BBMA Frequently Asked Questions

These are a few of the most common questions that we get about the BBMAs. We encourage you to read through these as they will help with your application!

General Questions

  • Application Opens: January 1, 2020
  • Application Deadline: March 31, 2020 at 11:59 PM.
  • Award decisions released: Email sent out in early July at the latest.
  • Tuition and mandatory fees.
  • Textbooks (if there is an amount remaining after paying your tuition and mandatory fees)
  • A BBMA will not pay for living expenses, computers, software, etc.
  • After your award is confirmed, we will arrange for a payment directly to your school.
  • We send the payment when the school sends an invoice, which normally happens in October for Fall term, and February for Winter term.
  • Rupertsland will completely fund your studies if you are Métis and in the last two terms of your program.
  • If you are in your last two terms, we (the BBMAs) require that you apply to Rupertsland.
  • Yes. All you need is a plan to attend post-secondary. You will need to be accepted for your award to be paid to your school.
  • Yes. You can apply for a BBMA more than once. You do have to apply every year, though.

BBMA Criteria Questions

  • Alberta Métis Citizenship (only a letter from the Métis Nation of Alberta saying you applied for citizenship is required to apply for a BBMA)
  • Alberta Residence and Canadian Citizenship
  • Studying in an eligible program at an eligible post-secondary
  • Involvement with your Métis community and/or volunteering with Métis organizations including (but not limited to): The Métis Nation of Alberta, Métis Settlements, Michif Cultural Connections, Métis Child and Family Services, Belcourt Brosseau Métis Awards
  • Financial need
  • Students involved in volunteering or leadership, or who have overcome personal challenges
  • Employment outcomes from your program of study
  • Full-time studies (part-time studies are also eligible)
  • First year of post-secondary studies or beginning a transition program (non-first years are still eligible)
  • To apply for a BBMA, you need to either provide proof of Métis Citizenship, or provide a letter from the Métis Nation of Alberta that says you have applied for Métis Citizenship.
  • We will accept the following for proof of Alberta Métis citizenship:
    • Alberta Métis Citizenship from the Métis Nation of Alberta (picture of your card or certificate)
    • a card or letter from an Alberta Métis settlement;
    • a copy of a parent’s MNA card and the applicant’s long form birth certificate;
    • a letter from an Alberta Métis organization or Alberta Métis elder indicating the applicant is Métis and documenting how the writer knows this to be the case;
    • or other documentation approved by the BBMA Panel.
  • If you have other proof that you feel may be accepted, please contact Theresa Majeran.
  • Eligible programs include: Certificates, diplomas, applied degrees, undergraduate or professional degrees, and academic upgrading.
  • Academic Upgrading, bridging, or college preparation programs are eligible. Students must indicate how completion of study will help them gain admission to a post-secondary program or lead to future gainful employment.
  • Graduate/professional programs are eligible when they are required to gain certification in a field. This includes: Law, Medicine, Speech Pathology, Physical Therapy, and Occupational Therapy. Graduate programs which are primarily academic in nature OR where employment can be obtained with an undergraduate degree (e.g. education, nursing) are not eligible for funding.
  • You can study in Alberta. Awards can be used at any public university, college, or technical institute in Alberta, as well at any private institution or vocational school accredited by ApplyAlberta
  • You can study within Canada. In order to get a BBMA for a school outside Alberta, you must must clearly address why you have selected a school outside of Alberta.
  • References are very important for your application. Use this BBMA Reference Template.
  • We recommend getting a reference from someone who can talk about your Métis involvement.
  • Your reference should provide concrete details about your involvement or circumstances.
  • You can get a reference from: your teacher, your contact from volunteering, your employer, your coach, etc.
  • We do not accept references from: immediate family members (parents or siblings)

Application Questions

  • The most important part of the budget section is having a (mostly) balanced budget.
  • You should consider applying for a student loan or saving money to contribute to your education.

Still have questions? We would be happy to help.

Theresa Majeran, BBMA Coordinator
Phone: 780-977-5515
Email: mailto:communications@bbma.ca