Youth Education Awards for Brain Tumour Survivors

Helping Young Brain Tumour Survivors Achieve Their Dreams

Going to college and university is often a milestone for young adults but for pediatric brain tumour survivors, sometimes post-secondary school can be out of reach.

Not only can there be the difficulties that come with late effects like epilepsy, physical disabilities or learning challenges, but finances may also be strained due to treatments and recovery. Today, because of the generosity of several donors, there is a special funding program dedicated to this unique group of survivors.

You can help a pediatric brain tumour survivor achieve their dreams by funding a Youth Education Award in your name or in honour of someone you love. Contact us at 1-800-265-5106, ext. 227 or at

In August 2019, Youth Education Awards were presented to five young pediatric brain tumour survivors so they could pursue and achieve their academic dreams. In their words, here’s what this opportunity means to them.

2019-2020 Awardees

Danny Barnes, Youth Education Award recipient 2019Danny Barnes (Red Deer, AB)
Pursuing a Bachelor of Science at the University of Calgary
Diagnosed with a Germ Cell Tumour at age 7

Generously funded by the King Family in Memory of Angus King

"To some having battled brain cancer may have been a very low moment in their lives. To me having brain cancer has helped shape me into the person I am today as well as who I want to be in the future, a pediatric oncologist. Receiving this award will help me focus more on my studies and my passion of giving back rather than worrying about the financial burden of university. I will have the time to focus on my studies as well as volunteering in the community. Thank you to the King family for funding my scholarship."
Sasha Misick-Pihulyk, Youth Education Award Recipient 2019Sasha Misick-Pihulyk (Scarborough, ON)
Pursuing a Major in Environmental Design at University of British Columbia
Diagnosed with an Ependymoma at age 13

Generously funded by Bruce Power

"Receiving this award is a huge honour. I am extremely grateful to be your choice as a recipient. Living with brain cancer has made life, especially keeping up with school very difficult. Receiving this award will go a long way towards achieving a huge goal of mine to attend university.

This fall I begin my studies at the University of British Columbia, which I am very excited about for two reasons 1) to be in beautiful Vancouver and 2) to focus on studying sustainable building practices as I major in Environmental Design. None of this would have been possible without the financial support of this award.

I extend a special thank you to Bruce Power, the donor who generously funded this award. I cannot help but notice how their corporate commitments to the environment align with my go forward career values. Once again I just want to thank everyone involved in making this scholarship possible and choosing me as a recipient." 
 Mitchell Moore, Youth Education Award Recipient 2019Mitchell Moore (Edmonton, AB)
Pursuing a Bachelor of Arts at University of Edmonton
Diagnosed with a Pilomyxoid Astrocytoma at age 7

Generously funded by Deys Fabricating 

"Thank you Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada and Deys Fabricating for this award. I am so grateful for it. With his award I will be able to pursue my dreams of being a teacher. Without the help of the amazing teachers I have had. I would not be able to succeed. I hope to inspire children to do their very best and allow them to prosper in their schooling."

Mikaela Boulet, Youth Education Award recipient 2019Mikaela Boulet (Winnipeg, MB) 
Pursuing a Bachelor of Nursing at University of Manitoba
Diagnosed with a Ganglioglioma at age 15

Generously funded by Deys Fabricating

"Receiving this award from Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada means a great deal to me. It will help me achieve my career goal of becoming a nurse and making a difference in our health care system. It has been difficult to be financially supported by my family due to the expenses from the various trips I needed take in order to access treatment for my brain tumour. I will now be able to shift my full attention and time to my academics, instead of working multiple days a week. I have always wanted to pursue my passion of helping others, and this scholarship will truly help make that happen."
Will Frassinelli, Youth Education Award recipient 2019Will Frassinelli (London, ON) 
Pursuing a Diploma in Golf and Club Management at Fanshawe College
Diagnosed with a Pilocytic Astrocytoma at age 2 

Generously funded by Phyllis Retty

"This award truly means the world to me. There was a time in my life when I worried that I would not be well enough or have what it takes to attend postsecondary school. Thanks to this generous scholarship, I now have the opportunity to make my career dream come true, without having to worry about an added financial burden or maintaining a part-time job during the school year. I will forever be grateful to Phyllis Retty and Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada for this incredible opportunity." 


Read more about previous award winners dating back to 2013.

About the Youth Education Awards

Survivors of a pediatric brain tumour (diagnosed with a brain tumour before the age of 25), between the ages of 16 and 30, who are pursuing post-secondary education are eligible for this unique Brain Tumour Youth Education Award opportunity. These awards were offered for the first time in 2013.

The aim of the program is to help young brain tumour survivors achieve their dreams through post-secondary education.

The awards are open to students who will be enrolled full-time in a publicly funded Canadian university or college. Students are eligible if they are in their graduating year of High School or CEGEP students, or are currently enrolled full-time in a recognized publicly funded Canadian university or college and planning to continue their full-time undergraduate studies.

Interested in applying for a Youth Education Award?

This webinar was recorded in February 2018 to explain the process of our awards program, including the logistics on what awards we offer, when they are offered, and when they are due and announced. This presentation also shares logistics on who is ranking your applications and how applications are viewed and awarded.

Learn more about Youth Education Awards by contacting:

Susan Ruypers
Research Program Specialist 
1-800-265-5106 ext. 240 


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