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RBC launches 10th Annual Black History Month Student Essay Competition

30 scholarships up for grabs for grade 12 students across Canada

TORONTO, October 15, 2018 - As part of the celebrations for next February’s Black History Month, the Royal Bank of Canada today announced a call for submissions for the 10th Annual RBC Black History Month Student Essay Competition. This year there are 30 available scholarships, including three top prizes of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,500.

The competition is open to all Canadian grade 12 students who are applying to a Canadian post-secondary school for the 2019/20 academic year. It asks students to learn about and share their thoughts on how black Canadians have helped to define Canada’s diverse heritage and identity through their achievements and contributions to the broader society.

Celebrating the past, present and future contributions of black Canadians, the competition, now in its 10th year, is one of a kind in Canada and has provided scholarships to more than 130 students since its inception. It celebrates the rich cultural mosaic that makes this country so unique, while helping to offset the ever-increasing cost of post-secondary education.

“It’s amazing to think it has been 10 years since this competition began,” said Kris Depencier, Greater Toronto Regional President, RBC. “Each year I continue to be so impressed by the talent and quality of the essays, and this year I expect will be no exception. Good luck to all the entrants, I look forward to reading your brilliant words about part of Canada’s rich history and future.”

The competition will be judged by a jury of community leaders from across Canada, and the winners will be announced on February 8, 2019. Essays must be 750 words or less and must be submitted by December 7, 2018. Full details can be found online at

Winners will be celebrated during Black History Month, when all Canadians are invited to participate in festivities across the country.

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For more details:  Ciaran Dickson, RBC, 416-313-7947