Two North York students have been awarded the prestigious RBC Future Launch Scholarship for Black Youth, which is a huge achievement for them both. Whitney Onobherhie, who is currently studying at Western University, and Peter Esemu-Ezewu, who is studying at Humber College, were among only 20 black youth recipients across Canada to receive this scholarship.
The scholarship comes with a generous bursary of $10,000 a year for up to four years, which can be used towards their academic and living expenses.
For both students, this scholarship represents an amazing opportunity to further their education and to make a difference in their communities. Whitney Onobherhie expressed gratitude towards non-profit organizations such as Careers Education Empowerment and NPower Canada, which have supported her career aspirations in computer science. She wants to give back to these organizations by using her passion for artificial intelligence to help humanitarian causes.
Peter Esemu-Ezewu, who is studying mechanical engineering, has a deep understanding of the transit obstacles faced by marginalized Canadians, particularly those in low-income communities. His dream is to engineer fast, frequent, and affordable trains that connect major cities across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). He also wants to help increase the number of railway terminals in low-income communities to allow for accessible intercity transportation.
For both students, this scholarship is not just a financial boost, but a way to make a meaningful impact in their communities. With the support of the RBC Future Launch Scholarship for Black Youth, Whitney and Peter can work towards their dreams of giving back to marginalized communities and creating positive change. This achievement should serve as an inspiration for other students who are passionate about their goals and want to make a difference in their communities.