By michelle-lee : The Firgrove Scholarship Fund was started by Maryan Hilowle who came to Canada from Somalia in 1993. She struggled financially but graduated from Humber College with a Business Management Certificate in 1999 and paid off her student loan in 2006. She had a part-time job and volunteered in her Jane/Finch neighborhood. Together with Lorraine Anderson they scouted local businesses for assistance in supplying knapsacks full of school supplies for kids who needed them. She also helped establish a scholarship for post-secondary students who have been involved in community service in the Jane/Finch area. Their efforts were given a huge boost when the Painters and Allied Trade International Union, which has an office in the area, became involved. The Union office pledged $5,000 a year. To date approximately 6000 backpacks have been distributed and 30 young people have received $1,000. Scholarships. The scholarship is named for the public housing complex where the organizers live. This year’s scholarship recipients are:
Ahmed Osman, for his volunteer work at community BBQs and the local school. He studies Business Administration at Seneca College
Shannon Holness who volunteers at Firgrove Learning Centre and is on the Board of Directors of York University’s Black Student Alliance mentoring program. She is a 4th year student at York University studying Human Rights and Equity
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