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United Trinbago West Indian Association Scholarship Program

Scholarship Value $500

Number of Scholarships 5

The United Trinbago West Indian Association Scholarship Program is for any high school student with at least one parent who identifies as Caribbean, and who is choosing to pursue post-secondary education at a college or university in Canada. The purpose behind this program is to support an underrepresented community and inspire Caribbean-Canadian youth to pursue further education. Oftentimes, many youths belonging to minority groups and growing up in low-income families choose paths outside of post-secondary education to support themselves and their families.

This scholarship will encourage community members to continue to work hard, and will help offer an opportunity to those who may previously not have had one. We at United Trinbago West Indian Association, as an organization of Caribbean heritage, can relate to the struggles many Caribbean-Canadian youth go through. Informed by this shared experience, we are establishing a scholarship program that can aid and inspire those to choose a better path. This scholarship is an effort to take the first step in changing the fate of these students and getting them to pursue increased education and involvement in their community. By teaching students that they can earn money and awards through excellency in school, it will inspire them to continue their hard work and maybe pursue a job that they will be happy and stable with.

Many of the youth have the ability to achieve greatness but unfortunate circumstances can act as a ceiling or deterrent, in turn preventing them from realizing their goals and potential. By rewarding their hard work and supporting them all at once, these students can become the doctors, plumbers, teachers, contractors, lawyers or whatever they choose to be with the support of the scholarship. This grant will act as the motivation they need to work hard and achieve what they are capable of and make better decisions for themselves and their future.

Eligible applicants must meet ALL of the following criteria:

A) Household income of less than $60,000 or identify as low income

B) Maintain a 75% average in the last two years of high school

C) Have a minimum of 80% average in grade 12 Academic English

D) Be an active member of at least one extracurricular activity

E) No record of academic misconduct, or criminal record

F) Currently a resident in Ontario

G) Must be a Canadian citizen

H) Must be in pursuit of post-secondary education (any field)