Luciana Spring Mascarin Bursary

The Luciana Spring Mascarin Bursary is available to students residing in the Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent area in Ontario with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus

Amount: varies

Number Available: varies

Deadline: last business day of March, annually

Named in honour of Luciana Spring Mascarin, a young student from the area who lived with spina bifida and had an incredible zest for life and learning. The program is administered by Hydrocephalus Canada.

The Luciana Spring Mascarin Bursary Program was established:

  • to encourage and support students with hydrocephalus and/or spina bifida to develop independence and responsibility for their own future educational directions; and
  • to assist students to pursue higher education with the ultimate goal of obtaining a degree or graduate certificate or diploma.

This program offers assistance for such necessities as tuition, books, room and board, transportation and specialized equipment needs.


Applicants must:

  • be residents of the Windsor, Essex, and Chatham-Kent area in Ontario
  • be Canadian citizens
  • have spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus

The awards are valid at any accredited university or college, technical or trade school, career institute or school of business.

How to Apply

Important: two (2) copies of the application form plus required documents must be recieved in the Hydrocephalus Canada offices by the last business day in March.

Applications must include:

  • the application form; the Luciana Spring Mascarin Bursary application form can be found on the Luciana Spring Mascarin Bursary webpage
    • forms may also be obtained by contacting Hydrocephalus Canada by mail, telephone at 800-387-1575, or email at
    • be sure to answer all questions carefully
  • academic transcripts, including the most recently completed semester
    • for students still in secondary school, a copy of the second semester mid-term report, or, if the school is not semestered, a copy of the last report issued
  • the Luciana Spring Mascarin Bursary medical assessment form
  • the medical assessment form is not required if you have previously applied, unless your situation has changed
  • one (1) letter of reference from an adult other than a family member, such as a minister, youth group leader, coach, volunteer supervisor or employer
  • one (1) letter of reference from a teacher, principal, guidance counsellor
    • if you are already attending a post-secondary institution, one letter must be from one of your professors or instructors
  • a letter from you (the applicant) describing:
    • why you think you are deserving of this award – this is your opportunity to tell the selection committee about yourself
    • how spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus has affected your education and your life in general
    • a goal you set for yourself and how you achieved it
    • any other information that you feel would be helpful for the Program Advisory Committee to make their decision

If you fax or email these documents, you must also submit the originals by mail. Completed applications must be returned by mail to the following address:

Hydrocephalus Canada
Luciana Spring Mascarin Bursary Program
16 Four Seasons Place, Suite 111
Toronto, Ontario
M9B 6E5

Recipients must enter/attend their chosen academic program in the year of application. Requests for deferment will be considered only in unusual circumstances such as illness. Proof of registration must be submitted before the award can be paid out. In the event that the student does not complete the academic program, he/she must submit documentation stating the reasons for his/her inability to complete the proposed course load in order to be considered for future scholarships.

Contact Information


Telephone: 800-387-1575

Fax: 416-214-1446

See Also:


Related: Dr. E. Bruce Hendrick Ontario Scholarship

See other Ontario scholarships // See other scholarships for physical disabilities

Last Updated: 2023-07-19