The Terry Fox Humanitarian Award Program

The Terry Fox Humanitarian Award Program was established in 1982 through a grant by the Government of Canada to commemorate Terry's courage and tenacity in his cross-Canada Marathon of Hope. The Terry Fox Humanitarian Award recognizes the benevolence of young Canadians and encourages them to continue in their humanitarian work while attending college or university in Canada. In the spring of 2006, the Department of Canadian Heritage provided the program with a $10 000 000 endowment aimed to increase the number of awards granted each year. The program is open to graduating secondary school students and those currently studying towards their first university degree or diploma. 

Since its inception, close to one thousand Terry Fox Scholars from across the country and all walks of life have selflessly dedicated themselves to helping others less fortunate, at home, at school and in the community. Each year we receive hundreds of applications and typically recognize 20 new recipients from across the country. The alumni of our program count among some of Canada's finest, including over 70 medical doctors, 50 teachers, and seven graduates of the program who went on the win the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford University. 

The award itself reads: "In recognition of having demonstrated the highest ideals and qualities of citizenship and humanitarian service while in pursuit of excellence in academic, amateur sport, fitness, health and voluntary community service. In so doing has reflected those ideals of courage, humanitarianism, service and compassion, which Terry Fox embodied." 

As the name implies, the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award recognizes humanitarian volunteer work. There is no set discipline students must study in order to receive the award, but they must maintain their academic, voluntary and career performance to a satisfactory level.
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Our Vision

The Terry Fox Humanitarian Award Program aims to honour the spirit of Terry Fox, one of Canada’s greatest heroes, by encouraging Canadian youth who strive to emulate Terry Fox’s courage and determination by providing their communities and those in need with humanitarian service.

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