Through a partnership with Universities Canada — the voice of Canada’s universities and a national leader in scholarship management for more than 50 years — RBC will award 450 scholarships of $1,500 to youth (aged 15 to 29) who are part-time or non-students through three application windows in 2020.
Unlike traditional scholarships, applicants are not required to submit their grades or transcripts to be considered.
Recipients will instead be selected based on their drive, commitment to lifelong learning, and how they plan to pursue their chosen learning opportunity. Applicants are also able to submit more non-traditional reference materials, such as visual art, music, poetry, or video blogs they have created.
The funds can be used to support a wide range of learning opportunities, including short-term courses, workshops, certificates, or online training – and their associated costs (tuition, travel, tools, books, etc.). Universities Canada will administer, adjudicate, and award the scholarships across the country.
“We’ve listened to Canadian youth and believe our reimagined scholarship will better address the support young people need to thrive in today’s rapidly-changing economy,” said Mark Beckles, Senior Director, Youth Strategy and Innovation, RBC. “By enabling young people to learn a new skill or build on existing ones, we are empowering them to create a stronger future for themselves.”
The program adds to the list of many academic scholarships supported by RBC – and is made possible through a donation from the RBC Foundation in support of RBC Future Launch — an initiative designed to help Canadian youth prepare for the jobs of tomorrow. Launched in 2017, the initiative is directing $500 million to programs supporting skills development, networking, work experience, and increased access to mental well-being supports and services.
The first application deadline for is April 30, 2020. To learn more, visit RBC Future Launch Scholarship.
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