Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

Scholarships for Youth Affected by MS

The MS Society of Canada would like to thank everyone who applied for the 2016 scholarship programs for youth affected by MS. The application process is currently closed and we have chosen our winners. We do not have any additional scholarship or bursary opportunities available at this time but we will continue to update the page if anything becomes available.

Please direct any questions about the MS Society Scholarship Programs to Emily Knight at emily.knight@mssociety.ca or 1-866-922-6065 x3149

2016 KRG Follow the Leader Scholarship Program Winners

Returning for a second year, this innovative scholarship program was available solely due to the generous financial support of the KRG Children’s Charitable Foundation, our founding sponsor. The Follow the Leader Scholarship Program awarded three exceptional Ontario-based youth with the financial support they need to overcome the financial obstacles that come with a personal or familial diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, enabling them to attain the education they need to reach their full potential and become the next generation of MS leaders. The recipients must have be enrolled in a science, technology, engineering or math undergraduate program and will receive $25,000/year for four years to apply to tuition and living expenses – for a total scholarship of $100,000 each.

The MS Society of Canada and the KRG Children’s Charitable Foundation are excited to announce three winners of the 2016 Follow the Leader Scholarship Program: Lucas Nystrom, Matthew Lee and Nicholas Addesso. Please see below more information about these three award recipients and we would like to congratulate them on their outstanding achievements.

Lucas Nystrom

Lucas just graduated from Beaver Brae Secondary School in Kenora, Ontario. He will be attending Dalhousie University in Halifax for the 2016/2017 school year and will be studying chemistry with a specialisation in medical sciences. Lucas’s step father lived with Primary Progressive MS for most of his life and sadly just passed away due to complications from his MS in the fall of 2015. Over the final years of his father’s illness, Lucas and his mother became strong advocates for those living with MS and worked with many different MS physicians around the world. Lucas hopes to use his degree to fulfil his dreams of finding a way to stop MS in its tracks so that people won’t have to experience what he has over the past few years.

Matthew Lee

Matthew just graduated from Earl Haig Secondary school in Toronto, Ontario. He will be attending the University of Toronto for the 2016/2017 school year and will be studying life sciences. Matthew's mother was diagnosed with Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO) when he was two years old. Growing up with NMO affecting someone so close to him has provided Matthew with incredible motivation to succeed academically. He looks forward to spending the next few years studying life sciences and wishes to share his passion for helping to cure or ease the symptoms of MS. He hopes to be able to shadow an MS Researcher and contribute to MS research in the future.

Nicholas Addesso

Nicholas is from L’Orignal, Ontario and just graduated from Vanleek Hill Collegiate Institute. He will be attending the University of Ottawa for the 2016/2017 school year and will be studying biochemistry with an applied science in chemical engineering coop. Nicholas’s mother was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis before he was born. Living his life with someone affected by MS has motivated Nicholas to pursue the field that he is studying with the hopes that he can work on a pharmaceutical research and development team, or perhaps explore a speciality in neurology. He hopes to have the opportunity to help change people’s lives for the better like those who have helped his mother in the past.


2016 John Helou Scholarship Winners

This scholarship program was available solely due to the generous financial support of Pfizer and Innovative Medicines Canada. The John Helou Scholarship was awarded two exceptional Canadian youth with the financial support they need to overcome the financial obstacles that come with a personal or familial diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, enabling them to reach their full potential and become the next generation of MS leaders. The recipients must have been enrolled in a science, technology, engineering or math undergraduate program and will receive $6,250/year for four years to apply to tuition– for a total scholarship of $25,000 each.

The MS Society of Canada, Pfizer and Innovative Medicines Canada are excited to announce two winners of the 2016 John Helou Scholarship: Jeannelle Bouvette and Lauren Smith. Please see below more information about these two award recipients and we would like to congratulate them on their outstanding achievements.

Jeannelle Bouvette

Jeannelle just graduated from Hunting Hills High School in Red Deer, Alberta. She will be attending the University of Alberta for the 2016/2017 school year and will be studying immunology and infection. Jeannelle was diagnosed less than a year ago with Relapsing Remitting MS and has already experienced many struggles as a result of her illness. She has worked incredibly hard to advocate for herself to ensure that she received the support that she needed from her school in order to successfully complete her high school education. Despite her challenges, she still finds time to volunteer tutor other youth at the Native Friendship Centre in her community and working at the local library. She looks forward to being part of the MS Research happening at the University of Alberta and hopes to contribute to the research in immunology. She hopes that she can be part of the fight and witness the day that a cure is found for her disease.

Lauren Smith

Lauren just graduated from Georgetown District High School in Georgetown, Ontario. She will be attending Nipissing University in North Bay for the 2016/2017 school year and will be studying nursing. Lauren’s mother was diagnosed with MS before she was born, and as a result there have been many struggles that she has had to face throughout her life. Despite her increased responsibility at home she still found the time to excel in school, hold down a part time job, volunteer, and participate in extracurricular activities in her school and community. Lauren hopes that her nursing degree could lead her down the path of becoming a neuroscience, public health or research nurse, or perhaps a nurse practitioner to be able to be directly involved with patients who have MS and MS research. She looks forward to her future where she can have a positive impact on the lives of those affected by MS.