“It occurs very rarely in the life of a nation
that the courageous spirit of one person
unites all people in the celebration of his life and the mourning of his death.”
— Pierre Trudeau
The Terry Fox Humanitarian Award Program was established in 1982 in honour of Terry Fox, one of Canada’s most beloved heroes. In his lifetime, Terry captured the hearts of Canadians all across the expansive country. To this day, he is widely recognized all over the world for his extraordinary sense of purpose and the ideals of courage, determination, and altruism. The Terry Fox Humanitarian Award Program was created to to commemorate Terry’s remarkable life and his contributions to cancer research and awareness.
Through Sports Canada and Canadian Heritage, the Government of Canada generously laid the foundation for our scholarships through two endowments of $5 million in 1982, and another $10 million in 2006. The endowments are an investment in Canadians, inspiring young humanitarians to seek the high ideals that Terry Fox exemplified.
The vision of the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award Program is to be one of the most prestigious scholarships in the country, dedicated to honouring and advancing the humanitarian legacy of Terry Fox – one of Canada’s most recognized heroes – by encouraging Canadian youth to emulate Terry’s courage and determination through volunteer work and humanitarian services.
Since its inception, the Award Program’s mission has been two-fold:
- To provide scholarships to encourage young Canadians to seek the high ideal that Terry Fox exemplified, through the pursuit of higher education.
- To receive funds and to establish, maintain, and manage an endowment fund, including the means of encouraging its growth through government, private and corporate gifts, bequests, donations, and contributions.