Established in 2020 by EllisDon’s Alliance of Black Employee Experience and Leadership (ABEEL), this scholarship is intended to support BIPOC (black, Indigenous and people of colour) students who are ready to step up and create a world free of racism and discrimination, both financially and with mentorship and internship opportunities.

DONOR: EllisDon’s Alliance of Black Employee Experience and Leadership
WHERE TENABLE: Jack James High, Lester B Pearson High, Nelson Mandela High, Forest Lawn High, and James Fowler High
VALUE: Variable (see EllisDon handout below for more information)
NUMBER: Variable (see EllisDon handout below for more information)
ELIGIBILITY: Open to students registered in any grade of high school, and completing the requirements of a high school diploma. Applicants must be committed to promoting equity and diversity in the community and be eager to make a difference and either identify as BIPOC or have at least one BIPOC member if working as a group.

To be considered for this award students will submit ONE of the following:
• a piece of non-fiction writing (essay, proposal, research report, etc);
• a piece of creative writing (poetry, lyrics, short story, etc);
• an audio file (speech, song, instrument, etc);
• a video
• a selection of photography (photo album or collage); or
• a piece of visual art (graphic design, poster, comic strip, drawing, etc).

in response to ONE of the following questions:
Option 1: How can the school system be more inclusive of Black experiences?
Option 2: What are some projects/businesses that would benefit the Black community?
Option 3: How can we fight Anti-Black racism in your community?

• Audio/Video responses should be no longer than 5 minutes and can be sent as a video file or a link to YouTube/Vimeo/etc;
• Creative Writing, Non-Fiction Writing, and Visual Art responses must be attached as PDF files. The response should be no longer than 5 pages;
• Photography responses must be attached as high-quality JPEG files. The response should be limited to 5 images.

The recipient of the award will have the opportunity to access mentorship and/or internship opportunities within a variety of different divisions of EllisDon outside of school hours. The acceptance of any offers of mentorship or employment is not a condition of winning the award. EllisDon could also offer access to mental health supports for you and your community as part of the selection process.

APPLY: Online application available at (please disregard the application steps as outlined in the ABEEL document below). Applicants should check with their guidance office for more information and are encouraged to discuss their application with the Scholarship Coordinator at their high school. Please note that EducationMatters will share this application in its entirety with EllisDon and the company will be able to contact you with mentorship/internship opportunities. It is possible to apply for this award as part of a group – please note that all group members must still submit an individual application in the EducationMatters system and identify their partner(s) in their application form.
You can direct any questions about this opportunity to EllisDon:

SELECTION & PAYMENT: Recipients are selected in February. To claim the award, within two (2) years of graduation the recipient must be registered in an eligible program of post-secondary study of at least two years duration. Payment will be made to the post-secondary institution. Mentorships and internships may begin prior to graduation and be accessed before the financial component.

DEADLINE: January 22


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