Our Programs

About Our Programs

Our Scholarship Program acknowledges and celebrates the hard work it takes for youth with T1D to stay healthy, while also providing much needed financial support to students and their families as they start their post-secondary journeys.

Our HOPE Connects Peer Mentorship Program, Online Transition Guide and comprehensive Transition Wellness Webinars address the critical social and emotional needs of students and their families throughout their transition. Through building a Community of HOPE around our youth, we provide the information and support they need to build a strong foundation for living a happy and healthy tomorrow.



The Diabetes Hope Scholarship Program was established in 1999 to recognize youth in our community who have excelled in their academic achievements; demonstrated exceptional leadership skills and volunteerism in the community; and possess exemplary diabetes management practices. Our unique scholarship program is aimed at youth in their last year of high school who are turning 18 and are transitioning from pediatric diabetes programs to self-directed adult care. The program rewards and celebrates the personal triumphs of young adults who successfully manage their diabetes care while also excelling at academics, sports and/or community activities. To date, Diabetes Hope Foundation has awarded 686 education grants to young adults across Canada to support their post-secondary education.


Developed nearly a decade after the launch of the scholarship program, this alumni mentorship program was created in response to a growing need in the healthcare community for additional peer-to-peer social and academic support for transitioning students. The Hope Connects Mentorship Program is an initiative that has been developed by Diabetes Hope Foundation to provide a continuum of peer support for youth with diabetes who have transitioned into their post-secondary studies. The program matches 1st year university students with mentors from the Diabetes Hope Scholarship alumni based on similar academic and social backgrounds. Each mentor/mentee pair is matched for one full academic year; to date, the foundation has been successful in matching 144 pairs across Canada and beyond.