Applicants who gain entrance to the Faculty of Medicine’s UGME program via the Aboriginal admissions stream may be provided with an entrance scholarship. Successful applicants are contacted in August with information on how to access the scholarship, which may be applied to tuition.
William Commanda Aboriginal Medical Scholarship
The William Commanda Aboriginal Medical Scholarship is available for Aboriginal students of all years from the Faculty of Medicine who are in the UGME Program.
The great-great-grandson of the legendry Algonquin Chief, Pakinawatik, Algonquin Elder William Commanda from Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg, was imbued with a sense of leadership from a very early age. Born under the morning star on November 11, 1913, his mother was inspired to call him Ojigkwanong (Morning Star). She chose well as Elder Commanda followed in Pakinawatik’s footsteps to become chief of the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg, a greatly revered leader in his own right and an honoured representative for all Aboriginal people. As a traditional guide, trapper and woodsman for much of his life, he was also passionate about promoting environmental stewardship and respect for Mother Earth. He worked with the elements of the earth as a birch bark canoe maker and became a craftsman of international renown. He built a canoe for Queen Margrethe of Denmark, helped Pierre Trudeau repair his famous birch bark canoe and has a special display dedicated to his work at the Canadian Canoe Museum of Peterborough. At the age of 90, his canoe making skills and philosophy were celebrated in Valerie Pouyanne’s documentary, Good Enough for Two.
Applicants to the William Commanda Aboriginal Medical Scholarship must:
- be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;
- be registered as a full-time student in the UGME program at the Faculty of Medicine;
- be of aboriginal ancestry; and
- demonstrate financial need, as determined by the Financial Aid and Awards Service of the University of Ottawa.
The Aboriginal Program and Faculty of Medicine encourage individuals, communities and organizations to contribute to the William Commanda scholarship’s Endowment Fund to ensure that the University of Ottawa can continue to offer financial support to Aboriginal students as they train to become physicians.
For more information, please contact the University of Ottawa Development Office.
Dr. Arlington F. Dungy Scholarship for Students in the Faculty of Medicine's Aboriginal Program
This scholarship was created in honour of Dr. Arlington F. Dungy on the occasion of his retirement as Associate Dean and Director of the Aboriginal Program at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Ottawa. An annual scholarship is awarded to a deserving undergraduate student enrolled in the Faculty of Medicine’s Aboriginal Program.
Detailed information about this scholarship is included in the University of Ottawa’s Online Scholarships and Bursaries tool.
Information about other scholarships for medical students is available from the Financial Aid and Awards Service.
A list of scholarships specific to students of Aboriginal ancestry may be obtained by contacting the Aboriginal Program Coordinator.