EleV scholarship program

The EleV Learning Partnership for Indigenous Youth is a collaborative partnership with Indigenous communities that is supported by the Mastercard Foundation. EleV aims to better support Indigenous learners in their post-secondary educational journeys and beyond by:

  • Providing scholarships for youth aged 18-35;
  • Providing wrap-around support services;
  • And removing barriers to education.

Mandii Hopkins, EleV scholarship student at VIU

The Scholarship

(How it works)

Full tuition, books and a living allowance are available for Indigenous youth 35 and under who want to access programs at VIU. Each scholarship applicant is considered in collaboration with the student's respective Indigenous community and amounts distributed are based on the community's post-secondary policy. Students who are under age 35 and on the post-secondary waitlist at their Nation are encouraged to contact a Navigator to discuss their eligibility.

Contact us to find out how to access funding!

What our students have to say

Mandii Hopkins, VIU eleV Student

Mandii Hopkins, VIU Criminology student

“For me, this program is the light at the end of the tunnel – there’s no way I would be in school right now without it. I just want to show myself and those who believe in me that I can do this, and show my sons that they can do it too – we can take that step forward to get ahead.”

Kimberly Sullivan, eleV Student Internship for Communities Program Participant

Kimberly Sullivan, VIU BBA alum

I would like to thank EleV for providing me the opportunity to find employment and encourage others to also participate in the summer internship. Sometimes all you need to do is get a foot in the door and it blossoms into something you would never imagine. I learned many skills while doing my internship with both Khowutzun Forest Services and Khowutzun Development Corporation and I am now a full-time permanent staff member. During my internship, I turned to my textbooks for answers on numerous occasions. Each course has played a part in helping me shape my career path in giving me the confidence to get the job done in a professional and timely manner.

Wrap-around Supports

(How EleV removes barriers for students) 

EleV recognizes that simply providing a scholarship is not enough - the program also includes supports to help you navigate the university and transition into the workforce afterwards.

Indigenous Education Navigators

Indigenous Education Navigators are here to support and walk with you throughout your post-secondary journey, helping you access the supports you need to start or continue with your VIU education. 

The Navigators work with Nations to:

  • Identify areas of need and barriers;
  • Build relationships;
  • Connect with students before they enter post-secondary.

The end goal of this work is to motivate an organic process where Indigenous students no longer need to learn how to navigate the system, but rather, the system will begin to offer supports to fit the students. 

Indigenous Employment Navigator

The Indigenous Employment Navigator supports students aged 18-35 in the transition to the

workforce and helps them take those first steps toward a financially stable future and an exciting career. 

Working in close collaboration with academic staff, University services and employers, the Indigenous Employment Navigator can assist with:

  • Resumé and cover letter preparation;
  • Decision-making on career pathways;
  • Interview skills development;
  • Job search skills;
  • And identifying transferable skills.

Services are delivered in both one-on-one and group formats.

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