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The Verna J. Kirkness Program

Attention Grade 12 Indigenous Students!

Verna J. Kirkness Education Foundation Program for Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit) high school students is still accepting applications, but the deadline to apply is quickly approaching! You have until April 1st, 2022 to submit their application. We are ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS AS WE GET THEM.

Once again we are offering full VJKF scholarships for successful applicants to participate in the VJKF Program to learn about science, technology, engineering, and math. 

This year’s program is offered in partnership with 13 universities from across Canada, offering Indigenous high-school students an opportunity to learn directly from professors and their team about the exciting research happening on campuses across Canada right now. Our VJKF team has worked hard to create an exciting five-day virtual program featuring core lab classes, guest speakers, hands-on science experiments, a keynote speaker, virtual campus tours, scholarship opportunities, prizes, and more.

Students accepted to the program will have the opportunity to choose which research area they’d like to learn more about. We will be updating our website as professors confirm this year’s topics. Learn more about our past programs by watching this video.


Students can apply either online or by sending in the attached application. What they need to apply: our parental consent form completed, a personal reference from a teacher, and an essay simply telling us why they want to attend (50-400 words). Student grades are not a factor in being accepted! The deadline to apply is April 1st, 2022. 

You can also scan the QR code on the attached poster to apply!

Good Luck!

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