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Scholarships and Financial Assistance


2014 scholarship recipients, Izzy Burgwin and Haylie Griffiths,  with SOVA Director, Curtis Collins, and Yukon College President, Karen Barnes.


SOVA-YUKON Scholarship & SOVA-CANADA/US Scholarship

We are currently reviewing the SOVA Scholarship framework.

Check back in the new year for updated information about scholarship opportunities.


Geoey Shaw Bursary Fund (for Yukon First Nations applicants)

The Geoey Shaw Bursary is worth $500 and was established by former Yukon College President, Sally Webber, in memory of her late partner, Norman George Shaw. Geoey (pronounced “Joey”,) as he preferred to be called, spent many years working in First Nations and Inuit communities in Canada. He was especially committed to fostering Indigenous artists and traditional art forms. He believed that the intergenerational transfer of traditional art forms and techniques was essential to the billing and maintenance of healthy people and communities.

Eligible students must meet the following criteria:

  •  Canadian citizens or permanent residents
  • A current Yukon resident
  • Registered as a full-time student in Yukon School of Visual Arts (SOVA)
  • A member of a Yukon First Nation
  • Able to demonstrate financial need

Application information and forms can be found at:

Application deadline is September 30th. The award winner will be announced in October. 

Financial Assistance

All Canadian Residents

Yukon SOVA is accredited through the Applied Arts Division of Yukon College, which is a Designated Educational Institution recognized by the Government of Canada. As such, students attending SOVA are eligible to take advantage of the Canada Student Loan Program,  RESPs and other programs administered by CanLearn.

Yukon Residents

Yukon residents attending the Yukon School of Visual Arts may be eligible for financial assistance under one of the following programs:

Student Training Allowance
The Yukon Grant
Yukon Excellence Awards
The Yukon Foundation

For more information on Yukon Government financial assistance programs, visit:

Yukon First Nations Residents

Additional financial assistance may be available to Yukon First Nations beneficiaries. For further information on eligibility and applying for financial assistance, contact the Council for Yukon First Nations:

345-300 Main Street
Whitehorse, YT
Y1A 2B5
(867) 667-3395

First Nations students may also be eligible for assistance from their individual FN Education Offices.

Non-Yukon Residents

Provincial and Territorial Governments take an active role in providing financial assistance to post-secondary students on the basis of demonstrated financial need. Students normally apply for financial assistance through their province of residency.

For more information about eligibility and applying for a government student loan, select your province/territory of residency from the list below:

British Columbia
New Brunswick
North West Territories
Nova Scotia
Prince Edward Island

If you have any questions  please call SOVA at (867) 993-6390 or email us.


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