The 2016 Osler Epilepsy Scholarship is now open for applications!
Students who have successfully completed high school and entering their first year of post-secondary education or continuing their post-secondary education this fall.
To view/print out the application form, click here.
About the scholarship
Are you a student with Epilepsy who is enrolled or is about to be enrolled in a post-secondary education program this September? Then congratulations, you are already well on your way to beating the odds. Only one in three people with disabilities earn a post-secondary degree in Canada. We at Epilepsy Ontario want to improve those odds and we want to celebrate your success in getting as far as you have already.
That is why we are pleased to announce the competition for the Osler Epilepsy Scholarship for 2016 is now open. If you have Epilepsy and you are pursuing a post-secondary education anywhere in Ontario, you are eligible for one of four $1,500 scholarships to be awarded in June at a special ceremony in Toronto. You can access the application form be clicking here and tell us in a brief personal essay how someone with Epilepsy inspired you. You could become a member of an Osler Scholarship community of past winners like Melanie Jeffrey, who has since gone on to become a member of the Board of Directors of Epilepsy Ontario and has become a passionate advocate for Epilepsy awareness.
For Lawton Osler – his company’s generous support makes the Osler Epilepsy Scholarship possible — it’s all about helping hard working students with Epilepsy who have already overcome so many barriers reach their full potential. The awards night in June, he says, is a truly special occasion. “To see the students come with their parents, grandparents, boyfriends and girlfriends – it’s just amazing.”
The 2015 winners were Amanda Cook (Interior Design), Anya-Belle Brown (Journalism), Sarah Hysenaj (Photography) and Andreia Real (Criminology).
For Hysenaj, who had her first seizure when she was 11, overcoming the barriers to education that so many people with Epilepsy face has been a constant challenge, but ultimately a rewarding one. “Because of these challenges, I don’t believe I would have become the person I am today and for that I am grateful.” she says.
The deadline for applications for this year’s awards is May 1, 2016 at 4 PM. If you have any questions about the application process you can call us at 905-474-9696 or through our website at www.epilepsyontario.org.
Comments from Previous Recipients
“The OBCL Epilepsy Scholarship benefited me by helping pay for my tuition. It was a great help and I was also able to spread the word and knowledge about epilepsy.” – Cassidy S.
“I never let epilepsy become a barrier. I made it a part of my life and a part of who I am. Because of epilepsy I am a more determined and persistent person who never lets anything stand his way. The OBCL Scholarship gave me the chance to show this to my family, friends, professors, and community.” – Rahman M.
“I was not successful at my first post-secondary attempt. With the hope of receiving the OBCL Epilepsy scholarship I applied to the Recreation and Leisure program, something I had always dreamed of. I’m finding Centennial College and the faculty very supportive and am loving the program. Thank you so much Epilepsy Ontario. You are the Best!!” – Jaimie M L
How it began
Before OBCL, a drug company (Pfizer in 2002 and Lundbeck Canada in 2003) offered the epilepsy scholarships in the early 2000s. Back then, Osler already took on an active role as a member of the committee that read through the students’ applications.
When the drug company decided to discontinue the scholarships, Osler was ready to take the lead. How did Osler feel about his new initiative? Click here to find out.
To read our press release from the first OBCL Epilepsy Scholarship Awards, click here.
How to ApplyExpand How to Apply Section
To apply, print out the application form and email or mail all requested documents to Epilepsy Ontario. Best of luck!
Osler Epilepsy Scholarship
3100 Steeles Avenue East
Markham, Ontario, L3R 8T3
Application Deadline: The deadline for the 2016 Osler Epilepsy Scholarships is May 01, 2016 by 4:00pm. For more events, click here.
Past Scholarship RecipientsExpand Past Scholarship Recipients Section
- Andreia Real – Toronto
- Amanda Cook – Toronto
- Anya-Belle Brown – Mississauga
- Sarah Hysenaj – Toronto
- Samantha Hetherington – Ottawa
- Courtney Tobin – Kingston
- Duncan Green – Whitby
- Elizabeth Paley – Burlington
- Heather Girardin – London
- Lia Turner – Burlington
- Chloe Gallagher – Burlington
- Tori Gleason – Smiths Falls
- Alexander Johnson – Mississauga
- Kirsten Leusink – Cambridge
- Katelyn Lewis – Thunder Bay
- Suzanne McGuire – Niagara Falls
- Brooke Corner – Barrie
- Chelsea Ellis – Kanata
- Danika Dupuis – Kingston
- Jaimie Morgan-Lynette – Toronto
- Michel Leroux – Ottawa
- Mikaela Morrell – Porcupine
- Rahman Mohamed – Toronto
- Vanessa Orlando – St. Catharines
- Lindsay Bennett – Niagara
- Julia Chriss – York Region
- Megan Judith Donnelly – York Region
- Johnathan Healy – Simcoe
- Joanna Marie Hearn – Kingston
- Jasmyne Jagpal – London
- Alexandra Potvin – Simcoe
- Christopher Rychlo – Simcoe
- Cassidy Sankey – Durham
- Jennifer Ward – Durham
- Daniel Adamo – Toronto
- Amanda Beitz – Waterloo
- Kate Cochrane – London
- Robert DeMarco – London
- Darcy Enns – Niagara
- Aliza Jo Gold-Ruvolo – Toronto
- Melissa Kerr – London
- Brandyn McCarthy – Halton Peel
- Cowathamen Mohan – Halton Peel
- Aly Singh – Ottawa
- Alexe Lalonde – Ottawa
- Laryssa Bilinsky – Sudbury
- Meryn Winters – Toronto
- Alesha Ross – Windsor
- Jaclyn DeWolf – London
- Hilary L. Scarrow – Halton Peel
- Emma Rossi – Waterloo Wellington
- Christine Kirkwood – Ottawa
- David Benoit – Ottawa
- Geertje Visscher – London
- Hannah King – Toronto
- Emily Banks – London
- Heather Bartok – Niagara
- Jacquelin Chatterpaul – York Region
- Skye Corey – London
- Alex Dolan – York Region
- Carolyn Harris – Windsor
- Nathalie Holroyd – Durham
- Nadim S. – Toronto
- Melissa Seichter – Hamilton
- Lindsay Smyth – Durham
- Chelsea Tobin – Kingston
- Lynn Wilkins – Toronto