Scholarship application deadline is February 23, 2016
TORONTO, Nov. 26, 2015 /CNW/ - Students continue to place a priority on
social good and inspiring change in their communities and around the
world. To help bring students closer to these goals, RBC is pleased to
announce the opening of its application process for the RBC Students Leading Change Scholarship.
Now in its 10th year, the program provides $150,000 in scholarships to 15 of Canada's
most civic-minded students in three categories: Graduating High School
or CEGEP, First Undergraduate Degree or Diploma, and Second Degree or
Diploma. In addition to the monetary scholarships, six scholarships are
paired with a ME to WE Trip to be taken in the Summer 2017. The trips
create life-changing experiences for youth, families, groups and
individuals in partnership with ME to WE.
Applications are now open and available online. Students are encouraged to submit their applications before the
February 23, 2016 deadline.
"It's no longer just about academic pursuits for today's students.
They're socially conscious and want to affect positive change both at
home and in the world around them," said Mandy Mail, director of
Student Banking. "We want to enable students by providing funding for
their tuition and an opportunity for a unique hands-on experience that
will help them develop the skills they need to lead that change."
Alexa Scarcello, a 2014 RBC scholarship recipient, travelled to Kenya in May 2015 to
participate in her ME to WE trip. Describing her experience as
"transformative" and "eye-opening", the Queen's University student said
her time in Kenya provided her with an opportunity to re-evaluate her
"From their sense of community to their hospitality, the cultural
mindset of the Kenyan people was infectious. This experience truly
resulted in a significant shift in my perspective and fueled a passion
in me to continue to give back and be a leader of change, both in my
local community and abroad," she said.
"Young people are driven to learn about and contribute to the world
around them, and are passionate about making a positive difference,"
said Craig Kielburger, co-founder, ME to WE & Free The Children.
"Thanks to the RBC Students Leading Change Scholarship, we are able to
help young people realize their dreams of making a difference in their
communities and around the world through tangible, on-the-ground
experiences in our Free The Children developing communities, and by
supporting them in their education. Together, we can help outstanding
students reach their goals of changing the world."
Scholarship recipients are selected for their excellence in academics,
with a strong emphasis on civic and volunteer engagement. Please see terms and conditions for full details.
Being a recent recipient of the Students Leading Change scholarship,
Alexa offers students three pieces of advice when filling out the
Do your research
Be unique and highlight what makes you stand out
Take your time filling out applications for scholarships and write
Apply for the RBC Students Leading Change Scholarship online at rbc.com/scholarships. The deadline to apply is 3 p.m. EST on February 23, 2016.
About the RBC Kids Pledge
The RBC Kids Pledge is a $100 million commitment over five years to help
one million kids and youth across Canada. These funds will go towards a
range of programs supporting the well-being of kids and youth.
Royal Bank of Canada is Canada's largest bank, and one of the largest
banks in the world, based on market capitalization. We are one of North
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RBC supports a broad range of community initiatives through donations,
sponsorships and employee volunteer activities. In 2014, we contributed
more than $111 million to causes worldwide, including donations and
community investments of more than $76 million and $35 million in
Image with caption: "Alexa Scarcello, a 2014 RBC scholarship award recipient, spending her last day in Kenya with some students from the Free the Children school Emori Joi Primary School (CNW Group/RBC)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20151126_C9391_PHOTO_EN_44501.jpg
For further information:
Kiara Famularo, RBC Corporate Communications, 647-638-6291
Jill Anzarut, RBC Corporate Communications, 647-534-5118