Calling on youth volunteers to apply for Canadian Cancer Society prestigious scholarships

15 January 2015

TORONTO -

The Gertrude and LeRoy Rellinger Youth Volunteer Scholarships were created to recognize young volunteers who have made a big impact in the fight against cancer. The Canadian Cancer Society annually awards two youth scholarships to students volunteering with the Society thanks to the generosity of a woman who lost her husband to cancer.

“Youth are involved in every aspect of the Society’s work,” explains Cathy Hall, Director, Volunteer Engagement, Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division. “Whether they are taking part in Youth Leadership Councils, tackling advocacy and health promotion activities or participating in community fundraising initiatives, youth are very involved with the Society,” added Hall.

The Canadian Cancer Society Gertrude and LeRoy Rellinger Youth Volunteer Scholarships program is an opportunity to recognize youth volunteers and help them grow into community leaders. Up to two scholarships valued at $5000 each are awarded to Society volunteers that are 21 years of age or younger and are entering a post-secondary institution. The scholarship application process opens January 15 and closes March 15, 2015. Final recipients will be selected by mid-May.

Youth can apply online by submitting details about their volunteerism with the Society, the name of their Society staff partner and information about their post-secondary plans. A personal impact statement describing what difference they believe their volunteerism has made in the fight against cancer is also required.  Recipients are selected based on their contributions and commitment to eradicating cancer and improving the quality of life for people living with cancer and their families.

To learn about youth volunteer opportunities with the Society or more about the Gertrude & LeRoy Rellinger Youth Volunteer Scholarships and how to apply visit cancer.ca.

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization dedicated to preventing cancer, saving lives and supporting people living with cancer through research funding, services and advocacy. We are Canada’s largest charity fighting all types of cancer and leading authority on cancer statistics and information. To learn more, call 1 888 939-3333 or visit www.cancer.ca.

For more information, please contact:

Stephanie Michaelides

Communications Coordinator

Canadian Cancer Society

Ontario

Phone: 416-323-7039