2019-2020 Scholarship Fund

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Are you a student thinking of applying for the FYI scholarship?

Youth aged 17-29 who are attending/will attend a Canadian university in the 2020/2021 academic year and live, work, volunteer, and/or go to school in York-South Weston are eligible to apply! Preference will be given to youth actively involved in FYI programs. 

Applications for the 2020/2021 round of scholarships will open on May 1, 2020. 

FYI Youth 

Want to know more about the FYI Scholarship Fund?

Since 2005, FYI's Scholarship Fund has given $65,000 to 52 youth. Celebrate this achievement with us - DONATE to our 2020-2021 Scholarship Campaign and help us reach our goal of $25,000!

Amon Beckles’ mom, Nadia, holds a portrait of Amon (2005)

The FYI Scholarship Fund, now in its 15th year, is in commemoration of Jamal Hemmings and Amon Beckles, Toronto youth who were lost to gun violence in November 2005. Jamal and Amon were participants in FYI’s daily programs and will be remembered for their positive, vibrant personalities and dance skills. The FYI Scholarship Program supports our community’s youth towards a brighter future through funding support for various forms of education including college, university, training, trades, and certificate programs.


How does donating to the FYI Scholarship fund make a difference?  


FYI Youth at the Scholarship Award Ceremony 

Your donation can have a huge impact on a youth's ability to pursue a post-secondary education! Here is what past winners have had to say about how receiving the FYI Scholarship is important to help youth who are seeking a post-secondary education:


“Being a recipient of the FYI scholarship has been extremely helpful in my 1st year at Ryerson. It has allowed me to focus more on my academics and less on work, which gives me more time for studying and course review. I know if I had not received the scholarship, the stresses of work and school life would have taken a toll not only my academics, but my mental health as well. ” - Stephen, 2019 FYI Scholarship Recipient

2019 FYI Scholarship Winner with Board Chair, Doug Brooks, and Executive Director, Shaneeza Nazseer Ally

“I can now say thank you FYI for giving me a scholarship that not only motivated me more to attend school but also gave me the opportunity to do it. This scholarship helped me and my family overcome my financial needs as I was able to cover my personal expenses while attending school. I can also say that it gave me the opportunity to focus more on my studies as I did not have to worry about how I was going to get the money to travel to and from school. I encourage people to help FYI achieve their scholarship goals for the upcoming year because the impact a scholarship can make in someone’s life is unbelievable. I am always thankful and as a York South-Weston resident and as an immigrant, I can proudly say that thanks to FYI I am now part of those who could attend post-secondary.”

- Daniel, 2019 FYI Scholarship Recipient

“FYI’s scholarship is a great way to support students and help them get a post-secondary education.  Thanks to the scholarship, I have been able to focus less on working and more on studying as I was able to use the scholarship money to help pay for books and transportation. The scholarship is a great way to remove barriers and make the path to graduation a smoother journey for those who may need the extra help!” 

- Princess, 2019 FYI Scholarship Recipient


Want to contribute to our scholarship campaign?

DONATE to our 2020-2021 Scholarship Campaign and help us reach our goal of $25,000!

2019 FYI Scholarship Winners at FYI’s Annual General Meeting (October 2019)

 Any questions, concerns, or requests to make a donation: 

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Post-Secondary Education Lead