BBPA NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS
The BBPA National Scholarship Fund was established in 1986 and is dedicated to supporting and promoting the achievement of academic excellence by Black Canadian youth through an annual scholarship program.
The Fund is managed by a volunteer board of trustees appointed by the Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA) and is operated separately from the Harry Jerome Awards and all other BBPA activities.
The Fund receives financial donations from corporations and individuals that share its mission to support the education and development of Canada’s future leaders, through assisting Black youth in their attainment of post-secondary education. Donors may contribute to the General Fund, used to fund scholarships and assist us in covering our operating costs; or to the Endowment Fund, established to provide a secure financial base for the expansion of the annual scholarships and to create a scholarship program that can be maintained in perpetuity
Scholarships are awarded in three categories:
BBPA Legacy Scholarships, in the names of Black Canadians who enriched Canada with their contributions in the arts, the professions, science, business, technology, politics and other areas of endeavour;
First Generation Scholarships, funded by the investment income from a grant from the Government of Ontario and available exclusively to students residing in Ontario that are the first in their family to attend university or college; and
Sponsored or Named Scholarships funded directly by corporations or individuals in the name of the corporation or individual; or established in the memory of a relative.
The Legacy Scholarships are funded from donations to the General Fund and investment income from the Endowment Fund.
This year we are granting scholarships totalling close to approximately $200,000 to approximately 60 students from across Canada. We thank these new sponsors for their support and all sponsors for their contributions to the education of Black youth through the BBPA National Scholarships.
No donation is too small to make a difference! Donate to the BBPA National Scholarships and help Black youth realize their dreams! Donations may be made by cheque to BBPA National Scholarship Fund and mailed to the Fund at 675 King West, Toronto, Ontario M5V 1M9 or by calling the Fund at 416-504-4097.
The following scholarships are available to students attending accredited Canadian universities or colleges who satisfy the eligibility criteria. Please refer to the overall BBPA National Scholarships eligibility criteria. Students attending universities or colleges outside Canada are not eligible.
The BBPA Legacy Scholarships
BBPA Legacy Scholarships are established in the name of Black Canadians who enriched Canada with their contributions in the arts, the professions, science, business, technology, politics and other areas of endeavour. Each scholarship is in the amount of $2,000.00, except for the scholarship in the name of Harry Jerome, which is for $5,000.00. BBPA Legacy Scholarships are funded by general donations and investment income from the endowment fund.
First Generation Scholarships
First Generation Scholarships of $1,000.00 to $2,000.00 are available to students whose parents have not participated in post-secondary education studies. Qualified students must be residents of Ontario and must meet all other eligibility criteria of the BBPA National scholarships. First Generation Scholarships are funded by an endowment established with the proceeds of a grant from the
Government of Ontario.
Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarships
Leaders of Tomorrow scholarships valued at $2,000 each are available to students from high priority neighbourhoods in the Greater Toronto Area who are attending an accredited Canadian university or college.
THE TD BANK SCHOLARSHIPS (2) Sponsored by TD Bank, two scholarships of $7,000.00 each per year are offered. They can be renewed for up to four years for each recipient. TD Bank will also offer the option of summer employment, subject to the bank’s usual terms of summer employment, during the duration of the scholarship.
THE CHEVROLET (GM CANADA) SCHOLARSHIPS (3) General Motors Canada is sponsoring two scholarships called the Chevrolet Excellence in Engineering Scholarships of $5,000.00 each to one male and one female. Each scholarship will be awarded to a successful applicant with very good academic achievements, proven financial need, community service, and interest in a career in engineering. Chevrolet is also sponsoring a scholarship of $5,000.00 to a male or female student in marketing and communication studies.
THE FRASER MILNER CASGRAIN LLP SCHOLARSHIP This scholarship sponsored by FMC LLP. (law firm) for $5,000.00 is to be awarded to a student who is admitted to, or enrolled in, a Canadian law school in pursuit of an LLB. or J.D. degree. The student should have high academic achievement and financial need. The student should also have made a recognized contribution to the community.
THE BORDEN,LADNER, GERVAIS LLP. SCHOLARSHIP This scholarship sponsored by BLG law firm for $3,000.00 is to be awarded to a student who is admitted to, or enrolled in, a Canadian law school in pursuit of an LLB. or J.D. degree. The student should have high academic achievement and financial need and have made a recognized contribution to the community.
THE ROSE FAMILY LAW SCHOLARSHIPS (3) Sponsored by Mr. Brian Rose LLP., these 3 scholarships are $6,600.00 each per year. Each scholarship is to be awarded to an applicant admitted to, or enrolled in, an undergraduate degree program in Law at a Canadian university. The students should have strong academic achievement and financial need and have made a recognized community contribution.
THE PROCTOR & GAMBLE SCHOLARSHIPS (2) Sponsored by Proctor & Gamble, these two $3,500.00 scholarships are each to be awarded to a student who meets the general eligibility requirements for the BBPA National Scholarships and is enrolled in undergraduate studies at a Canadian university, preferably in business or general arts.
THE BEST LIFESTYLE RESIDENCE SCHOLARSHIP (1) This $1,500.00 scholarship is sponsored by Ms. Pauline Christian, President of the BBPA in memory of her mother the late Queen Victoria Wellington-Wint. Scholarship to be awarded to a student with strong academics, health/fitness consciousness, demonstrated financial need, and who has made a recognized contribution in his/her community.
THE STERLING DENTAL SCHOLARSHIP (1) is a $2,000.00 scholarship sponsored by Sterling Dental, for a student interested in science and sports, who has strong academics, financial need, and has made a contribution in the community. A balanced and rounded individual.
THE HARRY JEROME LEGACY SCHOLARSHIP (1) Sponsored by the BBPA to honour Harry Jerome, an outstanding Black Canadian who was an Olympian, Officer of the Order of Canada and world renowned for his sports achievements. Equally respected for his dedication to educational and athletic opportunities for youth, Mr. Jerome was invited by Prime Minister Pierre Eliot Trudeau to help create and serve as a senior administrator in the Canadian Ministry of Sport. Reflecting this criteria, this scholarship of $ 5,000.00 is to be awarded to an applicant 18 years or older who has demonstrated superior achievement in academics, athletics and his/her involvement in helping those who need, assistance or support in the Black community.
THE DR. ANDERSON ABBOTT SCHOLARSHIP (1) The Dr. Anderson Abbott Scholarship, for $4,000.00, is for a University of Toronto student enrolled in a Health Science program at the University of Toronto. The University established the scholarship in recognition of Dr. Abbott, the first Black medical doctor to graduate from a Canadian university and an army physician/surgeon for the North in the American Civil War. For his dedication and valor, he was given a special gift, President Lincoln’s Inauguration Shawl, by Mary Todd Lincoln, the wife of the U.S.
THE ROBERT SUTHERLAND/HARRY JEROME ENTRANCE AWARD: established in 2008 by Queen’s University in cooperation with the Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA),and the former Harry Jerome Scholarship program, to honour Robert Sutherland (BA, 1852), the first student of African heritage to graduate from Queen?s University, Ontario, Canada. As per Queen?s University, the funded scholarship is awarded to a Black student entering the first year of any direct-entry undergraduate degree program at Queen?s University, on the basis of demonstrated financial need, academic achievement and contribution to the community or other volunteer activities.
Application should be made to the Associate University Registrar (Student Awards) by March 1. Value $5,000.00 renewable for three years, providing a satisfactory academic average is maintained each year and financial need continues. Students apply to Queen’s University directly and are chosen by a committee of the Student Awards Office at Queen’s Univ.
THE BANK OF MONTREAL SCHOLARSHIPS (2) Two scholarships, for $5,000.00 each, are sponsored by the Bank of Montreal, each to be awarded to a student with academic achievement, financial need, demonstrated social responsibility through community work, and an interest in a business career.
THE C.I.B.C. SCHOLARSHIP (1) This scholarship of $5,000.00, sponsored by C.I.B.C., is to be awarded to a student with demonstrated social responsibility through work in the community.
THE ROYAL BANK SCHOLARSHIPS (2) Sponsored by the Royal Bank of Canada, two scholarships in the amount of $4,000.00 each are offered.
Successful candidates may be enrolled in a course of study leading to a bachelor?s or master?s degree in Business Administration or a related program.
*THE SCOTIABANK SCHOLARSHIPS (2) The Bank of Nova Scotia sponsors two scholarships of $5,000.00 each that are to be awarded to two students attending a Canadian college or university enrolled in Business studies. They should have strong academics, demonstrated financial need, leadership skills and commitment to helping in their community.
*THE HSBC SCHOLARSHIP (1) Sponsored by HSBC, this scholarship of $5,000.00 is to be awarded to a student entering a Canadian college or university with demonstrated financial need, who has shown academic achievement, a strong commitment to their community, and, possibly, an interest in a business career .
THE GUNTLEY-LORIMER SCIENCE AND ART SCHOLARSHIPS (4) Sponsored by Dr. Edith Guntley-Lorimer and Professor Michael Lorimer, two Science scholarships valued at $3.000.00 each and two Arts scholarships of $2,000.00 each are available to students enrolled in Science and Arts programs at the university and college levels.
THE ALRICA GORDON SCHOLARSHIP for $2,000.00, (1) is sponsored by Mr. Konata Lake, former recipient of more than one BBPA scholarship. He sponsors the scholarship in honour of his mother, Mrs. Gordon, for her support through his many years of studies. Mr. Lake has asked that the scholarship recipient be a graduate of C.I., C.W. Jeffreys, Emery Collegiate Institute, or of other Jane-Finch at risk? high schools in Toronto.
THE LUCILLE MAY GOPIE SCHOLARSHIP (1) Sponsored by Kamala Jean Gopie, it is named for her mother, who came from humble beginnings and encouraged her children to dream and to achieve through education. This $2,000,00 scholarship is for a young person who has been encouraged by a single parent to pursue higher education as a means of self-fulfillment.
THE JULIA VIOLA SIMMS SCIENCE SCHOLARSHIP (1) Sponsored by Dr. Leebert Wright and the late Dr. Ouida Wright, and named for her mother who had a lifelong aspiration for higher education and aided and inspired thousands of young people to make education a worthwhile goal. This $3,000.00 scholarship will be awarded to a female student who has been accepted into a post-secondary degree program in one of the sciences such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology or medicine. This scholarship will be changed to the DR. OUIDA WRIGHT SCHOLARSHIP in 2012, in memory of Dr. Quida Wright, sponsored by her husband, Dr Leebert Wright.
THE ROBERT K. BROWN SCHOLARSHIP (1) Sponsored by Tropicana Community Services (Robert K. Brown was a founding father) which is a not-for-profit organization providing culturally appropriate social services to youth in east Toronto. This scholarship of $1,500.00 is to be awarded, with special consideration for Black males, to a student pursuing a career in the field of Social Services at the bachelor’s or master’s degree level. The recipient would have demonstrated his (or her) inclination towards the social service field either through paid or volunteer experience, or current field of study
THE MINERVA SCHOLARSHIPS (4) Sponsored by Dr. Miriam Rossi and Mr. Renato Rossi. The four scholarships, $2,000.00 each, in honour of Dr Rossi’s grandmother, Minerva Williams Senhouse. “For more than forty years Aunt Min counseled under-privileged young people in Boston, Mass. USA.”
THE WINCON SECURITY SERVICES SCHOLARSHIP (1) for $3,000.00, sponsored by Mr. Winston Stewart, Director of Operations of Wincon Security Services in Markham who encourages youth to continue their education and would like the scholarship to go to a student enrolled in full time studies at an accredited Canadian College or University. The successful applicant would have financial need and also might be considering the possibility of a career as an entrepreneur in their future. Mr. W. Stewart will be making a decision as to the recipient of his scholarship.
THE LARRY McLARTY SCHOLARSHIP (1), for $2,000.00, Sponsored by the Toronto Police Service’s Black Internal Support Network, this scholarship recognizes Larry McLarty who became the Toronto Police Service’s first Black officer on January 25, 1960. Valued at $2,000.00, one scholarship is awarded to a student enrolled at an accredited university or college in Canada as a full-time student in diploma or degree program leading to a career in law enforcement. The applicant is not eligible for the scholarship if he or she is enrolled in part-time or in a graduate program.
THE SIX LEGACY SCHOLARSHIPS (6) , each for $1500 – $2,000.00, are sponsored by the BBPA and were established to acknowledge important contributions by members of our community which have enhanced the qualities of our every day life, in the arts, in the fields of law, education, communication science, government, as well as in athletics, research, and entrepreneurship.:
- 1. The Hon. Lincoln Alexander Scholarship (1) is in honour of the widely respected first Black Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, who continues to emphasize the need for fairness and equity for all citizens.
- 2. The Herb Carnegie Scholarship (1) honours the late Mr.Herb Carnegie, an outstanding athlete who fought against systemic obstacles to be acknowledged as a first rate hockey player. He was awarded the Order of Canada, to recognize his contributions helping many youth overcome obstacles to their success.
- 3. The Portia White Scholarship, in the musical arts (1) in honour of the late Ms. Portia White, a renowned opera singer in past decades, who overcame personal obstacles to establish an out-standing musical career.
- 4. The Al Hamilton Scholarship (1) honours the late Al Hamilton, journalist, founder of an ethno-cultural newspaper for the Black community, and a respected community activist.
- 5. The Beverley Mascoll Scholarship (1) honours the memory of Mrs. Mascoll, a well known and respected entrepreneur who often helped out less fortunate members of our community.
- 6. The Hon. Michaelle Jean Scholarship (1) honours the first Afro-Canadian Governor General. After the expiration of her appointment in September 2010, she continues to contribute significantly to humanitarian issues. She was named UNESCO Special Envoy for Haiti, immediately after her term.
The BBPA Legacy Scholarships BBPA Legacy Scholarships are established in the name of Black Canadians who enriched Canada with their contributions in the arts, the professions, science, business, technology, politics and other areas of endeavour. Each scholarship is in the amount of $2,000.00, except for the scholarship in the name of Harry Jerome, which is for $5,000.00. BBPA Legacy Scholarships are funded by general donations and investment income from the endowment fund.
First Generation Scholarships First Generation Scholarships of $1,000.00 to $2,000.00 are available to students whose parents have not participated in post-secondary education studies. Qualified students must be residents of Ontario and must meet all other eligibility criteria of the BBPA National scholarships. First Generation Scholarships are funded by an endowment established with the proceeds of a grant from the Government of Ontario.
Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarships Four Leaders of Tomorrow scholarships valued at $2,000 each are available to students from high priority neighbourhoods in the Greater Toronto Area who are attending an accredited Canadian university or college.
APPLAUSE INSTITUTE (1) One time gift in 2011. $2,000.00 is sponsored by members and supporters of the Applause Institute in Toronto. This is a non-profit organization that for many years has mentored youth and families to encourage education and community support. This scholarship, donated by the Applause Institute through the BBPA National Scholarship fund, is to be awarded to a deserving applicant with a strong academic record, active community involvement and demonstrated financial need. The successful applicant would meet the BBPA’s National Scholarship Fund eligibility criteria and also would have the same qualifications as those qualifying for a First Generation Scholarship.
THE HARRY GAIREY SCHOLARSHIP (1) for $2,000.00, is sponsored by the BBPA, in honour of Mr. Gairey’s important role as a community activist and his many valuable contributions to the Black community over the years.
THE FIRST GENERATION SCHOLARSHIPS: As the name implies, The First Generation Scholarship is for $2000 each and are granted to 3 individuals who are the first in her family to attend university.
THE MILESTONE RADIO/ B.D. JOLLY SCHOLARSHIP, for $4,000.00, (1) is to be awarded to a female, possibly a single mother, who is in, or is entering nursing as a career. As per Mr. Jolly’s wishes, the $4,000,00 scholarship is to be given out yearly for 5 years effective 2011, to a different qualified applicant from year to year who fits within stated criteria
THE HUMANITARIAM SCHOLARSHILP (1) $2,000.00 is for a student at risk of being forced to leave his/her studies due to exceptional financial need and no possibility of other financial help. Sponsored by Dr.Miriam Rossi and Dr. Edith Lorimer.
THE COMMUNITY CARING CITIZEN SCHOLASHIP of $2,000.00 is given to a young person who demonstrates academic success and also an active community member with very good mentoring, supportive and organizational skills. Sponsored by Dr.Miriam Rossi and Dr. Edith Lorimer.
THE DREAM MAKER REALTY (1) is a $2,000.00 scholarship sponsored by Isaac Olowolafe and granted to a student interested in Real Estate Investments, who has strong academics, financial need, and has made a contribution in the community.
The PAT GLOUDON BURSARY (1) $1000 is given to a student with a financial need and with an appetite for education.
DR. WAYNE BATCHELOR BURSARY ( 1) $1000 is given to a student with a financial need. Dr. Batchelor was the first recipient of the Harry Jerome Scholarship Fund, now called the BBPA National Scholarship Fund.
CANADIAN LAW ENFORCEMENT SCHOLARSHIPS (2) The Canadian Law Enforcement Training College presents this scholarship of $10,000 towards the Police Foundations Training Program to the Black Business and Professional Association, to be given to a needy/worthy candidate of the Black Community with interest in Policing.
THE MADELINE BLACKMAN SCHOLARSHIP is sponsored by a group of Antiguans and Barbudans forming the Madeline Blackman Scholarship Committee. A $3000 scholarship is granted to a student that is from the Antigua and Barbuda community, has a positive academic performance, studies in the arts or fine arts, and has a financial need.
THE JAMES MASSY MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP: This scholarship is established in memory of James Massey, a gifted musician who passed away on May 9th, 2012. It is supported by James’ parents, Trevor and Linda Massey, sister Andrea Feldman, and other family members, as well as the generous donations of friends and the broader community. The scholarship is aimed at an individual who has talent and passion for music, and who is entering the first year of post-secondary studies in music.