Terry Fox Humanitarian Award Program

The Terry Fox Humanitarian Award Program is open to all Canadian students with disabilities working towards their first degree or diploma.  

Amount: The maximum value of the award is $28,000, dispersed over four (4) years

Number Available: Varies

Deadline: December 1st (annually)

The Terry Fox Humanitarian Award Program aims to honour the spirit of Terry Fox, one of Canada’s greatest heroes, by encouraging Canadian youth who strive to emulate Terry Fox’s courage and determination by providing their communities and those in need with humanitarian service.

The Terry Fox Humanitarian Award is a completely separate nonprofit charity, established in 1981 to administer the award. The program is not officially tied to the Terry Fox Foundation and the Terry Fox Run, nor does it receive any money from them. However, members of the Fox family have traditionally held a position on our Board of Directors.

More information on the amount:

The maximum value of the award is $28,000, dispersed over four (4) years. A stipend of $7,000 is issued directly to the institution each year in two installments of $3,500, one in September and one in January. For students who do not pay tuition fees, the award is $3,500 per year, issued directly to the institution in two installments of $1,750 each.

Recipients of the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award may not receive more than $15,000 in total scholarships annually (including the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award). If a student’s awards exceed this amount, any excess will be deducted from the student’s Terry Fox Award.

If a student’s academic expenses are covered by another source, they may choose to decline acceptance of the financial portion of the award. They will still be granted the distinction of being a Terry Fox Scholar.


Terry Fox Humanitarian Awards are open to students of all abilities.

To be considered for the Award, applicants must meet be:

  • In good academic standing.
  • Canadian citizens or landed immigrants.
  • Students graduating from secondary (high) school or students completing their first year of CÉGEP or students who have completed secondary (high) school
  • Involved in voluntary humanitarian activities (for which they have not been compensated).
  • Planning to or are already studying towards their first university degree or diploma at a Canadian post-secondary institution, or entering their 2nd year of CÉGEP in the upcoming academic year.

Terry Fox Award Recipients are eligible to receive the Award until they graduate with their first university degree or diploma (for a maximum of four years), provided they maintain satisfactory academic standing and a standard of humanitarian work and personal conduct which, in the opinion of the Board of Directors, justifies the award.

How to Apply

Information on the selection process can be found here.

Applicants must provide three (3) referees and upload online an (un)official transcript detailing the applicant’s last two years of schooling (official transcripts, sealed by the issuing institution will be requested from applicants who are selected for an interview). Referees will be emailed a link requesting they complete an online Referee Form on behalf of the applicant.

The online application, including all the accompanying documents, must be completed and submitted online by the deadline – before midnight. Applications and all documentation (including Referee Forms and unofficial transcripts) received after that date will not be considered, nor will they be held over for the next year.

In cases where the applicant is unable to complete an online application due to extenuating circumstances, all materials (including completed application, referee forms, and the transcript) must be mailed together (in one envelope) and sent directly to our office (and postmarked by the deadline). Applications with missing materials will be considered incomplete and automatically disqualified. Materials received after that date will not be considered, nor will they be held over for the next year. Application materials will not be returned to students.

Application Cycle

November 1st

Online Application Opens

December 1st

Applications Due


Virtual Interviews  


Selection Committee Meets  


Winners Contacted by Telephone  


 Winners Posted on Website

Contact Information

If you would like confirmation that your application and all relevant documents have been received in good order, or if you would like more information on how to complete the application process, please contact us directly.

AQ 5003, 8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6, Canada

Telephone: (778) 782-3057
Fax: (778) 782-3311
E-mail: info@terryfoxawards.ca


See Also:

See other national scholarships // See other scholarships open to all disabilities