The selection process begins with an initial review of all complete applications received by the deadline. After the initial review, a shortlist is produced. Shortlisted candidates are then invited for a face-to-face interview, usually in their home province, with a Provincial Interview Committee made up of Terry Fox Humanitarian Scholars, Alumni, and other associates of the Program. Interviews are typically held in April, and applicants are responsible for their own travel arrangements to and from the interview location.

Results of the interviews are compiled and reviewed by the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award Program office, which then presents its results to a Selection Committee. After deliberations, the Selection Committee will recommend deserving candidates to the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award Program’s Board of Directors – professional individuals and TFHAP Alumni from across the country – who will make the final determination regarding awards at the Annual General Meeting, usually held in late May to early June. Traditionally, the Executive Director and Board of Directors contact the new Terry Fox Scholars by telephone thereafter.

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Selection Criteria

The Terry Fox Humanitarian Award is open to students of all abilities and all fields of study.

Terry Fox Humanitarian Award recipients are selected for their dedication to the humanitarian ideals of Terry Fox, their courage in overcoming obstacles, and definite marks of distinction and persistence in the pursuit of excellence in academic, athletic, and civic life.

We are looking for humanitarians, those who improve human welfare, make a difference, and have a positive impact on community and others.

While Terry faced many obstacles, and quite clearly a physical one, candidates may face different types of obstacles. A myriad of obstacles exist, and we consider any adversity that calls for a demonstration of courage, compassion, and fortitude. Financial need is not in itself a criteria of our Award. It can, however, be included as an obstacle.