John R. Scarfo Wellness Bursary

About the bursary

The John R. Scarfo Wellness bursary has been made available through an endowment established by Dr. John R. Scarfo for students who have demonstrated financial need and are committed to a healthy lifestyle. Successful applicants will demonstrate a commitment to good health and wellbeing, such as precluding the use of tobacco and illicit drugs.

Dr. Scarfo came from a family with 12 children and would not have been able to receive his MD at UBC without the generosity of Dean Walter Gage. Having been the recipient of the generosity of others, Dr. Scarfo wishes to support UBC students and honour those who had supported him. These bursaries are adjudicated by Enrolment Services.

Eligibility requirements

You must meet all the following requirements to apply:

  • You must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • You must be considered a full-time student.
  • You must meet the terms for awards eligibility set out in UBC's Regulations Governing University Awards.
  • You must demonstrate unmet financial need based on UBC's Common Assessment Mechanism.
  • You must meet the eligibility requirements and submit an application to the UBC Bursary Program by Sept 16, 2024.
  • You must demonstrate a commitment to health and wellness in your daily life. This may include, but is not limited to:
    • Leading a balanced and healthy lifestyle and communicating a clear vision for what this means.
    • Demonstrating one or more of the multiple aspects of healthy living, including social, environmental, mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual.
    • Identifying the damaging effects of the use of tobacco or illicit drugs on an individual’s or the general public’s health and wellbeing.
    • Modeling healthy living and providing leadership in wellbeing promotion.

Personal Statement (max 500 words)

An important part of this application is being able to communicate your personal commitment to health and wellness to the selection committee.

Your Personal Statement should define what health and wellness means to you and how you strive to lead a healthy lifestyle as it relates to your social, environmental, emotional, physical, or spiritual wellbeing. Your statement can include personal commitments, leadership roles, promotion activities, clubs, academic projects and/or research, sports/active engagement, volunteer and/or work experiences, as well as your goals for the future.

Your statement should articulate how you work towards integrating your belief system in your own life and the lives of others.

How to apply

Detailed instructions are provided on the application form, but before you start your application, make sure you complete the following:

  1. Review the eligibility requirements for the John R. Scarfo Wellness Bursary outlined above.
  2. Meet the eligibility requirements and submit an application to the UBC Bursary Program by the bursary application deadline.
  3. Prepare a Personal Statement, 500 words maximum, to include in the application.
  4. Submit your application for the John R. Scarfo Wellness Bursary by the deadline.


  • Application opens: Sat, Aug 17, 2024
  • Application closes: Mon, Sep 16, 2024

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