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Helmut Braun Memorial Award


"Helping to make post-secondary school accessible"­

The Centre for Community Based Research established the Helmut Braun Memorial Award in 2001, in memory of Helmut Braun, a local social activist, a CCBR community researcher and an advocate for the rights of people with mental health and other life struggles. The fund contributes to the cost of post-secondary education for a student pursuing social studies in a variety of disciplines.

In September 2015, Awards will be given to three or four students in need of financial assistance. Each award will be for $1000. This year's awards are funded in part by the Laurier Students' Public Interest Research Group (LSPIRG).

Application Process¬≠ 

All students interested in applying for the award should write a two to three page letter expressing their desire for the award and rationalizing their fit with the following criteria.

  1. Acceptance into a post-secondary program in any of the following areas:

    • Social justice, peace and conflict resolution

    • Community development

    • Cross-cultural issues

    • Community research and social change

      Please include name of university and program.

  2. Primary residence of applicant is in Waterloo Region

  3. Need for financial assistance

  4. Vision for how their education will promote the wellness of communities, and better integrate people who do not have equal access to power and opportunity

Application letters are accepted beginning June 1 should be sent (by mail or e-mail) to the selection committee no later than July 15. Include the award name in the subject line as well as your street address, phone numbers and email address.  The award result(s) will be announced in mid-August. 

Download current application details here.

Send your application to:

Helmut Braun Memorial Award Selection Committee
The Centre for Community Based Research
73 King Street W., Suite 300, Kitchener ON N2G 1A7
Telephone: (519) 741-1318; Fax: (519) 741-8262

Make a donation to the 2015 Helmut Braun scholarship using Paypal below:

Click here to learn more about our other scholarship, called The Chinese Post-Secondary Education Scholarship.  


Thank you to the Laurier Students' Public Interest Research Group (LSPIRG) for funding for the 2015 Helmut Braun Scholarship Award.  LSPIRG's mission is to "empower its members to foster social justice by providing learning opportunities, access to resources, and avenues for action".

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Helmut Braun Award Recipients for 2014

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Jody Benninger received $1,000

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Rebekah Churchyard received $1,000

Keynote Speaker for 2014

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Professor Martin Taylor, Special Advisor to Community Based Research Canada

Join us for our Annual Cocktail Fundraiser  later this fall...more details to follow.

Helmut Braun (1958-2001), CCBR community researcher.