2018 application process
Please check back in the Spring of 2018 for more information about next year’s application process.
About the bursary
The Canadian Mental Health Association, Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge Branch and the Grant Family Estate present the Tam Grant Memorial Bursary. Access to educational programs is one way for individuals living with schizophrenia or other serious and persistent mental illness to realize their own potential. The Tam Grant Memorial Bursary seeks to encourage and support these individuals as they pursue a higher education.
Donations to the Tam Grant Bursary:
Financial donations either personal or in memory of loved ones to the Tam Grant Memorial Bursary Fund are always much appreciated. Donations can be received either by cash, cheque, Visa or MasterCard. You will receive a charitable tax receipt for your contribution.
Please contact the Canadian Mental Health Association HKPR Branch (705) 748-6687 ext. 1048 for more information on donating.
About Tam Grant
Tam was the son of the late Bill Grant, a local lawyer and municipal politician and his wife Margaret. He was a good student and popular with his peers. Tam played both hockey and basketball in high school and was active in Sea Scouts. Like his parents, Tam also enjoyed raising horses which was an intense family activity for many years. Curling and photography were the other two passions that rounded out this bright, funny and very musical individual.
Unfortunately during Tam’s first year of university, he encountered problems dealing with the stress of exams. He took a year off and then went on to attend another university to see if the change would make a difference. The problems however continued. Tam then decided to work and travel but after an extended trip to Mexico, he returned home more troubled than ever. Over the next several years, Tam would be in and out of treatment and was eventually diagnosed with schizophrenia.
A lack of community supports at the time frustrated both Bill and Margaret. Finally after years of struggling with his illness, Tam died by suicide in 1977 at the age of 32.
It is for this reason that a bursary has been created to assist young people living with schizophrenia and/or other serious and persistent mental illness to pursue post secondary educational opportunities.
The maximum amount awarded is $1000.00.
Bursaries are awarded once a year for Fall registration at a post secondary institution.
To be eligible for consideration for the bursary, applicants must:
- Be diagnosed with schizophrenia (individuals with other serious and persistent mental illnesses will also be considered)
- Be receiving medical treatment for their illness
- Submit a completed application package by both the applicant and a signed physician release form
Eligibility programs include:
- High school equivalency programs
- Community College, Trade or Vocational Programs
- Bachelor or Graduate degrees
- Credited home study courses
The award is sent to the recipient upon receiving receipted eligible expenses or directly to the educational institution.
The program is administered by the Canadian Mental Health Association, Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge Branch.
Please check back in Spring of 2018 for more information about the 2018 application process.
What does the bursary cover:
Money from the bursary can be used for tuition/registration fees, books and other costs related to completing a post secondary education and/or training program.