About the awards
Since 2006, Lawton Osler, president of Osler Business Consulting Ltd., has supported students with epilepsy by funding the OBCL Scholarship Awards. Every year, up to 10 students across Ontario could win a $1,000 scholarship for post-secondary education.
As part of their application package, students must submit a personal essay under that year’s theme. Year after year, the students have wowed Osler and the panel of judges comprising of Epilepsy Ontario board members.
“Every year they’ve been fantastic, absolutely fantastic,” said Osler at the sixth annual awards ceremony. “I’m almost expecting it now,” he added with a chuckle.
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.
Past Scholarship Recipients
How to Apply
If you are a student living with epilepsy, and are between ages 16 to 29, you could be eligible for an OBCL scholarship. To learn more about the award, click here. To apply, print out the application form and mail all requested documents to Epilepsy Ontario. Best of luck!OBCL Epilepsy Scholarship Awards Epilepsy Ontario 3100 Steeles Avenue East Suite 803 Markham, Ontario, L3R 8T3 Application Deadline: The deadline for the 2013 OBCL Epilepsy Scholarships is May 1, 5:00pm.