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 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.
Scholarships are awarded in three categories:
1) 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.
2) 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.
3) 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.
- A member of the Canadian Black community (i.e. a Black person of discernible African ancestry and self identity).
- A Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
- A maximum 30 years of age at the start of the 2014-15 academic year.
- Enrolled or accepted for enrolment as a full-time student in the academic year 2014-2015 at an accredited post-secondary institution.
- Must certify that all information provided on your application form and in all accompanying documents is true, accurate and complete to the best of your knowledge.
- High academic achievement
- Financial Need
- Recognized contribution to the Black community
- Additional criteria that are established by the donor (e.g. subject being studied; attendance at a specific university; etc.)
- Deadline: May 30, 2015
- More info at: http://bbpa.org/national-scholarships/