Helping Children Soar


Applications open 1 March 2019 at 12:01am. Applications close on 15 May 2019 at 11.59pm. Applications submitted before this date may not be received.

Established by the Foster Family Coalition of the NWT with help from BHP and other generous donors. The Helping Children Soar Scholarship was established to assist residents of the Northwest Territories (NWT) who have grown up in foster care to further their education.


Applicants must be residents of the Northwest Territories who have grown up in foster care.


Factors taken into consideration in reviewing applications include the qualities the individual brings to their chosen field and how these will benefit their goals and the lives of others.


The deadline for applications is May 15 of each year. The application must include a written essay (maximum 500 words) on:

  1. Academic and career goals,
  2. Their role in their chosen field,
  3. The qualities they bring to the field,
  4. How the scholarship will help them achieve their goals.

Applications must also include:

  1. Proof of Residency (PDF 65kb) form.
  2. A letter of acceptance from a program recognized by the Foster Family Coalition of the NWT.

About the Foster Families Coalition of the Northwest Territories: The Foster Family Coalition of the NWT is a unified voice, dedicated to improving the quality of life for children and youth in foster care by supporting foster families’ well-being. It is a non-profit founded in 2001.

Logoby Dawn Oman is symbolic of the team of individuals who work together to help children in need. These people include foster parents, social workers, teachers, doctors, mentors and anyone else who help children soar above their challenges and become all that they can be.

Past recipients

2017Lorna Brinston
2016Alina Lizotte
2015no award
2014Robin Abel
2013Elisa Hazenberg