Yellowknife Community Foundation

Friends of Fred Carmichael Scholarship


The Friends of Fred Carmichael Scholarship Fund was created in 2008 when 27 companies from across Canada chose to establish this scholarship fund to honour Mr. Carmichael and his life-long passion – providing northerners with northern training for northern jobs.

The number of scholarships awarded, and the amount of the scholarships may vary from year to year. At the end of the 2017/2018 academic year six (6) scholarships of $1,000.00 each and four (4) $100.00 awards were granted.


This scholarship is only open to students enrolled in the Adult Learning and Basic Education (ALBE) program at Aurora Campus in Inuvik and at all Aurora Campus Community Learning Centres in the Beaufort Delta or Sahtu Regions of the Northwest Territories (NWT).


  1. strong academic effort (commitment and dedication to course work)
  2. more than the usual number of obstacles and challenges to overcome (perseverance in the face of adversity)

Like any good pilot, Mr. Carmichael knows the importance of ‘staying on course’ in order to successfully reach your destination. Through this scholarship, Mr. Carmichael hopes to encourage students to persevere through difficulties, as he had to do, in order to follow and achieve their dreams.


  1. Complete the Student Application Form which requires carefully thought out answers to the following three (3) questions:
    1. What are your education and career goals?
    2. What were some of the challenges you faced while returning to school and how did you handle those challenges?
    3. In the future, how do you see yourself working to make your community and the North a better place?
  2. Have an instructor complete the Instructor’s Reference Form.

The Student Application Form and the Instructor’s Reference Form are available from stilley@auroracollege.nt.ca;

Once completed, please send your application form to stilley@auroracollege.nt.ca;
by facsimile: 1-867-777-2850; or in hard copy,
by mail: c/o Student Counsellor
Aurora College, Aurora Campus
PO Box 1008, 87 Gwich’in Road

Important Note

  • successful applicants are required to provide Social Insurance Number for CRA purposes
  • successful applicants are required to keep the Yellowknife Community Foundation aware of any changes of address – for T4-As to be mailed next January/February
  • successful applicants are requested to sign a photo release form for the Yellowknife Community Foundation, which is the administrator/manager of the fund.

Contributors to the Fred Carmichael Scholarship include the following businesses and organizations:

  • Aboriginal Pipeline Group
  • Bennet Jones
  • BP Canada
  • Chevron
  • Conoco Philips
  • Devon Canada
  • Dowlands Contracting Ltd.
  • Field Law
  • First Nations Bank of Canada
  • Flint Energy
  • Great Slave Helicopters
  • Gwich’in Ensign Oilfield Services
  • Gwich’in Geomatics
  • Imperial Oil
  • Inuvik Commercial Properties Joint Venture
  • Kiewit & Sons
  • KPMG
  • Ledcor
  • Mackenzie Aboriginal Corp
  • MGM Energy
  • New North Projects
  • North American Construction Group
  • Pacific Western Bank
  • Petro Canada
  • RBC Capital Markets
  • Shell
  • Trans Canada Corporation

Past recipients

  • 2019 Brett Elemie, Dakota Whitbread, Faith Raymond, Helen Squirrel, Kathryn Kataoyak & Laura Moses
  • 2018 Amna Mohammed, Calvin MacCauley, Dale Ruben, John Robert, Konrad Grandjambe & Mahafuza (Dina) Khanom
  • 2017 Chanel Bavard, Patricia Turo, Earlene Lucas, Tina Esau, Beverly Kimiksana, Ronnie Rogers, Ashley Yukon, Samuel Kodekin-Yakeleya, Rylan Green & Hannah Kataoyak.
  • 2016 Scott Atigikyoak, Raven Firth, Loretta Kelly, Joanna McKay, Riley McLeod, Sarah McNabb, Sharon Menacho & Carly Sayers




Providing northerners with northern training for northern jobs.

The Yellowknife Community Foundation and Fred Carmichael are pleased to announce the signing of a partnership agreement in support of the Friends of Fred Carmichael Scholarship.

Students enrolled in Adult Learning Basic Education courses in the Beaufort Delta or Sahtu Regions of the NWT are eligible to apply. Scholarships may be awarded to individuals who:

  1. Persevere with academic pursuits while facing difficult social and economic challenges and obstacles to success.
  2. Demonstrate academic effort.
  3. Complete the prescribed application form and prescribed instructor’s referral form (both available from Student Counsellor, Aurora College, Inuvik).
  4. For greater certainty, this scholarship is for Adult Learning Basic Education students only and does not include “Access” or “Certificate/Diploma” students.

Annually the Inuvik Campus Student Counsellor will seek applications for scholarships when funds are available to make an award. Applications must be submitted by email, facsimile, or in hard copy to: Student Counsellor, Aurora College, Inuvik (NWT) by 5 p.m. the first Friday of April, annually. Applicants are eligible to receive the scholarship one time only.

On June 5, 2013 the University of Saskatchewan awarded Fred an honorary Doctor of Laws Degree. The convocation address outlined how the scholarship came to be.

“Friend Carmichael is a businessman, commerical pilot, political leader and Gwich’in Elder who exemplies the spirit of Aboriginal Northerners. From 2000-2008, Fred served as President of the Gwich’in Tribal Council and CEO of the Gwich’in Development Corporation. When Fred decided not to run for re-election in 2008, his business associates asked what type of gift Fred would like as a token of appreciation for his work with them. Fred asked that a scholarship fund be set up for adult students in the region who are returning to school to better their education.” (adapted from University of Saskatchewan)

Donations are still accepted for the Friends of Fred Carmichael Scholarship. They can be made to the Yellowknife Community Foundation on line through CanadaHelps.Org or you can use your credit card to make donations directly to the Foundation by mail, email or phone or in person at our office at the Northern Frontier Visitors Centre. You can also download and complete the donation form (please mark Friends of Fred Carmichael on the form) and mail it with a cheque to the Yellowknife Community Foundation at:

Yellowknife Community Foundation
P.O. Box 1620
Yellowknife, NT
X1A 2P2

T: (867) 446 4527
E: info@YellowknifeCommunityFoundation.ca