TORONTO, Oct. 19, 2020—Toronto Community Housing and partners Blaney McMurtry LLP and Scadding Court Community Centre announced today that 59 Toronto youth have received a 2020 Investing in Our Diversity Scholarship to pursue full-time postsecondary education or professional training this fall.
The scholarship program is open to students age 17 to 29. Scholarships are awarded based on academic excellence, financial eligibility and community leadership through the students' volunteer involvement in youth empowerment, anti-racism, diversity and community safety.
A majority of this year's recipients live in Toronto Community Housing communities. Scholarship winners will receive up to $4,000 in financial assistance to help with tuition and school-related expenses.
The Investing in Our Diversity Scholarship Program was founded in 2001 by the late Bill McMurtry, Founding Partner, Blaney McMurtry LLP, and Kevin Lee, Executive Director of Scadding Court Community Centre. The first scholarships were awarded in 2003. Toronto Community Housing became a program partner in 2006.
"Toronto Community Housing congratulates this year's scholarship winners. They all have demonstrated exceptional leadership in helping to create stronger communities and a better Toronto for all. We also thank the donors for their support for the scholarship program and for giving back to youth in our communities."
—Kevin Marshman, President and CEO, Toronto Community Housing
"Blaney McMurtry LLP's original vision was to support Toronto by creating a scholarship program where youth could focus on anti-racism and diversity efforts, and this year more than ever we are proud to continue our support for the Investing in Our Diversity Scholarship program."
—Ian Epstein, partner, Blaney McMurtry LLP
"The Investing in Our Diversity Scholarships allow young people to develop new skills, explore their interests and achieve their goals. The scholarships reward youth who take pride in their community work, and their volunteer work makes our neighbourhoods healthier and stronger."
—Herman Ellis, Acting Executive Director, Scadding Court Community Centre
2020 Investing In Our Diversity Scholarship Partners
Blaney McMurtry LLP (founding partner), Scadding Court Community Centre (founding partner), Toronto Community Housing.
2020 Investing In Our Diversity Scholarship Donors
Ms. Anne Fleming, Blaney McMurtry LLP, Dentons Canada LLP, Mr. W. Edmund Clark, Ms. Debbie Douglas, Ms. Adele Imrie, Mr. Kevin Marshman, Mr. Nick Macrae, Pattison Sign Group, Sinai Health System, Toronto (Central) Lions Club, and Yardi Canada Ltd.
About Toronto Community Housing
Toronto Community Housing (www.torontohousing.ca) is Canada's largest social housing provider. We are owned by the City of Toronto and provide homes for nearly 60,000 low- and moderate-income households in more than 100 of the city's neighbourhoods. Our buildings represent a $10-billion public asset.
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