IBD Scholarship FAQ

  • The AbbVie IBD Scholarship Program, brought to you by Crohn’s and Colitis Canada, directly supports individual students in overcoming education barriers due to Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

    Through an unrestricted educational grant by AbbVie, Crohn’s and Colitis Canada will extend ten (10) one-time scholarships of up to $5,000 CAN to students living with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis who are entering into or currently attending a post-secondary educational institution. Students of all ages are welcome to apply and the scholarship can be used for any Canadian post-secondary institution.

    The AbbVie IBD Scholarship Program is a competitive bursary. Applying for the program does not guarantee funding for the upcoming educational year.
     
  • Applicants of any age are encouraged to apply. All applicants must be:
     - A legal and permanent resident of Canada
     - Diagnosed with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis by a health care professional
     - Enrolled in or awaiting acceptance from a Canadian-based post-secondary educational institution for the fall semester of 2018
     - A student who demonstrates academic aspiration and strives to sustain an optimal level of wellness in spite of their Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, allowing them to excel to reach their personal and academic goals and inspiring others to do the same.
  • Yes. The scholarship is available to anyone who is entering post-secondary education in fall 2018 or who are currently enrolled in a post-secondary institution.
  • Yes. The scholarship is available for full or part-time studies at a Canadian-based post-secondary educational institution.
  • No. The scholarship funds can only be used at a Canadian institution.
  • Applications for the 2018 scholarship program are now online! Click here to download copies of the required forms and a template of the online application

    Applications for 2018 must be submitted online using the webform; no mailed in, e-mailed or faxed applications will be accepted. Please ensure you have all supporting documents scanned and ready to upload before beginning your application. In order to prepare your application materials, it is recommended that applicants print a blank copy of the application form and supporting documents in order to review and prepare the required information and documentation which must be uploaded.
     
  • Ten (10) one-time scholarships of up to $5,000 CAN will be awarded in 2018.

  • Applications must be completed online and submitted by 5pm on June 1st, 2018. The online application process may take between 30-60 minutes to complete, so please ensure you allow enough time to complete your application. The online system will close at 5pm EST on June 1st, 2018.
  • In order to be fair to all participants, applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered. The online system will close at 5pm EST on June 1st, 2018. Please ensure you allow sufficient time to complete your full application and submit it before 5pm EST.
  • All Ten (10) scholarship amounts will be up to $5,000 CAN.

  • Individual scholarship amounts will be awarded up to $5,000 CAN to cover the recipient’s tuition and/or required educational materials. If a student’s tuition and required educational materials are less than $5,000 CAN, the scholarship amountIndividual scholarship amounts will be awarded up to $5,000 CAN to cover the recipient’s tuition and/or required educational materials. If a student’s tuition and required educational materials are less than $5,000 CAN, the scholarship amount will only cover the actual cost of tuition and/or required educational materials. Eligible educational expenses for the AbbVie IBD Scholarship Program include; tuition, student fees, required educational materials and on-site residency.
  • Eligible educational expenses for the AbbVie IBD Scholarship Program include; tuition, student fees, required educational materials and on-site residency.

  • Applications for 2018 must be submitted online. It is recommended that you download a copy of the application in advance in order to review and prepare the required information.

    Please also prepare the following items in advance:
    1. A fully completed and signed copy of the Proof of Diagnosis Form, scanned and ready to upload. This form must be completed by a health care professional who can confirm your diagnosis of Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.
    2. A signed and dated Applicant Consent Form, scanned and ready to upload
    3.  Two (2) letters of personal recommendation from a teacher, guidance counselor, school official, coach, mentor, health care provider, professional colleague or employer, scanned and ready to upload.
    4. A one (1) page essay (500 word max) describing your commitment to achieving your best heath in spite of your diagnosis, and how you have inspired those around you to do the same in the face of their challenges. Please have your essay ready in a format that can be uploaded to the webform (e.g. Word or PDF).

    Please note that the file size for all of the above documents combined must not exceed 20MB. Please check the file size of your documents in advance to ensure you will not exceed this limit. Please also ensure you complete all required sections (marked with an *).
     
  • The AbbVie IBD Scholarship is a competitive bursary. Only ten (10) scholarships will be awarded in 2018.
  • As part of the application process, applicants are required to have their physician health care professional verify their condition in writing, by completing the Proof of Diagnosis Form. We will follow up with individual health care professionals as needed to confirm the diagnosis. 

  • Scholarship recipients will be notified in the month of July 2018. All applicants will receive a letter by email.

  • An independent selection committee of leading gastroenterologists, community partners and patient representatives from across Canada will select the scholarship recipients. Applications will be assessed based on two (2) letters of personal recommendation and a one (1) page essay describing your commitment to achieving your best heath in spite of your diagnosis, and how you have inspired those around you do the same in the face of their challenges.
  • The program is a partnership between Crohn’s and Colitis Canada and AbbVie, building on their shared interest in ensuring people living with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis achieve their best potential in all facets of their lives. For more information about Crohn’s and Colitis Canada, please click here. For more information about AbbVie, please click here
  • Please contact info@ibdscholarship.ca or 1-800-387-1479 ext. 247 

  • Canada has among the highest incidence rates of Crohn's and colitis in the world.
  • 1 in 150 Canadians lives with Crohn’s or colitis.
  • Families new to Canada are developing these diseases for the first time.
  • Incidence of Crohn’s in Canadian kids under 10 has doubled since 1995.
  • People are most commonly diagnosed before age 30.

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