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The Wessex Scholarship

We currently accepting applications for the 2024 Wessex Scholarship.

Application deadline: Friday, May 10, 2024

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About The Wessex Scholarship

The Wessex Scholarship is presented annually to commemorate the visit by His Royal Highness The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex to the IWK Health Centre in November 2015. A $5,000 award, this scholarship recognizes the important role community service has played in supporting the IWK in providing exceptional care. The Wessex Scholarship is awarded to a deserving individual by the IWK Foundation. 

Eligible applicants will be graduating from an Atlantic Canadian high school and entering* a post-secondary health care degree level program at an Atlantic Canadian institution (please see Appendix A for a list of eligible programs). This scholarship focuses on the impact of community service and as such, applicants should be active participants in their community. A minimum grade average of 80 per cent is required. *Students who have applied, but have not yet been accepted into an eligible program may still apply for Wessex Scholarship and may be asked to provide proof of acceptance at time of award if chosen. 

Robbie and Jean Shaw Scholarship

We no longer accepting applications for the 2024 Robbie and Jean Shaw Scholarship.

About the Robbie and Jean Shaw Scholarship 

The Robbie and Jean Shaw Scholarship Fund was created by a group of dedicated donors interested in paying tribute to the Shaw family for their long-term commitment to making the world a better place. Specifically, Robbie and Jean love IWK Health, and they believe in the potential and passion of every young person to make a meaningful difference, in part thanks to a solid educational foundation. IWK children and youth have a special place in Robbie and Jean’s hearts because of their long-term professional and volunteer experience with the IWK and the IWK Foundation.



John Lindsay Sr. IWK Humanitarian Award

The John Lindsay Sr. IWK Humanitarian Award was established to provide the IWK Foundation and the Lindsay family with a meaningful way to celebrate the incredible achievements of IWK Health Centre staff. Every year, the award recognizes a Health Centre employee who continually gives of themselves and improve people’s lives in the Health Centre and in the community.

All current and former IWK Health Centre staff members (within one year of their tenure) are eligible candidates for this award. This includes, but is not limited to, medical, nursing, administrative, research, facility and special program employees.

Past recipients

2023 - Roshanak Sadeghi-Zadeh.
2019 – Dr. Jennifer Foster
2018 – Bev Fletcher
2017 – Tanya Bishop
2016 - Darlene Chapman
2015 – Margie Probert
2014 – Buffy Cooper
2013 – Kathleen Leadon
2012 – Dr. Dora Stinson
2011 – Nancy Pasquet
2010 – Jayne Friday
2009 – Kathy McKay
2008 – Cathleen Connell

The nomination package for the John Lindsay Sr. IWK Humanitarian Award is available on the awards page on Pulse, the IWK Health Centre Intranet.

About John W. Lindsay Sr. (June 2, 1926 – May 5, 2006)

A recognized leader in business, John W. Lindsay Sr. was also a renowned philanthropist who used his professional influence and experience to better the community. During his lifetime he was a dedicated volunteer, board member, board director and fundraiser for his alma mater, Dalhousie University, and at the YMCA and the IWK Foundation.

At the IWK Foundation, he was the founding Chair and served on the Foundation’s Board of Trustees for ten years. During this time, he led major capital campaigns and was co-leader of the amalgamation of the IWK and Grace hospitals.

John W. Lindsay Sr. was passionate about all things in life. It is in the spirit of his devotion to his family, business and the community that we proudly name the IWK Humanitarian Award in his memory.