Afropolitan Scholarship Fund Program

Achieving new educational heights

Supporting the next generation of black youth in achieving new educational heights is one of our priorities.

Financial barriers

According to Statistics Canada, despite having higher educational aspirations than their non-black counterparts, black youth have lower levels of educational attainment. Every year, we find ourselves having similar conversations with friends and family discussing why there aren’t enough black people graduating from postsecondary institutions in Ontario. The reason is always the same: “they can’t afford school.” we always felt that to be true — but with no hard statistics to prove it — we just kept having the same conversation repeatedly every year.

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  • Scholarships

In 2017, we saw a report released by Universities Canada on financial barriers to post secondary education in Ontario. It confirmed what many suspected — that financial need is one of the main reasons why people don’t get degrees in Ontario. And if you were a person of colour in Ontario, you are almost twice as likely not to go to school because you can’t afford it.

Thus, the Afropolitan Scholarship fund was created. We want to help bridge the gap and make education more accessible to black students who may have thought it wasn’t an option for them, solely due to their financial situation. We strongly believe that higher education for marginalized communities, such as black students, will equip them with better access to the Canadian workforce, greater social and economic participation, better salaries, and good health overall.

  • Given Scholarships (2017-2018)

In 2017 and 2018, we provided one-time (up to) $3,000 scholarships to 10 Grade 12 Black students (5 in 2017 and 5 in 2018) from the Greater Toronto Area schools to pursue their post-secondary education in fields where there is a gap of visibility such as (but not limited to) finance, commerce, entrepreneurship, political science, engineering, science, technology or mathematics.

Up to $3,000 scholarships
12 Black students

This year, with your help, we hope to offer 8 scholarships of (up to) $5,000 to Black students living in Canada. The scholarships are meant to ease the financial burden associated with pursuing post-secondary education in Canada and encourage black youth to pursue higher education.

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