Sharon Morrison Memorial Indigenous Education Fund

About the Sharon Morrison Memorial Indigenous Education Fund

Established in 2022, the purpose of the Sharon Morrison Memorial Indigenous Education Fund is to support residents of the Northwest Territories who self-identify with an Indigenous community pursuing post-secondary studies in the fields of nursing or personal support work. 

Nursing programs include nurse practitioner, registered practical nurse, licensed practical nurse. 

Application process

Individuals interested in applying must create a profile on our application portal. Once your profile is created, you will need to complete our eligibility quiz and then submit a scholarship application to the Sharon Morrison Memorial Indigenous Education Fund.

2024 key dates

2 April, 12.01am

Scholarship application portal opens. 

31 May, 11.59pm

Scholarship application portal closes. Late applications not accepted.

Mid- to late July

Funding distributed to scholarship recipients. 

Please find the application process below, including some frequently asked questions. 

Quote from Lance Morrision, son of Sharon – “When we moved to Yellowknife 1981, we moved here with no family, no support, and little money. We lived in social housing and for many years, on social assistance. My parents were both high school drop-outs and not a lot of opportunities were available. In 1985, mom decided to make changes. Aurora College was launching a Homecare/Long-Term Care program, and Mom saw her chance to break the cycle of poverty we had always known. After graduating the program, Mom did a placement at Mary Murphy Home, than started at Stanton Regional Hospital’s Extended Care Unit, and after 35 years, she retired from Stanton in 2021. She spent those years teaching generations of nurses that came after her, and inspired many to be the best in compassionate care. 

“In her later years, she was also passionate about nêhiyawêwin, our ancestral language, and was always excited about Indigenous language and cultural revitalization programs happening in the North. Mom’s traditional name was Red Butterfly Woman and when we look at the lifecycle of the butterfly – from caterpillar to cocoon to butterfly – it represents a life of amazing transformation. Therefore, I wanted to ensure those bursaries and grants would also be transformational to their recipients. Mom would be glad her legacy can live on in these recipients for years to come. I have been overwhelmed by the amazing community support that has come from friends and loved-ones over the past few months since the fund was launched. Truly, I am grateful. kinanâskomitin.”

$2500 to two recipients each.

Please note that award amounts vary year by year.

In order to be eligible to apply for the Sharon Morrison Memorial Indigenous Education Fund, you must be:

  • A resident of the Northwest Territories for at least 12 consecutive months.
  • Self-identify as a member of an Indigenous community
  • Pursuing post-secondary studies in nursing or personal support work

All of our scholarship application forms and additional materials need to be submitted on our scholarship application portal

  • You will complete a questionnaire describing your involvement in the healthcare field, your goals related to the healthcare field, and your involvement and connection with Indigenous communities
  • You will write a brief statement of financial need

You must be an eligible resident to apply for a scholarship.
As such, YKCF requires you to make a residency declaration and have a witness sign off.
However, you do not need to print out any forms!
Each residency declaration is a one-click question embedded within the application process.
You just need to provide the email address of your residency witness, and they will be emailed directly.

You can only apply through our online application portal. In 2024, the application portal opens on April 2nd.

Access it here: https://www.grantinterface.ca/Home/Logon?urlkey=yellowknifescholarship

Mailed and emailed applications will not be accepted barring extreme circumstances.

If you have more questions, check back to our FAQs on our scholarship page!

  • 2023 Josephine Martin, Patricia Mantla

For more information

If you require assistance or have questions about the Sharon Morrison Memorial Indigenous Education Fund, please do hesitate to contact the Yellowknife Community Foundation office at grants@ykcf.ca or by phone at +1-867 446 4527.