It's been decades since Vince Carter wore "Toronto" across his chest but the Raptors legend still has plenty of love for the area that he once called home.
The Paris Media Group recently announced the official launch of the Vince Carter Scholarship and Mentorship Program, offering scholarships to select private high schools in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area.
Per the official release, "the $25,000 dollar per student scholarship primarily targets high school students who have a passion for sports, music, film, fashion, broadcasting, media, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)."
Among eligible applicants for the scholarship are those that fall between ages 16 and 18 and will be entering Grade 11 or 12 in Fall 2021 and each year moving forward. The first participating school for the program launch is the J Addison School in Markham, ON.
The program is focused on - but not limited to - older students, but there are also auxiliary programs for students aged 10 to 15 years old. These programs will include summer camps for civics and careers, sports, fashion and film, music and leadership.
The official release adds that "while the programs are open to all, Vince Carter strongly encourages the Black community, Indigenous community, people of colour and young women to apply."
"Statistics show that there are lower numbers of minorities and women within the named employment sectors, executive positions associated with the noted program fields but more noticeably in the STEM sector."
Interested applicants may apply at www.parismedia.org/community/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to younger students, the Vince Carter Scholarship Program could help post-secondary students at York University, Seneca College and Ryerson University that are also pursuing careers in the identified scholarship program fields.
This marks the launch of Carter's scholarship program, and Toronto was selected as it is where he began his NBA career that lasted for 22 seasons and spanned four decades. Moving forward, a chief goal of the program is to be replicated in each of the other seven cities that Carter called home during his career.
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