GTA Indigenous High School Bursaries


For Canadian Indigenous High School Students in the GTA from Grades 9, 10, 11 and 12

APPLICATION FORM  (Fill and submit form or right click to download)

Application Deadline Extended
to Friday April 24, 2020

Due to school closures, we would like to extend the applications for the Lee Awards bursaries until April 24, to allow students time to get their letter of reference from their teachers/counselor and a letter support from a member of the GTA’s  Indigenous  community. Students can contact Linda Martin linda.martin@mbdc.ca if they are unable to obtain their reference letters as it does not automatically preclude them from applying.

Eligibility Criteria:

• Be of Canadian Indigenous ancestry: Status and Non-Status, Métis, or Inuit.

• Be attending a high school study program.

• Be living in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

Application Review:

• All applications will be assessed by a Review Panel;

• Evaluations will be based on a combination of academic merit and community involvement.

Required Attachments:

• At least one (1) Letter Of Reference from a Teacher or Guidance Counsellor.

• One (1) Letter from a Member of the GTA Indigenous Community.

• A set of transcripts of past grades and transcripts from the first semester (September - December).

Awards will be presented at a special event in May. For the exact date of the Awards Night, check our website at: www.mbdc.ca


Linda Martin


416) 591-2310 x2277

The Lee Awards program for Indigenous high school students was established by the children of the late Louise and Walter Lee.

Born just after 1900, both Louise and Walter taught in Ontario high schools and practiced a quiet generosity. They believed that all human beings belong to one family.

In 1989, their four children set up the Lee Awards to both honour their parents and to assist Indigenous students. Statistics show that almost 44% of Indigenous Canadians have not completed high school compared to 23% of non-Indigenous Canadians. It was the family’s hope that the recognition and financial support provided by the Lee Awards would motivate young Indigenous students to complete high school.

In 2010, the Lee family asked Miziwe Biik to assume administration of the Lee Awards Program.

Recipients of the Lee Awards are selected based on a demonstrated commitment to school and the community.


The Lee Awards will take place Thursday May 28, 2020
at 167 Gerrard St. E.
from 4:30 – 6:00



By Post:

Miziwe Biik Development Coporation

167 Gerrard Street East

Toronto ON  M5A 2E4

Attn:  Linda Martin - Lee Awards

By Email:

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Miziwe Biik Development
Corporation MBDC


167 Gerrard Street East
Toronto ON  M5A 2E4

Fax: 416.640.4687


General Inquiries:  info@mbdc.ca