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2016 RBC Students Leading Change Scholarship opens call for applications

Scholarship application deadline is February 23, 2016

TORONTO, November 26, 2015 - Students continue to place a priority on social good and inspiring change in their communities and around the world. To help bring students closer to these goals, RBC is pleased to announce the opening of its application process for the RBC Students Leading Change Scholarship

Now in its 10th year, the program provides $150,000 in scholarships to 15 of Canada’s most civic-minded students in three categories: Graduating High School or CEGEP, First Undergraduate Degree or Diploma, and Second Degree or Diploma. In addition to the monetary scholarships, six scholarships are paired with a ME to WE Trip to be taken in the Summer 2017. The trips create life-changing experiences for youth, families, groups and individuals in partnership with ME to WE.

Applications are now open and available online. Students are encouraged to submit their applications before the February 23, 2016 deadline.

“It’s no longer just about academic pursuits for today’s students. They’re socially conscious and want to affect positive change both at home and in the world around them,” said Mandy Mail, director of Student Banking. “We want to enable students by providing funding for their tuition and an opportunity for a unique hands-on experience that will help them develop the skills they need to lead that change.”

Alexa Scarcello, a 2014 RBC scholarship recipient, travelled to Kenya in May 2015 to participate in her ME to WE trip. Describing her experience as “transformative” and “eye-opening”, the Queen’s University student said her time in Kenya provided her with an opportunity to re-evaluate her priorities.

“Alexa Scarcello, a 2014 RBC scholarship award recipient, spending her last day in Kenya with some students from the Free the Children school Emori Joi Primary School”.

“From their sense of community to their hospitality, the cultural mindset of the Kenyan people was infectious. This experience truly resulted in a significant shift in my perspective and fueled a passion in me to continue to give back and be a leader of change, both in my local community and abroad,” she said.

“Young people are driven to learn about and contribute to the world around them, and are passionate about making a positive difference,” said Craig Kielburger, co-founder, ME to WE & Free The Children. “Thanks to the RBC Students Leading Change Scholarship, we are able to help young people realize their dreams of making a difference in their communities and around the world through tangible, on-the-ground experiences in our Free The Children developing communities, and by supporting them in their education. Together, we can help outstanding students reach their goals of changing the world.”

Scholarship recipients are selected for their excellence in academics, with a strong emphasis on civic and volunteer engagement. Please see terms and conditions for full details.

Being a recent recipient of the Students Leading Change scholarship, Alexa offers students three pieces of advice when filling out the scholarship application:

  1. Do your research
  2. Be unique and highlight what makes you stand out
  3. Take your time filling out applications for scholarships and write multiple drafts

Apply for the RBC Students Leading Change Scholarship online at The deadline to apply is 3 p.m. EST on February 23, 2016.

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