The 2021 Dr. Bonnie Cameron Post-Secondary Scholarship Application is now available!
Please visit https://runanthropic.org/scholarship/ to view and complete the online application form.
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We would like to congratulate our 2021 winner – Micha Tamminga.
In Micha’s own words:
My name is Micah Tamminga and I live with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA). The sudden onset of both this condition and Celiac Disease has turned my world upside down. I went from being the Female Athlete of the Year, a highly involved community volunteer, and a high achieving academic student to someone who couldn’t get out of bed. Prior to my diagnosis, I spent my lunchtimes volunteering in the Developmental Education (DE) Program at my high school, growing school spirit through leadership in my school’s Athletic Association, playing saxophone in the school band, and competing on 4 sports teams each year. I was also able to balance my academic aspirations with my volunteer coaching responsibilities for a community organization. With the onset of the pandemic, I took on a position as a frontline worker in a local Care Home where I volunteered on my days off. My Grade 11 year had ended on a high note when I accepted a basketball scholarship to Western University. It was a huge hit when my health plummeted, as I became unable to do what I loved. Living beyond arthritis looks different for me each day, but I have found that with support and encouragement, I can still dream big.
My condition was so crippling that I missed the first two months of my Grade 12 year, but I was determined to graduate with the prerequisite courses for University Science programs. I have found creative ways to manage my energy and have adjusted my study habits so that I can optimize my productivity. These strategies have been successful, and as a result I have been recognized as a Schulich Leader Nominee and a finalist in the National Scholar competition. I was very excited to be accepted into the Integrated Science program at Western University, a competitive program which only accepts 60 students annually.
I continue to dream big with athletics as well as academics as I pursue my dream of competing as a Varsity Basketball U-Sport athlete. I refuse to give up just because Arthritis has had a huge impact on my energy levels, strength, and endurance. With the help of resources from the Arthritis Society and the Western Women’s Basketball Program, I am following a rehabilitation plan that will help me to reach my physical potential. I know that in my life, physical activity has and will continue to be vital in maintaining a positive outlook.
A huge part of my wellbeing has always been found in serving others and it has been a humbling experience to become the recipient of care. I am determined to use my energy for the benefit of others, and I have found new ways to brighten someone else’s day. Through simple acts of encouragement such as phone calls, greeting cards and connecting virtually I have been able to support others even in my lowest times. This year, I proposed and planned virtual meetings with my DE buddies, allowing me to keep building these important relationships even on days when I must stay home.
This summer I have been hired to work as a camp counsellor for my municipality, but I know that I will have to be responsive to my wellness and I expect that it may have an impact on how much money I am able to earn. I will use the support of the Dr. Bonnie Cameron Post-Secondary Scholarship to help with the costs associated with Post-Secondary education including tuition, books, and living expenses.
Living with Arthritis is unpredictable for me right now, but I am optimistic for the future and am committed to living thankfully by marking the small victories of each day.
Click here to review the 2021 application requirements. Dr Bonnie Cameron Post-Secondary Scholarship 2021
Purpose and Award
The Dr. Bonnie Cameron Post-Secondary Scholarship program has been assisting students living with arthritis in achieving their educational goals since 2013. It is presented by Runanthropic.org in honour of the inspiring work and dedication of Dr. Cameron and the entire Rheumatology staff at SickKids Hospital. The scholarship award is $2,500.