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. 

About the Survivor Scholarship Program

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.


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.

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.

Mandatory documents for all applicants

The following documents are mandatory and must be provided by all applicants. Applications that do not contain the following documents will be rejected as incomplete.

Oncology Letter (Mandatory) 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. 

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) 


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live webinar?

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the webinar, the speakers and of course the audience!



Survivor Scholarship Testimonials