Youth Education Awards for Brain Tumour Survivors

Helping Young Brain Tumour Survivors Achieve Their Dreams

Going to college and university is often a milestone for young adults but for pediatric brain tumour survivors, sometimes post-secondary school can be out of reach.

Not only can there be the difficulties that come with late effects like epilepsy, physical disabilities or learning challenges, but finances may also be strained due to treatments and recovery. Today, because of the generosity of several donors, there is a special funding program dedicated to this unique group of survivors.

You can help a pediatric brain tumour survivor achieve their dreams by funding a Youth Education Award in your name or in honour of someone you love. Contact us at 1-800-265-5106, ext. 227 or at

In August 2018, Youth Education Awards were presented to six young pediatric brain tumour survivors so they could pursue and achieve their academic dreams. In their words, here’s what this opportunity means to them.

2018-2019 Awardees

Christine Park, Youth Education Award recipientChristine Park (Calgary, AB)
Pursuing a Bachelor of Nursing at the University of Calgary
Diagnosed with a Medulloblastoma at age 9

Generously funded by Rigatoni for Research

"This scholarship will help me achieve my dreams to become a pediatric oncology nurse! I will be able to pursue my passion with more of my time and energy. This award will relieve a lot of my financial stress and help me to focus on finishing school and achieving my future career as a nurse. Instead of spending my time working part-time jobs, I will have more leisure to volunteer in hospitals more often, which helps me to gain more experience as a student nurse. I am so thankful and so proud that I received this award, and I feel more motivated to work hard and pursue my dreams."
McKenna Modler, Youth Education Award RecipientMcKenna Modler (Lansdowne, ON)
Pursuing a Diploma in Public Relations at Durham College
Diagnosed with an Astrocytoma at age 10

Generously funded by Bruce Power

"Receiving this award means everything to me and my family.

Having brain cancer is hard personally as well as financially so having this Scholarship is a tremendous relief...I can concentrate on my future beyond cancer."

Alberto Salas Ciudad, Youth Education Award Recipient 2017Alberto Salas Ciudad (Calgary, AB)
Pursuing a Degree in Bachelor of Arts, History Degree Program
Diagnosed with a Rhabdomyosarcoma at age 13 

Generously funded by the King Family in Memory of Angus King

"Thank you King Family! I am optimistic in my future. This is a great starting point to start following my personal interests, as I will start studying a career of my choice.

This will give me the opportunity to grow as a person, achieve a better quality of life, and some day give back and lend a hand to those who need help."

Lauryn Stubbs, Youth Education Award recipient 2017Lauryn Stubbs (Edmonton, AB)
Pursuing a Bachelor of Child and Youth Care
Diagnosed with a Medulloblastoma at age 6

Generously funded by Deys Fabricating

"I am very honoured to be a recipient of the 2018 Brain Tumour Foundation Youth Education Award for Young Brain Tumour Survivors.

After my diagnosis, it never occurred to me that a post-secondary education would be a possibility. I believe in doing my best. I have achieved more than I ever thought I would, with the support of my family and friends. This award helps me pursue my dream in supporting youth in a hospital setting." 
Elisa Garcia, Youth Education Award recipientElisa Garcia (Haliburton, ON)
Pursuing a Diploma in Visual and Creative Arts
Diagnosed with a Neuroepithelial at age 8 

Generously funded by Phyllis Retty

"I would like to thank you again for gifting me with the brain tumour scholarship, I really appreciate everything.

The reason why this award means so much to me is because this award is helping me achieve my goals in life without having that financial burden. Art to me is a gift. I would love to share my gift of Art with others and help heal others with Art."
Josh Nelson, Youth Education Award recipientJosh Nelson (Cambridge, ON)
Pursuing a Diploma in Broadcasting Performance and Digital Media
Diagnosed with a Medulloblastoma at age 9 

Generously funded by Phyllis Retty

"Thanks to this award, I am one step closer to achieving my goal of proving that anything is possible and that there is life after cancer.

It means the world to me to be able to turn all my focus on my education and not have to worry about balancing a part-time job or repaying student loans."



Read more about previous award winners from 2017-2018, 2016-2017, 2015-2016, 2014-2015 and 2013-2014.

About the Youth Education Awards

Survivors of a pediatric brain tumour (diagnosed with a brain tumour before the age of 25), between the ages of 16 and 30, who are pursuing post-secondary education are eligible for this unique Brain Tumour Youth Education Award opportunity. These awards were offered for the first time in 2013.

The aim of the program is to help young brain tumour survivors achieve their dreams through post-secondary education.

The awards are open to students who will be enrolled full-time in a publicly funded Canadian university or college. Students are eligible if they are in their graduating year of High School or CEGEP students, or are currently enrolled full-time in a recognized publicly funded Canadian university or college and planning to continue their full-time undergraduate studies.

Interested in applying for a Youth Education Award?

This webinar was recorded in February 2018 to explain the process of our awards program, including the logistics on what awards we offer, when they are offered, and when they are due and announced. This presentation also shares logistics on who is ranking your applications and how applications are viewed and awarded.

Learn more about Youth Education Awards by contacting:

Susan Ruypers
Research Program Specialist 
1-800-265-5106 ext. 240 


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