Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Education Program

The Verna J. Kirkness Education Foundation was founded in 2009 and is a Canadian registered charity.
The goal of the Foundation is to:

“Increase the number of First Nations, Métis and Inuit students graduating from science and engineering programs in Canada.”


Applications will be accepted through March 8, 2019. All applicants will be notified in early March.

A unique aspect of the Kirkness Program is that we do not ask for the student’s grades. Selection is based on the student’s essay which is their opportunity to talk about what they would like to do after completing grade 12 and how the Kirkness Program would help them make a choice regarding post secondary studies. The application also includes a reference letter from a teacher or counsellor who indicates how the Kirkness Program would be of benefit to the student.


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DeDe DeRose joins the Verna J Kirkness Education Foundation Board of Directors.
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2019 Program Dates:

University of Victoria University of British Columbia Kwantlen Polytechnic University University of Alberta University of Calgary University of Saskatchewan First Nations University of Canada University of Manitoba University of Ottawa
Victoria BC Vancouver BC Langley BC Edmonton AB Calgary AB Saskatoon SK Regina SK Winnipeg MB Ottawa ON
May 26-31 May 21-25 April 29 – May 3 May 12-17 May 12-17 May 5-10 May 5-10 May 26-31 May 5-10

Students will arrive on campus on the Sunday before the Program start and depart on Friday afternoon after the final project presentations.