CIBC Foundation Survivor Scholarship


CIBC Foundation Survivor Scholarships

CIBC is the premier funder of Childhood Cancer Canada’s Survivor Scholarships program for the second year in a row.

Thanks to a generous donation from CIBC Foundation, more survivors of childhood cancer will be able to pursue their post-secondary education dreams through Childhood Cancer Canada.

To date, more than 2,000 survivors have been awarded a Survivor Scholarship for post-secondary education—that’s more than $2.6 million in scholarships since 2000.

The application period for the 2024 academic year is open from March 1 to April 30, 2024. To learn more, please register for the LIVE webinar on March 20, 2024, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Survivor Scholarship Application LIVE Webinar: What you need to know

If you are a childhood cancer survivor ready to pursue your academic dreams, sign up for the Survivor Scholarship Live Webinar generously supported by CIBC Foundation to learn more about eligibility and how to apply. 


About the Survivor Scholarship

Through the support of donors and partners like CIBC Foundation, Coinamatic, Bristol Myers Squibb, and Teva Canada, successful student applicants will receive a one-time grant of up to $5,000 to support their post-secondary expenses. The Childhood Cancer Canada Scholarship Program is open to young adult cancer survivors. Survivor Scholarships recognize the personal triumphs of students who have survived childhood cancer and support their post-secondary academic aspirations. On average, Childhood Cancer Canada receives 160 applications annually. Applications are reviewed from May to July, and successful applicants are notified in August. Scholarships are awarded in early October following the receipt of the student’s enrollment confirmation.

Eligibility Requirements for 2024 -2025 Survivor Scholarships

You are eligible to apply if you:

  • Are a childhood cancer survivor;
  • Are a Canadian citizen or have permanent resident status;
  • Are expecting to receive a high school diploma following the current academic year; and
  • Are planning to pursue a degree at an accredited Canadian or United States post-secondary institution.

You are ineligible to receive a scholarship if you are a temporary resident, international or part-time student. As well, students who have already been awarded a Survivor Scholarship through Childhood Cancer Canada are not eligible for a second time.



Childhood Cancer Canada and our community of supporters, staff, and volunteers thank CIBC Foundation for helping survivors live their dreams. With the support of CIBC Foundation for the second consecutive year, about another 100 young adult cancer survivors will receive financial support towards their post-secondary academic aspirations. We are grateful to partner with CIBC Foundation on this unique program that recognizes the personal triumphs of students who have survived childhood cancer.

Angie Ramalho
Executive Director
Childhood Cancer Canada


Need some help with your survivor application or got a burning question that you need answered now? You can browse the topics below to see whether we've already answered your question.

Why do I need to submit a photo?

It is an opportunity for the committee to meet you and well as for Childhood Cancer Canada to use for stewardship and marketing initiatives to ensure funding in future years. 

What is Proof of Enrolment?  

  • Proof of enrolment is received after acceptance; course selection and student fees have been paid.  
  • Is a letter signed by the Registrar’s office confirming that you are enrolled in your current semester/year. Contains pertinent information like program, year of study, area of concentration.
  • ​Can be found on your student portal or you may need to contact the Registrar’s office directly; may be a fee involved (depends on the school) Can be found on your student portal or you may need to contact the Registrar’s office directly; may be a fee involved (depends on the school) 

How long does my Thank-You Letter need to be?

500 words or less; your opportunity to thank our donors directly!  

When/how will I receive my Scholarship?

A cheque will be mailed to the address you submit on your application in October.  

Why am I receiving a T4 A?

As a scholarship recipient, you will be issued a tax receipt mailing address- scholarship is a taxable event – please discuss with your accountant.   

What if I don’t go to school?

You can defer your scholarship for one year- request must be in writing and sent to [email protected] 

What if my semester starts in the winter session?

You will need to defer your scholarship until the next cycle so that your student status is full time in the fall.  

Am still eligible for a scholarship if I have part-time status?

No, however consideration will be given if accommodations are a part of your academic plan due to health.  

I am taking courses online only, am I eligible for the Scholarship?

No, however consideration will be given to personal circumstances, health status etc.   

I wasn’t treated in Canada for my cancer but am a Canadian resident, am I still able to qualify?

Yes, you may still be able to apply however, we will need a letter from your current Canadian doctor or health provider confirming that you were diagnosed with a childhood cancer on or prior to your 18th birthday.  

I am a resident of Canada but attending an international school, do I still qualify?

No, you must be attending a Canadian or US school.

Oncology Letter must include the following:

  • On Letterhead (etc CHEO, Sick Kids/ family physician office)
  • Confirm your name and diagnosis of a childhood cancer by date.
  • Contact information for Dr/SW/Aftercare specialist.
  • Signed by physician/oncology department. 


2024-2025 Survivor Scholarship Application

Please complete the form below and ensure your entry is correct and properly formatted. If you are selected to advance to the next stage of the application process, you may be asked for additional supporting documentation. We will evaluate your initial application and will contact you as needed based on the information you provide below.

The deadline to apply is April 30th, 2024 (11:59 pm EST). Applications submitted after this time will not be considered. Once an application has been submitted, it cannot be revised.  

For any questions regarding the application process, or if you have any technical difficulties,please contact
our National Program Manager Jennifer Hooper at [email protected]

Street Address*
State/ Province / Region
Postal/ Zip Code
Home Phone*
Cell Phone*
*Max 2 MB image allowed. Only jpg format accepted.
Phone number*
*Only PDF files (Max 2 MB) are accepted. If you need clarification on what a current family doctor or Oncologist statement looks like, please refer to our FAQ section above.
In order to receive your scholarship cheque you must provide your SIN #, as a T4 will be issued for tax purposes.
Have you ever received this Childhood Cancer Canada scholarship in the past? *:

Please note, this scholarship program is a one-time award.
Are you enrolled in full-time post-secondary institution?:

(University, college, or vocational training program)*
Graduation Year*
Expected Graduation Year*
Write a 500-word personal statement that highlights your personal cancer journey, desired educational path, and career plans. Please also include any challenges you have faced financially and how this scholarship will impact you and your family.
Are you a Canadian Citizen?:

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