Aurora College is designated a community college, formerly known as Thebacha College (1981), Arctic College (1984), and later renamed as Aurora College (1995). The college is located in the Northwest Territories, of Canada with campuses in Inuvik, Fort Smith, and Yellowknife.
The College has learning centers in 23 communities in the Northwest Territories (NWT). However, the head office for Aurora College is located in Fort Smith. Aurora College is the only post-secondary institution within the Northwest Territories.
Table of Contents
- 1 Programs at Aurora College
- 2 Aurora College Community Learning Centres
- 3 Scholarships and Bursaries
- 4 Scholarships, Bursaries, and Awards at Aurora College
- 5 All Campuses (available to students at all campuses)
- 5.1 Northwestel Northern Futures Scholarships
- 5.2 NWT METIS NATION SCHOLARSHIPS
- 5.3 DEHCHO FIRST NATIONS SCHOLARSHIPS
- 5.4 MITCH LANDRY (CORBEAU) MEMORIAL AWARD
- 5.5 MARY CAZON MEMORIAL AWARD
- 5.6 MARILYN SANDERSON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
- 5.7 AKAITCHO TREATY 8 SCHOLARSHIP/ BURSARY
- 5.8 RIO TINTO DIAVIK DIAMOND MINE COMMUNITY SCHOLARSHIP
- 5.9 LUKE CHARPENTIER MEMORIAL FUND
- 5.10 LENA GOSSELIN MEMORIAL FUND
- 6 AURORA CAMPUS (Inuvik)
- 7 THEBACHA CAMPUS (Fort Smith)
- 8 YELLOWKNIFE NORTH SLAVE CAMPUS
Programs at Aurora College
Aurora College delivers programs at three campuses, 21 community learning centers, and other community sites in the Northwest Territories.
The school delivers community-centered post-secondary programs that accurately reflect the northern culture and the needs of the northern labor market.
Aurora offers several certificates and diploma programs as well as the Bachelor of Education degree program and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.
Aurora College Community Learning Centres
Aurora College has community learning centers in several communities, which deliver academic upgrading and community-based courses and programs, depending on demand and funding. Community learning centers are located in:
- Fort Good Hope
- Fort McPherson
- Norman Wells
- Fort Providence
- Fort Resolution
- Fort Simpson
- Hay River
- Fort Liard
- Hay River Reserve
Scholarships and Bursaries
The Government of Canada sponsors an Aboriginal Bursaries Search Tool that lists over 680 scholarships, bursaries, and other incentives offered by governments, universities, and industry to support Aboriginal post-secondary participation.
Aurora College scholarships for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students include:
- Gail Marie Jones Scholarship;
- ATCO Continuous Academic Effort Scholarships;
- Enbridge Pipelines (NW) Inc. Bursaries;
- Town of Inuvik Scholarship;
- Diavik Diamond Mines Inc.
- Trades and Technology Bursaries;
- ATCO Developmental Studies Scholarships;
- ConocoPhillips Scholarship;
- Aurora Research Institute Awards and Fellowships.
Scholarships, Bursaries, and Awards at Aurora College
As an Aurora College student, you are eligible for many scholarships, bursaries, and awards. Some of these are administered by Aurora College while others are administered by other organizations. Some are only available to Aurora College students while others are available to NWT post-secondary students.
These scholarships, bursaries, and awards are often specific to the campus. Check both All Campuses and your Campus for a desire to apply.
All Campuses (available to students at all campuses)
Northwestel Northern Futures Scholarships
These scholarships in the amount of $4000.00 are provided to six eligible applicants each, who are residents of Northern British Columbia, Northern Alberta, Yukon, NWT, and Nunavut operating areas and who are attending post-secondary schools in Commerce/Business or pursuing post-secondary education in Engineering, Electrical/Telecommunications, and Computer Sciences. Deadline is August 15; Value: $4000.
Eligibility: You must be enrolled in full-time post-secondary studies in a two-year diploma program or a four-year degree program with your major declared; pursuing an education in Engineering, Commerce/Business, Computer Science or Electrical/Telecommunications; Northern resident or residing within Northwestel’s Operating Areas.
NWT METIS NATION SCHOLARSHIPS
The Northwest Territory Métis Nation leadership has established a scholarship program, for NWTMN members, to support their development through education and training.
The program offers up to 21 scholarships annually with a total value of $15,750. They are available to high-school, trades, college, and university students.
Scholarship priority will be given to students who have not received a previous scholarship from the NWTMN.
The Committee recognizes academic goals and achievements, career plans, contributions to one’s community, and financial needs. Deadline is Nov 20th; Value: Various to the tune of $15, 750
DEHCHO FIRST NATIONS SCHOLARSHIPS
These Memorial Awards and Scholarships are provided to support the advancement of Dehcho Dene.
The goals for Dehcho descendants are self-reliance, self-determination, and well-being. This goal is achieved by supporting the education and training of the Dehcho descendants in post-secondary education.
It is the hope that these individuals will come home to the Dehcho to help build capacity and lead the First Nation into a healthy future. Deadline is June 30th; Value: Various.
MITCH LANDRY (CORBEAU) MEMORIAL AWARD
This award was established to honor Mitch Landry (Corbeau), a well-respected Elder of the Dehcho. He held the highest regard for the land and respect for the Dene.
$3,000 each will be awarded annually to two Dehcho Dene post-secondary students pursuing studies in Environment & Resource Management, Humanities/Social Sciences, Aboriginal Languages, and/or Linguistics. Deadline is June 30th; Value: $3000.
MARY CAZON MEMORIAL AWARD
This award was established to honor Mary Cazon, a well-respected Elder of the Dehcho. She provided political advice to the Dehcho Leadership and had the highest priority for land protection as she believed that the land defines you as Dene.
$3,000 each will be awarded annually to two Dehcho Dene post-secondary students pursuing studies in Environmental Sciences, Health & Wellness, and/or Naturopathy. Deadline is June 30th; Value: $3000
MARILYN SANDERSON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
ATG honors acknowledge and promote the contributions of the late Marilyn Sanderson by providing one scholarship of $1,000 in her memory.
Eligibility: You must be a Treaty 8 member registered to one of the five (5) Dene First Nations of Deninu Kue, Lutsel K’e, Smith’s Landing, Yellowknives Dene (Dettah or Ndilo); enrolled in a post-secondary or a recognized college or institution and/or employed and require training within the Member First Nation in the field of business management, accounting; and must return to your First Nation community for employment. Value: $1000.
AKAITCHO TREATY 8 SCHOLARSHIP/ BURSARY
NWT Treaty 8 members from the Akaitcho Territory Government First Nations enrolled in a post-secondary university degree or a college certificate education program on a full-time basis are eligible to apply for the ten (10) scholarships in the amount of $1,000.
RIO TINTO DIAVIK DIAMOND MINE COMMUNITY SCHOLARSHIP
Established in 2013 by Rio Tinto Diavik Diamond Mines Inc., established to assist individuals pursuing a career in mining or resource development. Three scholarships of $2,000 each will be awarded provided suitable applicants are selected.
The first scholarship (Mining) will be available for students whose area of study has a focus on mining, mineral, geological, or geomatics engineering, and/or mining-related trades.
The second scholarship (Mining Support) will be available for students whose area of study has a focus on geology, environmental or earth sciences, communities, communications, finance, or procurement.
The third scholarship (STEM) will be available for female students whose area of focus is in fields related to science, technology, engineering, or math. Deadline is May 15th; Value: $2000.
LUKE CHARPENTIER MEMORIAL FUND
The Luke Charpentier Memorial Fund Scholarship was established in 2015 to assist post-secondary or trades students from the City of Yellowknife with their studies.
To be eligible, you must be residents of the City of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories (NWT), pursuing post-secondary education or trades training in any field, and must demonstrate these guiding values for the fund: the qualities of compassion, kindness, generosity, of being a positive influence on your peer group, and demonstrating sportsmanship and a love of the outdoors. Deadline: May 15th; Value: TBA
LENA GOSSELIN MEMORIAL FUND
The Lena Gosselin Memorial Fund was established in 2019 to support individuals seeking training in the area of executive office administration and management with a continued interest to work within the Northwest Territories.
To be eligible, you must be a Northwest Territories (NWT) resident (minimum of two years); enrolled in an office administration/executive assistant program in the Northwest Territories or be currently in an administrative role, and must submit a personal essay: tell us who you are, personal accomplishments, indicate why such a program is of interest, motivation for entering the field, and career aspirations/interests/goals related to the Northwest Territories. Deadline: May is 15th; Value: TBA.
AURORA CAMPUS (Inuvik)
UNW LOCAL 29 STAFF TO STUDENT LEGACY
Local 29 would like to honor and reward the hard work of its clientele by establishing a financial prize. This prize is awarded annually to two (2) students of Aurora Campus who have demonstrated overall academic excellence as well as excellent citizenship. Deadline: Staff Nomination; Value: Varies.
TOWN OF INUVIK OFFICE ADMINISTRATION SCHOLARSHIP
The Town of Inuvik is proud to recognize the efforts of an Office Administration student at Aurora Campus with a $1000 scholarship. Preference is given to residents of Inuvik in the Office Administration certificate or diploma program. Deadline is March 31st; Value: $1000.
AURORA CUP AWARD
Each year Aurora Campus instructors or students nominate an individual who has demonstrated excellence in improving their own educational standards. This award is for a student who has worked through difficult times and has managed to succeed. Deadline is March 31st; Value: Plaque
ATCO DEVELOPMENTAL STUDIES SCHOLARSHIPS
ATCO supports the efforts of students in the Community Learning Centres in the Beaufort Delta and Sahtu regions with two $1000 scholarships.
Eligibility: You must be enrolled full-time in the Developmental Studies & Access programs at any Aurora Campus Learning Centre. You are to complete the questionnaire on financial need and prepare a one-page type-written summary describing career goals, why you should receive the scholarship, and how funds will be utilized. Deadline is February 28th; Value: $1000.
ATCO CONTINUOUS ACADEMIC EFFORT SCHOLARSHIPS
ATCO supports students in Developmental Studies programs by offering two $1000 scholarships. One is for a student in the Beaufort Delta region and one is for a student in the Sahtu region. Deadline is February 28th; Value: $1000
THEBACHA CAMPUS (Fort Smith)
THEBACHA CAMPUS STUDENT ASSOCIATION STUDENT OF THE YEAR AWARD
Awarded for outstanding leadership in student interests, issues, and activities. Any student who is in a full-time program (a six-month-plus program and having a 60 percent class workload) is eligible for nomination. This award is by nomination by any Aurora College student member. Deadline is March 31st; Value: $100
TOWN OF FORT SMITH ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
This award is presented at Convocation by the Town of Fort Smith to a full-time Thebacha Campus student who has had excellent attendance, excellent academic achievement, and has demonstrated community involvement. Deadline is March 31st; Value: $250
SLR CONSULTING BURSARY FOR 2ND YEAR STUDENTS
This bursary is available to students who are enrolled in the 2nd year of the Environment Natural Resource Technology Program. Applicants must be residents of the Northwest Territories. First Nations, Inuit, or Metis students will be given priority.
Preference will be given to applicants who have achieved a minimum overall average of 70% in their first year of the program. Applicants who can clearly demonstrate their commitment to the field of Environmental and Natural Resource through involvement in related volunteer and/or paid work and/or hobbies are also preferred. Deadline is October 15th; Value: $1000.
STANTEC ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES TECHNOLOGY SCHOLARSHIP
Stantec has established a scholarship for students attending the Environment and Natural Resources Technology Program at Aurora College. The applicant must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident enrolled full-time in the Environment and Natural Resources Technology Program.
The applicant must demonstrate the ability to provide leadership or academic excellence through either a GPA of 3.0 (70% or higher) in your most recent year of college or a letter of reference from your employer addressing your ability to provide leadership in your area of study. Awards will be determined jointly by Stantec and Aurora College. Deadline is March 26th; Value: $1000.
CLARK BUILDERS SCHOLARSHIP FOR APPRENTICESHIP STUDENTS
“Clark Builders” has established one $1,000 scholarship for Apprenticeship students attending Aurora College. The applicant must be a member of the Salt River First Nation, enrolled in Apprenticeship Training during the 2020-2021 Academic year, and maintained/achieved an academic or scholastic average of 80%. Awards will be determined jointly by “Clark Builders.” and Aurora College. Deadline is June 30th; Value: $1000.
YELLOWKNIFE NORTH SLAVE CAMPUS
JONAS KONGE MEMORIAL FUND
The Jonas Konge Memorial Fund Scholarship was established in 2010 to support NWT residents pursuing post-secondary studies in medicine or nursing. Applications for the scholarship are open to individuals resident in Yellowknife (first priority) and other Northwest Territories communities for at least five years.
To be eligible, you must be entering your second or subsequent year of post-secondary studies in medicine or nursing at a recognized College or University and be planning to practice in the Northwest Territories after you graduate. First priority will be given to applicants from Yellowknife and those studying Pediatrics or Neonatal care. Deadline is May 15th; Value: TBA
ELAINE (SWEET) WHITFORD SCHOLARSHIP FUND
The Elaine (Sweet) Whitford Scholarship Fund was established to support Northwest Territories (NWT) residents pursuing post-secondary studies in social work or nursing. Applications for the scholarship are open to individuals resident in the Northwest Territories for at least two years.
To be eligible, you must be entering your second or subsequent year of post-secondary studies in social work or nursing at a recognized College or University. First priority will be given to applicants of Indigenous ancestry who have lived in the Northwest Territories for at least one-half of their lives; second priority will be given to other individuals who have lived in the Northwest Territories for at least one-half of their lives. Deadline is May 15th; Value: TBA.
UNW LOCAL 32 STUDENT CITIZENSHIP AWARD
You must be a full-time Aurora College student at Yellowknife North Slave Campus and in good academic standing. You must have demonstrated citizenship roles such as participating and contributing to college life, helping others, community volunteer work, etc. If two applicants are chosen, each will receive $250. If only one is chosen, $500 will be awarded. Deadline is the First Week of April; Value: $250-$500.
YELLOWKNIFE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION – YELLOWKNIFE CAMPUS SCHOLARSHIP
This Aurora College Scholarship was established in 2009 to provide support for students from Yellowknife attending the Yellowknife / North Slave Campus of Aurora College. Applicants must be registered in a second or subsequent year of study at the Yellowknife / North Slave Campus of Aurora College and have resided in Yellowknife for a minimum of three years, prior to applying for the award. Factors taken into consideration in reviewing grant applications include community involvement, commitment to the applicant’s program of study, and economic need.
Deadline: TBA Value: $1000.
AVENS SHEILA BRODERS AWARD
This award recognizes the outstanding achievements of an individual currently enrolled in the Aurora College School of Health and Human Services.
The award recipient will first be nominated from the Personal Support Worker Program in Yellowknife. If the Personal Support Worker program is not offered in Yellowknife, then the recipient will be nominated from the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Deadline is April 1st; Value: $500.