Empowering youth through education, more than 400 scholarships for fall 2020
$6.5 million in scholarships awarded to 1,400 Canadian students since 2017
TORONTO, Aug. 12, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, as the United Nations marks International Youth Day 2020 and the power of engaging young people to make a difference, Rogers Communications celebrates the Ted Rogers Scholarship Class of 2020. More than 400 students will begin their post-secondary studies with the scholarship program this fall. Building on the legacy of Rogers founder Ted Rogers, these scholarships help aspiring young leaders overcome barriers to accessing post-secondary education.
In a year where Canadian high school graduations were marked with yard signs and virtual proms instead of commencement speeches and cap-and-gown celebrations, the rite of passage for this year’s class is unlike anything we’ve seen before – and their back-to-school experience may look different, too. And yet, for these future scientists and nurses, teachers and lawyers, engineers and artists, their commitment to a better path ahead is unwavering. These scholarships are a meaningful way to help young Canadians discover their potential, strengthen our communities, and build a brighter future.
“Our founder, Ted Rogers, believed deeply that one of the best ways to strengthen Canada was to create opportunities to empower young people. To this day, it remains true that few things have the power to change the trajectory of one’s life like education,” said Joe Natale, President and CEO, Rogers Communications. “I am inspired by the optimism and value of community service inherent in this year’s Class of 2020 Ted Rogers Scholarship recipients. We at Rogers are honoured to play a small role in helping this group of rising Canadian leaders fulfill their post-secondary goals, and can’t wait to see how they leave their mark as they shape our collective future.”
Ted Rogers Scholarships provide $2,500 renewable scholarships for up to four years or $10,000 to recognize young leaders across Canada who are giving back to their communities in a meaningful way, all nominated by our 17 national partnership organizations including Big Brothers Big Sisters Canada, Boys & Girls Clubs Canada, YMCA Canada, Right to Play, Indspire, and Pflag Canada. Entrance scholarships of $2,500 are also provided to Rogers employees or their children. Collectively, this year’s class represents 10 provinces, 82 cities or towns, with 75% of community recipients as members of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) communities. Some of this year’s phenomenal recipients are featured in this video.
Now in its fourth year, Ted Rogers Scholarships has awarded $6.5 million in scholarships to recognize the incredible achievements of 1,400 young Canadians who have given back to their communities and as they embark on post-secondary studies. These recipients represent the best of what Canada is today, and more importantly, what our country will look like tomorrow.
This year we celebrate the Ted Rogers Scholarship recipients as part of The 60 Project, a year-long initiative to mark Rogers 60th anniversary by giving back and building a stronger Canada – from volunteering, monetary donations, and fundraising support; to investing in Canada and the networks that keep Canadians connected.
We are bringing this commitment to life by partnering with community organizations like Food Banks Canada, Women’s Shelters Canada, Big Brothers Big Sisters Canada, and Pflag Canada; providing Ted Rogers Community Grants to support organizations that help youth succeed inside and outside the classroom; investing in a 100% Canadian-based customer service team and in our networks to help Canada’s economy thrive and grow; and connecting the next generation to education and the support they need to build a bright future. The 60 Project is about making hope possible, right here, in the Canadian communities we call home.
Rogers is a proud Canadian company dedicated to making more possible for Canadians each and every day. Our founder, Ted Rogers, purchased his first radio station, CHFI, in 1960. We have grown to become a leading technology and media company that strives to provide the very best in wireless, residential, sports, and media to Canadians and Canadian businesses. Our shares are publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RCI.A and RCI.B) and on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: RCI). If you want to find out more about us, visit about.rogers.com.