Whether you are currently living with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis [the two main forms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)] it can be a challenge to sustain optimal health. You are confronted with daily distractions and obstacles, but strive to uphold a balanced lifestyle. Your perseverance and ability to reach your fullest potential is an inspiration to others who are living with Crohn’s or colitis. Through the AbbVie IBD Scholarship Program, Crohn’s and Colitis Canada wants to help you rise above your personal challenges in pursuit of your dreams.
The AbbVie IBD Scholarship Program awards students living with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis and who strive to sustain an optimal level of wellness, allowing them to excel and inspire others to do the same.
Supported by an educational grant from AbbVie and made available through Crohn’s and Colitis Canada, these scholarships are available to post-secondary students of any age who are living with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.
Information about the 2015 application process will be posted shortly.
See a video of our 2014 recepients
Did you know?
- Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are most frequently diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 30, with the typical onset being in the early 20s.
- A recent survey conducted by Crohn’s and Colitis Canada found that 69 percent of people who had Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis when they were young were delayed in completing their post-secondary education due to their disease.
- There is currently no known cure or cause for Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, so young people living with the disease need strategies to achieve their best long-term health despite their diagnosis.
- 89% of people who had Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis as children feel they could have achieved more at school if they did not have the disease.