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The Ocean Awaits Award for Women and Indigenous People

This bursary provides financial assistance for 92 NSCC students in the form of a $1,550 - $5,670 tuition bursary. This is for students enrolled in eligible marine training courses.

Application Deadline: Ongoing

About the Sponsor

This tuition bursary program has been established to support those who are interested in and have a passion to explore a career in the marine industry. Recognizing the significant financial, social and cultural barriers that women and Indigenous People face when pursuing post-secondary education, this bursary will help offset tuition costs, ultimately encouraging greater participation in marine training and careers.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for this awards program, applicants must:

  1. Be enrolled full-time in one of the following eligible marine training courses for the 2019-2020 academic year
    • Marine Emergency Duties
    • Small Vessel Operator Proficiency
    • Fishing Master IV
  2. Submit a bursary application which requires completion of the following:
    • Confirmation of self-identification and/or registered status recognized by the Government of Canada
    • General application question – Please provide us with a quick overview of how this marine course will assist you in your future career or current work.

How We Choose

Recipients of this tuition bursary will be chosen based on the following criteria:

  • Application, which includes a general application question.
  • Confirmation of self-identification and/or registered status recognized by the Government of Canada.

How to Apply

Complete the The Ocean Awaits Award for Women and Indigenous People form

Please note: The Mi'kmaw Economic Benefits Office of Nova Scotia (MEBO) will coordinate the review and confirmation of Indigenous applicants to ensure they meet all tuition bursary criteria. Applicants who cannot provide registered status documentation may be asked to submit a letter of support from a recognized Indigenous organization or Band Council upon request by MEBO.

Payment Details

Recipients are eligible to receive a tuition bursary which will cover up to 90% of the tuition cost for the marine training course. The bursary value differs by course:

  • Marine Emergency Duties - $2,354
  • Small Vessel Operator Proficiency - $1,550
  • Fishing Master IV - $5,670

Please note that tuition bursaries are applied directly to the recipient's account and are not refundable to the student.

Recipients

Recipients must meet the conditions of the tuition bursary at all points in order to have funds applied to their student account and to maintain eligibility.

For More Information

For support, application assistance or general awards questions, contact the NSCC Student Awards Office by phone at 1-855-825-9060 or by email at