Scadding Court Community Centre
  • Phone :

    416.392.0335

  • Address :

    707 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T 2W6

  • Email :

    scccinfo@scaddingcourt.org

INVESTING IN OUR DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM 2018

Since 2003, Scadding Court Community Centre has partnered with Toronto Community Housing, Toronto Police Services and other partners to provide scholarship opportunities to marginalized youth living in low-income housing across the City.

Investing in Our Diversity is a unique scholarship program, as recipients are chosen based not solely upon academic achievements, but also on demonstrated leadership in diversity, anti-racism and safety projects in their communities.  It also gives applicants access to field-related employment opportunities and meaningful networks.  Through our academic partners, recipients also receive a second year matching scholarship to ensure ongoing support, and some have since graduated to become professionals in their chosen field.

Providing an equal opportunity for young people to develop new skills, explore their interests, and enhance their pride in their community work can make neighbourhoods safer, healthier, and stronger.

As of 2018, Toronto Community Housing will be the lead on the scholarship program.  To download an application, please visit the Toronto Community Housing Website

For donation inquiries, contact Debra Shaw at debra.shaw@torontohousing.ca / 416-981-4707
For application inquiries, contact Nadia Gouveia at nadia.gouveia@torontohousing.ca / 416-981-6300

To find out more information about Scadding Court and the scholarship program, contact Rebecca Keenan at rebecca@scaddingcourt.org  / 416-392-0335

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PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

  • Awarded 362 scholarships, valued at over $973,000 between 2001 and 2016
    Secured second year matching scholarships valued at over $281,000 from our academic partners: Ryerson University, University of Toronto, York University, OCADU, George Brown College, Seneca College,and Humber College
  • Matched over 66 students to meaningful summer jobs from 2008 through our partnership with St. Stephen’s Community House Employment and Training Centre
  • Scholarship awards range from $1,000- $4,000

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Investing in Our Diversity Scholarship program offers up to $4,000 to deserving young leaders across Toronto entering their first year of post-secondary or trade school. The program also provides valuable employment support and professional networks that pave the way for academic and career development. These scholarships reward students who have shown leadership in diversity and anti-racism initiatives, demonstrate financial need, and represent different neighborhoods across the city.

Last year, the scholarship program awarded 46 individuals with scholarships valued at $130,000 thanks to our sponsors and donors.

RECIPIENTS

The Investing in Our Diversity scholarships supports low income youth from marginalized communities who face many barriers to valuable opportunities. The program is unique in that it not only recognizes academic achievement, but honours young people who are actively involved in their community and demonstrate strong leadership. The program aims to facilitate ongoing community involvement and success through the various components including continued financial support secured through matching scholarships, employment support as well as networking opportunities with industry leaders.

PROGRAM COMPONENTS

Second-Year Matching Scholarship
Ryerson University, University of Toronto, York University, OCADU University, George Brown College, Seneca College, and Humber College all have a shared vision of mitigating financial barriers to education. Recipients of first year scholarships have the opportunity to receive a matching scholarship from these institutions. They can also offer a range of specialized support, mentorship, opportunities and employment to further assist recipients throughout their academic journey.

Employment Program
Career development requires learning a new set of skills, networking with those who can offer support and opportunities, and taking necessary steps towards personal development. With the support of our partner St. Stephen’s Employment and Training Centre, each applicant will be taken through the essential building blocks of career development. Applicants will benefit from one-on-one career counselling including resume writing workshops, interview skill-building and professional networking.

Through St. Stephen’s job matching program a number of career-related summer jobs have been secured for program participants. Program sponsors and supporters have offered these opportunities as an extension of the program’s overall philosophy of providing valuable, long-term support for aspiring young leaders. Past opportunities included internships at The Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute of Mount Sinai Hospital, Scotiabank, The Score, Housing Connections, Toronto Community Housing and City Hall.

DATE TIME VENUE
Thursday, June 8, 2017 6:30pm – 10:00pm Dim Sum King
421 Dundas Street West, 3rd floor
Toronto, Ontario, M5T 1G6
Tel. 416-551-3366

Scholarship recipients and sponsors are invited to celebrate at the Investing in Our Diversity fundraising dinner and awards reception, where with over 300 corporate sponsors and supporters acknowledge and energize successful youth leaders.

For more information about the scholarship program please contact Rebecca Keenan: rebecca@scaddingcourt.org, 416-392-0335  OR Toronto Community Housing at 416-981-6300

Please let us know if you would like to donate a table(s) or ticket(s) for community members to attend the event. You can find more information about the Scholarship programs below.

INTERESTED IN GETTING INVOLVED OR BECOMING A SPONSOR?

We encourage those who are committed to diversity and equal opportunity to give back and invest in your communities. Provide meaningful opportunities to hard working and deserving young people through post-secondary scholarships. Become a part of this unique initiative and the valuable opportunities it has provided to so many young people each year.

Click the link below to see how you can become a sponsor or make a donation.

2017 DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP SPONSORS

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ACADEMIC PARTNERS

The CPLC Community Safety Scholarship will award up to $4,000 to deserving young people who are making their community a safer place.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be entering your first year of post-secondary education or training in fall 2017
  • 14 Division CPLC Community Safety Scholarship:
    Live and/or go to school within the boundaries of the Toronto Police Services’ 14 Division (from Dufferin/
    Roncesvalles, east to Spadina, Lake Ontario north to the North-CP Railway line/Dupont – see www.torontopolice.on.ca/d14/neighbourhoods.php with demonstrated leadership and involvement with issues of community safety within 14 Division neighbourhoods. OR
  • 22 Division CPLC Community Safety Scholarship:
    A resident of Toronto, living within the Toronto Police Service 22 Division service boundaries and/or attends school within the boundaries of 22 Division (West – Etobicoke Creek, East – Humber River, North – Eglinton, South –Lake Ontario) see http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/d22/neighbourhoods.php) with demonstrated leadership and involvement with issues of community safety within 22 Division neighbourhoods. OR
  • 41 Division CPLC Community Safety Scholarship:
    A resident of Toronto, living within the Toronto Police Service 41 Division service boundaries and/or attends school within the boundaries of 41 Division (West-Nursewood Rd., Victoria Park Ave. North-Highway 401, East-Brimley Rd., Brimley Rd. S, South-Scarborough shoreline) see http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/d41/neighbourhoods.php with demonstrated leadership and involvement with issues of community safety within 41 Division neighbourhoods. OR
  • 53 Division CPLC Community Safety Scholarship:
    A resident of Toronto, living within the Toronto Police Service 53 Division service boundaries and/or attends school within the boundaries of 53 Division West-Spadina Rd., Eglinton Ave. W, Bathurst St., North-Lawrence Ave W/Lawrence Ave. E, Bayview Ave, East-Don River west branch, Canadian National Railway line, Canadian Pacific Railway line, Don River, South-Prince Edward Viaduct, Bloor St. E/Bloor St. W (see http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/d53/neighbourhoods.php) with demonstrated leadership and involvement with issues of community safety within 53 Division neighbourhoods.
  • Be actively improving community safety within 14, 22, 41 or 53 Division

What makes these scholarships unique is that it: 

  • Recognizes community and civic engagement
  • Promotes safer communities and, through that, a better Toronto
  • Supports any form of credible post-secondary education or training
  • Provides opportunities for second year matching scholarships at Ryerson University, University of Toronto, York University, OCAD University, Humber College, Seneca College and George Brown College
  • Includes an employment program that connects applicants to meaningful summer employment opportunities

For more information contact Rebecca Keenan: rebecca@scaddingcourt.org, 416-392-0335

The DECA Young Leaders Scholarship will award $2,000 to deserving young people who are involved and improving their community

The Danforth East Community Association (DECA) was formed by a group of neighbours in 2007. Our vision is to make our pocket of the city a more vibrant, walkable and safe place. Since then, we have created the East Lynn Farmer’s Market, launched the Danforth East Arts Fair, incubated and run commercial revitalization initiatives along the Danforth including the pop-up shops, run a highly active adopt-a-tree program throughout the area, and raised $30,000 towards sponsoring Syrian refugees, among many other things.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be entering your first year of post-secondary education or training in fall 2017
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Live or goes to school within DECA boundaries (Main Street east, Lumsden/Mortimer north, Monarch Park west and the train tracks to the south.)
  • Actively working to improve our neighbourhood in some demonstrable way

What makes these scholarships unique is that it: 

  • Recognizes community and civic engagement
  • Promotes healthier communities and, through that, a better Toronto
  • Supports any form of credible post-secondary education or training
  • Provides opportunities for second year matching scholarships at Ryerson University, University of Toronto, York University, OCAD University, Humber College, Seneca College and George Brown College
  • Includes an employment program that connects applicants to meaningful summer employment opportunities

For more information contact Rebecca Keenan: rebecca@scaddingcourt.org, 416-392-0335  or Lisa Murray lisa.murray@torontohousing.ca, 416-981-4252

INVESTING IN OUR DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIPS AND ONTARIO’S “FREE TUITION”

There are so many deserving students for whom post-secondary education is just a dream without financial support. While the Ontario government has announced free tuition for students from low- income families, it does not cover all tuition fees for a full course load, nor all associated expenses.  Under the new provincial program, students are expected to pay $3,000 themselves towards their tuition costs.

We believe this scholarship is still key for the most financially disproportionately impacted students- and can make the difference between them attending school or not.

The following are FAQ regarding how “Free Tuition” intersects with the Investing in Our Diversity Scholarship:

What is the benefit of the Investing in Our Diversity scholarship in the landscape of “Free Tuition?”

  • Applicants can use scholarship funds for both tuition and other costs associated with school like transportation, text books, or a computer. Recipients of the scholarship make their own decisions on how to use the funds provided, which in turn, translates in to positive life skills.
  • If recipients attend Ryerson University, University of Toronto, York University, Centennial, Humber College, George Brown College, Seneca College, or OCAD University in first year, continue there in second year and meet their criteria, these partner schools will match first year IIOD scholarship funds and apply that amount directly to second year tuition. SCCC does not administer this process- it is directly between recipients and their post-secondary institutions.
  • Everyone who applies for an IIOD scholarship receives:
    • One-on-one counselling to assist with resume writing and job searching
    • Employment services offered through St. Stephen’s Community House Employment and Training Centre, and Toronto Youth Employment Services
    • Assistance with looking for and getting a job
    • Job matching assistance
  • Applying for an IIOD scholarship will give a big head start in getting ready for a job search and/or applying for other scholarships, as applicants will have already collected reference letters, prepared a biography, and practiced “marketing oneself” through the essay requirement.
  • These scholarships provide not just money but valuable networking opportunities.

Do I need to be a high achiever to be considered for this scholarship?

No, while strong academics are looked on favourably, applicants who are highly involved in diversity, anti-racism and/or community health and safety initiatives are qualified candidates. We are looking for individuals who are extremely active in their school and community. In your essay, you will have the opportunity to explain your involvement and leadership in community initiatives, committees, and programs.

If I live in Co-op housing am I still eligible for an Investing in Our Diversity Scholarship?

No, the Cooperative Housing Federation of Toronto (CHFT) runs a scholarship program for their tenants. However, an exception will be made to residents living in the SCCC catchment area (Lake Ontario to the south, Bloor Street to the north, Yonge Street to the east and Lansdowne Ave to the west.) Please visit http://www.coophousing.com for more information about CHFT’s scholarship program.

What must I include in my budget?

Please provide us with a table outlining all your expenses and income. An estimated amount of expenses will be accepted for items with unknown costs. Ensure that totals are tabulated and the deficit is clearly stated. Include ALL sources of funding including other scholarships received. We want to see the applicant has made an attempt to earn the required amount for post-secondary through employment or outreaching to other agencies and foundations for scholarships.

Can I include additional materials to support my application besides the mandatory attachments outlined in the application?

Yes, we encourage applicants to attach materials that will strengthen their application. We ask that the materials are relatable to the scholarship criteria. Make sure all materials requested are included in your application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

When can I expect to hear back from SCCC about my application?

We will email and/or mail out a letter to all applicants in early April stating if they will be receiving a scholarship and the scholarship amount.

I am going into my second year of post-secondary school in September, am I still eligible for the Investing in Our Diversity Scholarship?

No, this is an entry level scholarship. Only individuals under 25 entering into their first year of post-secondary education or training are eligible for this scholarship.

If you are not eligible for this scholarship program there are other resources you can search to find other bursaries and scholarships. Please see the links below:

Is the second year matching scholarship a guarantee?

No, second year scholarships are a possibility, but not guaranteed. Recipients must meet the criteria outlined by each institution. Second year scholarships are at the discretion of the partner institution and not SCCC or TCHC.

Will I still be eligible for the scholarship if I work and make an income?

Yes, applicants are encouraged to seek out other sources of funding to pay for tuition. The scholarship is not likely to cover all academic expenses so applying for other scholarships and working during the summer is encouraged.

Can I defer my funds?

No, scholarships that have been awarded must be redeemed in that same year. Scholarships will not be carried over to the following year.

What type of community involvement do I need to do to be eligible for the scholarship?

Community involvement that includes anti- racism initiatives, community safety, or leadership. Relevant involvement would also include promoting diversity in the community which is acceptance and celebration of differences, protection of peoples’ rights, etc. in your community and/or school. Here are a list of agencies and programs that you can contact to get involved.