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: April 30th 2020

The Luciana Spring Mascarin Bursary Program was established in April 1993 in memory of this young girl who truly loved to learn.

Just months before her passing, Luciana wrote her autobiography which offers “an insight into the thoughts of a really sweet girl. After the time she ended her autobiography, she had several more surgeries. She died February 19, 1991. Because she lived, and the difference she made in peoples lives that knew her, she continues to help others.” (Betty A. Mascarin)

Purpose: To encourage and support students with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus 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, graduate certificate or diploma. The program will offer assistance for such necessities as tuition, books, room and board, transportation and specialized equipment needs.


Open to residents of the Windsor, Essex and Chatham-Kent area that are Canadian citizens with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus.

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.

How to Apply

Luciana Spring Mascarin Application

Luiciana Spring Mascarin Medical Form

Forms may also be obtained by contacting Hydrocephalus Canada by mail, telephone 800-387-1575 or

The completed 2020 application must be returned by mail to the address above, along with the following:

  • 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;
  • one letter of reference from an adult other than a family member, such as a minister, youth group leader, coach, volunteer supervisor or employer;
  • one 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.
  • the medical assessment form (not required if you have previously applied, unless your situation has changed);
  • letter from you (the applicant) describing why you think you are deserving of this award-this is your opportunity to tell us 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; and any other information that you feel would be helpful for the Program Advisory Committee to make their decision.

Forward two copies of the completed application form by April 30th 2020 to:

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

Note: Notification of the award Winners will be made in June.

Contact Information

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

Telephone: 800-387-1575

Fax: 416-214-1446



See Also:

Related: The Dr. E. Bruce Hendrick Scholarship

See other Ontario scholarships // See other chronic medical / health problem scholarships