Young people with a history of childhood cancer often experience long-term health issues related to their cancer treatments that may disadvantage them later in life. The Kids Cancer Care Derek Wandzura Memorial Scholarship was established with this in mind. Sixty per cent of childhood cancer survivors experience at least one chronic health complication related to their cancer treatments, which may affect their ability to learn. These young people often miss more school and may fall behind their peers, putting them at a disadvantage when it comes to post-secondary education. Managing the permanent after-effects of cancer and its treatment also puts financial strain on the family, making higher education a difficult option for some families. Our scholarship fund was designed to level the playing field for survivors and their families. The Kids Cancer Care Derek Wandzura Memorial Scholarship is an endowed fund, managed by the Calgary Foundation. The deadline for applications is April 30 and scholarships are awarded in June each year.

Note: Thanks to you, we have met our endowment goal of $500,000, so as of 2015, funds directed to our scholarship program will no longer go towards the endowed fund, but will be used each year to boost scholarship awards.

“The Derek Wandzura Memorial Scholarship not only aided in the financial aspect of my post-secondary education, but stood as a symbol of my ongoing accomplishments in my education and in my life. It was very motivating to receive such an honorable and meaningful scholarship and I feel very fortunate to be presented with such a significant award.“