Veterans’ Child Scholarship

Veterans' Child Scholarship


Wounded Warriors Canada is proud to announce the launch of the Veterans Child Scholarship (VCS) benefiting military families. Through the generous support of the founding sponsors at The Bay Street Children’s Foundation, CIBC, RBC, and ITG, the $40,000 VCS will fund one year of full-time post secondary education, with priority given to first year students, for 8 children whose parent(s) is a Canadian Armed Forces Veteran, serving or retired, affected by Operational Stress Injuries (OSI) – including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

On September 6, 2016 Wounded Warriors Canada was pleased to announce the eight inaugural recipients of the inaugural Veterans Child Scholarship for the 2016-2017 school year. We wish all applicants much success in their studies.

The Veterans’ Child Scholarship (VCS) provides a $5,000 (maximum) scholarship per full course year with payments divided on a semester basis. Wounded Warriors Canada’s goal is to increase the number of scholarships in 2017 and beyond as funding permits. Applications are now closed. We expect to open applications for the 2017-2018 school year in the Spring of 2017.

Wounded Warriors Canada is profoundly aware of the life changing impact that mental health injuries have on our military families and, specifically, the children. The announcement of this post secondary represents Wounded Warriors Canada’s first initiative directly focused on the children of our ill and injured Canadian Armed Forces members and Veterans.

Terms & Conditions|Eligibility Criteria:

1. To be eligible for a VCS:

a. Applicants must be children whose parent(s) is a Canadian Armed Forces Veteran, serving or retired, affected by Operational Stress Injuries (OSI) including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD);

b. A Canadian citizen; and

c. Accepted into a full time course of studies at recognized publicly funded Canadian college or university (Bachelor/entry level).

d. Employees, directors and officers of Wounded Warriors Canada, and any family of the foregoing, are not eligible for this scholarship.

Application Process:

2. Students will be able to apply to the scholarship via the Wounded Warriors Canada website, and are to be submitted on-line. Deadline to apply is July 31st, 2016.

3. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Adjudication Process:

4. Wounded Warriors Canada staff will review all eligible applications and provide a shortlist of applicants for consideration by the Wounded Warriors Canada Board of Directors.

5. Applications will be considered complete when all the following documentation has been received by Wounded Warriors Canada:

a. Completion of the online application including a 250 to 500 word maximum essay, written by the applicant explaining how the awarding of this scholarship will make a positive difference in their life accompanied by:

(1) A proof of enrolment in the program, or a letter of acceptance into a program from the college or university;
(2) A letter of recommendation supporting the application from a health care professional; and
(3) A letter of recommendation from a source of the applicant’s choice supporting the application.

6. Applications will be prioritized based on the following:

i. Essay Answer – 50%
ii. Letters of Reference – 25%; and
iii. Financial need – 25%.

b. The essay will be evaluated based on the following:

i. Positive impact – 50%;
ii. Clarity of thought and communication of arguments – 25%; and
iii. Persuasiveness – 25%.

Applicant Guidelines:

7. The applicant certifies that all the information provided on the application form and in all the accompanying documents is true, accurate, and complete to the best of their knowledge.

a. The applicant understands that the provision of false information will render them ineligible for consideration for the VCS;

b. By submitting the scholarship application, the scholarship candidate authorizes Wounded Warriors Canada to release any information provided in or relating to the scholarship application to its representatives, for purposes of administering and promoting scholarship;

c. The applicant authorizes Wounded Warriors Canada to collect, use, store and confirm information about the applicant; the application for the purposes of administering and promoting this Scholarship program. The information Wounded Warriors Canada may collect, use, store and confirm includes, but is not limited to, personal evaluations and transcripts;

d. The applicant hereby authorizes third parties, such as universities, government or community sources to release information required for the scholarship to Wounded Warriors Canada who need to know such information for purposes of administering the scholarships. This information may include personal evaluations, verification that student information is correct and transcripts;

e. Scholarship recipients (in the case of minors, a parent or legal guardian) will be required to sign a Declaration of Compliance, Publicity and Liability Release before being awarded a scholarship. The signed declaration will include the recipient’s consent to the use of their name, city and province or territory of residence and photograph, image or likeness without further compensation, in any publicity carried out by Wounded Warriors Canada in respect of the Scholarship program.

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