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Wessex Scholarship

The 2019 competition is now closed. Thank you to all applicants. Congratulations to our winner, Kianna Benson.



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 Board of Directors.


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. 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. Note: New this year, only students graduating from high school are eligible and current university students are no longer eligible for this award. 

Application requirements

  • Essay (1,200 words maximum). Please write an essay introducing yourself and answer the following question. How has your own participation in community service inspired you to pursue studies in a health care field?
  • Completed application form
  • Résumé
  • Copy of most recent transcript
  • Academic reference letter (max. 1 letter)
  • Character reference letter (max. 1 letter)

For more information contact penny.skidmore@iwk.nshealth.ca