YMAP Student Funds Post-Secondary Education, thanks to CIBC Youthvision Scholarship


“It has changed my entire outlook towards my future.”

CIBC announced today this year’s 30 Grade 10 recipients of the CIBC Youthvision™ Scholarship Program. Valued at up to $38,000 each, the scholarships will help make it possible for these high-potential students to attend college or university and reach their full potential.

Each year, CIBC commits more than $1 million to the CIBC Youthvision Scholarship Program. Since its inception in 1998, that commitment has totalled $16 million to help improve the lives of more than 530 Canadian youth.

YMCA Calgary winner Anosha Riaz says, “When I heard that I was on of the recipient of the 2016 CIBC Youthvision Scholarship, I couldn’t believe it. But as the saying goes that dreams blossom in wakefulness, I saw my dreams turning into reality with this joyous news.Without the support of the scholarship, it would have been quite arduous to see my dream of higher education getting realized. CIBC Youthvision Scholarship has paved the ways for me to achieve my aims of post secondary education. This award has soared my courage and infused a new zeal and zest in  me. It has changed my entire outlook towards my future. Now I can see future prospect quite bright. I am extremely indebted to CIBC for supporting me and others like me to pursue our cherished goals.”


This program is unique in that it begins in Grade 10 and supports the student for up to six years, depending on the length of their post-secondary pursuits. During that time, the students are given annual paid summer internships, dedicated mentorship and funding for tuition. Partnering with the YMCA as administrator of the internship program, and Big Brothers Big Sisters, CIBC Youthvision targets Grade 10s when many are at-risk of losing focus at school due to peer pressure, lack of role models and financial pressures.

“CIBC Youthvision is about investing in young people and giving them the opportunity to nurture their abilities and reach for their dreams,” says Veni Iozzo, Senior Vice-President, Communications and Public Affairs, CIBC. “Each year, we are so impressed by all of the recipients and the accomplishments they have made so far. On behalf of CIBC, congratulations to this year’s winners. We are honored to help them grow in their education and pursuit of excellence.”

The 2016 recipients are:

Jalen Albers-Wallace Hamilton, ON
Jemelia Allen-Brown Oshawa, ON
Cassandra Bernard Coquitlam, BC
Samantha Burridge Prescott, ON
Sarangan Chandrakumar Toronto (Scarborough)
Sarah Chief Saskatoon
Jacob Dalling Vancouver
Amy Dawkins Collingwood, ON
Kingsley Dworin Toronto
Natasha English Guelph, ON
Aiyanna Glenister Saskatoon
Krishnavenkata Gorantla Toronto (Scarborough)
Matthew Goulborn Stoney Creek, ON
Sharon Huang Vancouver
Shahrukh Khan Hamilton, ON
Calleena Kokoski St. Catharine’s, ON
Paulina Martin Port Moody, BC
Jessica Mayhew Niagara Falls, ON
Kiara Overton Edmonton
Maria Pedraza-Kercher Burnaby, BC
Zachary Piette London, ON
Anosha Riaz Calgary
Shamary Stinson Hamilton, ON
Ani Su Vancouver
Joanna Tran Vancouver
Benite Umukundwa Hamilton, ON
Rhea Verma Brampton, ON
Jewel-Rose Marie White Hamilton, ON
Crystal Wilson Mission, BC
Yunni Yang Toronto

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 high-potential grade 10 students. This one-of-a-kind program is awarded at the critical time in grade 10, which research shows relieves financial stress, builds confidence and self-esteem and encourages independence by enabling life and educational planning. Now in its 18th year, this program has helped more than 530 students. To be eligible, Grade 10 students must be enrolled in a mentoring program with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada or the YMCA. For more information visit www.cibc.com/youthvision.