UPDATE: The deadline for applications for individuals from Nunavut, Prince Edward Island, and Yukon Territory has been extended to August 31, 2020.

In 2020, NWAC received a generous donation from Marie Melancon-Ifram. In her selflessness, she specified NWAC as one of the beneficiaries of her estate, with the direction that the donation be used to provide bursaries. The bursaries named in her late son’s name, Michael Melancon-Koffend, will enable Indigenous women, Two-Spirit, and gender-diverse post-secondary students to pursue their educational goals.

The Awards Program

The Michael Melancon-Koffend Awards are coordinated by NWAC’s Business, Employment and Social Development (BESD) Unit. Indigenous youth manage the selection process.

The annual Michael Melancon-Koffend Award will go to 13 young Indigenous women, Two-Spirit, or gender-diverse students from each province and territory. Each award winner will receive  $1,000 to pursue their post-secondary studies.

(Application deadline for 2020 now closed. Applications for next year will open in Spring 2021.)


Applicants must:

  • Be currently pursuing post-secondary studies (open to all fields of study)
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Be an Indigenous woman, Two-Spirited, or gender-diverse person (open to all ages)
  • Demonstrate a commitment to improving the situation of Indigenous women and youth in Canada politically, culturally, economically, or otherwise

Application Process

To apply for a Michael Melancon-Koffend Student Award, please complete the application form:

Application Form