The Sarah Gaulin Memorial Scholarship was established in honour of Sarah Gaulin, who died at age 26 after a longtime battle with mental illness. Along with her passion for Paralympic sport, Sarah actively pursued a career in the healthcare field.
Notwithstanding her health issues, Sarah persevered and continued to attend and excel in her educational field of choice. Although she battled with mental illness, she never gave up on education and her dream of one day helping others.
The scholarship seeks to support and encourage the resilience of individuals with mental illness pursuing post-secondary education, which Sarah believed strongly in.
How to Apply
- Applicants must have an ongoing mental health condition for a minimum of two years.
- Applicants must be currently registered in and returning to a full-time program of study at an accredited Canadian post-secondary college or university. Full-time status is at least 40% of a full course load.
- Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada.
- Graduating high school students are not eligible to apply.
- Criteria focused on:
- Demonstrated perseverance through mental health struggles.
- Strong commitment to pursuing their academic career.
- Potential to be an outstanding participant in the community.
- All of the documents listed below are required in order for applications to be accepted. All documents must contain the student’s name and/or student number:
- The completed application form was submitted online.
- Proof of current post-secondary enrolment.
- Proof of an ongoing mental health condition.
- A resume or curriculum vitae.
- A recent academic transcript (unofficial transcripts will be accepted).
- Two reference letters.
- Applications will be reviewed for completeness and adherence to the program guidelines. A selection committee will evaluate applications based on the criteria mentioned in the eligibility section.
- Due to the volume of applications received, only those selected to receive an award will be contacted. Recipients will be contacted by July 1.
Students must be registered in a post-secondary institution and provide documented proof of their mental illness. The scholarship will be awarded to outstanding applicants who meet the criteria of the program. The awards will be paid directly to the post-secondary institution (in the students’ accounts) that the recipients are attending to defray the cost of tuition fees for post-secondary study.