MODC Educational Award for Conductive Education®

The March of Dimes Canada "Educational Award for Conductive Education®" will assist Canadian students in pursuing post-secondary studies in Conductive Education leading to a Bachelor’s Degree at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, and an opportunity to work in a dynamic enterprise. Applicants may choose to apply to complete a Bachelor of Education in Canada on their return. That is an independent decision, not included in this award.

Conductive Education® (CE) is a holistic intervention specifically designed for children and adults with neurologically based movement disorders. It’s based on learning theory, builds on physical literacy and combines elements of traditional rehabilitation with positive aspects of peer group support.

The Award 
The award is $10,000 CAD per year for a maximum of three years towards tuition fees at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.

Eligibility Criteria
Applicants must be 18 years or older, be flexible, mature, have great communication skills, and be both independent and highly motivated. The completed March of Dimes Canada award application form must be received by May 30th, 2016 for the school year commencing in September 2016. In the submission, include 3 references and academic transcripts (high school, college or university). Successful applicants will be those who show dedication and commitment to helping others.

To be considered for this award, applicants must first apply and be accepted into the Conductive Education program at Aquinas College.

Aquinas College is an inclusive educational community rooted in the Catholic and Dominican tradition, that provides a liberal arts education with a global perspective, emphasizes career preparation focused on leadership and service to others, and fosters commitment to life-long learning. Graduates include Canadian Broadcaster, Brian Williams. Details on life at Aquinas can be found at:

Study Program and Career Goals
Upon completion of their degree graduates will be expected to work for two years in the March of Dimes Conductive Education program, joining an international team of conductors.

Tuition and Fees
Aquinas College tuition and residence fees can be found at:

Students enrolled in the CE Program can apply for scholarship money, following their first year of study. Information is available at:

First year students will begin in September 2016 with an independent studies program under the guidance of Andrea Benyovszky, Director, Aquinas College, a PhD candidate and conductor practitioner with over 16 years experience. In January 2017, the Canadian students will join their U.S. cohorts in completing course work and practicums. The CE academic program is paired with a practice lab, a school for children with disabilities. In the 4th year, the Canadian students will work with adults in the March of Dimes Canada, Toronto based CE program.

Professional Conductors work in many countries including England, Australia, U.S.A., Hungary, Israel and Canada. Conductors have been employed by March of Dimes since 1998, serving adults and children with disabilities including disabilities from Stroke, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, and Parkinson’s Disease.

Selection Process
All applications will be screened by the March of Dimes Canada Selection Committee. Short listed applicants will be contacted by email. Finalists will be interviewed by phone, in person or by video conference depending on location. Travel costs to attend class observations and/or interview are the responsibility of the applicant. Successful applicants will be notified by phone and email.

Work placement: 
By accepting the Award, the student agrees to:
  • Participate in a paid work placement at a March of Dimes Canada location each summer (July and August) while enrolled, if there are no summer classes. 
  • Be available for employment by March of Dimes Canada for 2 years post-graduation.
For more information
If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Donna Mackay, Associate Director, Community Engagement and AccessAbility, March of Dimes Canada, at 1-800-263-3463 ext 7298 or by email at


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