Bright Futures Bursary Program Gets Funding Boost

May. 01, 2013

For youth in care of the Children’s Aid Society, the ability to pursue a post-secondary education from a financial perspective seems almost impossible. Many of these youth already have overwhelming financial responsibilities including paying for rent, groceries, and other necessities.

With the help of the TD Canada Trust Merv Lahn Community Development Fund, an $8,750 grant was awarded to the Children’s Aid Society of London and Middlesex to fund the CAS Bright Futures Bursary Program that was started by the Sisters of St. Joseph 10 years ago. Since the Sisters of St. Joseph launched the Bursary Program with their initial donation, the Bursary Program has enabled more than 135 youth in the care of CAS to attend post-secondary education.

CAS presents Bright Futures Award to the Sisters of St. JosephThe Bright Futures Bursary Program reinforces and highlights the value of post-secondary education and encourages youth who are, or were part of the child welfare system to pursue educational goals that they may have previously thought were impossible. Research indicates that youth in care who are able to worry less about their debts and financial challenges are more likely to achieve their educational dreams. Children’s Aid Society of London and Middlesex report seeing an increase in confidence and optimism in their bursary recipients that have enabled them to complete their education and give back to their community.

On November 1, 2012 at the London Convention Centre, the Children’s Aid Society of London and Middlesex presented the Bright Futures Award to the Sisters of St. Joseph for their visionary and foundational role in launching the CAS Bright Futures Bursary Program.

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