New scholarship for students from Algonquin communities announced

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The Algonquins of Ontario (AOO) and the Taggart Group have officially announced the creation and launch of a new scholarship for students from Algonquin communities, The Taggart Award for Algonquin Students.

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Created to support Algonquin students in need of financial aid for their post-secondary education, the AOO and Taggart have provided additional support through a partnership with Indspire for up to 12 students to receive $3,000 each through the new award in 2022-23.

While demonstrated financial need will be the primary consideration for successful applicants, other factors may also be considered, such as contribution to the community as a whole and demonstrated academic merit and achievement.

This award is presented to eligible Algonquin Heritage students from the following Algonquin communities who are pursuing a college, university, technical college or internship program in Canada:

  • Algonquins of Pikwanagan First Nation
  • Bonnechere
  • Greater Golden Lake
  • Whitney and environs
  • Mattawa/North Bay
  • Eyes Manito Madaouskarini (Bancroft)
  • Ottawa
  • Shabbot Lake (Sharbot Lake)
  • Snimicobi (Ardoch)
  • Antoine

A panel of attorneys composed of First Nations, Inuit and M(C)tis professionals and/or those working within the program category for which applicants are being considered selects the recipients.

“The Algonquins of Ontario are committed to creating the conditions for a successful future for our young people,” said Wendy Jocko, head of Algonquins at Pikwakanagan First Nation. “The past two years have been particularly difficult for all students. In partnership with Taggart, this scholarship aims to support Algonquin students in achieving their goals.”

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Michelle Taggart, vice president of land development, Tamarack Developments and Taggart Investments, said the Taggart Group is proud to be part of this special award in recognition of the hard work of young Algonquins who are deeply committed to their education and give back to their communities.

“This award represents an important new opportunity for Algonquin students to pursue their dreams through education,” said Mike DeGagn(C), president and CEO of Indspire. “We are very excited to partner with the Algonquins of Ontario and the Taggart Group to create this new path to Indigenous success.”

Applications are online at and must be submitted by February 1, August 1, and November 1 each year. Indspire registration for the 2022-2023 academic year opens on May 1, 2022.

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