Victor Garcia and Mauricio Ospina shared with 360FM the new program for hispanic latinos students where they can get financial and mentorship from leaders from our own community. Ryerson University announced the launch of new university entry awards for Hispanic/Latino students, supported with over $100,000 in funding from visionary members of that community.
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The new student awards improve access to quality post-secondary education, entrepreneurship, mentor-ship and career guidance, and provide crucial support to students in financial need. The awards invite Hispanic/Latino students to begin a “race to the top,” with the support of their own community in Canada. At the heart of the new awards program is the connection to mentorship, both from successful business, academic and community leaders, and peers within the university. This combination of personal and financial support for up to four years at Ryerson will ensure more Hispanic students have access to the tools they need to succeed.
Ryerson University President and Vice-Chancellor Mohamed Lachemi, said, “Embracing the emerging talents of diverse groups and strengthening connections among us are values we embrace fully at Ryerson. We are grateful to this community of supporters for creating new opportunity for students to build success through their generosity.”
The initiative to create the awards was led by inaugural donors Victor Garcia and Mauricio Ospina. Additional donors include Ana B. Ramirez, Guillermo Schible (Schible Law), Karen & Ricardo Pascoe, Malicki Sanchez Law, Dr. Maria Carmen Romero, Dr. Marlinda Freire, Dr. Sabrina Faust Zúñiga, and Telelatino Network Inc./Univision Canada.
“This is an exciting time in Canada, when an ethnic community partners with a major university to help create future leaders through financial assistance, mentoring and guidance,” said Victor Garcia, adjunct professor, Schulich School of Business, and member of the 2015 PanAm Parapan Board of Directors.
The new awards were announced in conjunction with the opening of the call for nominations for the 10 most influential Hispanic Canadian awards – an annual event celebrating achievements by members of the community. The “10 most” is also aimed at fostering excellence, and highlights the importance of role models and mentorships among the community. The 10 most is presented by TD Bank with Telelatino Network Inc. as the ethnic media partner. This year’s awards program are organized by the Hispanic Business Alliance in partnership with the Canadian Hispanic Congress.
For more information, visit www.ryerson.ca.
Applicant can go to: www.ryerson.ca/content/dam/curre…spanicstudent.pdf