The BBPA Harry Jerome Legacy Scholarships

Scholarship Value: $5,000
Awards Available: 8

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 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.

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.:

A) 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.

B) 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.

C) 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.

D) 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.

E) 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.

F) 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.

WHO SHOULD APPLY

To be considered for a scholarship, you must be:

A) A member of the Canadian Black community (i.e. a Black person of discernible African ancestry and you self identify as Black/African- Canadian/African-Caribbean/African-American);

B) A Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

C) A maximum 30 years of age at the start of the 2015-16 academic year, and be

D) Enrolled as a full-time student in the academic year 2015-2016 at an accredited post-secondary institution (as determined by the NSF).

SELECTION CRITERIA

The decision to grant a scholarship is based on the following criteria:

A) High academic achievement,

B) Financial Need,

C) Recognized contribution to the Black community, and

D) Additional criteria that are established by the donor (e.g. subject being studied; attendance at a specific university; etc.)

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