Scholarships Ensure Tough Economic Times Don't Dampen Dreams

    TORONTO, Aug. 24 /CNW/ - On Wednesday, August 26, 2009, nearly 100
Greater Toronto Area youth will be one step closer to achieving their
educational aspirations when they receive scholarships valued at more than
$195,000 from the Hope for Children Foundation.
    "This year's economic climate has made it difficult for students to land
summer jobs to pay for their post-secondary education," said Mary Bowyer,
Executive Director, Hope for Children Foundation. "The Hope for Children
Foundation's Scholarship Program provides the vital emotional and financial
support needed by youth in care to pursue an education," she added.
    Former Crown Ward David Horvath is a passionate advocate for education
and credits the Scholarship Program for his success. "The Scholarship Program
gave me what I needed to follow my dreams and achieve my goals. I would not be
where I am today without this support." David has graduated from the
Pre-Health and Science Program at George Brown College and will begin studying
to be a paramedic through the Paramedics Program at Humber College. In his
spare time, he works with youth in care to help them realize their educational
goals through the Voyager Program at Ryerson University. "I want to be a role
model for youth and show them that anything is possible if you are determined
to fulfill your dreams."
    Nevena Seke is a talented youth who likes to dream big. The 18-year-old
Crown Ward studied theatre at the Etobicoke School of Arts and had her first
acting role in a short film at the Cannes Film Festival. Inspired by her grade
one teacher, who is now her foster parent and mentor, Nevena will be attending
McMaster University in the fall and hopes to eventually practice family law.
"The Hope for Children Foundation and my foster family have been extremely
supportive of my goals. With their help, I am able to take this next big step
and start university."
    Since 1986, the Hope for Children Foundation has awarded more than $1.2
million in scholarships and special achievement grants. Recipients of the
Scholarship Program have achieved a 90% graduation rate.

    The Hope for Children Foundation supports independent living programs for
adolescents, post-secondary scholarships, emergency and assistance grants,
education planning and advocacy, and community support programs for families.
    The Hope for Children Foundation Annual Scholarship Event will be held on
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at 5:00 p.m. the Great Hall, Hart House, University
of Toronto, 7 Hart House Circle, Toronto.

For further information:

For further information: or to arrange an interview with a youth in
advance or on the day of the event, please contact: Anne Rappé, Manager,
Communications, Catholic Children's Aid Society of Toronto, Tel. (416)
395-1506, E-mail:

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