DGHF - Horizon Maritime Mi'kmaq Learners Healthcare Bursary


Open to full and part time students who will be enrolled in year 1 of an eligible health care program at any campus where the program is offered. This award is renewable for students enrolled in multi-year programs as long as eligibility requirements continue to be met. This award is also available to support those students taking upgrading courses with the intent to enroll in an eligible health care program at NSCC in the following year.

Eligible programs include

  • Academic and Career Connections
  • Adult Learning Program – Academic Upgrading
  • Continuing Care
  • Dental Assisting – Level II
  • Health Information Management
  • Medical Laboratory Technology
  • Medical Office Administration
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant/Physiotherapy Assistant
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Practical Nursing
  • Therapeutic Recreation

Application assessment will consider

  • Self-identification: Mi’kmaw student
  • Preference: one bursary is designated for each of the 5 Mi’kmaq Territory Districts in Nova Scotia (Kespukwitk, Sipekne’katik, Eskikewa’kik, Unama’kik, and Aqq Piktuk). Should there be more than one applicant connected to an individual territory, a random selection will determine the recipient.
    PLEASE NOTE: first round selection has occurred; applications have reopened for those from Eskikewa’ki and Aqq Piktuk only

About the donor
Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation and Horizon Maritime value equity, diversity, and inclusion. We are committed to being leaders in supporting healthcare equity initiatives for our communities. Working together, we have established a renewable bursary (up to three years) with the goal of encouraging more Mi’kmaq learners to pursue careers in healthcare. It is our hope that these students, upon completion of their studies, will return to their communities to apply their knowledge and expertise for the benefit of Mi’kmaq peoples throughout Nova Scotia.

Horizon Maritime is proud to be able to collaborate with the Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation and NSCC on a program that is so important to Nova Scotia. Horizon is very familiar with the high calibre programs offered by NSCC in many different career fields because many of our seafarers have benefitted from this education and training through the Marine programs NSCC offers. To be able to support Mi’kmaq students pursuing health-care careers by educating themselves at NSCC is something Horizon is proud to be a part of.

The bursary is valued at $3,000 per year and up to five bursaries (one for each Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Territory District) will be awarded annually to Mi’kmaq learners entering select healthcare-related fields of study at NSCC.

5 @ $3,000
Supplemental Questions
  1. DGHF - Horizon Maritime Mi'kmaq Learners Healthcare Bursary

    • NSCC is located in Mi’kma’ki, the unceded territory and traditional homeland of the Mi’kmaq Nation. Our relationship is based on a series of peace and friendship treaties between the Mi’kmaq Nation and the Crown, dating back to 1725. As Treaty beneficiaries, we recognize that we are all Treaty People.

      To be considered eligible for this award, the applicant must self-identify as Mi’kmaw. Please indicate you meet this eligibility requirement.

    • Please indicate which of the 5 Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Territory Districts you are affiliated with?

  2. Are you are enrolled in upgrading courses, with the intent to enroll in an eligible health care program at NSCC in the following year?

  3. If you are currently in upgrading courses, which of the eligible health care programs are you intending to pursue?