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Budding Toronto Raptors star Scottie Barnes establishes new scholarship program for local youth

It took Toronto about five minutes to fall in love with budding Toronto Raptors star and current NBA Rookie of the Year Scottie Barnes. Now, the young phenom is making his commitment to the local community felt by establishing a new scholarship in collaboration with Skilled Trades College of Canada.

Four scholarships will be awarded to Black and Indigenous students “to kickstart their career in the skilled trades industry.”

Applications are open beginning today and closing on Sept. 30.

“We want to jumpstart people’s futures and expose them to exciting career opportunities they may not have considered before,” said Barnes. “Through this scholarship with STC, we hope to empower the next generation of tradespeople and present them with new life opportunities. There are multiple routes to career success and the trades are one of them.”

According to a press release,  the Scottie Barnes Scholarship is aimed to provide more educational opportunities to underserved communities and youth in Canada. Students will “get the skills to pay the bills,” which is a phrase Barnes used while visiting school campuses.

Students who are awarded scholarships, which are valued at $20,000 each, will be able to apprentice in a trade of their choice and have tuition and learning materials covered for the duration of the program.

Here is how to apply for a Scottie Barnes Scholarship:
  1. Get Social: Post your application video on Instagram or TikTok and tag @STC_Canada, as well as submit your name, number, date of birth, email, and address via direct message;
  2. Email Scottie: with your application video and all pertinent information;
  3. Text Scottie: Text 647-869-8053 with your application video and all pertinent information; or
  4. Submit Online: Fill out this online form and submit your video.

For more information on the scholarship, go here.

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