Applications for this scholarship closed on January 31, 2024. We anticipate offering this scholarship again in 2025. Sign up for our community announcement emails to get notified when this scholarship opens and receive other community updates.


Kenneth Lackner worked as a bookkeeping assistant at Ribbon when we were known as AIDS Vancouver. Kenneth generously gifted the funds for this scholarship when he died in 2017. We are grateful to Kenneth for making this scholarship possible, and all his contributions over the years. This scholarship was initially administered by the LOUD Foundation. In 2023, Ribbon Community began administering the scholarship independently.

We awarded two Kenneth Lackner Scholarships of $2,500 in March 2024.

This scholarship is typically offered once per year. 


This scholarship is open to:

  • all Ribbon clients and their families (with a queer-affirming interpretation),
  • all Ribbon 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 staff members and Board members are not eligible.