By Stephen Weir: Time is running out for Ontario high school students to apply for the United Trinbago West Indian Association (UTWIA) Scholarship Program. One month from today in fact!
The Toronto based UTWIA is awarding $500 scholarships for five high school student with at least one parent who identifies as Caribbean, and who is about to enter a Canadian college or university.
“The purpose behind this program is to support an underrepresented community and inspire Caribbean-Canadian youth to pursue further education,” says Tony Chankar, Chair of the West Indian Association. “Five students will be awarded a $500 scholarship, with each scholarship named after a donor.’
This year there are six donors; Bedessee Imports Ltd, Ena and Tony Chankar, Dr. Jay, the Soca Prince, Rita and Mahadeo Sankar, Laulit Rai and Unique Window Tinting & Detailing.
To apply for the scholarships online student must meet a number of criteria to be eligible for the money. The student must live in a household with an income of less than $60,000 (or identify as low income). The student must maintain a 75% average in the last two years of high school and have of 80% average in grade 12 Academic English.
Applying students must be an active member of at least one extracurricular activity, have no record of academic misconduct, or criminal record. As well the student must currently live in Ontario and be a Canadian citizen.
The deadline to apply is November 15th 2021, which gives students time to enrol in their post-secondary programs and provide verification to the scholarship committee. Scholarships will be awarded on December 15th 2021.
Students wishing to apply should visit the United Trinbago West Indian Association’s website at: http://www.uni-tnt.com/scholarship-form/
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