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RBC announces 2014 Students Leading Change Scholarship winners
|By PR Newswire
|July 30, 2014 06:00 AM EDT
Fifteen students to receive tuition funds and six students to
participate in exclusive volunteer experience abroad to support Free
TORONTO, July 30, 2014 /CNW/ - The Royal Bank of Canada is recognizing
15 of Canada's most civic-minded students with scholarships towards
their post-secondary tuition, and for six of those students, with a
unique, hands-on, overseas Me to We Trip experience to Kenya, where
they will volunteer with the international charity Free The Children.
This year's winners have made considerable contributions to their
communities, including fundraising for cancer research and heading up a
student-run medical clinic that focuses on providing healthcare to
clients who face challenges associated with homelessness and
Committed to supporting youth education, RBC is providing nearly
$200,000 through RBC Students Leading Change Scholarships to help break down a key financial barrier that many students face in
pursuing their academic goals. The winners were selected from more than
8,000 applicants. These scholarship recipients were recognized for
their excellence in academics, but the selection criteria also had a
strong emphasis on civic and volunteer engagement.
"Today's students have a strong interest in social good and inspiring
positive change both at home and in the world around them," said
Melissa Jarman, director, Student Banking, RBC. "These scholarships not
only help to provide opportunities to students who are academically
focused, but to those who continue to give back to their communities on
top of thriving in the classroom. Students were selected for both
overall quality of their application and their desire to make a
According to Statistics Canada, full-time undergraduate students paid
$5,772 in tuition fees in 2013/2014, up more than three per cent from a
year earlier. Scholarships will greatly help offset some of the
financial strain facing students as they pursue their scholastic
Fifteen scholarships, valued at $10,000 each, were awarded, with six
being paired with a Me to We Trip in Summer 2015. Me to We Trips provide life changing experiences for youth, families, groups and
individuals in partnership with Free The Children, and set this scholarship apart from others.
"My brother Marc and I are grateful to RBC for launching the RBC
Students Leading Change Scholarships, which reward the hard work of
students creating positive change, in both their classrooms and their
communities. The overwhelming number—and variety—of submissions this
year speaks to the commitment and passion of these young people, which
never ceases to inspire us," said Craig Kielburger, co-founder, Free
2014 winners of the RBC Students Leading Change Scholarship Program (in
Scholarship & Me To We Trip
Brianna Desveaux, New Victoria, Nova Scotia
Tina Hu, New Waterford, Nova Scotia
Alexandra Pintea, Kitchener, Ontario
Alexa Scarcello, Calgary, Alberta
Kelly Trach, West Vancouver, British Columbia
Yuan Jian Yang, Calgary, Alberta
Kylie Clark, Peterborough, Ontario
Alexandria Gates, Windsor, Ontario
Helen Hsu, Montreal, Quebec
David Laird, Kelowna, British Columbia
Andre Martel, Embrun, Ontario
Ridge Pinto, Surrey, British Columbia
Jared Valdron, Riverview, New Brunswick
Rebecca Wong, Ottawa, Ontario
Matthew Yaw, Richmond Hill, Ontario
About RBC Student Scholarships
RBC has provided over $6 million in annual scholarships (this includes
the RBC Students Leading Change Scholarships, RBC Aboriginal Student
Awards Program and Scholarship Program for the Children of RBC
RBC supports a broad range of community initiatives through donations,
sponsorships and employee volunteer activities. In 2013, we contributed
more than $104 million to causes worldwide, including donations and
community investments of more than $69 million and $35 million in
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