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Stayner $36,000 Scholarship (Posted On: Friday, June 11, 2010)

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CIBC is pleased to announce that Mariah Ekman of Stayner Collegiate Institute is among the 30 Grade 10 students from across Canada receiving the 2010 CIBC Youthvision® Scholarship awards, the only scholarship program in Canada awarded to Grade 10 students.

The CIBC Youthvision Scholarship, delivered through CIBC’s unique partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada and YMCA Canada, combines post-secondary tuition, paid summer internships at the YMCA and mentoring support to help youth reach their full potential. This year’s crop of winners brings the total number of scholarships awarded to Grade 10 students across Canada to 360, representing a multi-year commitment by CIBC of more than $10 million for this program.

“Thank you, CIBC, for pledging to make my dream, to go to university, a reality,” said Ekman. “This opportunity would have been a real struggle to achieve without your generosity. Thanks also to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Georgian Triangle, my Big Sister Heidi, and my mother for always believing in me and supporting my dreams. Through this honour, I promise to continue to make you all proud, especially when I graduate in 2016 as one of CIBC Youthvision Scholarship recipient success stories.

“I am working toward becoming an elementary school teacher, specifically in the Primary division. I have spent quite a bit of time in the Kindergarten program working with the children and am planning a co-op placement next year, to make sure this is definitely the path I would like to take. At this point, I am planning to take the arts and science stream for teacher education at Trent University in Peterborough, which is a four year program.”

Ekman met the main eligibility requirement of being enrolled in a mentoring program with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada or the YMCA. She is a member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Georgian Triangle.

“I truly enjoy my friendship with Mariah,” said Heidi Dimakos, Ekman’s Big Sister. “Education is a priority for Mariah and this scholarship will be an excellent investment in her bright and promising future. She is an active volunteer at Big Brothers Big Sisters, Clearview Meadows Elementary School and at Elephant Thoughts. Everyday, she exemplifies caring, honesty, inclusiveness, respect and responsibility.”

Ekman will receive six summer internships through the YMCA that begin right after Grade 10, valued at up to $20,000; and tuition for four years at the Canadian university or college of her choice, valued at up to $16,000. She also will receive ongoing mentoring until she graduates from her post-secondary education.

“The CIBC Youthvision Scholarship Program is unique in that it targets young people who might not otherwise have the opportunity to pursue a university or college education and supports them in completing both their high school and post-secondary studies,” said Kim Baudouin, Assistant Director, Higher Education Scholarships, Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC). “As administrator of the program, AUCC is proud to partner with CIBC, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada and the YMCA to reach out to high school students through this program.”

“It is inspiring to see how deserving young people like Mariah are and how hard they work towards their goals,” said Larry Tomei, CIBC’s Senior Vice-President of Retail Markets for Central Canada. “The CIBC Youthvision Scholarship is added encouragement for Mariah to realize her academic dreams and her full potential.”

CIBC is committed to supporting causes that matter to our clients, employees and our communities. We aim to make a difference in communities through corporate donations, sponsorships and the volunteer spirit of employees. With a strategic focus on youth, education and health, and employee commitment to causes including the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure, the CIBC Children’s Foundation and United Way, we are investing in the social and economic development of communities across the country. In 2009, $26.8 million was contributed through the CIBC group of companies to charitable and non-profit initiatives in Canada, supporting a wide variety of national, regional and local organizations. To learn more, visit our site.  
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