For the past 38 years, the Black Business and Professional Association has been advancing Black business communities, youths and professionals, to create equity and opportunity for all, so no one gets left behind. Through various programs, the BBPA continues to fulfill that promise.

One of such programs, the BBPA National Scholarship Program (NSP) 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. It was borne out of the need to reduce the rate at which Black students drop out of school despite their rising intellect, due to unavailability of funds.

The NSP 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 NSP is also backed by mentorship programs, HR programs, financial literacy programs, skills training and more, in order to give a stronger foundation to applicants.

The NSP 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 Specialty Scholarships are grouped into two sub categories,

  • The LGBTQ Scholarship, an annually funded scholarship that will be offered for the first time in 2020. The BBPA LGBTQ Scholarship recognizes an outstanding student from the LGBTQ community who wishes to pursue higher education at the college or university level.
    It will be awarded to a student who has completed high school, exhibits academic performance, social contribution and statements of personal need.
  • The BBPA Skilled Trades Scholarship, an annually funded scholarship that will be offered for the first time in 2020. This Scholarship recognizes an outstanding student who wishes to pursue a skilled trade of their preference. We recognize the need to bridge the gap between business and our youth, to promote economic community at the person, industry, and national level. It will be awarded to a student who has completed high school, exhibits academic performance, social contribution and statements of personal need.

BBPA Future Leaders Scholarships, are scholarships funded by the investment income from a grant from the Government of Ontario, well meaning individuals and corporations that donate to the endowment funds. They are awarded to students that are the first in their family to attend university or college as well as other qualified applicants;

BBPA Named or Legacy Scholarships are scholarships funded directly by Corporations or Black Canadians who enriched and continue to enrich Canada with their contributions in the arts, the professions, science, business, technology, politics and other areas of endeavor. This could be established in memory of the selected person, or named after selected Corporation. It is generally awarded to outstanding students with academic excellence, community service and/or special needs.

In 2019, the BBPA awarded 54 scholarships valued close to $180,000. Over the past 34 years the BBPA Scholarship Fund granted approximately 1,150 scholarships to the sum of $4.5 million. We are especially grateful to all organizations and individuals who have made a generous gift to our endowment fund. We thank all our sponsors for their contributions to the education of Black youth through the BBPA National Scholarship Fund.

We believe that no donation is too small to make a difference! We encourage all to donate to the BBPA National Scholarship Fund and help Black youth realize their dreams!

Donations may be made by cheque to BBPA National Scholarship Fund and mailed to the Fund at 180 Elm, Toronto, Ontario M5T 3M4 or by calling the Fund at 416-504-4097.

The Scholarships

The following scholarships are available to Canadian students attending accredited universities or colleges who satisfy the eligibility criteria. Please refer to the overall BBPA National Scholarships eligibility criteria.

Sponsored Scholarships:

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 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. Ms. Christian will participate in making the decision regarding the recipient of her scholarship.

CHRISTEEN ROSS JULIEN SCHOLARSHIP (sponsored by Stanley Julien in memory of his Mother)

The Christeen Ross Julien Scholarship (sponsored by Stanley Julien in memory of his mother), provides two $5,000 scholarships per year to students in any program. The student must be entering first-year post-secondary studies, with strong community involvement, academic record, and financial need, in that order. Inspired by the truly remarkable talents and resilience of our scholarship recipients, the BBPA ensures that successful applicants meet its National Scholarship Fund eligibility criteria. Recipients represent the significant positive narratives in the community that are often overlooked. The BBPA and our donors are committed to their success and are proud of their academic accomplishments while making significant contributions to their communities. These young people will be the future leaders that all Canadians can be proud of and we are delighted to invest and celebrate these exceptional scholarship winners.

THE HARRY JEROME LEGACY SCHOLARSHIP

(1) is a $2000.00 scholarship 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 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.
President.

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 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 DR. OUIDA M. WRIGHT MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

(1) Sponsored by Dr. Leebert A. Wright in the name ofthe late Dr. Ouida M. Wright, who had a lifelong aspiration for higher education and who aided and inspired thousands of young people to make education a worthwhile goal. This $4,500.00 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.

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 TORONTO POLICE CHIEF MARK SAUNDERS SCHOLARSHIP

(1), for $1,000.00, sponsored by the Toronto Police Police Chief Mark Saunders, Toronto Police Service’s first Black Chief of Police. The 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.

SIX BBPA LEGACY SCHOLARSHIPS

(6) , each for $1000 – $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. BBPA Legacy Scholarships are funded by general donations and investment income from the endowment fund.:

    1. 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.
    1. 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.
    1. 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.
    1. 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.
    1. 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.
    1. 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.
FIRST GENERATION SCHOLARSHIPS

First Generation Scholarships of $1,000.00 – $2,000.00 are available to students whose parents have not participated in post-secondary education studies are granted to individuals who are the first in his/her family to attend university. 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.

THE TORONTO COMMUNITY HOUSING / LEADERS OF TOMORROW SCHOLARSHIPS

Four Toronto Community Housing / Leaders of Tomorrow scholarships valued at $1,000.00 – $2,000.00 each are available to students from high priority neighbourhoods in the Greater Toronto Area who are attending an accredited Canadian university or college.

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 HUMANITARIAM SCHOLARSHILP

(1) $1,000.00 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 BBPA.

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 DENHAM JOLLY SCHOLARSHIP

(2) Sponsored by Mr. Denham Jolly, founder of the BBPA in the amount of $3,000.00. The two scholarships are awarded to student who are from a sole parent family or who are single parents themselves and are enrolled a full-time Nursing program.

THE OJO ENGINEERING ENTRANCE SCHOLARSHIP

Value of the Scholarship: $2,500

Selection Criteria:

– Enrolment in a university engineering program this fall 2020
– Academic achievement
– Demonstrated leadership qualities
– Record of community service
– Financial need

THE MEJURI SCHOLARSHIP FUND

The Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA) is pleased to announce the Mejuri Scholarship Fund, in partnership with Mejuri. This is in line with its dedication to supporting and promoting the achievement of academic excellence by Black Canadian youth. Mejuri is a luxury jewelry brand, committed to serving a diverse customer base and making a difference within their communities and out in the world. They are deeply invested in supporting women and non-binary people in their pursuit of a higher education. This partnership will help achieve the mission of reducing the rate at which Black students drop out of schools due to unavailability of funds.

The Mejuri Scholarship Fund will fund and support Black Applicants who are women or non-binary people, 18 years or older, who display persistence, creative thinking, and a growth mindset in their application and have demonstrated financial need.

Mejuri will award 10 outstanding students who exhibit drive, creativity and ambition, $5,000 each for the 2020-2021 academic year. Mejuri will also support the ambition of other students through a $11,200 donation to the BBPA discretionary fund.

S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)

BBPA in partnership with the Government of Ontario sponsor scholarships in the STEM field. A scholarship will be rewarded to students who show a strong aptitude in Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Math and who are studying to become tomorrow’s scientists, engineers and inventors.

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