Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

Scholarships for Youth Affected by MS

**Updated July 2019

We do not have any current national scholarship or bursary opportunities available but we will continue to update the page if opportunities become available.

Please direct any questions about the MS Society Scholarship Programs to Andria Samis at andria.samis@mssociety.ca or 1-866-922-6065 x3170

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

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Lucas graduated from Beaver Brae Secondary School in Kenora, Ontario. He started attending Dalhousie University in Halifax in the 2016/2017 school year to study 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 fulfill 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

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Matthew graduated from Earl Haig Secondary school in Toronto, Ontario. He started attending the University of Toronto in the 2016/2017 school year to study 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

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Nicholas is from L’Orignal, Ontario and graduated from Vanleek Hill Collegiate Institute. He started attending the University of Ottawa in the 2016/2017 school year and to study biochemistry with an applied science in chemical engineering co-op. 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 specialty 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 provided recipients 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 a winner of the 2016 John Helou Scholarship: Lauren Smith. Please see below more information about the award recipient.

Lauren Smith

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Lauren graduated from Georgetown District High School in Georgetown, Ontario. She started attending Nipissing University in North Bay in the 2016/2017 school year to study 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 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.

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