MitoScholars

MitoCanada believes in bright futures

Continuing our commitment to empower youth living with or who have family members living with mitochondrial disease pursue their educational goals, MitoCanada is proud to announce the 2023 MitoScholars / + program will be increasing the number of scholarships to a total of six (four MitoScholars and two MitoScholars+ awards).

MitoScholars /+ call for applications will open on March 1, 2023.

Reflecting on our inaugural year,  MitoCanada’s 2022 MitoScholars and MitoScholars+ Awards supported four students impacted by mitochondrial disease. These awards are an investment to ensure each recipient is able to pursue the education and careers they dream about.

We are proud to introduce you to the recipients of this years MitoScholars and MitoScholars+awards. Each are inspirations and exemplify a level of dedication and resilience that makes them mito role models for our future MitoScholars.

MitoCanada extends its deepest appreciation and thanks to this years sponsors, for making these awards possible:

Meet MitoCanada’s MitoScholars and MitoScholar+

Applications for our MitoScholars and MitoScholars+ programs are now closed.

Our MitoScholars and MitoScholars+ call for application closed on June 30, 2022. We anticipate our next candidate call will take place March 1, 2023.

Applications for the MitoScholars and MitoScholars+ program does not guarantee funding for the upcoming educational year. Employees and Board Directors of MitoCanada and their immediate family members are not eligible for this scholarship. Selection of recipients will be at the discretion of a selection committee comprised of community leaders, health experts, and individuals who understand life with mitochondrial disease and its impact on day-to-day life. Winners will be notified during the month of July via a personal telephone call and a confirmation letter. After a winner’s educational enrolment has been verified for the fall 2022 semester, any scholarship funds will be paid specifically to the financial office at the recipient’s/student’s institution of learning. Individual scholarship amounts will be awarded, in the amount $5,000 CAN, and used to cover the recipient’s tuition and/or required educational materials (if a student does not have a minimum of $5,000 CAN in tuition and required educational materials, the scholarship amount will only cover the actual cost of tuition and/or required materials). Eligible educational expenses for the MitoScholars and MitoScholars+ Program include: tuition, student fees, required educational materials and on-site residency. All other applicants will be notified by email.

There are five (5) components to successfully complete the application process. You will need:

  • Two reference letters/personal recommendation  (i.e. mentor, teacher, guidance counsellor, coach, someone you volunteer with, professional colleague or employer)
  • One Proof of Diagnosis form completed by you and signed by your mito clinician (for MitoScholars program), or
  • One Proof of Diagnosis form completed by you and signed by your parent or siblings mito clinician (for MitoScholars+ program)
  • One Applicant Consent form (must be signed by a parent or legal guardian if applicant is less than 18 years of age at the time of application submission)
  • One copy of your program acceptance letter from publicly funded Canadian trades or post-secondary school you will be attending in the Fall.
  • One page essay (500 word max.), in either Word or PDF form, Calibri 11 point, single spaced. Essay will include:
    • your personal and academic ambition
    • MitoScholars: strategies you use to maintain an optimal level of wellness in living with mitochondrial disease
    • MitoScholars+: In what ways has living with a family member with a mitochondrial disease impacted your life
    • why you excel to reach your personal and academic goals
    • how you inspire others to do the same (through community and/or school involvement)
    • how you would benefit from this scholarship

The MitoScholar and MitoScholar+ call for applications will close at 11:59pm EST on June 30, 2023.  Incomplete applications will not be accepted. In order to submit your application online, you must be able to scan and upload your supporting documents (total document file size must not exceed 20 MB).

Scholarship applications will be reviewed by members of our selection committee, which is comprised of community leaders, health experts, and individuals who understand life with mitochondrial disease and its impact on day-to-day life.

Please Note:

You must submit all components of your application online using our webform. This INCLUDES uploading all required documentation in one single step.
You will NOT able to save your application and return to it at a future date; therefore, it must be completed all at one time. All fields marked with an * are required.

Please ensure you have all supporting documents scanned and ready to upload before beginning the application process. In order to prepare your application materials, applicants should print supporting documents in order to review and prepare the required information and documentation which must be uploaded.

Failure to complete all mandatory sections will result in your application failing to be submitted.