Lupus Canada is proud to announce the 2017 Lupus Canada Scholarship program. We will be offering five (5) one-time scholarships of $2,000 CAN in 2017 to students diagnosed with lupus, who are entering into or currently enrolled in a post-secondary educational institution.
Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes inflammation in various parts of the body; it is both life-altering and life-threatening. Lupus Canada is a national voluntary organization dedicated to improving the lives of people living with lupus through advocacy, education, public awareness, support and research.
Post-secondary education – a significant milestone for many students, brings with it both excitement and stress. For individuals living with lupus, post-secondary education may present an additional set of unique obstacles.
Living with a chronic illness such as lupus can certainly be stressful on its own, but with the addedstress of school, people with lupus often experience flares – unpredictable bouts of increased disease activity resulting in symptoms such as debilitating fatigue, pain in muscles and joints, difficulty breathing or persistent headaches. For students, these flares can result in missed classes, lost study time or the need to reduce course load. A sudden flare can jeopardize academic standing as well as the ability to attain and maintain scholarships and financial aid. Many students are unable to maintain a part-time job because of lupus and so, financial resources are stretched.
Lupus Canada created this scholarship to help students living with lupus to succeed in attaining a post-secondary education. Through the financial support of the Lupus Canada Scholarship, we intend to recognize and raise awareness of the achievement of students living with lupus who have taken a positive and ambitious outlook in achieving their academic goals.
For more information on the 2017 Lupus Canada Scholarship program please visit www.lupuscanada.org
Since we launched our Scholarship program in 2013
we have been able to assist 19 students living with lupus
further their post-secondary education through our Scholarship program!