Scholarships Open Door to Success for Toronto Youth

    TORONTO, Aug. 28 /CNW/ - On Thursday, August 30, 82 Greater Toronto Area
youth will get the jump on a brighter future through receiving scholarships
valued at more than $150,000 from the Hope for Children Foundation.
    The Hope for Children Foundation Scholarship Program offers financial
support to youth who were formerly in the care of the Catholic Children's Aid
Society of Toronto, and who have been accepted into a college, university or
training course.
    "We know that education is key to liberating these youth from urban
poverty or underemployment," said Mary Bowyer, Executive Director, Hope for
Children Foundation. "Paying for college or university is an impossibility for
many youth in care who lack the financial and emotional support of their
parents," added Ms. Bowyer.
    Former Crown ward, Lucy Anacleto says she always dreamt of attending
university, "Once I turned 10 years old I went around telling everyone, 'when
I grow up I'm going to be a doctor!'" But after coming into care as a result
of abuse in the home, the possibility of achieving her dream started to fade.
"I began to feel isolated and hopeless about my future. I feared that I
couldn't achieve my dream of attending university because I simply would not
be able to afford it," said Lucy. She dropped out of high school before
reaching a turning point in her life.
    Her caseworker, Anita Strauss, encouraged her to return to high school so
that she could apply for university and a Hope for Children Foundation
scholarship. "Lucy has the focus and capacity to be successful at anything she
sets her mind to," said Ms. Strauss. "She is a wonderful, articulate young
lady who is wise beyond her years." This fall, Lucy is entering her third year
of Women Studies at Concordia University. She is considering a career in law
or journalism, and eventually plans to go into politics. "I guess you could
say that I lost my dream temporarily, but I regained it thanks to the support
of the Foundation."
    Lucas Lawrence struggled through school with a learning disability. He
never thought university was a possibility, but after a year of working in the
construction industry he was able to return to school with the help of the
Hope for Children Foundation. "The Foundation scholarship helped cover the
cost of tuition and made my transition back to school easier," said Lucas.
Last year, he successfully completed the Academic Bridging program at the
University of Toronto with above-average marks. This fall, Lucas, who is an
active volunteer with Toronto's Out of the Cold/Heat program, will return to
the University of Toronto to begin a four-year degree in Architectural
    Since 1986, the Hope for Children Foundation has awarded more than
$1 million in scholarships and special achievement grants. Recipients of the
Scholarship Program have achieved a 90% graduation rate.

    The Hope for Children Foundation supports prevention programs, including
independent living programs for adolescents, post-secondary scholarships,
emergency and enhancement grants, education planning and advocacy, and
community support programs for families.

For further information:

For further information: or to request an interview with scholarship
recipients please contact: Anne Rappé, Manager, Communications, Catholic
Children's Aid Society of Toronto, Tel. (416) 395-1506, Email:

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