Ten Grade 10 students from the GTA awarded CIBC Youthvision(TM) Scholarships

Ten Grade 10 students from the GTA awarded CIBC Youthvision(TM) Scholarships 
One-of-a-kind scholarship celebrates 15 years and 450 lives changed 
TORONTO, June 27, 2013 /CNW/ - CIBC (CM: TSX) (CM: NYSE) announced today that 
ten Grade 10 students from across the Greater Toronto Area have been awarded 
CIBC Youthvision Scholarships, valued at up to $38,000 each. This year marks 
the 15(th) anniversary of the one-of-a-kind scholarship, which in partnership 
with Big Brothers Big Sisters and the YMCA, has changed the lives of over 450 
young people. 
CIBC Youthvision helps high-potential young Canadians who might not otherwise 
have the financial ability to pursue a college or university education. This 
unique program provides scholarships to students in Grade 10, which is when 
many at-risk kids lose focus at school due to peer pressure, lack of role 
models and financial pressures. The scholarships provide tuition support, six 
years of paid summer internships and dedicated mentoring through the YMCA or 
Big Brothers Big Sisters. 
The recipients are: 
Priya Girdharie                                 Toronto, ON 
Samantha Hartman                                Toronto, ON 
Sidra Khan (Neil Morgan Award recipient)        Brampton, ON 
Savannah Menton (Athlete Award recipient)       Toronto, ON 
Austin Pay                                      Orangeville, ON 
Anannya Sahadev                                 Toronto, ON 
Aliza Siebenaller (Athlete Award recipient)     Toronto, ON 
Taufiq Stanley                                  Toronto, ON 
Banujan Thambithurai                            Scarborough, ON 
Logan Winterhelt                                Toronto, ON 
                                              
Tahirah Stanley, 2005 recipient and Toronto resident, reflects on how the 
Youthvision Scholarship made all the difference in her life. 
"I am one of ten children born into a single parent household" said 
23-year-old Tahirah, Founder and Project Coordinator for Theatre for Peace, a 
program helping youth use performing arts to address violence. "Winning the 
CIBC Youthvision Scholarship gave my mother the opportunity to take a breath 
of relief, and focus on the well-being of her other children. Without this 
scholarship my life would have turned out completely different. I am not a 
statistic because of this generous gift. The CIBC Youthvision Scholarship 
helped my family overcome one of the many barriers that face low-income 
families." 
John Polanyi Collegiate Institutestudent Savannah Menton, one of 33 
scholarship recipients this year, explains how it feels to pursue an education 
without worrying about her finances. 
"Having the huge weight of paying for post-secondary lifted off of my 
shoulders has given me a breath of relief" says 15-year-old Savannah, one of 
three Youthvision Scholarship Athlete Award recipients added this year, in 
recognizing impressive leadership in community sports as part of CIBC's 
commitment as lead sponsor of the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games in 2015."This 
scholarship is just a reminder of the potential that I do have to be the best 
I can be, and I will use it to reach that potential." 
"CIBC Youthvision is, and has always been, about investing in Canada's young 
people so they can reach their full potential and build a better future for 
themselves and their families," says Tracy Best, CIBC Region Head in GTA East. 
"On behalf of CIBC, Big Brothers Big Sisters and the YMCA, I extend my 
congratulations to these exceptional scholarship recipients and wish them 
every success on achieving their academic, personal and life goals." 
Recipients recently attended CIBC's first-ever Youth Forum in Toronto, where 
past recipients, their mentors and families and a panel of experts gathered to 
examine the issues youth face while pursuing their academic goals. A video 
archive of the webcast is available at 
https://webcasts.welcome2theshow.com/cibc2013scholar
Password: CIBC 
Scholarship winners receive up to six paid summer internships through the YMCA 
that begin right after Grade 10, and annual contributions towards tuition for 
four years. 
Over the past 15 years, CIBC has invested more than $170 million in programs 
to support children and youth-in-need. 
About CIBC
CIBC is committed to supporting causes that matter to our clients, employees 
and our communities. We aim to make a difference in communities through 
corporate donations, sponsorships and the volunteer spirit of employees. With 
a strategic focus on Kids, Cures and Community, and employee commitment to 
causes including the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure, 
the CIBC Children's Foundation and United Way, we are investing in the social 
and economic development of communities across the country. In 2012, CIBC 
group of companies contributed more than $38 million to charitable and 
non-profit initiatives in Canada to support national, regional and local 
organizations. To learn more, visit www.cibc.com. 
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About the CIBC Youthvision Scholarship Program 
Each year the CIBC Youthvision Scholarship program commits more than $1 
million to make post-secondary education dreams a reality for youth-in need, 
ultimately helping to break the cycle of poverty in their family. Now in its 
15(th) year, this one-of-a-kind program has already helped over 450 students 
and committed over $15 million. To be eligible, Grade 10 students must be 
enrolled in a mentoring program with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada or the 
YMCA. Students receive ongoing mentoring from either Big Brothers Big Sisters 
of Canada or the YMCA until they graduate from their post-secondary education. 
In addition to the 30 students who receive the scholarship annually, beginning 
in 2013, three additional scholarships have been awarded to students showing 
exceptional athletic potential, as part of CIBC youth legacy commitment as the 
Lead Partner of the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games. 
Along with the scholarship, each student participates in a CIBC Money Smarts 
for Students Seminar and a mentoring session with CIBC professionals to help 
them shape their financial and professional futures. For more information 
visit www.cibc.com/youthvision 
CIBC Digital Youth Forum on Academic Success in Toronto 
In celebration of CIBC Youthvision's 15(th) anniversary, scholarship 
recipients attended a first-ever digital CIBC Youth Forum on Academic Success 
on June 20 in Toronto. Moderated by MTV Host Aliya-Jasmine Sovani, the forum 
connected recipients, their families and mentors from the past 15 years with a 
panel of experts to discuss issues youth face while pursuing their academic 
goals. Panellists included: Dr. Joanne Cummings of PREVNet; Adam Van 
Koeverden, Pan Am Athlete; Jamie Golombek, CIBC; Megan Thomas, YMCA York 
Region Employment and Community Services; Pattie Lovett-Reid, CTV Host; and 
Eugenia Canas of MindYourMind. 
*An archive of this webcast is available at  
https://webcasts.welcome2theshow.com/cibc2013scholar
Password: CIBC 
A Word from CIBC Youthvision Partners: 
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada - "Having a volunteer mentor such as a Big 
Brother or Big Sister inspires young people to realize their goals and 
aspirations. Unfortunately inspiration alone isn't enough.This is why we are 
so fortunate to have a partner like CIBC," says Bruce MacDonald, President & 
CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada. "The CIBC Youthvision Scholarship 
Program has been helping young people in our programs have the opportunity to 
strive for a better future by attending post-secondary education.Time and 
time again, we hear that these young people would never have made it beyond 
high school without the support of CIBC.For this we are eternally grateful." 
YMCA - "These youth are a great example of how young people who are given the 
chance to grow, learn and dream, can reach their full potential. With a 
strong start on their path to higher education, they will each have a great 
future," says Medhat Mahdy, President and CEO, YMCA of Greater Toronto."Our 
partnership with CIBC allows the YMCA to create a supportive environment where 
young people flourish and build the foundation for a healthy community." 
For more information and to interview the scholarship winner, YMCA or  Big 
Brothers Big Sisters representative, or CIBC representative, please  contact: 
Roderick Cumming, Senior Director, Communications Roderick.Cumming@cibc.com, 
416-304-5567 
Image with caption: "CIBC congratulates 2013 CIBC Youthvision Scholarship 
winners - 33 new grade 10 students from across Canada, including 10 students 
from GTA. Scholarship winners gathered in Toronto for a full-day inspirational 
event last week, which included an online youth forum on academic success 
moderated by MTV Host Aliya-Jasmine Sovani. The scholarship program is 
celebrating its 15th year and over 450 lives changed since 1999. (CNW 
Group/CIBC)". Image available at:  
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