Dr. John and Olive Pyper Scholarship

Dr. John Pyper was an ophthalmologist from Stratford, Ontario, who in 1955 extracted the first two eyes donated to the Eye Bank of Canada, and continued to perform this procedure for decades. In 2014, Dr. John and Olive Pyper’s heirs (represented by Jon Pyper and Andrew Pyper) established an annual scholarship to be given to a student who is blind or partially sighted, living in any one of the counties of Southwestern Ontario; namely Perth, Wellington, Waterloo, Oxford, Middlesex and Huron. The scholarship is designated to assist the recipient with tuition and other related costs while attending a post-secondary program.

Amount: $4000

Number Available: 1

Deadline: June 15th, 2018


In order to be considered eligible for any of the above scholarships, students should have a high degree of motivation and independence, and should be able to demonstrate a reasonable level of personal achievement. Students must be:

  • Blind or partially sighted (less than 20/70 corrected vision)
  • A secondary school graduate entering post-secondary education;
  • A Canadian citizen or have held landed immigrant status for one year prior to the date of application

How to Apply

Students who submit an application are automatically entered into competition for all CNIB Scholarships. Each applicant must submit only one completed application form to be considered for all available scholarships. Recipients will be determined by the CNIB Scholarship Selection Committee in accordance with its application procedures.​

Along with a completed application form, applicants must also submit:

  • Proof of secondary education completion (interim);
  • At least two letters of reference from a teacher/school official/volunteer supervisor;
  • Letter of acceptance from an accredited postsecondary institution, college or university;
  • An essay of not more than two pages on the topic “Please tell us how this scholarship will change what it means to be blind for you in your education?” (max 1000 words);
  • An eye report (not older than one year)
  • Interim transcript
  • List other sources of funding, if any.

Download the application form.​

​​​Please note that we receive a very large number of applications and are unable to acknowledge receipt of individual submissions. Only successful candidates will be contacted to be notified of results.

Contact Information

If you have any questions, email Shampa Bose at shampa.bose@cnib.ca or call 416-486-2500, ext. 7622.


See Also:

Other CNIB scholarships:

See other Ontario scholarships // See other scholarships for the blind or visually impaired