Awards & Scholarships

students

DBEN strives to encourage black students in Durham to visualize their futures and pursue post-secondary studies to better prepare for their future

Educators

DBEN recognizes those who have demonstrated perseverance, excellence and leadership 

A scholarship and scholarship resource for students of the Black Diaspora in Canada

BFCN
SCHOLARSHIP

Activating Student Success Awards

 

Inspired by our work with renowned educator Principal Baruti Kafele, we work to mobilize the academic and community leadership of our students.

Since 2013, the Activating Student Success Awards (ASSA) recognizes outstanding leadership of Durham District School Board (DDSB) students in Grades 7 – 12 from the Black Diaspora. 

 

An annual event is held to celebrate students with the community to encouragement and empower youth as they strive for their dreams

Watch our videos to learn more

 

Current student awards

 

All awards are only open to current and/or graduating Durham District School Board (DDSB) students of the Black Diaspora

 

Four scholarships will be awarded to secondary students and four scholarships will be awarded to elementary students

Activating student success

MARK JOEL TRAILBLAZER

In honour of DDSB Educator Mark Joel, this $500 awarded will be granted to a student expressing the desire to purse post-secondary studies in Education

power in me

This $1000 award supports and fosters the pursuit of higher education among students who self-identify of Black and/or African descent

Initiated by Up North Naturals, this $250 award will be granted to a student pursing post-secondary education and who demonstrates an entrepreneurial spirit 

up north naturals entrepreneurial spirit 

QUEEN RISING

This $500 award will be granted to a student who is young woman pursuing higher education, and has demonstrated involvement in community work and/or social justice initiatives

EULEEN THOMPSON

This $250 award will be granted to a student pursuing post-secondary studies in the performing arts, theatre, music, dance, vocal studies, creative writing, film studies or film production

IFARADA INSTITUTE OF EXCELLENCE

Initiated by Ifarada, this $1000 award will be granted to a student who demonstrates leadership, resilience and an ability to overcome adversity of their personal circumstances

This $500 award will be granted to a student who has demonstrated a commitment to supporting community involvement through volunteer initiatives and team-building activities

NATIONAL BASKETBALL YOUTH MENTORSHIP PROGRAM (NBYMP) FOUNDATION

Interested in sponsoring or donating to an award?

 

Recognizing our students’ pursuit of excellence in academics and community leadership, DBEN Activating Student Success Awards (ASSA welcomes sponsers to support our ASSA recipients in actualizing their dreams

 

ASWR 2020 VIRTUAL RECOGNITION

 

 

DBEN EDUCATOR AWARD

 

The DBEN Educator Award is presented annually to a Durham District School Board (DDSB) staff member who exemplifies the DBEN motto of “Optimizing the educational experiences of Africa and Caribbean students in the DDSB” and who has demonstrated perseverance, excellence and leadership 

We recognize that to educate the youth is one of the noblest professions

criteria 

The selected individual advocates for new ways to improve educational outcomes for black students in Durham. This annual award is to acknowledge those educators who have created opportunities for students and staff in the Durham Region. 

  • Current or retired Durham District School Board staff member who is not a current DBEN executive member

  • Demonstrates and supports the DBEN Mission

  • Identifies as a member of the Black diaspora

  • Nominated and selected by the ASSA selection committee

 

BLACK foundation OF community networks (bFCn)

The Black Foundation of Community Networks is a great resource for students of the Black Diaspora looking  for scholarships. BCFN offers scholarships and a scholarship directory of awards in Canada 

Visit BCFN >

 

 
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