Introduction to Ch'nook Scholars

The Ch’nook Scholars program gives Indigenous post-secondary business students the tools and connections they need to succeed in their studies and careers, as well as a range of other benefits.

Initially developed in 2007 as a scholarship for Indigenous Business Students, Ch’nook Scholars has evolved into a program that complements post-secondary business education and works to develop leadership skills and business knowledge. Ch’nook Scholars also benefit from knowledge and advice from current industry leaders.

Ch'nook Scholars receive two $1,000 scholarships ($2,000 total), expenses-paid attendance at two Ch'nook Scholars Regional Gatherings, opportunities to network with and learn from business leaders, workshops and seminars on Indigenous business topics, professional headshots, and other benefits.  

Who is the program for?

Ch’nook Scholars is open to status and non-status First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students studying full-time in a business program at a post-secondary institution in British Columbia or at the University of Calgary.

Canadian residents of First Nations (status or non-status), Métis, or Inuit heritage attending business studies full-time at a post-secondary institutions within British Columbia or at the University of Calgary are eligible to apply. Attendance at Ch’nook Scholars events throughout the academic year is required for continued participation and remittance of scholarship payments; therefore, Ch’nook Scholars must commit to attending Scholars events throughout the academic year. Ch’nook Scholars are welcome to participate in the program more than once as long as they continue to meet eligibility criteria.

The Ch’nook Selection Committee considers:

  • Leadership and role model qualities
  • Demonstrated personal achievements
  • Interest in business as an academic and/or career path
  • Contributions to community

I was the lone Indigenous business student at the University of Victoria at the time and it was an incredibly isolating experience. Being given the opportunity to meet with fellow students across the province was inspirational and gave me the energy to continue.

Lisa Pender (deWit) – University of Victoria
Wet’su’wet’en First Nation, BC (past Ch’nook Scholar)

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