"I'm going to make my mom proud and reach for my dream"
WINNIPEG, Sept. 26, 2011 /CNW/ - CIBC (CM: TSX) (CM: NYSE) - Winnipeg Grade 10 student, Sabrie Sudi, has been
awarded a CIBC YouthvisionTM Scholarship valued at up to $36,000.
"I was shocked to receive the Youthvision Scholarship," said Sabrie, 16,
a student at Daniel McIntyre Collegiate. "I never expected to receive
such a tremendous award. My mom was jumping for joy."
Sabrie's mother arrived in Canada as a refugee from Somalia a few years
before Sabrie was born and they still have family in a refugee camp in
Kenya. She is currently completing a social work degree, working hard
to give Sabrie a better life. Observing his mother makes Sabrie realize
the value of a post-secondary education.
"I'm going to make my mom proud and reach for my dream of becoming a
lawyer. With this scholarship I will be able to focus on my studies
rather than working to earn money for school."
Early intervention in Grade 10 makes this scholarship program unique in
Canada. CIBC YouthvisionTM targets high-potential young people who might not otherwise have the
opportunity to pursue a university or college education. To be
eligible, Grade 10 students must be enrolled in a mentoring program
with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada or the YMCA.
"Congratulations to Sabrie Sudi on being awarded a CIBC Youthvision
Scholarship and achieving the highest grades of all our winners," said
Larry Tomei, CIBC Senior Vice-President for Central Canada. "Sabrie was
selected for his success in school, the support he provides his family
and the volunteer work he does. We are proud to support such an
On September 29, 2011 CIBC's Empress Banking Centre will present Sabrie
six summer internships through the YMCA that begin right after Grade
10, valued at up to $20,000 and tuition for four years, valued at up to
$16,000. He will continue to receive mentoring from Big Brothers Big
Sisters of Canada until he graduates from university. In addition, he
will take part in CIBC Money Smarts for Students Seminar to help him
shape his financial future as he prepares to head off to university.
CIBC is committed to supporting causes that matter to our clients, our
employees and our communities. We aim to make a difference in
communities through corporate donations, sponsorships and the volunteer
spirit of employees. With a strategic focus on youth, education and
health, and employee commitment to causes including the Canadian Breast
Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure, the CIBC Children's Foundation
and United Way, we are investing in the social and economic development
of communities across the country. In 2010, CIBC group of companies
contributed approximately $34 million to charitable and non-profit
initiatives in Canada to support national, regional and local
organizations. To learn more, visit www.cibc.com
For further information:
For more information and to interview the scholarship winner, Big Brother Big Sister representative, or CIBC representative, please contact:
Jessica Botelho, Senior Manager, CIBC Community Investment, Central Region
firstname.lastname@example.org | T 416-980-8859
CIBC Empress Banking Centre is located at 3895 Empress St, Winnipeg, MB
The scholarship presentation will begin at 4 pm on Thursday, September 29, 2011.