The Medavie Scholarship honours Pierre-Yves Julien, the former CEO of Medavie. As a not-for-profit health services organization, Pierre-Yves recognized that we don’t have an obligation to shareholders, but to the communities where our employees and clients live and work.

From this vision, he helped found the Medavie Health Foundation, which is focused on addressing some of our country’s most pressing physical and mental health care challenges. It was his shared belief that improving the lives of those impacted by chronic conditions doesn’t start at the doctor’s office, but in our homes and community centres, and on our playgrounds. Pierre-Yves retired in 2016, but his legacy lives on through this scholarship.

“We could measure statistics of the hundreds of people who will be affected by the Foundation, but what really matters are the faces, names and stories of the individuals.”

Pierre-Yves Julien, former CEO, Medavie

A scholarship of $5,000 will be awarded annually to a youth who has overcome adversity related to mental health and is pursuing health-related post-secondary studies. The successful recipient will be notified in September.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Be a Canadian citizen and a youth or emerging adult (age 17-29)
  • Enrolled in full or part-time studies at a recognized post-secondary educational institution based in Canada (Note: enrolment verification required prior to award)
  • Has overcome adversity related to mental health, either through lived experience or a family member
  • Pursuing a related health program (E.g. medical school, nursing, psychology, physical education, kinesiology, nutrition, sociology, social work, community recreation, related research etc.)

The scholarship program is open from May 1 to June 30.

Download the scholarship application form

Email your completed application and supporting documents by June 30 to:


Email with “Scholarship” in your subject line.

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