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Health professionals education bursary

The Yukon Health Profession Education bursary is available to a minimum of 6 new students per year.

The purpose of the bursary is to support Yukon students in attaining basic health education to prepare them for front line entry into one of the identified priority areas within the health sector. The Yukon Health Professionals Education Bursary is available to six new students per year. Two bursaries will be awarded to the two top-scored students for $5000 per year to a maximum of four years that they are enrolled in a health education program. Four bursaries will be awarded for $2500 each per year of the four years applicants are enrolled in a health education program.

Complete applications must be received on or before June 30th by 5:00 p.m.

The Bursary Committee will make its decisions by no later than September 30.

If a person is already being supported by Department of Health and Social Services for health profession education through another program they will not be eligible for bursary funding.


Applications shall include the following information:

  1. Proof of Canadian citizenship or landed immigrant status maintained throughout the period of the bursary. (e.g. copy of birth certificate, passport or citizenship certificate to demonstrate Canadian citizenship)
  2. Proof of Yukon residency for 3 consecutive years of the past 5 years. (verification of residency letter from Yukon Insured Health Services)
  3. If applicable, a letter from the Department of Education indicating receipt of the Yukon Grant.
  4. A letter of acceptance or proof of enrolment in a designated college or university including contact information. A letter of conditional acceptance may be submitted if final acceptance has not been received.
  5. A detailed letter indicating intent to pursue basic baccalaureate education; indication of whether studies will be fulltime or part-time; and interest in and/or commitment to health care services through personal, employment, education and volunteer history. The letter should also show demonstrated intention/commitment to work in Yukon upon completion of your education.
  6. A resume of personal, employment, education and volunteer experience. Reference names and contact information that can be used to verify experience should be included.
  7. Yukon First Nations applicants who wish to have this factor considered in their selection must provide proof of First Nation citizenship. (i.e. copy of Certificate of Indian Status, verification from First Nation)

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Complete applications with copies of all required documents, must be received at the following address on or before June 30th:

   Health Bursaries Committee
   Department of Health and Social Services
   Attn: Karla Scott
   Box 2703 (H-22)
   Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6

Applications may be delivered to:

   Health Bursaries Committee
   Department of Health and Social Services
   Attn: Karla Scott
   101 Elliott Street
   Whitehorse, Yukon


The Bursary Committee will make its decisions by no later than September 30.

Successful applicants will be notified in writing.

Successful applicants will be asked to provide their Social Insurance Number. The Department of Finance requires that you provide your Social Insurance Number (SIN) so that they will be able to issue payment and T4A slips for this bursary. This information is being collected under the authority of the (Federal) Income Tax Act and will be used solely for the issuing of T4A slips.

Applicants who are denied funding in one year may reapply in any subsequent year, and will be subject to the same eligibility/selection criteria.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants are required to provide the following information in order to be eligible to receive the bursary:

  • Proof of Canadian citizenship or Permanent Resident
  • Be a resident (as defined in the Student Financial Assistance Act) in Yukon for at least 3 consecutive years within the last 5 years and;
  • Have received the Yukon Grant having meet the eligibility requirements as stated
  • Be accepted, enrolled or registered into an approved Canadian Health Education or Nursing Program
  • Not be eligible to apply for student financial assistance from another jurisdiction outside of Yukon
  • Individuals who are presently in enrolled in a program in Canada who meet eligibility criteria may apply for the bursary for the period remaining in their education.


From those applicants who are eligible, a maximum of four new students each year will be approved according to their ability to meet one or more of the following selection criteria. Applications that do not meet the bursary eligibility criteria or are incomplete will not put forward to the committee for review. Only those applications that meet the necessary criteria will be scored. Applications are scored to a maximum of 20 points against the scoring criteria.

  • Employment – Maximum 5 points
  • Volunteer Experience – Maximum 5 points
  • Education – Maximum 5 points
  • Other Criteria – Maximum 5 points
    • Demonstrated interest and/or commitment in health care services as indicated through personal, employment, education and volunteer history (references with contact information are required.)
    • Demonstrated interest in working in a health profession in Yukon on completion of health professional education
    • Yukon First Nation citizen

Terms of Bursary

Once a person qualifies to receive the bursary, s/he may continue receiving it for a maximum of 4 years of health profession education, provided that the student maintains academic achievement standards required by the program.

A person who has been selected to receive the bursary and who subsequently interrupts academic studies will be permitted to continue receiving the bursary upon re-enrollment provided that the person continues to meet eligibility criteria and academic achievement standards.

Students undertaking education on a part-time basis are eligible to apply for the bursary. The amount of the bursary will be prorated according to the number of courses being taken in relation to a full-time course load or the number of credits being taken in relation to credits for full-time students.

It is the responsibility of the part-time student to provide the information on course load and credits in relation to a full-time course load. The guide for payment of bursary shall be an amount of $500 per course per semester.

Students who are awarded a full-time bursary and reduce their course load to part-time during an academic year will continue to receive the full-time bursary amount for that year. They will be required to provide supporting evidence of their intentions for full- or part-time studies for the subsequent year. The bursary amount in subsequent years will be prorated according to the student’s course load.



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