Osler Epilepsy Scholarship

The Osler Epilepsy Scholarship is available to students in Ontario with Epilepsy. 

Amount: $1500

Number Available: 4

Deadline: For the 2020 Year the Osler Epilepsy Scholarship has been Suspended

Hopefully It will reopen in the 2021 School year!

Are you a student with Epilepsy who is enrolled or is about to be enrolled in a post-secondary education program this September? Then congratulations, you are already well on your way to beating the odds. Only one in three people with disabilities earn a post-secondary degree in Canada. We at Epilepsy Ontario want to improve those odds and we want to celebrate your success in getting as far as you have already.

If you have Epilepsy and you are pursuing a post-secondary education anywhere in Ontario, you are eligible for one of four $1,500 scholarships to be awarded in June at a special ceremony in Toronto.  You can access the 2019 application form by clicking here, Just to let you see what hopefully the 2021 year would look like.

In addition to Filling out the form we ask for you to tell us in a brief personal essay how someone with Epilepsy inspired you.  You could become a member of an Osler Scholarship community of past winners like Melanie Jeffrey, who has since gone on to become a member of the Board of Directors of Epilepsy Ontario and has become a passionate advocate for Epilepsy awareness.

For Lawton Osler – his company’s generous support makes the Osler Epilepsy Scholarship possible — it’s all about helping hard working students with Epilepsy who have already overcome so many barriers reach their full potential.  The awards night in June, he says, is a truly special occasion. “To see the students come with their parents, grandparents, boyfriends and girlfriends – it’s just amazing.”

Before OBCL, a drug company (Pfizer in 2002 and Lundbeck Canada in 2003) offered the epilepsy scholarships in the early 2000s. Back then, Osler already took on an active role as a member of the committee that read through the students’ applications.

When the drug company decided to discontinue the scholarships, Osler was ready to take the lead. How did Osler feel about his new initiative? Click here to find out.

To read our press release from the first OBCL Epilepsy Scholarship Awards, click here.


The Osler Epilepsy Scholarships are awarded to graduating high school students across Ontario who are living with epilepsy and who meet the following criteria:

  • Has been accepted to a post-secondary institution or currently pursuing a post-secondary education
  • Currently under an Ontario physician’s care for epilepsy
  • Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident.

How to Apply

Complete the application and write a brief personal essay about how someone with Epilepsy inspired you.

Note: Since the 2020 school year scholarship has been suspended. That application form is from the 2019 school year. In addition do not apply for this scholarship in 2020 because it will have little use since it has been suspended.

Attach the following:

  1. Brief covering letter written in your own handwriting
  2. Copy of most recent academic transcript (unofficial transcript is satisfactory)
  3. Evidence that you are under a Physician’s care for epilepsy (letter, note or signature on application from Physician or Pharmacist)
  4. Two letters of recommendation (not from a family member)
  5. Copy of university/college acceptance letter or acknowledgement of receipt of application
  6. Resumé
  7. Essay

Info: The Award of this Scholarship is contingent on a successful acceptance to an Ontario College or University.

Contact Information

If you have any questions about the application process you can call them at 905-738-9431 or through their website at www.epilepsyontario.org.


See Also:

See other Ontario scholarships // See other chronic physical disability scholarships