Who can apply?

An applicant must be a Canadian citizen or Canadian permanent resident between the ages of 17 and 25, who has overcome adversity related to mental health, either through lived experience or a family member, and is pursuing a health-related field of study at a recognized post-secondary educational institution in Canada (community college or university).

How can I apply?

The deadline for Step 1 applications has now passed. Please check back early 2022 for updates.

What is the term/length of the scholarship?

Up to five scholarships of $5,000 will be awarded this year. Each scholarship will be renewable for up to three additional years, subject to confirmation of continued eligibility.

Which courses or programs count as a health-related study?

Applicants must be pursuing an education focused on health and dedicated to improving the wellbeing of others. Examples include eligible university and community college programs that include chiropractic care, gerontology, kinesiology, medical school, nursing, nutrition, paramedicine, physiotherapy, psychology, public health, related research, etc. Chosen recipients will be asked to provide proof of full-time enrolment before funds are awarded.

Is financial need a requirement for the scholarship?

No. However, financial need is taken into consideration during the final selection process, along with community involvement. Overcoming mental health adversity, either through lived experience or a family member, enrolment in a health-related field of study, and career aspirations in a health-related field are the criteria that will be the most weighted in assessing each application.

Who can write my letters of support?

Only applicants selected to complete a full application as part of Step 2 will be asked to provide letters of support and will have four weeks to provide the letters. Detailed instructions about the letters of support will be emailed to the applicants selected to submit a full application.

Letters of support can come from any adult ally who has known you for at least two years and who is not part of your family (e.g., your teacher/professor, guidance counsellor or other school representative, employer, volunteer organization, social worker/counsellor, etc.).

Can the scholarship be used to cover living expenses?

No. The scholarship is sent directly to the recipient’s post-secondary school upon proof of enrolment to be credited to tuition and other school fees.

Can I mail in my application?

No. Please complete the online application available here. To apply verbally, please send an email to [email protected] to book a video/phone call.

If I am the chosen recipient, when can I expect to be notified?

All individuals who completed and submitted the Step 1 application will receive an email no later than August 1, 2021. The individuals selected to receive one of the five scholarships available will be notified in early September.

How will the five scholarship recipients be selected?

The Medavie Scholarship has a two-step application process. In Step 1, an online application must be completed and submitted by June 27, 2021. Applications submitted by the deadline will be assessed by Medavie Health Foundation to identify the applicants with the most competitive and strongest fit with the scholarship’s focus: youth who have overcome adversity related to mental health and who are pursuing health-related post-secondary studies at a recognized Canadian university or community college.

In Step 2, the selected applicants will be invited to complete a full application, which will include providing two letters of support. Selected applicants will receive the full application form and instructions by email no later than August 1, 2021 and will have four weeks to complete the final application.

How will applicants be selected for Step 2?

The Medavie Health Foundation will review each application to assess how strongly the responses in the applicant demonstrate the applicant meet the criteria of the Medavie Scholarship as listed below:

  • Is currently between the ages of 17 and 25
  • Is a Canadian citizen or Canadian permanent resident
  • Is enrolled in full-time studies at a recognized post-secondary educational institution based in Canada (university or community college)
  • Is pursuing a heath-related field of study (e.g., medical school, nursing, psychology, kinesiology, physiotherapy, nutrition, paramedicine, chiropractic care, public health, health research, etc.)
  • Demonstrated plans to work in a health-related career after graduation
  • Extent to which applicant has overcome an adversity related to mental health, either through lived experience or a family member

What criteria will be used to assess the Step 2 applicants?

In Step 2, applicants will be required to submit a full application and letters of support. The responses and letters of supports will be used to assess which applicants most strongly demonstrate the focus of the scholarship in terms of overcoming adversity related to mental health and has plans to work in a health-related career after graduation. As part of Step 2, community involvement and financial need will also be taken into consideration in determining the scholarship recipients.

Questions

If you have any questions, please email [email protected].


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