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Guidelines

Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada Scholarship Programs


There are two categories of scholarships available thanks to generous sponsors: the Follow the Leader Scholarship, sponsored by KRG Children's Charitable Foundation, and the John Helou Scholarship, sponsored by Pfizer and Innovative Medicines Canada.

1- Objective

The purpose of the scholarship program is to

  • encourage academic excellence and the pursuit of higher education among students who are directly affected by Multiple Sclerosis (MS);
  • provide the path and framework for scholarship recipients to become the MS leaders of the future and to;
  • strengthen the pool of scientific, engineering, math and technology students who consider a focus on MS to be part of their career of choice.

2 - Number, Value and Duration of the Scholarships

FOLLOW THE LEADER SCHOLARSHIP JOHN HELOU SCHOLARSHIP
  • Up to three (3) scholarships at the bachelor level degree
  • This scholarship is valued at $25,000 per year, covering tuition and stipend for students applying to a bachelor level degree program. The scholarship will have a maximum tenure of (four) 4 years or until the first degree is obtained, for a total maximum value of $100,000.
  • Up to two (2) scholarships at the bachelor level degree
  • This scholarship is valued at $6,250 per year, covering tuition for students applying to a bachelor level degree program. The scholarship will have a maximum tenure of (four) 4 years or until the first degree is obtained, for a total maximum value of $25,000.

3 - Eligibility

FOLLOW THE LEADER SCHOLARSHIP JOHN HELOU SCHOLARSHIP

Eligible applicants must:

  • be a Canadian citizen;
  • live and attend high school in Ontario;
  • have at least an 85% (or equivalent) average over the last 3 terms of available marks;
  • be planning on enrolling full-time in a Canadian, American or Foreign university, specifically in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) program; *
  • live in a family in which an immediate member (self, sibling or parent/guardian) is directly affected by MS or an allied disease (neuromyelitis optica) (NMO), transverse myelitis (TM), and acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM)). Recipients will be required to submit proof of diagnosis.

Eligible applicants must:

  • be a Canadian citizen;
  • have at least an 85% (or equivalent) average over the last 3 terms of available marks;
  • be planning on enrolling full-time in a Canadian, American or Foreign university, specifically in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) program; *
  • live in a family in which an immediate member (self, sibling or parent/guardian) is directly affected by MS or an allied disease (neuromyelitis optica) (NMO), transverse myelitis (TM), and acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM)). Recipients will be required to submit proof of diagnosis.

* Eligible degree programs must fall in one of these 4 disciplines and will remain at the discretion of the scholarship provider.

4 - Eligible Institutions

Applicants must plan on attending a Canadian, American or Foreign University on a full-time basis starting in the 2016-2017 academic year.

5 - Conditions

  • Students may have taken up to a three year gap between graduation from high school and commencement of their postsecondary studies;
  • Recipients may only receive up to $10,000 in scholarship funding from other sources throughout the tenure of this scholarship;
  • Meeting the eligibility criteria is not a guarantee of receipt of the scholarship;
  • The scholarship will be terminated, should the student change out of a STEM program or fail to remain in good academic standing;
  • Applicants may apply for both categories of scholarships, but cannot be recipients of both categories of scholarships.

6 - Selection of Scholarship Winners

All applicants are required to submit a completed scholarship application form before March 31, 2016, 11:59 pm Eastern Time. Recipients will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Academic performance;
  • Commitment to MS (fundraising, volunteering connected to MS, plan of study)
  • Volunteer/community involvement and/or extracurricular activities;
    1. Community Activities;
    2. School Activities;
  • Strength, quality and relevance of the reference letters.
  • Financial Need
  • Strength of interview with the selection committee, should an applicant reach the semi-finalist round.

If the applicant advances to the semi-finalist round, the recommenders identified on their application form will be notified by email and required to upload further supporting documentation. The recommenders must upload their letter of recommendation by April 29, 2016, 11:59 pm Eastern Time. In addition, the academic recommender (i.e.: teacher, principal, guidance counsellor) will also be responsible for uploading the applicant's official transcript showing the last three terms of available marks.

Semi-finalists who have submitted all of their required documentation will be forwarded to the Selection Committee. Incomplete files will be considered ineligible. Deadline extensions will not be granted.

Finalists will be required to participate in an in-person, phone or skype interview, at a time determined by the MS Society.

The Selection Committee's decision is irrevocable.

7 - Recipients

Those selected as scholarship recipients will be required to provide a medical certificate confirming that they or an immediate family member is living with Multiple Sclerosis or an allied disease (neuromyelitis optica (NMO), transverse myelitis (TM), and acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM)). The medical certificate must be signed by the individual's family doctor, neurologist or specialist who is currently treating them. In addition, the family member who is living with MS will need to provide their consent to release this information to Universities Canada and the MS Society.

8 - Scholarship Administrator

Universities Canada administers the scholarship program on behalf of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.

9 - Payment

FOLLOW THE LEADER SCHOLARSHIP JOHN HELOU SCHOLARSHIP

Payment will be made as follows:

  • Universities Canada will forward payment of the tuition portion of the scholarship ($15,000) to the university on behalf of the MS Society. The university will be instructed by Universities Canada to apply the payment to all tuition related expenses and to refund any unused funds directly to the student. Tuition payments will be made in two instalments, in the fall term and in the winter term. A proof of registration must be submitted to Universities Canada at the beginning of each term;
  • The stipend ($10,000) will be paid directly to the recipient. Stipend payments will be made in two instalments, in the fall term and in the winter term. A proof of registration must be submitted to Universities Canada at the beginning of each term;
  • The value of this award is shown in Canadian dollars. The currency of the payment will depend on the geographical location of the university and student.

Payment will be made as follows:

  • Universities Canada will forward payment of the tuition to the university ($6,250) on behalf of the MS Society. The university will be instructed by Universities Canada to apply the payment to all tuition related expenses and to refund any unused funds directly to the student. Tuition payments will be made in two instalments, in the fall term and in the winter term. A proof of registration must be submitted to Universities Canada at the beginning of each term;
  • The value of this award is shown in Canadian dollars. The currency of the payment will depend on the geographical location of the university and student.

It is the student's responsibility to ensure that payment of tuition fees is made within the defined timeframe set by the educational institution regardless of the timing of the scholarship payment. Payment by the institution to the student will be made in accordance with the normal practice of the educational institution.

10 - Renewal of Scholarships

  • Recipients will be notified in April each year, when it is time to renew their scholarship and will be required to complete and submit their renewal information to Universities Canada through their online account;
  • Scholarship recipients must maintain a full-time status, a B average and remain in good standing as defined by the educational institution;
  • A proof of registration must be submitted to Universities Canada at the beginning of each term;
  • Scholarship recipients must send Universities Canada an official transcript at the end of each academic year;
  • Payment of the renewed scholarship will be processed as per Payment Section 9 above.

11 - Responsibilities of the Scholarship Recipient

  • Recipients must maintain a full-time status as defined by the educational institution.
  • Recipients must remain in good standing as defined by the educational institutions, and maintain B average.
  • Grades or marks obtained in supplementary or repeated examinations taken in the same academic year, including summer sessions, will be considered.
  • As part of the scholarship recipient role, the student may be called upon to speak, present or write on behalf of the MS Society and/or the scholarship program and will agree that their name and photo may be released into the public domain.

12 - Application Procedures

Eligible applicants must complete the online application form by visiting https://juno.aucc.ca/app/mssociety.html

Your application will be acknowledged once it has been received and processed by Universities Canada. To ensure that your application has been received and accepted, and to check the status of your application please visit https://juno.aucc.ca/app/mssociety.html and select My Account to review your scholarship application information. To access your account, you will require your account number, which will be provided in your acknowledgement email.

Further information may be requested directly from Universities Canada at the address noted below.

Contact us:
Higher Education Scholarships
Universities Canada
Ref: MS Society of Canada
1710-350 Albert Street
Ottawa ON K1R 1B1
Tel.: (613) 563-1236
Toll free: 1-844-567-1237
Fax: (613) 563-9745
E-mail: awards@univcan.ca

13 - Continuation

The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada retains the right to change and/or end the sponsorship of the scholarship program without notice.