Aboriginal Scholarships & Bursaries

Scholarships and bursaries

Our Aboriginal scholarships and bursaries are available to Status, Non-Status, Metis and Inuit students who are residents of B.C. and are enrolled in an accredited full-time post-secondary program. Students in Grade 12 planning to pursue a full-time, accredited post-secondary education within Canada are also eligible to apply.

Read about how BC Hydro helped an aspiring electrical engineer from the Penticton Indian Band.

We offer the following scholarships and bursaries:

  • One Randy Brant Memorial scholarship based on a combination of academic achievement and outstanding community involvement.
  • $5,000 scholarships allocated to students pursuing a degree related to BC Hydro careers.
  • $2,000 bursaries allocated to students pursuing a diploma, certificate or trade program related to BC Hydro careers.

Download an application form [PDF, 122KB]. Applications will be accepted from March 15 to May 15, 2017.  

Eligible Programs

We're looking to invest in students who are in programs related to the work we do. The following is a list of programs we consider possible stepping stones to a future career with us. If you're in a program with a different name or focus but you think is relevant to the work we do, connect with us and we’ll let you know if it’s eligible before you apply.


Trades programs
Diploma and degree programs
Foundations, Electricians, Mechanics, Machinists, Industrial Mechanics, Automotive Service Tech, Construction Craft Worker, Electric Motor Systems Tech, Heavy Equipment Operator, Crane Operator, Power Line Tech, Truck and Transport Mechanic, Utility Arborist. Engineering (mechanical/civic/electrical), Business, Finance, Communications, First Nations Studies, Environmental Studies, Law, Archaeology, Human Resources, Biology, Project Management, Marketing, Math, Technology, Physics.

In 2016, BC Hydro awarded scholarships and bursaries to students from Cowichan Tribes, Gitlaxt’aamiks, Gitsegukla, Gitwangak, Katzie First Nation, Lake Babine Nation, Lower Nicola Indian Band, Namgis, Nuxalk Nation, Pentiction Indian Band, Saulteau First Nation, Simpcw Nation, Squamish Nation, Taku River Tlingit, Upper Nicola Band, and Xaxli’p First Nation.