We all have mental health, and mental illness affects each and every one of us in one way or another. Hanna Clark created this award in 2017 and with the support of family, friends, and the Calgary community, it has continued to grow. This scholarship fund was created to have positive effects on students’ lives and encourage lasting conversations about mental health. This scholarship is for Calgary students who have struggled or are struggling with their mental health, as well as mental health advocates. This award will provide students with financial support to pursue post-secondary education and help to reduce stigma through initiating open conversations about mental health and mental illness.


Hanna Clark, Family, Friends, Calgary Community


Calgary Board of Education and Calgary Catholic School District (City of Calgary schools only)






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Open to students who have struggled or are struggling with their mental health, as well as mental health advocates.

Candidates must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents registered in Grade 12 and completing the requirements of a high school diploma that will qualify them for a post-secondary education. Open to recipients who will be attending an accredited Canadian post-secondary institution offering a degree, diploma or certificate upon completion.

Applicants are required to submit an original essay of approximately 500 words describing their personal mental health journey and/or goals for the future, and/or how they have helped and supported others with their mental health.

Applicants are required to submit one (1) letter of reference, preferably from a school official or community member who is well aware of the applicant’s efforts and character. Involvement in non-academic volunteer activities for the school and/or community are encouraged but not mandatory.

Applicants must not hold any other scholarship(s) in excess of $10,000 excluding the Alexander Rutherford Scholarship. Students must notify EducationMatters of other awards won.


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 will be based on essay, reference letter and, where applicable, volunteerism. Selection will be made by EducationMatters’ volunteer Student Awards Selection Committee and may include the donor. Recipients will be notified by September. The recipient must be registered at an accredited Canadian institution within 12 months of notification to claim the award. Payment is made directly to the post-secondary institution upon proof of registration.


May 30