Eduardo Bilanes lived a long life with selflessness in one hand and compassion in the other, always caring for those around him first. Eduardo-Jose Martinez carried happiness and positivity wherever he went, lending a helping hand while bringing a smile to your face. Both Eduardos were diagnosed with cancer, and in 2022, peacefully passed away surrounded by their families. They were heroes who embodied acts of service, leadership, and love to each community they touched. This award was created to honour both Eds and continue their meaningful impact on Earth.
Bilanes and Martinez Family and Friends
Calgary Board of Education and Calgary Catholic School District
Field of Study
Open to students registered in grade 12 who are completing the requirements of a high school diploma and demonstrate financial need. Applicants must exemplify service and leadership as demonstrated through volunteer activities within the school and/or community.
Applicants are required to submit an essay of approximately 500 words sharing their story of how their lives have been impacted by cancer, reflect on the applicant’s goals for the future and how volunteerism/leadership have contributed to determining their future path.
Students must also submit a list of their volunteer activities both in-school and in the greater community.
Selection will be based on the essay, leadership/volunteerism and financial need statement.
Online application available at www.educationmatters.ca. Applicants should check with their guidance office for more information and are encouraged to discuss their application with the Scholarship Coordinator at their high school.
Selection & Payment
Recipients are selected by September. The selection committee shall include a member of the Bilanes or Martinez family. To claim the award, within twenty-four (24) months of notification of award, the recipient must be registered in an eligible program of post-secondary study in Canada of at least two years duration, which can include vocational, apprenticeship, trades, technical or postsecondary institutions. Payments are made to the post-secondary/training institution.