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Scholarship Overview

Applications for McElhanney’s Indigenous Peoples Scholarship are now closed. Check back in September 2024!

From coast to coast, McElhanney acknowledges the Indigenous Territories we work and reside on. We strive to be trusted partners with Indigenous communities across Western Canada, and we are proud of the Indigenous people that we work with us.

With an ongoing commitment to honour, respect, and hear the voices of Indigenous peoples, our mission is to partner with Indigenous people who are considering a career in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), Business Support Services, or Administration Services. The McElhanney Indigenous Peoples Scholarship provides Indigenous students and intergenerational community members with the option of completing or upgrading their education while engaging in hands-on training to support their long-term career goals.

Selected recipients who are interested in completing an education program are awarded up to $5,000 to use towards tuition, textbooks, supplies, and living expenses (on-campus accommodations). Alternatively, intergenerational community members who choose to focus on hands-on career experience (forgo education option) with McElhanney will be awarded the same amount to use towards career training or as a donation to an Indigenous-owned business, charity, or cause within their local community.

In Honour of Angus Cockney

McElhanney has named the Indigenous Peoples Scholarship in honour of Angus Cockney, in recognition of his professional achievements and his outstanding, positive impact in his Indigenous community.

Born in Tuktoyaktuk, NT, Angus Cockney is an Indigenous community member and residential school survivor. As a young child, Angus was taken to the Inuvik Roman Catholic Residential School, where he spent 13 years of his life. While in the residential school system, Angus took up the sport of cross-country skiing, becoming a national champion skier, and was chosen to accompany the 1989 Robert Swan “Icewalk” expedition to the North Pole as the Canadian member of an international team. Angus is also an accomplished artist. He began creating art based on his culture, his concern for the environment, and his desire to be an educator and spokesperson supporting the Inuit art world and northern peoples. In addition to Angus’ outstanding accomplishments above, Angus has been a land surveyor with McElhanney since 2013. Currently working part-time, Angus spends his other time working at the Bowden Institution penitentiary counselling Indigenous inmates.

What We Offer

As the recipient of McElhanney’s Indigenous Peoples Scholarship, you will receive:

Financial Support:

Receive up to $5,000 towards the completion of your education program. Experienced professionals who bypass tuition support will be given the option to donate the funds to their local community.


Industry Mentorship Opportunity:

Be paired up with a McElhanney industry mentor who will support you in achieving your career goals. Together, you will discuss training and career paths that may interest you.

Hands-on Training:

Gain hands-on training that you will be able to apply to a career at McElhanney, or within your local community.



We will share your efforts and accomplishments on McElhanney’s website and social media channels (great for your resume or portfolio).