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 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.