Take a Pain Check Scholarship Program

The Take a Pain Check Scholarship Program is available to full-time Canadian post-secondary students living with a rheumatic disease who have made a lasting impact on their community. 

Amount$2500 each*

Number available: 2

Deadline: January 30th, 2024 at 11:59pm EST (applications open November 1st, 2023)

The Take a Pain Check (TAPC) Foundation is in search of two (2) driven and resilient Canadian post-secondary students who have demonstrated a significant impact on the rheumatic community while maintaining academic excellence. TAPC is seeking individuals who embrace a lifestyle that transcends the limitations imposed by living with a disability.

The Take a Pain Check Scholarship Program isn’t just about financial support; it’s about recognizing and celebrating your potential to change the world. TAPC wants to know how you plan to leverage your education to make a lasting impact on the world. This scholarship invites you to share stories of how you’ve already contributed to positive change in your community or beyond and demonstrate your dedication to creating a brighter future for all.


Applicants must:

  • be diagnosed with a rheumatic condition
  • be a legal and permanent residents of Canada
  • be enrolled full-time in a Canadian post-secondary institution (college, university, or trade school)
    • preference for students enrolled in a STEM program
    • open to both undergraduate and graduate students
  • be willing and able to comply with conditions outlined in the Application Consent section of the application form
    • if the applicant is under 16 years of age, a parent/guardian must approve the conditions of the scholarship
  • demonstrate academic excellence
  • demonstrate how they are making a difference in the rheumatic community

Applicants are not eligible if they were a volunteer/podcast guest/blog writer with TAPC in the past 12 months.

How to Apply

Apply to the scholarship using the TAPC Online Application Form (English) or TAPC Online Application Form (French).

To complete the application, applicants must include:

  • a Letter of Reference which attests to the applicant’s activities
  • a Physician Certification Letter
  • proof of enrollment in a fall 2023 post-secondary program (e.g., admission letter)
  • an academic transcript (high school or post-secondary)

The application forms also include six (6) questions about the applicant, their experiences living with their condition, how they make a difference, and their aspirations for the future (maximum 250 words each).

Templates for the Letter of Reference and Physician Certification Letter are available on the Take a Pain Check Scholarship Program webpage.

Winners are chosen by an independent committee using a merit point matrix. Winners will be notified via email in February 2024; failure to accept the scholarship before March 2024 will result in the Scholarship being forfeited.

*Semi-Finalists will receive a $20 gift certificate and a certificate from TAPC.

Contact Information

Email scholarships@takeapaincheck.com with any questions.

See Also

Source(s): the Take a Pain Check Scholarship Program webpage and the TAPC Online Application Form (English)

See other national scholarships // See other scholarships for physical disabilities

Last Updated: 2023-11-29