Five Grade 10 students from B.C. awarded CIBC Youthvision™ Scholarships

Flagship education program includes tuition grant for four years and summer internships for six years

BRITISH COLUMBIA, June 18, 2012 /CNW/ - CIBC (TSX: CM) (NYSE: CM) announced today that five Grade 10 students from British Columbia have been awarded CIBC Youthvision Scholarships, valued at up to $38,500 each.

CIBC Youthvision targets high-potential young people who might not otherwise have the opportunity to pursue a university or college education by supporting them as they complete high school and in funding their post-secondary education.

Scholarship winners receive up to six summer internships through the YMCA that begin right after Grade 10 and up to $4,000 annual contribution towards tuition for four years.

"Through programs such as CIBC Youthvision scholarships, CIBC is investing in Canada's children and young adults so they can build a better future. The CIBC Youthvision Scholarship provides the winners with financial stability allowing them to focus on their educational goals," says Sharon Mathers, Senior Vice-President of Communications & Public Affairs, CIBC. "On behalf of CIBC, I congratulate these five B.C. young people and this year's other 25 scholarship recipients and wish them every success in achieving their academic goals."

The recipients are:

Serena Guan     Vancouver, BC
Paloma Llerena Carrion   Vancouver, BC
Cassidy Kennedy    Victoria, BC
Eric Leonard Vila    Victoria, BC
Cheyann Newman    Quesnel, BC

The CIBC Youthvision Scholarship Program, now in its 14th year, has helped more than 420 young Canadians. Youthvision alumnus Andrew McLaren says, "The CIBC Youthvision Scholarship changed everything. That is when my plans became concrete. It was no longer about what I could afford or having to make do with what was close by. It allowed me to realize my dream of becoming a teacher."

"Having a volunteer mentor such as a Big Brother or Big Sister inspires young people to want to realize their goals and aspirations," says Bruce MacDonald, President & CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada. Unfortunately inspiration alone isn't enough. This is why we are so fortunate to have a partner like CIBC,"

"The CIBC Youthvision Scholarship Program has been helping young people in our programs have the opportunity to strive for a brighter future by attending post-secondary education. Time and time again we hear that these young people would never have made it beyond high school without the support of CIBC. For this we are eternally grateful," Says Bruce.

About CIBC

CIBC is committed to supporting causes that matter to our clients, 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 Kids, Cures and Community, 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 2011, CIBC group of companies contributed over $35 million to charitable and non-profit initiatives in Canada to support national, regional and local organizations. To learn more, visit

About the CIBC Youthvision Scholarship Program

Each year the CIBC Youthvision Scholarship program commits more than $1 million to make post-secondary education dreams a reality for youth-in need, ultimately helping to break the cycle of poverty in their family. Now in its 14th year, this one-of-a-kind program has already helped 420 students and committed over $14 million. To be eligible, Grade 10 students must be enrolled in a mentoring program with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada or the YMCA. Students receive ongoing mentoring from either Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada or the YMCA until they graduate from their post-secondary education. In addition to the scholarships, each of these students will take part in CIBC Money Smarts for Students Seminar helping them shape their financial futures as they prepare to head off to college or university. For more information visit

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For further information:

For more information and to interview the scholarship winner, Big Brother Big Sister representative, or CIBC representative, please contact:

Sean Hamilton, Director, External Communications & Media Relations | T 416-304-8456

Erin Truax, Senior Manager, Community Investment l T 403 974 6300 l C 403-819-7977

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