TORONTO, ONTARIO – Humber College has received $500,000 from Scotiabank to help remove barriers to career advancement and increase access to education for youth from disadvantaged communities. 

Scotiabank’s gift is part of ScotiaRISE, the Bank’s 10-year $500-million initiative that aims to promote economic resilience among disadvantaged groups. Through this gift, Scotiabank will support 16 student cohorts of Humber’s Youth Transition Program, a free academic access program that helps young adults 19-29 in the community find their path to higher education. The 7-week program provides young adults with an immersive post-secondary experience that includes advising, mentoring, career exploration, and core academic skill-building while making meaningful connections to ongoing supports that will ease their transition to post-secondary and a meaningful career. At least 340 youth are expected to participate in the YTP through Scotiabank’s commitment.  

“This support from Scotiabank will help Humber to continue to provide deserving students with the opportunity to achieve academic and career success,” said Chris Whitaker, president and CEO, Humber College. “The Youth Transition Program creates a clear pathway to higher education with the supports in place to help students succeed.” 

Scotiabank will also establish the Scotiabank Meaningful Futures Scholarships, to support YTP students who choose to pursue postsecondary education after graduation. A total of 48 scholarships will be distributed over four years. 

“We are proud to support Humber in their endeavour to drive student success by helping youth continue to post-secondary education,” says Maria Saros, vice-president and global head of Social Impact at Scotiabank. “We recognize the importance of education in helping individuals gain financial independence, build successful careers, and contribute to their local economies at their fullest potential.” 

Humber recently exceeded its original $50-million goal as part of the Unlimited Campaign


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About Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning     

Humber College is focused on our students' future. Humber provides career-focused education to more than 38,000 full-time and 19,000 part-time students and professional learners in-person at three main Toronto locations and online. As a global leader in polytechnic education, Humber students receive in-depth theoretical learning and hands-on experience with applied research and extensive industry connections. A comprehensive range of credentials, including honours undergraduate degrees, Ontario graduate certificates, diplomas, apprenticeships, and certificates, prepare career-ready global citizens to move seamlessly from education to employment. More than 86 per cent of Humber graduates are employed within six months of completing their studies. Visit     

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Aaron Rathbone 
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Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning | 647.231.3947