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Scholarship Details

The Sunshine Coast Health Centre scholarship offers a recurring tuition scholarship opportunity to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students in Canada for the 2019-20 school year. Available awards are:

$1000 – Scholarship award towards tuition payment for 2019/20 semester tuition.

The Sunshine Coast Health Centre Scholarship

As a leader in addiction treatment, Sunshine Coast Health Centre is proud to announce a new scholarship opportunity to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students in clinical counselling, psychology, social sciences, medical, and nursing programs who are interested in working in addictions and mental health in Canada.

Addiction – Addiction is a condition that results when a person uses a substance (e.g. alcohol, cocaine, nicotine) or engages in an activity (e.g. gambling, sex, shopping) as part of a continued use/act that becomes compulsive and interferes with life activities such as work, relationships, or health. Users may not be aware that their behaviour is out of control and causing problems for themselves and others.

Addiction is commonly defined by the biological state in which the body adapts to the presence of a drug so that it no longer has the same effect (also known as tolerance). At Sunshine Coast Health Centre, we relate addiction to the fundamental motivation in humans including the need to make sense of his or her life and pursue a personally meaningful existence. Through a Meaning Therapy lens, we see addiction as a result of an individual’s persistently frustrated attempts to live a personally meaningful life.

Clients in our drug rehab and alcohol treatment programs illustrate what life is like when an individual lacks personal meaning. In spite of having the outward appearance of success such as families, social circles, good jobs, and material possessions, our clients describe their inner world as one beset by boredom, anger, depression, loneliness, and a nagging feeling of emptiness like lost souls wandering without a direction. Our clients also report feeling as if they’re different and do not fit in the world. This sense of separateness and brokenness lies at the heart of why individuals turns to drugs, alcohol or other forms of addiction.

Scholarship Application Details & Eligibility

To apply for this scholarship, please submit a 500-1000 word essay on one of the following topics:

  1. Do medications for addictions, such as Suboxone, and abstinence-based treatments have to exist exclusively of another? Is there a way to use them both effectively and how so?
  2. What is your perspective on personal meaning and how it helps people in treatment and recovery for their addiction?

In order to qualify for this scholarship you must also be:

  • Enrolled in a counselling, psychology, medical/nursing, or relevant program
  • Currently enrolled in the 2019/20 semesters at an accredited university or college in Canada*

*Please send proof of enrollment for the 2019/20 semester with your application.

Begin Your Application

To begin your application, fill out our Scholarship Application Form (Fillable). Email your completed application form and essay to

Application deadline: all essays must be submitted by July 1, 2019. Winner will be announced on August 15, 2019.

If you have any questions, please contact us at 1-886-487-9050 ext. 218 or via our website contact form.

2018/19 Scholarship Recipient

Congratulations to Jannie Ngo of Vancouver, BC for being chosen as this year’s recipient of our annual scholarship award!

Thank you to all our other applicants. We very much enjoyed reading all your submissions and wish we could have chosen more than one.

Complete your Practicum, Practice Experience, or Co-op with us

We accept students in counselling, psychology, nursing, and other health programs each semester. Students will work in one of our departments alongside one of our experienced practitioners. Students will also have the opportunity to work with other departments and develop a comprehensive understanding of how private healthcare and addiction and mental health facilities operate.

See our Career Page for more information on how to apply for a student placement.

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