Funding the Afrofuture
I founded Outerregion as a platform for situating my hybrid media/performance art practice. So far I’ve been collaborating with Karen, my sister, who is the co-writer of this blog. We look forward to working with Darren O’Donnnell and Natalie DeVito of Mammalian Diving Reflex who will be our mentors as we establish our company. Our upcoming projects include a performance in Nuit Blanche, which will soon be confirmed, and a performance/exhibition featuring Miss Canadiana as Hamilton’s homecoming queen at the Print Studio Gallery in Hamilton.
In my quest for stability, I have also decided to return to school. I will start the Master of Environmental Studies program at York University in September. Drawing on my practice, I will explore home, belonging, canadian identity and decolonization. My big challenge now is how to finance this decision. I am searching for contract and/or part-time work. I’m also looking for opportunities to speak and lead workshops on how to “Be the message, not just the messenger” to organizations who want to get the word out in not the usual ways and activists who need new tools for public engagement. I’ve also been looking for scholarships, bursaries etc, and found some specifically for African Canadian students. I will pass these on to you. Please send this info out to students you know who may qualify.
This one is not specifically for Black students. A veritable plethora of student awards can be found at http://www.studentawards.com You can also find them on twitter. This is a program where you register and you’re matched with awards that fit your profile and you receive information about awards by email. I’m wary of sites that ask for so much information and are fed by advertisers but they have a privacy clause about what they do with your info so make sure you check it out thoroughly.
Eva Smith Bursary:
Eva Smith was an African Canadian whose work investigated issues of equity, discrimination, women rights, youth rights and educational access. There are scholarships available through her organization for applicants who are in need of financial help and who have a record of volunteer service in the African Canadian community. The deadline is August 31. Go to http://evasmithbursary.ca/apply-for-bursary/ for an application form or call (905) 525-9140 ext. 6032
BBPA National Scholarship:
This award is for you if you have high academic achievement, can demonstrate financial need and have made a recognized contribution to the Black community. You have to be between 17 to 30 years of age as of September 1st of the year in which the scholarship is applied for and enrolled in a full time degree (undergraduate or graduate), diploma or certificate program at an accredited Canadian college or university. Applications must be received at the office of the Black Business and Professional Association no later than 4:00 p.m. EST on Friday, May 28, 2010.
For enquiries please contact their website or call (416) 504-4097
The Annual Heritage Scholarship:
This scholarship is available to Black-Canadian students who are descendents of the Underground Railroad. The deadline is July 15 but since the website was not updated since 2005, I am not sure if the award is still available. Check with your school’s financial services department to see if they know anything about it.
The Jamaica Canadian Association provides a number of small scholarships for students from Caribbean community who are pursuing post-secondary studies in Ontario Universities and colleges. The deadline is July 30. Check out http://www.jcassoc.org/ for more information and an application form.