Need money for school? Apply today for the IIOD Scholarship
Are you a student or recent grad? Need money for post-secondary school?
Between the cost of tuition, books, food and transportation, it can be tough for many students to find the money to cover the cost of post-secondary school. We can help!
Apply today for the Investing in Our Diversity Scholarship (IIOD) and you could win up to $4,000 for your first year of post-secondary education or training.
Now in its 16th year, the scholarship program is a joint partnership between Toronto Community Housing and Scadding Court Community Centre. The IIOD program has awarded over $973,000 in scholarships to 362 youth from across Toronto.
Applications for the 2017/18 program are now open!
The deadline to submit IIOD applications is
Friday, February 23, 2018 by 5 p.m.
application form (PDF)
Where should I send completed form?To apply, please mail or drop off completed applications to ONE of the following addresses:
Attn: Investing in Our Diversity Scholarship Application
Toronto Community Housing
931 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M4W 2H2
What does this scholarship offer?
You could receive up to $4,000 to cover tuition fees for the first year of your post-secondary education or training (college, university, trade school, apprenticeship)
Applicants are also eligible for second year scholarships of up to $4,000 if they attend one of the following Toronto schools:
- Ryerson University
- University of Toronto
- York University
- Humber College
- George Brown College
- Seneca College
- Ontario College of Art and Design University
Who is eligible?
High school students and/or recent high school graduates involved in anti-racism, diversity, community-building activities
Canadian citizens or permanent residents
Youth who are 25 years of age or younger (as of May 31, 2018)
Everyone who applies for a scholarship will receive:
- One-on-one counselling to assist with resume writing, job searching
- Employment services offered through St. Stephen’s Community House Employment and Training Centre and Toronto Youth Employment Services
- Assistance with looking for and getting a job
Job matching assistance
How are recipients selected?
Successful scholarship recipients are selected from among Toronto's up-and-coming diverse young leaders. Each recipient must have made a strong contribution to their communities in promoting diversity, equity and anti-racism dialogue.
The scholarship funds can be used by students to pay for tuition fees, books and residence fees at publicly-funded, Canadian post-secondary institutions or related expenses. The funds may also be applied towards the costs of a recognized trade apprenticeship program or to support a transitional year for mature students returning to school.
Meet some of last year's winners
Kadre is a star athlete from Don Mills and Sheppard who dreams of becoming a doctor.
"If I could save lives, that's the number one thing I would do. I want to go to medical school and become a surgeon," he says. Kadre also spends his time mentoring young kids in his neighbourhood, a passion that he says has helped him become closer to his community. "I like to be around the people, especially the young kids in my community. Mentoring them is so rewarding, watching them learn and grow is the best part," he says.
Rayan is a student from Regent Park who organizes local workshops in her community to discuss issues relating to racism, Islamaphobia, anti-oppression and mental health challenges facing minorities.
"My ultimate dream is to be a therapist or a psychiatrist and open up my own practice," she says. "There aren't many mental health supports for people living in low-income communities. I want to open up a facility where people of colour and people from low-income households can access resources and counselling."
Kadiatu is a student from Jane and Finch who hopes to become a journalist.
"What I like about journalism is that you're not just sitting at a desk for eight hours, you're getting out, exploring the world, meeting people and sharing stories," she says.
As a youth mentor at Success Beyond Limits, Kadiatu is also passionate about empowering young people in her community. "I want to make sure youth voices are heard and taken seriously. I want to bridge that gap between youth and adults, because I feel that there's a real divide between those two worlds."
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