Black MBA'S partner with Xerox Canada to provide funding & internships for students

    Toronto Chapter of the National Black MBA Association continues to
    actively seek Canada wide applications for its 2009 Scholarship program
    jointly supported by Xerox Canada

    TORONTO, April 28 /CNW/ - The Toronto Chapter of the National Black MBA
association is putting its money where its mouth is to help remove the
barriers for minority students to obtain a degree in business. The
organization has partnered with Xerox Canada to provide $3000 scholarships to
visible minority undergraduate and MBA students across Canada.
    The issue of barriers to education and the availability of funding is a
real concern to potential and current students. In their paper "Mind the
Access Gap" researcher officer's at Canada's Millennium Scholarship Foundation
identified finances as one of three main barriers to post secondary education.
Enrolled students are also subject to the pinch - financial reasons were cited
by one in five of those who discontinued their post secondary studies. In the
current economic climate, students are further challenged with the prospect of
rising tuition costs in parallel to reductions in the source of funds from
loans, scholarships and even summer jobs.
    "Our partnership with Xerox not only provides funds that will help offset
educational costs, but also provides an unparalleled opportunity for students
to obtain internships at one of Canada's top corporations" said Damon Knights
the NBMBAA's Toronto Chapter President.
    As a show of support for the initiative, Kevin Warren, president and CEO,
Xerox Canada, launched the scholarship program during a recent speaking
engagement at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management. "At
Xerox we believe that investing in individuals is critical in building
Canada's future leaders" said Mr. Warren. "We also recognize that
organizations can play a role, not just out of moral obligation but to address
a business need. It's good for Canada...good for business...and good for
    Applications for the scholarships and internships will be evaluated along
the criteria of academic achievement, recognized contribution to the community
and demonstrated leadership skills.
    The deadline for applying for one of the NBMBAA/Xerox Canada scholarship
is May 15th, 2009. Interested students and parents can download and print an
application form from the NBMBAA website ( or contact NBMBAA Canada
at to receive an application form in the mail.

    About NBMBAA Toronto:
    As a professional membership organization of Black graduates with MBAs,
advanced degrees, and entrepreneurs, the mission of the Toronto Chapter is to
increase the number as well as the diversity of successful Blacks in Canadian
businesses by increasing awareness and facilitating access to graduate
management education programs and career opportunities in management fields.
    The long-term goal of NBMBAA Toronto is to grow Canadian chapters
nationwide. NBMBAA Toronto membership is open to business professionals,
entrepreneurs, and MBA and business students. For more:

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Ivan Francis, Vice President,
Strategy & Marketing, Toronto Chapter, National Black MBA Association, (647)
269-9898,; Damon Knights, President, Toronto Chapter,
National Black MBA Association, (416) 624-8789,

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