Awards & Scholarships
Activating Student Success Awards
The Activating Student Success Awards (ASSA) recognize outstanding leadership of DDSB students (Grades 7 – 12) representing the Black Diaspora. Inspired by our work with renowned educator Principal Baruti Kafele, we work to mobilize the academic and community leadership of our students. Since 2013, more than 100 students have been nominated and 50+ have been formally recognized by DBEN.
An annual event is held during May as a time for student celebration, community connections, encouragement, and the empowerment of our youth as they strive for their dreams
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OUR Student AWARDS
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 donations to support our ASSA recipients in actualizing their dream
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
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 (bcfn)
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