"This scholarship will open my eyes to new beginnings and proves that
anything is possible"
LETHBRIDGE, AB, Sept. 26, 2011 /CNW/ - CIBC (CM: TSX) (CM: NYSE) - Lethbridge Grade 10 student, Marissa Schmidt,
has been awarded a CIBC YouthvisionTM Scholarship valued at up to $36,000. She also won the "Neil Morgan
Award" (CIBC Wood Gundy employee and philanthropist) for significant
contribution to community volunteerism among all 30 scholarship
"It's feels awesome to know all my volunteering has paid off," said
Marissa, 16. "This scholarship will open my eyes to new beginnings and
prove to me that anything is possible. I want to be a pediatric nurse
in the oncology department at the Children's Hospital in Calgary. Kids
are always so positive no matter what's going on. I just want to help
them get better."
Marissa grew up in community housing, being raised by a single mom who
is unable to work due to illness. She often takes on a care-giving
role, cooking Christmas dinner for her family this past year.
"Marissa is the most positive, outgoing, likeable person I have ever
met," said Lisa Selinger, her Big Sister of eight years. "She never
complains about anything."
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 Marissa Schmidt on being awarded a CIBC Youthvision
Scholarship and for her volunteer work in the community," said Mike
Stevenson, CIBC Senior Vice-President for Western Canada. "Marissa was
selected for her overall commitment and work ethic. This award reflects
all her hard work at school, at home and in the community. We are proud
to support such an outstanding individual."
On September 29, 2011 West Lethbridge CIBC Banking Centre will be
awarding Marissa 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. She will continue to receive mentoring
from either Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada or YMCA until she
graduates from University. In addition, she will take part in CIBC
Money Smarts for Students Seminar to help her shape her financial
future as she prepares to head off to college or 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:
Nicole Davis, Senior Manager, CIBC Community Investment, Western Region
Nicole.firstname.lastname@example.org | T 403-974-6300 | C 403-819-7977
West Lethbridge CIBC Banking Centre is located at Unit 2-380 University Drive, Lethbridge, AB
The presentations will begin at 5 pm on Thursday September 29, 2011.