Today, January 28th, was the day of the official launch of the Vince Carter Scholarship and Mentorship Program in the Toronto area. The program offers a 25,000 dollar per student scholarship and primarily targets high school students who have a passion for sports, music, film, fashion, broadcasting, media, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Those between the age of sixteen and eighteen who will be entering grade 11 or 12 in September of 2021 may apply. The release says that scholarship recipients “will attend top-calibre private schools with unique academic programs geared for aiding students to accomplishing their best self.” J Addison School in Markham will be the first participating school for the program launch.
J Addison school in Markham has a student capacity of 300 and boast a student to teacher ratio of 1:15. The school also claims they offer an “elite basketball program.” This bodes well when working on scholarships with an NBA legend.
Program open to all
The program is open to all but Carter “strongly encourages the Black community, Indigenous community, people of colour and young women to apply.”
The scholarship requires applicants to possess a passion in any of the mentioned academic pathways. It also reviews academic scores and the applicant’s character and community service. Applicants will also be required to submit a 500-word essay.
Although directed at the 15-17 age group, the Vince Carter Scholarship program could also be used to help the GTA post-secondary students at York University; Seneca College; Ryerson University currently pursuing careers in the identified scholarship program fields.
The press release says that “summer jobs and internship opportunities for these students will become available as auxiliary spin-offs.”
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