Two Grade 10 students from Winnipeg awarded CIBC Youthvision(TM) Scholarships

Two Grade 10 students from Winnipeg awarded CIBC Youthvision(TM) Scholarships 
One-of-a-kind scholarship celebrates 15 years and 450 lives changed 
WINNIPEG, June 27, 2013 /CNW/ - CIBC (CM: TSX) (CM: NYSE) announced today that 
two Grade 10 students from Winnipeg, Cassandra Sanderson and Chantelle 
Chernick, 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 youth 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. 
Gabrielle Lisi, 2005 recipient and Winnipeg resident, remembers how the CIBC 
Youthvision Scholarship changed her life and the life of her family. 
"My father raised myself and my brother on his own and my father had a very 
limited income as he is disabled and unable to work" says 23-year-old 
Gabrielle, who is currently pursuing a Law Degree at the University of 
Manitoba. "When my father and I received the news that I had won the CIBC 
Youthvision Scholarship, I did not immediately realize what it would mean for 
the rest of the family, but my father certainly did. It would mean that my 
father, in depending on my scholarship paying for my undergrad, could 
concentrate on saving enough money to support my brother in his undergraduate 
studies. Thus, in winning the Youthvision Scholarship, this amazing 
opportunity to pursue post-secondary studies was afforded not only to me, but 
also to my brother." 
For Maples Collegiate student Cassandra Sanderson, one of 33 scholarship 
recipients this year, this scholarship marks a first for her family. 
"It's very exciting and a lot to take in" says 15-year-old Cassandra. "I now 
have a chance at fulfilling my dreams and to be the first one in my family to 
go to college or university and get a good job!I feel so lucky." 
This year's 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 
"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 Tom Weber, CIBC Region Head in Central 
Canada. "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." 
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
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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: "Winnipeg's Cassandra Sanderson and Chantelle Chernick 
celebrate winning 2013 CIBC Youthvision Scholarships at event in Toronto - 
Scholarship winners from across Canada gathered in Toronto for a full-day 
inspirational event last week. The scholarship program is celebrating its 15th 
year and over 450 lives changed since 1999. (CNW Group/CIBC)". Image available 
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