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AIDS Vancouver will be awarding a Kenneth Lackner Scholarship of $2,500 in March 2024.

Kenneth Lackner worked as a bookkeeping assistant at AIDS Vancouver. Kenneth generously gifted AIDS Vancouver with the funds for this scholarship when he died in 2017. We are grateful to Kenneth for making this scholarship possible, and all his contributions to AIDS Vancouver. AIDS Vancouver typically offers this scholarship once per year.

This scholarship was initially administered by the LOUD Foundation. In 2023, AIDS Vancouver began administering the scholarship independently.


This scholarship is open to:

  • all AIDS Vancouver clients and their families (with a queer-affirming interpretation),
  • all AIDS Vancouver volunteers,
  • people living with HIV who live in our communities (confirmation of status required before the scholarship is awarded)


  • are currently a student at a recognized, Canadian postsecondary education institution
  • have completed studies at a recognized, Canadian postsecondary education institution sometime between February 1, 2023 and January 31, 2024
  • have a confirmed spot in a program at a recognized, Canadian postsecondary education institution with a start date between February 1, 2024 and September 30, 2024


  • have a valid Social Insurance Number

Scholarship recipients will only be confirmed once we receive documentation of the eligibility criteria above, as well as the information required to issue at T4A. Documentation does not need to be provided at the time of application.

Current AIDS Vancouver staff members and Board members are not eligible.


Privacy & Confidentiality

This information will only be shared with the Kenneth Lackner Scholarship Committee, made up of members of the AIDS Vancouver Board and staff, including at least one person living with HIV and one Indigenous person. Information will be kept confidential for the duration of the application and decision process. Unsuccessful applications will be destroyed after completion of the process.

How To Apply

  1. Complete the Kenneth Lackner Scholarship Application Form.
    • Hard copies are available at AIDS Vancouver and via Peer Navigators at Positive Health Services and the John Ruedy Clinic.
    • You can find a copy on our website as a PDF or a Word document.
  2. Submit the form before the end of the day on January 31, 2024. You can submit it by:
    • Email to [email protected] with the subject line Scholarship
    • Drop it off at Reception, Monday – Thursday between 10-4pm.
    • Fax it to 604-893-2205

Please do not include a confirmation of HIV status with your application.

Choosing the recipient

The Kenneth Lackner Scholarship Committee, which will include at least one person living with HIV, will review the applications and choose a recipient, to be confirmed by the Board of Directors. AIDS Vancouver will be in touch with all applicants by March 31, 2024 whether or not you have received the scholarship