Seventy African-Canadian students to receive BBPA National Scholarships

Nadine Spencer

The BBPA National Scholarship Program announced 70 African Canadians from across Canada who will receive the 2021 BBPA National Scholarships, which provide financial assistance to Canadian students of African descent currently enrolled in post-secondary programs. Recipients were selected based on academic excellence, a demonstrated financial need, and recognized contributions to their communities.

The BBPA National Scholarship Fund will host the 2021 BBPA National Scholarships presentation ceremony on Thursday, October 21, 2021, using an online virtual format to ensure the health and safety of attendees during the ongoing pandemic. The Canadian Minster of Education will attend the event to celebrate the scholarship recipients.

“We are incredibly proud of our recipients this year and look forward to celebrating them at the awards ceremony later this month,” said BBPA President Nadine Spencer shared. “The BBPA exists to serve Black businesses and entrepreneurs, and it is exciting for us to see this young, talented crop of aspiring businesspeople. We believe that they represent the future of our country and that they will play a major role in helping the economy recover after the debilitating events of the past year and a half. Having spent time with these young people and seen first- hand their passion, dedication, and abilities, I am confident that the future of the business community is in good hands.”

For the first time this year, the BBPA National Scholarship Fund will feature automotive scholarships supported by Toyota Canada Foundation. This new award expands the reach of the scholarship program and will help raise awareness about this promising field of work for Black professionals.

“This is an extremely exciting time for the BBPA,” says Scholarship Chair Ed Delsol. “As the economy continues to strengthen and new opportunities present themselves, the BBPA National Scholarship Fund is also expanding to make sure that young Black professionals can avail themselves of these opportunities and pursue career paths that leverage their skills and passions. As young people discover business opportunities that match with their natural interests and abilities, they will find new ways to thrive and succeed.”

The Black Business and Professional Association established the BBPA National Scholarship Fund, formerly entitled “the BBPA Harry Jerome Scholarship Fund,” in 1986. The BBPA National Scholarships are made possible through the contribution of generous sponsors and donors. Since the scholarship fund began, more than a thousand post-secondary students from Canada’s Black community have been awarded scholarships.