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Emery Village BIA Scholarship Award

The Emery Village BIA Scholarship Award is awarded by the Emery Village Business Improvement Area (EVBIA), and two scholarships are awarded per qualifying school in the Emery Village and adjacent area. The award will be given to students who demonstrate interest and achievement in the Skilled Trades, and who exemplify values such as community involvement, advocacy, and commitment to learning.

Open to: Students of St. Basil-Th​e-Great College School​

Letter from Emery Village BIA Board ​of Management

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April 26​, 2021​

On behalf of the BIA Board of Management, I am pleased to announce that for the first time, we will be launching the "Emery Village BIA Scholarship Award".

The award is for a $1,000 scholarship per qualified student.

Emery Village Business Improvement Area (EVBIA), is one of Canada's largest BIA s representing over 3,300 businesses and business property members. Founded in 2003, the Emery Village BIA has spearheaded many commercial neighbourhood and public property improvements and services throughout its existence. As an agency of the City of Toronto it is governed by a Board of Management that includes the local City Councillor for Ward -7 Humber River-Black Creek.

Two years ago, the Emery Village Board of Management approved of Bursaries to be awarded to recognize outstanding students from local high schools in Emery Village and in the adjacent school district in Skilled Trades categories. Both Emery Collegiate and Westview Centennial High School will be selecting students from their Skilled Trades programs best qualified and worthy of the bursaries. Our local businesses are supportive of the role and importance of skilled trades to the health and vitality of our local economy and the enormous potential for young people to succeed through their entry in skilled trades training programs to launch their careers. We are hopeful that the bursaries will help the students overcome financial burdens they may face and encourage them to pursue their goals. Along with our bursary, we wish to convey our best wishes and every success in their future endeavours.

The award will be announced along with the cheques during the graduation ceremony or event as determined by the School Superintendent & or School Trustee, the school Principal and/or a teacher.

Two scholarships will be awarded each year at each school that are within the geographic boundaries of the BIA. For the time being, the Board has also voted to include Emery Collegiate, Westview Centennial as it is located immediately adjacent to the BIA, and St Basil the Great College.

Two scholarships per school shall be; a male-identifying or non-binary student, and the other to a female-identifying or non-binary student.

The scholarship will be awarded to students who demonstrate:

Interest and achievement in Skilled Trades
1. Have applied and been accepted to attend a recognized Canadian post-secondary educational institution or training school (community college, university, career academy, or apprenticeship or pre-apprenticeship training) in the following upcoming year. Student Must Provide a copy of the Post-Secondary Letter of Acceptance. Preference given to a student who is pursuing a trades career and has involvement in school and/or community activities.
2. Maintain a minimum grade percentage of 70-75 or its equivalent.
3. Must submit their complete application along with their Essay to their School Guidance Office (Essays can be about anything that is important and meaningful to you or you can choose from a suggested list of essay choices.)

Students who exemplify two or more of the following criteria with excellence:
a) Involvement in school and/or Community Involvement, Advocacy or Activities (Gr 9-12)
b) Is currently enrolled in a secondary school as a full-time student
c) Minimum “G” in all Learning Skills/Work Habits
d) Have successfully completed their 40 hrs or more of community hours
e) Financial Need or other Personal Challenges

Sandra Farina | Executive Director of Emery Village BIA