26-month program.

“There are significant travel costs and expenses associated with that,” he said.

For starters, round-trip flights from Edmonton to Vancouver cost about $500 each time he is required to travel. And hotel prices range between $150-$200 per night, depending on a whether it is a busy travel season.

That’s why Twinn was rather pleased to hear he’s one of three recipients this year of a National Indigenous Economic Education Foundation (NIEFF) scholarship. Each winner is awarded $2,000 through Cando, the national organization that promotes economic development in Indigenous communities across Canada.

“For myself it’s a huge support,” Twinn said of his scholarship.

Twinn is halfway through his program, having completed five of his required 10 intakes. His program will continue until the fall of 2020.

Read Patrick's Story

To read about past NIEEF Scholarship recipients, click here.