To celebrate and recognize Black History Month, Assiniboine Community College in Brandon has launched the Ignite bursary.  

That bursary is designed to support Black Canadian students with financial need. The Ignite bursary is among the college's commitments to foster diversity and inclusion, recognizing the importance of Black History Month, and supporting the growing Black population in Manitoba.  

The bursary was made possible through the proceeds generated from Assiniboine Community College’s 2023 Foundation Legacy Gala Dinner. “Assiniboine recognizes the importance of Black History Month, the legacy and the future of Black Canadians. This fund and the financial support for students that it will provide is one important step toward supporting Black excellence,” said Mark Frison, President at Assiniboine.  

There was over 57 percent growth in the Black population in Manitoba from 2015 to 2019, with 132 percent growth in Southwest Manitoba and 97 percent growth in Brandon.


To be eligible for the $2,000 award, applicants must self-identify as Black Canadian and have a demonstrated financial need.