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Fifteen students to receive tuition funds and six students to participate in exclusive volunteer experience abroad to support Free The ChildrenTORONTO,
July 30, 2014 /CNW/ - The Royal Bank of
Canada is recognizing 15 of
Canada's most civic-minded students with scholarships towards their post-secondary tuition, and for six of those students, with a unique, hands-on, overseas Me to We Trip experience to
Kenya, where they will volunteer with the international charity Free The Children. This year's winners have made considerable contributions to their communities, including fundraising for cancer research and heading up a student-run medical clinic that focuses on providing healthcare to clients who face challenges associated with homelessness and immigration.
Committed to supporting youth education, RBC is providing nearly
RBC Students Leading Change Scholarships to help break down a key financial barrier that many students face in pursuing their academic goals. The winners were selected from more than 8,000 applicants. These scholarship recipients were recognized for their excellence in academics, but the selection criteria also had a strong emphasis on civic and volunteer engagement.
"Today's students have a strong interest in social good and inspiring positive change both at home and in the world around them," said
Melissa Jarman, director, Student Banking, RBC. "These scholarships not only help to provide opportunities to students who are academically focused, but to those who continue to give back to their communities on top of thriving in the classroom. Students were selected for both overall quality of their application and their desire to make a difference."
According to Statistics Canada, full-time undergraduate students paid
$5,772 in tuition fees in 2013/2014, up more than three per cent from a year earlier. Scholarships will greatly help offset some of the financial strain facing students as they pursue their scholastic endeavours.
Fifteen scholarships, valued at
$10,000 each, were awarded, with six being paired with a Me to We Trip in Summer 2015.
Me to We Trips provide life changing experiences for youth, families, groups and individuals in partnership with
Free The Children, and set this scholarship apart from others.
"My brother Marc and I are grateful to RBC for launching the RBC Students Leading Change Scholarships, which reward the hard work of students creating positive change, in both their classrooms and their communities. The overwhelming number—and variety—of submissions this year speaks to the commitment and passion of these young people, which never ceases to inspire us," said
Craig Kielburger, co-founder, Free The Children.
2014 winners of the RBC Students Leading Change Scholarship Program (in alphabetical order):Scholarship & Me To We TripBrianna Desveaux,
New Victoria, Nova ScotiaTina Hu,
New Waterford, Nova ScotiaAlexandra Pintea,
Kitchener, OntarioAlexa Scarcello,
Calgary, AlbertaKelly Trach,
West Vancouver, British Columbia Yuan
Calgary, AlbertaScholarshipKylie Clark,
Peterborough, OntarioAlexandria Gates,
Windsor, OntarioHelen Hsu,
Montreal, QuebecDavid Laird,
Kelowna, British ColumbiaAndre Martel,
Embrun, OntarioRidge Pinto,
Surrey, British ColumbiaJared Valdron,
Riverview, New BrunswickRebecca Wong,
Ottawa, OntarioMatthew Yaw,
Richmond Hill, OntarioAbout RBC Student Scholarships RBC has provided over
$6 million in annual scholarships (this includes the RBC Students Leading Change Scholarships, RBC Aboriginal Student Awards Program and Scholarship Program for the Children of RBC Employees).
RBC supports a broad range of community initiatives through donations, sponsorships and employee volunteer activities. In 2013, we contributed more than
$104 million to causes worldwide, including donations and community investments of more than
$69 million and
$35 million in sponsorships.