The Verna J. Kirkness Education Foundation is offering full scholarships for successful applicants to participate in the VJFK Program to learn about science, engineering, technology and math. This program’s online program is tailored for Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit) high school students in grades 10, 11, and 12.

The VJFK 2022 program is offered in partnership with 13 universities from across  Canada, offering Indigenous high-school students an opportunity to learn directly from  professors and their team about the exciting research happening on campuses across Canada right now. The VJKF team has created an exciting five-day virtual program featuring core lab classes, guest speakers, hands-on science experiments, a keynote speaker, virtual campus tours, scholarship opportunities, prizes, and more.

Students accepted to the program will have the opportunity to choose which research area they’d like to learn more about. VJFK will be updating their website as professors confirm this year’s topics.

Students are encouraged to Apply Early. How to apply:

  • Students can apply online or
  • Students can fill out the application and send it in
    • via email to [email protected]
    • by mail to : Verna J. Kirkness Foundation
      Attn: Application committee
      P.O. Box 1681
      Cochrane, AB  T4C 1B6

Students will need to have the following to apply: a completed guardian consent form, a personal reference from a teacher, and an essay simply telling us why you want to attend (50-400words).

Student grades are not a factor in being accepted! The deadline to apply is April 1st, 2022.

There are two Programs to choose from:

  • Western Canada Program, May 2–6 (PDT)
  • Eastern Canada Program, May 9–13 (EDT)

The Verna J. Kirkness Education Foundation has a goal to provide 150 Indigenous students with scholarships to attend this year’s program.

For more information on this program please visit