Rose Nolan Memorial Scholarship Fund

Rose Nolan Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Rose Nolan Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by the Ted Nolan Foundation in 2004. The Fund aims to assist First Nations women in achieving their educational and training goals, while maintaining strong community involvement.

“Collectively, we need to support our First Nations women to ensure they get the opportunities they rightly deserve. Inspiration is the seed that blooms into a Rose.”

– Ted Nolan

Scholarship Details

Bursary Amount

$2500 (2) awards available per member Indigenous Institute.

Who can apply?

  • First Nations Women/Female-identifying only
  • Students enrolled full-time at an Ontario Indigenous Institute, full list here
  • Applicants may be enrolled in any program of study


August 1, November 1, and February 1

11:59PM EST

How to Apply

Please register or sign in to complete Indspire’s Building Brighter Futures general application process. Space is available to list an Indigenous Institute as your education institution.

Once you’re signed in or registered, apply through Indspire here.

History of the Rose Nolan Memorial Scholarship Fund with IIC

In dedication to Rose Nolan
November 16, 1922 — February 13, 1981

This scholarship was named after Ted Nolan’s mother, Rose Nolan. One of Ted’s key beliefs is that the real strength in our world comes from women. He knows firsthand the influence his mother, Rose, had on himself and he realizes he would not have become the person he is today without her guidance and love.

The untimely death of Rose by a drunk driver in 1981 was a pivotal moment in Ted’s life. She had a strong and profound influence on his family’s life. They were guided, strengthened, and encouraged by the importance and value she placed on family, education, and the community.

The IIC was honoured to have accepted the Rose Nolan Memorial Scholarship Fund donation in the amount of $125,000, from the Ted Nolan Foundation in 2019. Following the generous donation the IIC partnered with Indspire through the Building Brighter Futures program to secure additional matched funding for the scholarship.

Rose Nolan Scholarship Fund Recipients