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Helen Betty Osborne Memorial Awards

Three organizations are working together to relaunch dozens of scholarships honouring the late Helen Betty Osborne.

The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) and the Indigenous Chamber of Commerce (ICC) will lead the project, with support from The Winnipeg Foundation. The partnership will re-activate the Helen Betty Osborne Memorial Awards for Indigenous students.

Representatives from NCTR and the ICC will lead the scholarship awards selection committee. The Winnipeg Foundation manages hundreds of scholarship funds – each with unique criteria.

The application portal opens on Nov. 13, 2021, which marks the 50th anniversary of Helen Betty Osborne’s tragic death. Thirty, $2,500 awards will be allocated from the Helen Betty Osborne Memorial Fund to Indigenous students.

Helen Betty Osborne, originally from Norway House Indian Reserve was a high school student attending Manitoba Brethren Collegiate Institute and was on the home placement program administered by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada with the dream to one day become a teacher.  She spent two years at Guy Hill Residential School, just outside The Pas, Manitoba. Helen was 19 years old when she was brutally murdered in northern Manitoba in 1971, it took 16 years for anyone to be charged with her murder.

The scholarship fund was established to honour her memory and provide financial support to Indigenous students. 

The Helen Betty Osborne Memorial Fund Awards strives to promote the memory of Helen Betty Osborne while acknowledging deserving Indigenous students who are making a difference in eliminating the barriers of racism, sexism, violence, and indifference in our society.

The application process will open November 13, 2021 – The deadline to apply is December 31, 2021



Helen Betty Osborne Memorial Award

  • Application Form

  • Part 1 - Personal and Contact Information

  • Part 2 - Education

  • Please include the following documentation:

    • A copy of your most recent post-secondary enrolment • A reference letter from a teacher/faculty, employer or elder. • A resume
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    • Part 3 - Indigenous Heritage

    • Part 4 - Personal Essay

      All applicants must complete an essay of between 500-1000 words about yourself. Please include: • Your name, indigenous heritage and background • Your education and career goals. • Your community involvement and commitment to improving the wellbeing of society through volunteerism. • Why you need this award. • What Helen Betty Osborne’s life and legacy means to you.
    • Part 5 - Declaration and Consent

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