The Indigenous National Scholarship Program

The Indigenous National Scholarships are merit-based and include full tuition for the duration of the recipients’ studies at Trinity College School. Each fall, the School welcomes applications for one scholarship for the next academic year.

The Jackman Indigenous National Scholarship was established at Trinity College School by Dr. Eric Jackman '53 in 1986. Dr. Jackman’s vision helped ensure that Canadian Indigenous students were consistently represented in the TCS community, and it is believed to be the first dedicated scholarship of its kind at a Canadian independent school.

Building on that vision, the Price Family Indigenous Scholarship, established by Frances and Tim Price '59 in 2022, and the James Aitken Family Indigenous Scholarship, established by James Aitken '93 in 2022 (with the first bursary to be awarded in 2023), are now creating new and powerful opportunities for Indigenous students to attend TCS on a full scholarship.

These awards will provide full tuition, including ancillary fees, for a boarding or day student of Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) heritage. This program aims to help make the TCS experience available to Indigenous students who demonstrate keenness, motivation, leadership potential and community values.


  • New Canadian student applicant (day or boarding)
  • Indigenous Heritage (First Nations, Métis, Inuit)
  • Preference is given to students entering Grade 9

Award details

  • The scholarship amount is equivalent to 100% of boarding tuition fees, plus an allowance for school-related expenses. (e.g. books/supplies, uniform, laptop, supplemental program costs and travel)


  • The award recognizes that Indigenous youth from across Canada may have faced accessibility issues related to academic and co-curricular opportunities. Aside from being mission appropriate for TCS, the award criteria is not based on specific academic, athletic or artistic standards of achievement. The successful candidate will be a deserving student who demonstrates keenness, motivation, leadership potential and strong community values.


Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Requirements for Application

  • Complete the regular application process of Trinity College School by February 14, 2023
  • Write a letter or essay stating why the applicant feels they are a good candidate and would be a worthy recipient of this bursary (limit of 500 words) by February 14, 2023
  • Based on the application and essay, a shortlist of 3-5 candidates will be selected for a second interview with the TCS awards committee
  • This scholarship is given at the discretion of the TCS awards committee

Expectations of the Recipients

  • Be involved in all three terms of co-curricular activities
  • Engage in leadership opportunities throughout their career and act as a role model for peers
  • Embrace TCS values and live up to TCS standards

Consistent with all TCS scholarships, the performance of the recipient will be evaluated each year at the time of the second report card (February) and if all expectations are being met, the scholarship will be renewed for the following year.