Gordon Robertson, former chancellor and chancellor emeritus of Carleton University, established this scholarship in the hope that it will encourage and promote higher rates of post-secondary completion for Inuit students.
Applications are invited for the Gordon Robertson National Inuit Scholarship, awarded annually to one or two full-time Inuit students attending Carleton University. This scholarship competition is open to Inuit students entering or continuing a program of study at Carleton.
Gordon Robertson was the seventh commissioner of the Northwest Territories (1953-63) and the first deputy minister of the Department of Northern Affairs. Working together with the Council of the Northwest Territories he recommended a revised structure of government for Canada’ s north based on the division of the NWT to create a new territory, Nunavut. Having never lost his interest in Canada’s North and its people, Robertson established this scholarship to help Inuit students achieve their academic goals. “Historically, the Inuit people have experienced significant socio-economic disadvantages. I feel that education is the key to overcoming these obstacles. If I could help just one Inuit student each year to go back to school and succeed at his or her chosen career, I would feel that was a crowning accomplishment. My real dream is that these students will then return to the north to help others in their own communities and the gift will be passed on.”
Paul Okalik, BA/95, premier of Nunavut, was pleased to recognize the value of the Robertson Scholarship. “This scholarship is important not just for the financial assistance it provides but for the recognition it bestows upon Inuit students who are pursuing studies benefiting the broader community,” he said.
How to apply
Applications must be received by November 15, 2013.
At the discretion of the selection committee, the scholarship may be awarded to one student or may be divided between two students when there are applications of equal merit.
Candidates are asked to:
- complete the application form and describe your volunteer or work involvement in your Inuit community(ies)
- write an essay explaining how your studies and research will be of benefit to the Inuit of Inuit Nunangat
- provide two references supporting the application: one to attest to your academic and interests, and one to attest to your participation and involvement in your Inuit community(ies).
Those who submitted applications in 2012-13 are welcome to re-apply. Applicants may not receive the award for two consecutive years. (If a student receives the award in one year, he or she must wait a year before applying again.)
Applications may also be obtained by fax or email from:
Phone: 613-520-2600 ext.8092
Aksunai. Congratulations to our previous recipients!