Mental illness affects each and every one of us in one way or another. With the support of family, friends, and the Calgary community, Hanna Clark created this scholarship with the intent to establish a lasting legacy.  This scholarship will have a positive effect on many students’ lives and encourage 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 allies. This award will provide students with financial support to pursue post-secondary education and help to reduce stigma through initiating a conversation about mental health. While 1/5 people live with mental illness, 5/5 people live with mental health.


Hanna Clark, Family, Friends, Calgary Community

Where Tenable

Calgary Board of Education (CBE) and Calgary Catholic School District (CCSD) (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 allies.

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 must also be involved in non-academic volunteer activities within the school and /or community and are requested 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.

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 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

Selection will be based on essay, volunteerism and reference letter. 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

To download a printable PDF of the terms of reference for this award click here.