The idea of a scholarship program was born out of the need to inspire and support the goals and aspirations of our young people and to recognize the contribution that education has made in our community. After learning about the drop -out rates in our local school system among our Caribbean Canadian students, Lauris DaCosta and Edwin Laryea drafted guidelines and the criteria for starting a Scholarship Fund in 2002.
This coincided with the vision and timing of the current chair of the program (Noel Richards) who agreed to work with our illustrious scholarship team of like-minded community individuals. The first scholarship was awarded in 2003 to Athena Guy for $500. This amount was increased to $750 in 2007 and shortly thereafter we increased the Scholarship Award to its current level of $1,500.
To date, we have awarded 45 Scholarships for a total of $37,650.
Message from the CCAWR Scholarship Committee Chair
The CCAWR has been incredibly blessed to be an integral part of the Kitchener-Waterloo community and its environs for over 40 years. In keeping with our long-term vision of uniting the peoples of the Caribbean and to promote cultural, social and economic opportunities within our community, the CCAWR is the proud sponsor of a scholarship program that provides financial assistance via grants and scholarships to our young adults since 2003. Each year we aspire to provide three (3) scholarships to qualified and well deserving Caribbean-Canadian students in our region.
Our four-pronged approach focuses on Mentorship, Leadership, Sponsorship and Scholarship.
Education is the foundation of any productive, democratic and civil society. Our investment in the knowledge and skills of our young adults is an investment today that will reap exponential benefits for the future of our community and society in general.
As the Chair of the Scholarship Committee since 2018, I am pleased to announce that to date we have awarded over 45 scholarships for nearly $40,000. We continue to make our mark in this arena as evidenced by the many lives that have been impacted by this worthwhile program and it is very rewarding and reassuring knowing that we have made a difference. A number of our scholarship recipients have moved on to higher studies or embarked on illustrious careers and professions as a result of the financial assistance and moral support and encouragement that they have received from the CCAWR.
Despite our successes, we have a lot more work to be done to:
- Motivate our young who if not encouraged may become drop-outs or a statistic;
- Provide increased funding to offset the ever-increasing cost of post-secondary education; and
- Provide leadership, counselling, mentoring, career guidance and focus to the children in our communities.
I challenge you to become part of the solution. Get off the sidelines and bleachers and get on the field of volunteerism and participation instead of being a spectator. Become involved, interested and integrated. This is our community and we need your time, talents and financial support to make our future plans a reality.
Thank you to the remarkable sponsors and donors who have supported us over the years. We appreciate your support and look forward to our continued partnership.
We welcome new volunteers and financial sponsors to join us in this effort as we face an exciting future together.
Together we are stronger.
Nigel Henriques, Chair of CCAWR Scholarship Committee
The Caribbean Canadian Association of Waterloo Region “CCAWR” Scholarship is awarded to Caribbean-Canadian students residing in the Waterloo region wishing to attend College/ University or a Post-Secondary Institution in Canada in order to promote academic excellence, foster Leadership skills and encourage community involvement among our youth.
- Must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada.
- Must be 17 to 25 years of age as of the end of September of the year the scholarship is granted.
- May be either a currently enrolled full-time college student or a graduating high school student. The applicant must be studying or accepted for study towards a diploma, degree or certificate in any field at any accredited College, university or Post- Secondary Institution.
- If a graduating high school student the applicant must have graduated or be scheduled to graduate from an accredited high school (public or private) prior to submitting an application.
- A Scholarship may be granted to an individual who may not have exceptional academic achievements but has demonstrated outstanding proficiency in some other field, for example, the Arts or Industrial discipline.
- Scholarship Award payments will be made directly to the educational institution the student will be attending.
The criteria for selection takes into account the goals and ideals of the CCAWR which are to:
- Recognize outstanding achievements (Community work, academic, cultural, sports and artistic).
- Foster high professional standards.
- Recognize the development of exemplary leadership qualities.
- Encourage active participation of recipients and family of the recipient in CCAWR events.
|April 1st – June 30th||Acceptance of Applications|
|June 30th||Application Deadline for Students|
|July 15th||Review and Decision of Scholarship Committee|
|August 15th||Award Recipients Notified|
|September (End)||Awards Ceremony & Presentation|
|September 30th||Scholarship Cheques Mailed to Institutions|
Guidelines for Completing your Application
Please ensure the following:
- That the Application is submitted by the due date to be eligible for that year.
- That all sections of the Application are completed, your name is spelt correctly and the information is legible.
- That your references, transcript and photograph are included with the Application.
Please note that by filling out our Application form you are providing us with your consent to publish your photograph and information to the public.
- A completed Application form must be submitted by the deadline of June 30th along with a high-resolution (minimum passport size) photograph of the applicant.
- High School transcripts may be forwarded to the committee by July 15th, if the completed application form has already been submitted.
- The names and contact information of two (2) references as outlined in the Application form. One may be a teacher from your school, college or university. The other must be from an individual (other than your teacher or family member) who is familiar with you and can attest to your community service.
- Proof of acceptance or confirmation of enrollment from the institution you plan to attend.
- Up to date official transcript from the institution you are currently attending/or last attended.
- A one-page essay explaining why the scholarship should be awarded to you.
Applications can be completed online or offline. If online, please complete the application form below. If offline, completed applications should be mailed to the address below or may be handed to any board member of the CCAWR.
Attention: Nigel Henriques
Canadian Caribbean Association of Waterloo Region
C/O Kitchener Waterloo Multicultural Center
102 King Street West
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY JUNE 30TH TO QUALIFY FOR THAT YEAR