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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 each June by the IWK Board of Directors and the IWK Foundation Board of Trustees.


Eligible applicants will be from Atlantic Canada and entering, or already enrolled in, 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 or an overall pass where a degree is marked using a pass/fail system. Students graduating from a post-secondary degree in 2018 and not returning to a health degree program in 2018 are not eligible. 

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
  • Official copy of most recent transcript
  • Academic reference letter (max. 1 letter)
  • Character reference letter (max. 1 letter)

The Wessex Scholarship competition for 2018 is now closed. Congratulations to the 2018 recipient, Maria MacDonald.

2018 Wessex Scholarship Application Form

For more information contact rebecca.chapman@iwk.nshealth.ca