Indigenous Student Resources

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We recognize that the cost of attending medical or dental school is not insignificant. However, there are a number of options available to help defray the cost and encourage you to explore some of the financial resources offered by Western University and external sources.

Financial Resources

National Indigenous Scholarship Program

Value: 1 award at $50,000

Awarded to an Indigenous student applying to Western University from another postsecondary institution ($20,000 for Year 1; $10,000 for each of Year’s 2, 3 and 4 based on ongoing registration).

For more information on application requirements and deadlines, visit the Office of the Registrar.

Indigenous Medical Continuing Scholarship

Value: $7,500 continuing for 4 years

Awarded annually to an Indigenous student (First Nations, Inuit or Métis) entering first year of the Doctor of Medicine (MD) Program based on academic achievement and demonstrated financial need.

For more information on application requirements and deadlines, visit the Office of the Registrar.

Margery Baldwin Memorial Bursary

Value: 5 at $3,000

Awarded annually to Indigenous students in any year of any undergraduate program at Western, with preference given to students enrolled in the Academic Transition Opportunity (ATO) Program provided by the Indigenous Student Centre, based on financial need. Online financial assistance applications are available through the Student Center and must be submitted by October 31. The Office of the Registrar will select recipients in consultation with the Indigenous Student Centre.

These bursaries were established by a generous gift from Peter J.B. Baldwin (BA'62) to celebrate the legacy of his late wife, Margery A. Baldwin (BA'63).

For more information on application requirements and deadlines, visit the Office of the Registrar.

Dr. Marjorie I. Johnson Medical Award

Value: 1 at $2,000 effective 2018-2019 to 2022-2023 academic years, inclusive

Awarded annually to a full-time undergraduate student enrolled in Year 1 in the Doctor of Medicine (MD) Program in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, based on demonstrated financial need. Online financial assistance applications are available through the Student Center and must be submitted by September 30. Preference will be given to a student who self-identifies as Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit or Métis).

This award was established through a generous gift from Dr. Marjorie I. Johnson who began teaching Anatomy at Western University in 1994 and served as the Coordinator of the Anatomy program for the medical curriculum from 2006 until 2017. She was the Chair of the Subcommittee for Indigenous Admissions for the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry until 2018 and a long-time supporter of medical education and student affairs. She retired from Western in 2018 to pursue global health care volunteer work.

For more information on application requirements and deadlines, visit the Office of the Registrar.

Schulich Scholarships

Schulich Undergraduate Medicine Scholarships 
Value: $28,000 continuing for 4 years; number of scholarships vary each year

Schulich Undergraduate Dentistry Scholarships
Value: 4 at $11,200 continuing for 4 years; student must meet Ontario residency requirements

Schulich Scholarships are awarded to students entering first year of the Doctor of Medicine (MD) Program and Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) Program based on academic achievement and demonstrated financial need. These scholarships will continue for up to four years provided that recipients progress satisfactorily and continue to demonstrate financial need each year.

These scholarships were established by Seymour Schulich to help ensure that students who want to enter Western's Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) programs receive the financial assistance they need.

For information about how to apply for a Schulich Scholarship, as well as links to online application forms and application deadlines, please visit the Office of the Registrar website.

Western Bursaries

To be considered for bursaries and need-based awards offered by Western, submit an online Admission Bursary Application through the Office of the Registrar website.

External Resources for Financial Assistance

College of Family Physicians of Canada

The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) is committed to preparing its student members for careers as family physicians. One priority of the College is the enhancement of the family medicine experience in every Canadian medical school. Student members of the CFPC contribute significantly to CFPC activities and policy development; members foster positive relationships and develop networks with staff physicians, residents, and other medical students as a result.

Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada

The Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada (IPAC) was formed to encourage and support First Nations, Metis and Inuit youth wishing to become medical doctors, to support those already in training or practice and to promote the work of its members in their many capacities and disciplines. The Association also supports Indigenous health initiatives at community and university levels and wishes to promote health for all Indigenous peoples, mentally, physically, intellectually, and emotionally.

Indigenous Services Canada, Government of Canada

Indigenous Services Canada works collaboratively with partners to improve access to high quality services for First Nations, Inuit and Métis. Our vision is to support and empower Indigenous peoples to independently deliver services and address the socio-economic conditions in their communities.

Indspire

Indspire is a national Indigenous registered charity that invests in the education of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people for the long term benefit of these individuals, their families and communities, and Canada. Their vision is to enrich Canada through Indigenous education and by inspiring achievement. In partnership with Indigenous, private and public sector stakeholders, Indspire educates, connects and invests in First Nations, Inuit and Métis people so they will achieve their highest potential.

Additional Supports and Services at Western

Indigenous Gathering Space

Located in the Health Sciences Addition, Room H43 at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University, the Indigenous gathering space is accessible for current medical and dental students to study, take wellness breaks and access traditional medicines. This space is also for visiting Elders, drumming circles or hosting community events including lunch and learns. Students are able to access the space at any time and can use it for their coordinating events and socials.

Learner Experience

The Learner Experience Office in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry is concerned with the physical, psychological, and professional safety of learners. Programs and services provided by the Office include:

  • Mentors to support and encourage students throughout their program studies
  • Student Support Teams that provide orientation, advice and curriculum tips to first year peers
  • Help examining your financial situation and available options
  • Personal counselling with a staff member or some outside of the School
  • Assistance arranging academic accommodation for students with a documented health issue or disability

For more information, about additional supports and services, click here.

Indigenous Student Centre

Indigenous Student Centre (ISC), part of the Office of Indigenous Initiatives at Western University, offers culturally-relevant, wholistic and strength-based programs and services geared toward Indigenous students at Western, including:

  • monthly Corn Soup Lunches,
  • a communal kitchen with fresh groceries,
  • an Indigenous Food and Medicine Garden,
  • computer labs, quiet study space and lounge area,
  • Circles of Support to socialize and meet guest speakers, and
  • drop-in meetings or one-on-one appointments with visiting Elders.

Indigenous students who register with the Indigenous Student Centre will receive notifications about opportunities, programs and events, as well as information about how the Centre can support them during their university journey.

For more information about ISC programs and services, and to view the online viewbook, visit the Indigenous Student Centre website. To learn about how to register to become an ISC member, click here.

Supports and Services for students at the Schulich Medicine – Windsor Campus

Learner Experience – Windsor Campus

The Learner Experience Office is concerned with the physical, psychological, and professional safety of medical students who will complete their studies as the Schulich Medicine – Windsor Campus. Programs and services accessed through the Office at the Schulich Medicine – Windsor Campus include:

  • student counselling
  • student health services
  • student disability services

For more information about programs and services for students at the Schulich Medicine – Windsor Campus, visit the Learner Experience website. To connect with staff at the Schulich Medicine – Windsor Campus, click here.

Aboriginal Education Centre – Turtle Island

The Aboriginal Education Centre – Turtle Island at the University of Windsor provides support to self-identified Aboriginal students to help them reach their highest potential in a culturally supportive atmosphere. Resources provided by the Centre include:

  • coordination of social gatherings and cultural events such as sweat lodges, pouch making and ceremonies
  • Brown Bag Lunches to explore topics of indigeneity content in the classroom
  • Native Student Alliance to provide a social network and discuss issues concerning Indigenous/Native matters
  • a lounge and study area
  • volunteer and work opportunities
  • knowledgeable staff who can refer students to campus and community supports and services

For information about programs and services, visit the Aboriginal Education Centre – Turtle Island website and Aboriginal Education Centre brochure.

Third Party Sponsorship

For information about band sponsorship and scholarships from external sources that will be paid directly to Western on your behalf, or about tuition fees paid by band sponsorship, please contact:
  • Bev Zupancic, Western Student Financial Services, by email at bzupanci@uwo.ca 
It is the responsibility of the student to know what portion of tuition the scholarship or sponsorship will cover. If the sponsorship also includes health/dental coverage, it is the responsibility of the student to opt out of the Western plans. Any fees or penalties not covered by the scholarship/sponsor must be paid by the student by the tuition fee due date.

Harmonizing Health Perspectives

The Harmonizing Health Perspectives symbol depicts a model of health recognized by many Indigenous nations known as the Medicine Wheel, particularly those in the Eastern Woodlands region where the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University is located.

The circle contains four colours representing members from each race that are identical; expressing that we are all equal. The figures are holding hands signifying working toward the same goal as a community. Although they come together as one, each is unique and diverse from the other.

The infinity symbols at the centre of the circle represent the exchange of knowledge and culture, and refer to one of its original Métis meanings: the joining of distinct cultures. The purple in the middle represents Western University, the community holding us together in which we are learning, growing, and teaching.

Contact Us

First Nations, Métis and Inuit applicants considering careers in medicine or dentistry are welcomed and encouraged to contact:

Admissions Office
email: admissions.medicine@schulich.uwo.ca | admissions.dentistry@schulich.uwo.ca 
Tel: 519.661.3744