Five Grade 10 students from Hamilton-Niagara Region awarded CIBC Youthvision(TM) Scholarships

Five Grade 10 students from Hamilton-Niagara Region awarded CIBC 
Youthvision(TM) Scholarships 
One-of-a-kind scholarship celebrates 15 years and 450 lives changed 
HAMILTON, ON, June 27, 2013 /CNW/ - CIBC (CM: TSX) (CM: NYSE) announced today 
that five Grade 10 students from across the Hamilton-Niagara Region 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. 
The 2013 Hamilton-Niagara Region recipients are: 
Denzel Innis          Hamilton, ON 
Dawape Isekeije       St. Catharines, ON 
Darlene Lyon          Hamilton, ON 
Brandon Winnicki      Welland, ON 
Kevin*                Hamilton, ON 
CIBC Youthvision helps high-potential young Canadians who might not 
otherwisehave 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. 
Camilo Sanchez Galindo, 2011 recipient and Hamilton resident, reflects on how 
life has changed just two years after receiving the Youthvision scholarship. 
"As I look back now, I realize how many doors have been opened since winning 
the Scholarship" says 18-year-old Camilo, who was recently accepted to 
McMaster University. "I would not be where I am today if not for those doors 
that were open. Thanks to the scholarship, I can only imagine what the future 
holds as I enter University in September." 
With so many opportunities and choices ahead, Denzel Innis, one of the 33 
scholarship recipients for 2013, explains how it feels to pursue an education 
without worrying about his finances. 
"I honestly couldn't tell you how happy and relieved I am to be awarded this 
scholarship" says 15-year-old Hamilton resident Denzel, one of three CIBC 
Youthvision Scholarship Athlete Award recipients added this year, recognizing 
impressive leadership in community sports as part of CIBC's commitment as lead 
sponsor of the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games in 2015. "To be one of the students 
chosen for this amazing opportunity is an indescribable feeling." 
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 
https://webcasts.welcome2theshow.com/cibc2013scholar
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 Jonathon Dent, CIBC Region Head GTA West. 
"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. 
* Full name withheld by request 
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. 
Tweet: #cibcyouth @cibc 
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: "Hamilton's Denzel Innis celebrates his 2013 CIBC 
Youthvision Scholarship as one of this year's inagural Athlete Award winners. 
(CNW Group/CIBC)". Image available at:  
http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130627_C3672_PHOTO_EN_28558.jpg 
Image with caption: "A group of Ontario grade 10 students celebrate winning 
2013 CIBC Youthvision Scholarships at a youth forum in Toronto - L to R: Sidra 
Khan, Melan Mustafa, Caitlyn Lyver, Darlene Lyon, Denzel Innis, Rayna 
Critchley, Braydon Middaugh and Shania Reed. The scholarship program is 
celebrating its 15th year and over 450 lives changed since 1999. (CNW 
Group/CIBC)". Image available at:  
http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130627_C3672_PHOTO_EN_28559.jpg 
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