Last week, residents of Toronto Community Housing's Lawrence Heights and Neptune communities celebrated recipients of the community's first scholarship program. At an awards ceremony held at the Columbus Centre, 21 residents of all ages were awarded scholarships to pursue postsecondary education or training for the 2013/14 academic year.
The Building our Future: Limitless Heights Scholarship program provides financial support for postsecondary education to resident leaders who have made significant contributions to the community and shown academic excellence.
The importance of the scholarship program was highlighted by current and former residents of the community, who spoke about their experience growing up in the community.
Photo: Hawa Yusuf (foreground) and Wares Fazeyal (background) gave remarks on behalf of all scholarship recipients.
Hawa Yusuf, a journalism student at Centennial, and Wares Fazelyar, a political science student at the University of Toronto, gave remarks on behalf of all recipients. They expressed their appreciation to Context-Metropia, Toronto Community Housing's developer partner for phase one of the revitalization of Lawrence Heights
, for funding the scholarship program.
Photo: From left - Councilor Josh Colle, TCHC CEO Gene Jones, scholarship recipient Sarah Cordner, Context Inc. Director of Development Peter Venetas and MPP Mike Colle.
Toronto Community Housing President and CEO Gene Jones congratulated recipients and their families.
"As a recipient of this scholarship award, you are a role model. Younger people in your community will be looking up to you for guidance and inspiration," said Jones. "And your leadership will help the community continue to grow into a vibrant place to call home."
The awards ceremony was well attended by friends and supporters of the Lawrence Heights and Neptune communities, including Councillor Josh Colle, MPP Mike Colle and president of Context Development Inc. Howard Cohen.
Photo: From left - Councilor Josh Colle, TCHC CEO Gene Jones, scholarship recipient Jameel Dawkins, Context Inc. Director of Development Peter Venetas and MPP Mike Colle.
Download attached PDF to see a complete list of scholarship recipients.