Application Information


Program description

Crohn’s and Colitis Canada will award fifteen (15) students, living with Crohn’s and colitis, a one-time scholarship of $5,000 CAD through the AbbVie IBD Scholarship Program. Supported by an educational grant from AbbVie, these scholarships are available to students of any age, living with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis who are enrolled in a Canadian post-secondary educational institution in the fall semester of 2022.  

Eligibility requirements

Applicants of any age are encouraged to apply. All applicants must be:
  • A legal and permanent resident of Canada
  • Diagnosed by a health care professional with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis
  • Enrolled in or awaiting acceptance from a Canadian-based post-secondary educational institution for the fall semester of 2022
  • Demonstrating academic aspiration and strives to sustain an optimal level of wellness, while living with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis; allowing them to excel to reach personal and academic goals and inspiring others to do the same
Selection of recipients and determination of the scholarship amount

The AbbVie IBD Scholarship Program is a competitive program. Application for the program does not guarantee funding for the upcoming educational year. Employees of AbbVie or Crohn’s and Colitis Canada and their immediate family members are not eligible for this scholarship. Past recipients of the AbbVie or Abbot IBD Scholarship are not eligible to reapply. Selection of recipients will be at the sole discretion of an independent selection committee of leading gastroenterologists, community partners and patient representatives from across Canada. Applications will be assessed based on two (2) letters of personal recommendation and a one (1) page essay (500 word max.), outlined in the selection criteria. 

Winners will be notified during the month of August via a personal telephone call and a confirmation letter. After a winner’s educational enrolment has been verified for the fall 2022 semester, the scholarship cheque will be made payable to and directly mailed to the educational institution. Individual scholarship amounts will be awarded $5,000 CAN to cover the recipient’s tuition and/or required educational materials (if a student does not have a minimum of $5,000 CAN in tuition and required educational materials, the scholarship amount will only cover the actual cost of tuition and/or required materials). Eligible educational expenses for the AbbVie IBD Scholarship Program include: tuition, student fees, required educational materials and on-site residency. All other applicants will be notified by email. 

Application deadline

All applications must be submitted, in full, online no later than 11:59 pm EDT on June 1, 2022. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. In order to submit your application online, you must be able to scan and upload your supporting documents (total document file size must not exceed 20 MB), including:
  • A signed Proof of Diagnosis form;
  • A completed Applicant Consent form (must be signed by a parent or legal guardian if applicant is less than 18 years of age at the time of application submission);
  • Two (2) letters of personal recommendation from a mentor, teacher, a guidance counsellor, coach, professional colleague or employer; and
  • A one (1) page essay (500 word max.) outlining how you demonstrate your academic aspiration and strive to sustain an optimal level of wellness while living with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, allowing you to excel to reach your personal and academic goals and inspiring others to do the same. You may want to incorporate why you strive for academic success, how you strive to sustain an optimal level of wellness, your personal and academic goals, how you inspire others through community and school involvement and how you would benefit from the scholarship.
You must submit the application online using the webform INCLUDING uploading all required documentation in one single step; you are not able to save your application and return to it at a future date, therefore it must be completed all at one time. All fields marked with an * must be completed.

Please ensure you have all supporting documents scanned and ready to upload before beginning your application. In order to prepare your application materials, applicants should print supporting documents in order to review and prepare the required information and documentation which must be uploaded. Please note that this PDF is for your information only, in order that you may prepare all the required documentation for submitting your completed online application. Failure to complete all mandatory sections will result in your application failing to be submitted.







  • Canada has among the highest incidence rates of Crohn's and colitis in the world.
  • 1 in 140 Canadians lives with Crohn’s or colitis.
  • Families new to Canada are developing these diseases for the first time.
  • Incidence of Crohn’s in Canadian kids under 10 has doubled since 1995.
  • People are most commonly diagnosed before age 30.

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