The Canadian Premature Babies Foundation (CPBF) Bursary
The Canadian Premature Babies Foundation (CPBF) bursary was established in 2015 to support children born prematurely in Canada with pursuing their post-secondary education. The application deadline is the last business day of July (i.e. in 2016 is July 29). Applications received after the deadline will not be considered, but can be resubmitted for the following year.
Eligibility and Application Process
Applicants must have been born prematurely in Canada, must currently live in Canada, and be pursuing a post-secondary diploma/degree full time in the current/subsequent academic year. Applicants are required to submit a 500 words (or less) essay, clearly articulating the following:
1. Explain how the impact of being born prematurely has shaped your life experiences and what challenges you have overcome in achieving your education (e.g., medical, financial, personal, etc.).
2. Describe the post-secondary program you are pursuing, including your academic and career goals.
3. Describe your financial need for the bursary.
4. Outline any volunteer or community work you have completed.
5. Applicants should also include a letter of reference from a teacher, employer or volunteer coordinator attesting to the applicant’s areas of strength.
6. Please email the application to email@example.com, and include "bursary application" in the subject line of the email.
The value of each bursary is $1,000.
2016 applications must reach the CPBF by July 29th. Please note late applications will not be considered.
The Canadian Premature Babies Foundation Board of Directors will select the bursary recipients. Applicants will be notified of the results by August 15, 2016. Bursary recipients are not eligible to apply for a bursary in subsequent years, unless they are pursuing a new diploma/degree program after successful completion of the first one for which they received the bursary. We are granting three bursaries in 2016.
Essays will be judged based on a combination of the following: clarity, creativity/originality, completeness, grammar and spelling and demonstrated financial need.
Please provide basic contact details, including your full first and last name, email address, phone number, and mailing address.
Winners will be asked to provide a photograph and a short statement, which (in addition to the application essay) will be published on the CPBF-FBPC.org website and promoted on CPBF-FBPC social media accounts. By applying for the bursary applicants give CPBF-FBPC the right to publish and promote the above-mentioned materials.
Our 2015 Bursary Award Winners
In 2015, we were thrilled to offer three bursaries for young people born prematurely who are continuing their post-secondary education.
Our first three winners were:
Katherine McNabb, studying Interior Design at Ryerson, born 10 weeks early.
Carmelina Izza, who began her studies at St Mary’s University, and who was born weighing 1 pound, 10 ounces
Matthew Mullins, who attends Brock University.
We congratulate them all for their achievements, and we encourage other prematurely-born students to apply for our next round of bursaries.