SIGA Indigenous Scholarship Awards Program

August 17, 2024

The SIGA Indigenous Scholarship Awards Program will be awarding more than $50,000 in scholarships in 2024. These awards will be distributed through three scholarships: SIGA Justice Paul Favel Indigenous Award for Outstanding Leadership in Community Involvement, Shauna Bear Memorial Scholarship for Aspiring Indigenous Human Resources Professionals, and SIGA Scholarships for First Nations Post-Secondary Students.

SIGA Justice Paul Favel Indigenous Award for Outstanding Leadership in Community Involvement 

SIGA is pleased to offer one (1) scholarship award of $5,000, which will be presented to an Indigenous student in a full-time academic program, who is studying at a Saskatchewan post-secondary institution. This award will honour a student who has shown tremendous commitment to Indigenous culture, their community and their education. The chosen student will exemplify the qualities that Justice Favel has demonstrated over his career; including a commitment to Indigenous activism and to representing the spirit of Indigenous Peoples.

Shauna Bear Memorial Scholarship for Aspiring Indigenous Human Resources Professionals 

SIGA remembers the loss of a member of the SIGA family, with the passing of former Vice President (VP) of Human Resources (HR), Shauna Bear. SIGA and Shauna’s family are honouring her memory with multiple scholarships set at varying amounts for Indigenous students in her honour. We are looking for students who embody Shauna’s passion for lifelong learning, creating spaces for Indigenous Peoples, and for pursuing a Human Resources profession.

SIGA Scholarships for Saskatchewan First Nations Post-Secondary Students 

SIGA is pleased to offer forty (40) scholarship awards valued at $1,000. These scholarships are designed to celebrate First Nations students being game-changers within our communities and pursuing post-secondary education. These awards will honour students who display commitment to their academic studies, exhibit community commitment through volunteerism or advocacy, have demonstrated commitment to First Nations culture and language, and/or demonstrate financial need.

The Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Association is a progressive organization with guiding principles rooted in our First Nations heritage. Our principle Pimȃcihowin refers to making a living, and we understand education and continuous learning are essential ingredients in doing so. We also know training, upgrading and education programs cost money. That’s why we established our SIGA Indigenous Scholarship Awards Program.

The SIGA mission is rooted in strengthening the lives of First Nations peoples in Saskatchewan through employment, economic growth and community relations. By establishing strategic alliances, SIGA will be well positioned to fulfill its mission as an organization. By being game-changers, all people will benefit and bring about many positive relationships to meet our mission as an organization.

How to Apply

If you are going to be entering your first year in post-secondary, you are eligible to apply for a scholarship so long as you are accepted and enrolled in a full-time program beginning Fall 2023.

We accept applications from all post-secondary programs, but priority will be given to those in:

  •  Business
  •  Information Technology (IT)
  •  Communications
  •  Project Management
  •  Tourism & Hospitality
  •  Gaming or
  •  Culinary Arts

Applications are submitted through the online portal.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Resume.
  2. Unofficial academic transcripts. If you are a selected candidate, you will need to submit your official transcripts prior to receiving the scholarship funds.
  3. One (1) letter of reference.
  4. Confirmation of Enrollment or Acceptance

For questions about scholarship applications, please contact the SIGA Community Investment team at, or call 306-477-7533.

All applications must be submitted via online application no later than 11:59 p.m. (Saskatchewan time) on Saturday, August 17, 2024.