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Trevor Harrison Civic Engagement Scholarship

Trevor Harrison

Trevor Harrison was a lifelong political volunteer and staffer. He was policy-driven and pragmatic, and a beacon of optimism in an often cynical profession. His legacy is one of inclusivity, kindness and respect.

At 24 years old, Trevor had a grand mal seizure and collapsed while playing football. He was diagnosed with an astrocytoma brain tumour. Trevor lived with his tumour for another 12 years. This time was spent contributing to Canadian public policy, working for candidates he believed in, and making lifelong friends, including his wife.

To honour Trevor’s legacy, his family has created this Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada student scholarship in his name. The scholarship aims to provide financial support to politically engaged students, who have also been impacted by a brain tumour and who want to make positive contributions to public policy and/or politics through civic engagement, in their pursuit of post-secondary education. Throughout his life and the health challenges he faced, Trevor carried himself with dignity, grace, thoughtfulness, and professionalism. Trevor was always thinking of others; this scholarship seeks to embody his spirit and vision for a better Canada.

It awards $2,000 to the successful candidate.

2024 Applications are now closed.


Irtaza Ahmad

Trevor Harrison Civic Engagement Scholarship Award

Irtaza Ahmad

“Receiving the Trevor Harrison Civic Engagement Scholarship from the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada is an immense honour and deeply meaningful to me. This scholarship not only provides financial support for my pursuit of higher education but also serves as a profound recognition of the challenges my family and I have faced due to my father’s battle with a brain tumour. It reinforces my commitment to making a positive impact on public policy and politics, just as Mr. Trevor Harrison did throughout his life. This award empowers me to be a voice for those affected by brain tumours, advocating for their needs and raising awareness of their struggles. I am truly grateful for this opportunity and honoured to be the inaugural recipient of this award. I am determined to honour Mr. Trevor’s legacy by working tirelessly towards a better Canada for all.”