Indigenous Student Resources

Planning for Your Success

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

Western University Financial Resources

For assistance regarding Western financial resources contact Norma Merino, Western Student Financial Services Officer, by email at

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.

Schulich Scholarships
To apply for a Schulich Scholarship, complete the Admission Bursary Application as well as the supplemental Schulich Application form on the Office of the Registrar website.

Indigenous Medical Continuing Scholarship
$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.

Margery Baldwin Memorial Bursary
5 at $3,000 effective 2017-2018 academic year
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 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 Indigenous Services 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).

Marjorie I. Johnson Medical Award
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).  Students will also be asked to submit an online application which includes a one-page statement, outlining their interest and/or experience working with Indigenous communities to the Undergraduate Medical Office by September 30th.  Final selection will be made by the Progressions and Awards Committee in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry after the Registrar's Office has assessed financial need. 

The award was established through a generous gift from Dr. Marjorie I. Johnson. Dr. Johnson began teaching Anatomy at Western University in 1994 and served as Coordinator of the Anatomy Program for the Medical curriculum from 2006 to 2017.  She was 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 gloabal health care volunteer work.

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

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.

External Resources for Financial Assistance

Additional Supports and Services

Schulich Medicine & Dentistry Western University London, Ontario Surrounding Communities

Contact Us

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

Admissions Office
t:  519.661.3744

Danielle Alcock, PhD
Indigenous Leader in Residence
t: 519.661.2111 ext: 86200