This program launched in August 2020, to assist in removing the financial barriers to accessing post-secondary education for youth living with a permanent disability.
Intake for the 2021 awards program is now open!
Previous Award Recipients:
“I am sincerely honored to be one of the first recipients of a Variety Post-Secondary Award. I was happy and appreciative to learn about this exciting news. Thanks for your generous support, and your valuable trust in my abilities towards success and achievements.”
“As a student with a disability – I am a bilateral amputee, I lost both my legs after surviving a devastating house fire at 5 months age – then growing up adapting on the basic prosthesis that enabled me to live my life to the fullest, and to walk to my best place ever; school because I have believed since my childhood that education is the priority in my life. My life hardships continued living in a war zone in my home country then fleeing to live in a refugee camp, and ending up living by myself in Canada. All these hardships have taught me how to be a stronger person, a better human who feels others’ pain, and more appreciative of every single thing. Over my life, completing my education was a clear goal that turned into a dream – the dream came to be true by starting my classes, but with some financial hardships due to my inability to work most part-time jobs due to recoveries after couples of surgeries. So, this award is going to greatly help me and support my education plan. I am currently enrolled in the general science program with an interest in being a biology major. I plan to pursue a career in pharmacy upon graduating and after graduation, I plan to attend Pharmacy school.”
“As a student living with Attention Deficit Disorder, I struggle with maintaining a full-time student course load and a job simultaneously. In order to pay for my schooling, I work full-time during the summer and work weekly shifts during fall and winter. However, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic I was let go from my summer position and for the first time in four years, I was unsure of how I was going to pay for my schooling. Receiving this award has immediately lifted the financial stress off of my shoulders and I am very thankful. I am excited to start my 3rd year of studies working towards my degree in psychology.”