Youth Education Awards for Brain Tumour Survivors - Guidelines

Download the application and guidelines - the deadline is May 19, 2017.

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Every day, 27 Canadians are diagnosed with a brain tumour. Brain tumours are unpredictable and complex, and can affect vision, hearing, memory, balance and mobility. Their effects are physical, emotional, financial and last a lifetime.

Funds raised by Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada help support leading-edge research into the cause of and cure for this devastating disease. Funds also help to fund vital programs and services for the brain tumour community, of which the Youth Education Awards program for Young Brain Tumour Survivors is a part.

Survivors of a pediatric brain tumour who are pursuing post-secondary education are invited to apply to the Youth Education Award program. The aim of the program is to help young brain tumour survivors achieve their dreams through post-secondary education. These are one-time awards of up to $5,000.00 for tuition and associated ancillary costs. Please refer to the Qualifications section below (or download a PDF) for complete terms of eligibility.  


  • The Youth Education Awards are only open to survivors of a pediatric brain tumour (all tumour types considered, from malignant to non-malignant) diagnosed before the age of 25 who live in Canada. This information is confirmed by submitting the completed Medical Eligibility Form with your application.
  • Applicants must be between the ages of 16-30 years old.
  • The awards are open to students who will be enrolled full-time in a publicly funded Canadian university or college in the 2017 Fall academic term.
  • Students with a disability attending post-secondary school are also eligible provided they meet their institution’s requirements for full-time study as a student with a disability.
  • Students who receive an award from Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada are not eligible to apply in future years. If there is an interruption for medical reasons, a medical note is required and eligibility may be opened again.
  • Students who are unsuccessful in their application may apply again in future years for funding consideration. Feedback on the content of previous applications will not be provided.

Application Submission

A. Please mail one original copy and email one original copy of the completed Youth Education Award application and all attachments (see below for reference letter instructions) to:

Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada
Attn: Education Committee
620 Colborne Street, Suite 301
London, ON N6B 3R9
Re: 2017 Youth Education Award Application

B. Reference letters must be submitted in the following way:

Application Deadline

Applications must be postmarked by May 19, 2017. The results will be communicated to all applicants by mid-July 2017.

Note: In the event that you decide to withdraw your application following submission, promptly notify Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada of your circumstance. Similarly, if you go on to receive an award from Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada, and later withdraw from your course or program for whatever reason, please notify us promptly of this situation so that appropriate measures can be taken.

2017 Youth Education Award Implementation

Those selected to receive an award will be notified of their successful application, then subsequently profiled on and through various Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada materials and publications. To help facilitate this process, recipients will participate in an interview with Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada staff and will provide up to three photos of themselves to include with their stories. This will take place before any funds are released to the learning institution in which the student is enrolled. Future updates from the award recipient will also link to this story.

Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada will coordinate payment of funds directly to the student’s institution of learning in a timely manner. The recipient will be notified once the award has been processed by the institution.

If you have any questions, or would like to receive the Youth Education Award Application Form by email (Microsoft Word), please contact Susan Ruypers, Research Program Specialist at:

Phone: 519-642-7755 ext. 240
Toll-Free: 1-800-265-5106 ext. 240


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