The Post-Secondary Assistance Program has been funding students through university and college since 1988. Students from Annapolis Valley, Bear River, Glooscap, and Pictou Landing First Nations are welcome to apply for financial support from The CMM to help with tuition, books and living costs.
First Nations Post-Secondary students in Halifax can visit the Native Counseling Unit located at Dalhousie University. Students have access to an onsite Native Post-Secondary Liaison Officer, use of computer/internet and can make connections with other First Nations students.
The Post-Secondary Education Program also has opportunities for younger students. Four Sammy Gehue Achievement Awards are granted annually to deserving Mi’kmaq students between the ages of 5 and 12 years old. A teacher or community member must nominate students for the award. Nominees must exemplify strength and determination in overcoming difficulties. Areas of recognition include, but are not limited to, academics, sports, environmental contributions, music, and fine arts.
Through The CMM, graduating grade 12 students pursuing post-secondary education after high school can apply for the Sammy Gehue Grade 12 Scholarship. This award goes to a deserving Mi’kmaq student showing exemplary academic achievement in their grade 12 year.
Maritime and Northeastern Pipelines (M&NP) Scholarship and Bursaries
CMM administers the Award and Scholarship program as per the agreement with the Assembly of Nova Scotia Chiefs and M&NP. The program was founded it 2001 in order to provide support and recognize students for their academic and personal achievements. Since its inception over two hundred students have been awarded Awards and Scholarships.
In the year 2014 the Scholarship program has provided deserving students with 12 Academic Achievement Awards, 25 University Scholarships and 3 Graduate Scholarships; totaling $35,500.00 in supports to 40 First Nation Students. Since the year 2000, M&NP has awarded Scholarships and Achievement Awards totalling $290,000.000. Since the your 2000, The Training fund has supported Community based projects throughout Nova Scotia totalling $290,000.00