TD Funds Black Student Opportunity Grant
February 11, 2011
TD Bank will provide a $1 million gift to Dalhousie University to aid students from the black community in pursuing post-secondary education. The TD Black Student Opportunity Grant is a co-ordinated effort to provide support based on financial need and academic potential and includes the support of an outreach program for African Nova Scotian junior and senior high students aimed at creating role models, encouraging academic aptitude, and providing motivation and incentives for students to attend a post-secondary institution.
"Access to university for capable students should be the right of every Canadian, regardless of their origins. Early mentoring can inspire dreams which later can be achieved with essential financial supports provided at just the right moment," says Tom Traves, President and Vice-Chancellor, Dalhousie University. "TD Bank Group's tremendous gift to Dalhousie University will inspire and support young people from Nova Scotia's black community to dream and build a better future for all of us."
"We're delighted to partner with Dalhousie University on the scholarship," says Bruce Shirreff, Senior Vice President Atlantic Region, TD. "The initiative ties in strongly with our commitment to promote success in education for black youth and enhance Canadians' knowledge and sense of pride in the role of the black community in our history."