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Ivey launches new awards to support increased access to programs for equity-deserving students

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  • Aug 30, 2021
Ivey launches new awards to support increased access to programs for equity-deserving students

Ivey is taking an important step toward supporting a more diverse community through the launch of 17 new awards intended to create increased financial resources for equity-deserving students across the School’s undergraduate and graduate programs. Dean Sharon Hodgson announced the new awards recently to Ivey’s faculty, staff, and students.

“These new awards are an important part of Ivey’s commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and will help to support equity-deserving students,” said Hodgson. “We are grateful to a number of donors for their generous support of the awards. It’s another example of the commitment of the Ivey community.”

The new awards include the following:

For equity-deserving students who self-identify as Black:

  • One award of $10,000 a year for three years for a student in the HBA program (in year one, the award can fund two students);
  • Two awards of $5,000 a year for three years for students in the MSc program;
  • One award of $22,500  a year for three years for a student in the MBA program; and,
  • Five awards of $10,000 each for participants in the Executive MBA (EMBA) program.

For equity-deserving self-identifying Indigenous* learners:

  • One award of $10,000 a year for three years for a learner in the HBA program (in year one, the award can fund two learners);
  • One award of $5,000 a year for three years for a learner in the MSc program;
  • One award of $22,500 a year for three years for a learner in the MBA program; and,
  • Five awards of $10,000 each for participants in the Executive MBA (EMBA) program.

*Indigenous refers to the Original People of Turtle Island (North America) including First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people of Canada as well as Native American, Native Alaskan, and Native Hawaiian people from the United States.

Equitable award application criteria and selection processes have been established in partnership with the Office of Indigenous Initiatives, along with partners on main campus, such as the Special Advisors to the President on Anti-Racism.

Erin Huner, Director of Culture and Inclusion at Ivey, said she is encouraged to see how the Ivey community came together to collaborate with its main campus partners to create the award criteria.

“As well, I am encouraged to see Ivey’s commitment to creating financial resources for equity-deserving students, which is an important step in supporting and sustaining efforts to build a more inclusive and equitable learning environment for Ivey students,” she said.

The new awards are part of Ivey’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Action Plan, which includes a number of initiatives to improve access for equity-deserving communities to business education and career pathways, and to create a more diverse Ivey community.