5 x $1000 scholarships for students who support mental wellness within athletics: Due March 1st

The Rick Blight Leadership in Action Scholarship for Athletes

If you are an athlete living in the Lower Mainland or in the Sea-to-Sky Corridor who is passionate about your sport and has made efforts to support your personal mental health and wellness or that of your sports team or community, we want to hear from you.  This scholarship is made possible by the Vancouver Canucks Alumni.

In tribute to Rick’s life, the Crisis Centre is offering the Rick Blight Leadership in Action Scholarship for Athletes as a means to recognize the presence of mental wellness within athletics. Athleticism has the potential to be incredibly life promoting. It can also be competitive and prioritize physical wellness at the expense of mental and emotional well-being.  The Rick Blight Scholarship seeks to recognize athletes who have demonstrated both a dedication to leadership in their sport and an ongoing investment in their personal mental wellness and/or that of their sports team or community.  Actions in support of one’s personal mental wellness and/or that of their sports team or community may be demonstrated through things such as visiting a mental health professional, encouraging peers to reach out when in need, involving oneself in emotionally-sustaining community activities, supporting anti-stigma efforts, forming LGBTQ alliances, or attending community events mandated to promote mental wellness.


  • A leader in your personal mental wellness and/or that of your sports team, or community;
  • Demonstrating a dedication to your sport; and
  • Currently enrolled in Grade 12 at a Lower Mainland/Sea-to-Sky Corridor high school.

The deadline for applications is Friday March 1, 2019 at 5pm.  Five scholarships valued at $1,000 will be awarded.  

Award recipients will be asked to attend the Crisis Centre’s Annual General Meeting in East Vancouver in the fall 2019 to receive their scholarship. Applicants will be notified of the decision by mid April.

More details are available HERE.

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