Six Grade 10 students from Lower Mainland awarded CIBC Youthvision™ Scholarships

Six Grade 10 students from Lower Mainland awarded CIBC Youthvision™ 
One-of-a-kind scholarship celebrates 15 years and 450 lives changed 
VANCOUVER, June 27, 2013 /CNW/ - CIBC (CM: TSX) (CM: NYSE) announced today 
that six Grade 10 students from British Columbia Lower Mainland 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 2013 British Columbia Lower Mainland recipients are: 
Aziza Abdul Qader    Vancouver, BC 
Anna Maria Baeva     Vancouver, BC 
Leo Ou Liu           Burnaby, BC 
Bhanu Sharma         Burnaby, BC 
Angela Winsu         Vancouver, BC 
Theresa*             Vancouver, BC 
For Vancouver native and student at Sir Winston Churchill SecondaryAnna Maria 
Baeva, one of 33 scholarship recipients this year, this scholarship marks the 
opportunity to achieve her long-term personal aspirations and goals. 
"It is such an honor to have won such a scholarship" says 15 year-old Anna 
Maria, "I am so proud of myself, and I know that many others are too. I am 
absolutely ecstatic to start my post-secondary endeavors, and am so excited to 
have the support of CIBC with me." 
"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 Mike Stevenson, CIBC Region Head of 
British Columbia and Northern Territories. "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." 
The 2013 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
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. 
*Full name withheld by request 
About CIBC
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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 
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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 
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 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 | 
T 416-304-5567 
Image with caption: " CIBC Youthvision scholarship winners and new friends 
pose for a photo in front of CN Tower in Toronto. Grade 10 scholarship winners 
from across Canada gathered in Toronto last week for a full-day inspirational 
event to celebrate the program's 15th year and over 450 lives changed since 
1999. L to R: BC's Anna Maria (Masha) Baeva, Daniel Scheffer, Aziza Abdul 
Qader and Caitlyn Lyver from Ontario. (CNW Group/CIBC)". Image available at: 
Image with caption: "CIBC Youthvision Scholarship winners from BC at event in 
Toronto - Grade 10 winners from across Canada gathered in Toronto last week 
for a full-day inspirational event, which included an online youth forum on 
academic success. The scholarship program is celebrating its 15th year and 
over 450 lives changed since 1999. L to R: Anna Maria Baeva, Daniel Scheffer, 
Aziza Abdul Qader, Angela Winsu and Bhanu Sharma. (CNW Group/CIBC)". Image 
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