DEGREES FOR
OUR YOUTH

We are a Canadian non-profit organization that help students from low-income families attend a degree program by providing financial assistance and mentorship.

We believe where you start in life shouldn’t dictate where you finish

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Studies show that university graduates earn

    66% more

    than high school graduates over the course of their lifetime.

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    Students from low-income families have

      55% less chance

      of going to university, compared to those from middle and high-income families.

      WHAT WE PROVIDE TO STUDENTS

      • $5,000 CAD 
      • Mentorship with a university graduate from same area of study as the student

      WHY WE ARE DIFFERENT

      • Grass roots approach – we work with high school educators to help students apply
      • Early timeline – we select the award winner before university applications open, encouraging the student to apply
      • Inclusive award criteria – we only ask that the student is
        from a low income family

        HOW WE DO IT 

        We set the criteria for High School students who are eligible for the award.

        Partner with High Schools located in Ontario’s low-income neighbourhoods.

        Rely on High School educators to nominate and help students submit the application.

        Award committee reviews application and selects the recipient.

        Pair the award winner with a mentor to check-in periodically during the first year of university.

        Award is paid to the student upon confirmation of University enrollment.

         HOW STUDENTS USE OUR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

        YASSER

        Yasser wants to attend university for his area of interest but unlike other faculties with higher funding, there’s not enough financial assistance for prospective students .

        SOFIA

        Sophia’s family relies on her income for meeting day to day expenses. Pursuing university has not even crossed her mind with the financial responsibilities she has at home. 

        ARUNA

        Aruna plans on working part-time while attending university to cover expenses. However, upon starting University, she realizes how challenging the coursework is and that she needs to commit more hours to school to be successful.

        Our vision is to establish a degrees for our youth award in every low income tax bracket in Canada.

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