Sandra Allen Memorial Education Award

Sandra Allen served on the Board of Directors for Help A Child Smile for over 20 years. For 10 years, she was the Chair and played a key role in developing the program and supports that Help A Child Smile provides. In 2014, Sandra passed away.

Help A Child Smile’s Board of Directors along with CanJam for Cancer have created these awards in Sandra’s memory.

Applications will be open until April 30, 2024

Sandra Allen Memorial Education Award Criteria & Submission Process


The Sandra Allen Memorial Education Award aims to provide access to post-secondary education and reward youth who demonstrate community leadership.

Number, Value and Duration of Award

Three (3) $2,500 awards will be available each year.


 An eligible applicant must be:

  • From a Help A Child Smile registered family (member child or sibling)
  • Under the age of 30

Eligible post-secondary institutions:

  • Canadian educational institutions which have recognized or authorized degree/diploma granting powers or their affiliates (eg. Universities, colleges/CEGEPs)

Field of Study/Program Requirements

  • There are no restrictions on the program of study or discipline;
  • Program must be a minimum of 2 years in duration for a bachelor degree or diploma program or a minimum of 1 year in duration for a trades program.

Conditions / Restrictions

  • One time award per applicant
  • For publicity purposes, Help A Child Smile reserves the right to identify the award recipient, including their name, program and college or university.
  • Students who will commence their post-secondary studies in January are eligible to apply.

Applications are open until April 30, 2024

All applicants require 1 letter of reference. When applying using our Google form below, you will be required to sign in to a Google Account. This allows access to upload your letter of reference.

When you go to the Google form, you will be prompted to sign into your Google Account. If you don’t have a Google account, you will need to create one.

Here is a copy of the Google Form  to preview before doing your application.

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Selection Process

The selection of Sandra Allen Memorial Education Award  winners will be made by members of the Help A Child Smile’s Board of Directors and a member from the Allen family. The committee will review submissions in May and then announce the winners in early June.