Local teen wins $38,500 CIBC Youthvision Scholarship
London Community News
Herman Mustafa, a Little Brother at Big Brothers Big Sisters of London & Area, has been awarded a CIBC Youthvision Scholarship valued up to $38,500.
“I was very happy and also very surprised ... it was unexpected,” said Mustafa, 15, in a news release. “My family was shocked.”
Mustafa didn’t think it was possible for him to win the scholarship because his brother Meran, who is currently in Grade 12, won the award two years prior.
But, Mustafa’s ambition and hard work ethic made him an excellent candidate. With his mother overseas and his father unable to work to do his disability, this scholarship will make a difference in Mustafa’s academic life.
“It takes off a lot of stress. My first four years will be covered by the scholarship,” said Mustafa, “It’s a great scholarship.”
The CIBC Youthvision Scholarship targets high-potential young people who might not have the opportunity to attend university or college. It includes six years of summer internships through the YMCA, beginning right after Grade 10, and up to $4,000 in annual contributions towards tuition for four years.
In addition, Mustafa will participate in a CIBC Money Smarts for Students Seminar, which will aim to help the students shape their financial futures as they prepare for university or college.
To be eligible for this scholarship, students must be enrolled in mentoring programs at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada or the YMCA. This scholarship gives the winners financial stability and support to achieve their dreams.
Mustafa has big dreams. Currently a Grade 10 student, Mustafa excels in school and cannot wait to further his education. He hopes to study biomedical science in university or attend The Richard Ivey School of Business. But, Mustafa is also contemplating studying both in his post-secondary career.
Bruce MacDonald, president & CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada, is grateful for the opportunity the CIBC Youthvision Scholarship provides for the young people enrolled in their mentoring programs.
“The CIBC Youthvision Scholarship Program has been helping young people in our programs have the opportunity to strive for a brighter future by attending post-secondary education.”