Seventy five 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.
“It wasn’t until I started filling out my scholarship forms that I got my first true taste and rush of excitement for college. This scholarship is far more than a dollar amount inscribed on an incredibly crafted sheet of paper. It is my excitement, a smile, a butterfly ready to break free from my stomach. It is a physical piece of my future.”—Kelly Hogarth, cancer survivor and 2015 scholarship recipient