Regina City Council approved the City of Regina Scholarship Program in February of 1990.
In 1995, Saskatchewan Indian Federated College, now the First Nations University of Canada, was included into the Scholarship Program. In 1997, the name of the scholarship was changed to the Henry Baker Scholarship Program to honour former Mayor Henry Baker.
The Program has expanded to include more scholarships for students at Saskatchewan Polytechnic - Wascana Campus, Gabriel Dumont Institute of Native Studies and Applied Research - Regina Branch, Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies - Regina Branch and Category 1 Vocational Schools located within the city.
The purpose of the Henry Baker Scholarship Program is to:
support superior students at the University of Regina, First Nations University, Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Gabriel Dumont Institute of Native Studiesand Applied Research, Saskatchewan Indian Institutte of Technologies and Category 1 Vocational Schools;
support the aim of the City's economic development strategy to foster the potential of Regina's growing Indigenous community;
reflect the City of Regina's commitment to employment equity; and
recognize the important role the University of Regina, First Nations University of Canada, Saskatchewan Polytechnic. Gabriel Dumont Institute of Native Studies and Applied Reserch, Saskatachewan Indian Institute and Category I Vocational schools play in our community.