Grace Dawson, a first-year Nursing student at Lakehead University, has received a $5,000 scholarship from Medavie.
Medavie, through its Foundation, has awarded a total of $50,000 in scholarships that will be distributed to 10 exceptional students across four provinces, to support recipients in their post-secondary studies and future careers in health care.
“At a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the lives and educational experiences of youth across the country, we were pleased this year to increase the number of scholarship recipients from two to 10,” said Joanne Kviring, Executive Director, Medavie Health Foundation.
“These young Canadians were selected based on their academic achievements and efforts to give back to their communities – all while overcoming challenges in their own lives.
“As part of Medavie’s core mission to improve the well-being of Canadians, we hope these scholarships will support each recipient in their studies and path to being part of the next generation of health professionals in Canada.”
Since 2017, the charitable foundation has awarded these annual scholarships to Canadians, aged 17-29, who are enrolled in full or part-time studies at a Canadian post-secondary school, are pursuing a health-related program of study, and have overcome adversity related to mental health, either through lived experience or a family member.
The Medavie Scholarship honours Pierre-Yves Julien, former CEO of Medavie, who believed in helping communities where employees and clients live and work, and supporting Canada’s next generation of health care leaders. The program aligns with the Foundation’s core causes including adolescent mental health, post-traumatic stress and healthy living.