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African-Canadian Students Receive Prestigious BBPA National Scholarships

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TORONTO, Oct. 20, 2021 /CNW/ - The BBPA National Scholarship Program announced 70 African Canadians from across Canada who will receive the 2021 BBPA National Scholarships, which provide financial assistance to Canadian students of African descent currently enrolled in post-secondary programs. Recipients were selected based on academic excellence, a demonstrated financial need, and recognized contributions to their communities.

The BBPA National Scholarship Fund will host the 2021 BBPA National Scholarships presentation ceremony on Thursday, October 21, 2021, using an online virtual format to ensure the health and safety of attendees during the ongoing pandemic. The Canadian Minster of Education will attend the event to celebrate the scholarship recipients.

"We are incredibly proud of our recipients this year and look forward to celebrating them at the awards ceremony later this month," said BBPA President Nadine Spencer shared. "The BBPA exists to serve Black businesses and entrepreneurs, and it is exciting for us to see this young, talented crop of aspiring businesspeople. We believe that they represent the future of our country and that they will play a major role in helping the economy recover after the debilitating events of the past year and a half. Having spent time with these young people and seen first- hand their passion, dedication, and abilities, I am confident that the future of the business community is in good hands."

For the first time this year, the BBPA National Scholarship Fund will feature automotive scholarships supported by Toyota Canada Foundation. This new award expands the reach of the scholarship program and will help raise awareness about this promising field of work for Black professionals.

"This is an extremely exciting time for the BBPA," says Scholarship Chair Ed Delsol. "As the economy continues to strengthen and new opportunities present themselves, the BBPA National Scholarship Fund is also expanding to make sure that young Black professionals can avail themselves of these opportunities and pursue career paths that leverage their skills and passions. As young people discover business opportunities that match with their natural interests and abilities, they will find new ways to thrive and succeed."

The Black Business and Professional Association established the BBPA National Scholarship Fund, formerly entitled "the BBPA Harry Jerome Scholarship Fund," in 1986. The BBPA National Scholarships are made possible through the contribution of generous sponsors and donors. Since the scholarship fund began, more than a thousand post-secondary students from Canada's Black community have been awarded scholarships.

Donors to the BBPA National Scholarship Program include:

Christina Julian Ross Scholarship
Canadian Public Relations Society
Connor, Clark and Lunn
Denham Jolly Foundation
Flanagan Foundation
Ned & Myrna Blair
The Medina Morrisey Foundation
The Minerva Scholarship, Dr. Rossi
The Dentons Canada Scholarship

Ontario Ministry of Education
Ontario Power Generation
Ojo, Andrew & Remi Shaker Hill Foundation
PepsiCo
TD Bank
Toyota Canada Foundation

The 2021 BBPA National Scholarships recipients are:

Aidan Chin
Aisling Martins-Ezeifeaku
Alain Humura
Amanda Owusu
Amani Hitimana
Amara Phillips
Anne Moreau
Beraki Abraha
Brandon Pierre
Bunisha Samuels
Carmynn Skalnik
Chinonso Ekeanyanwu
Cornelius Owusu
Daeja Sutherland
Dana Pitcher
Dejano Duncan
Destiny Pfeiffer-Faulk
Eboni Branch
Emmanuel Adegboyega
Gabrielle Dume
Giavanna Clarke-Jolly
Glory Kabarungyi Mulera
Haneef Amusat
Hanna Warsame

Hephzibah Ali
Hilda-Matilda Idegwu
Husoni Raymond
Ilhan Yusuf
Janyah Brown
Jedi Amoako
Jessica Agbolade
Joseph Oladimeji
Joshua Campbell
Julianah Oguntala
Justin Joseph
Kwasi Adu-Poku
Lathania Lewis
Leonardo Moodley
Lucas McDonald
Miles Leslie
Miracle Anderson
Mudiwa Mawoka
Na'Shantea Miller
Naa-Adjoa Taylor
Nicole Franklin
Nicole Mfoafo-M'Carthy
Oluwatobi Falana
Omar Hassan

Praise Erianamie
Rahma Osman
Rotimi Fadiya
Rudolph Damas
Salem Aaron
Shadae Daniels
Shade Edwards
Shantel Watson
Sidney Idemudia
Soliyana Yared
Stacey Newman
Stephanie Henry
Sydney Hussett
Taejah Noble
Thador Tekhli
Trynton Fisher
Tyler Stone
Venassa Baptiste
Victoria Byrne
Vincent Bisasor
Yasmin Dini
Zanira Ali
Zachary Brown

About the Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA):
Founded in 1983, the BBPA is a charitable organization whose mission is to advance Canada's Black community by facilitating the delivery of programs that support business and professional excellence, higher education, and economic development. Along with the BBPA National Scholarships, the BBPA presents the Annual Harry Jerome Awards, the National Black Business Convention (NBBPC), and workshops and programs at the BBPA Centre of Excellence.

SOURCE Black Business and Professional Association

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