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Bank seeks to fight racial discrimination with law school scholarship program

Thursday, February 04, 2021 @ 2:12 PM | By John Chunn

Scotiabank announced that it has developed a first-in-Canada scholarship program to increase the number of students pursuing a career in the legal profession with the intent to become advocates for anti-racism. Scholarship recipients will be selected based on several factors including their demonstrated experience in anti-racism advocacy and a clear articulation of how they will leverage their legal careers to tackle systemic discrimination.

“Like banking, the legal profession benefits enormously from the diverse perspectives of its members,” Brian Porter, president and CEO, Scotiabank, said in the bank’s press release. “The Scotiabank Program for Law Students endeavours to give the next generation of legal professionals a stronger voice and presence in furthering the fight against racial discrimination. We are confident that this first-in-Canada program will help create positive and lasting change for the benefit of all Canadians.”   

The Scotiabank Program for Law Students will enable each affiliated university to award one student per year a $10,000 scholarship renewable annually for the duration of their three-year degree. Each scholarship recipient will have the opportunity to meet with Scotiabank executives and members of the legal community and select participants in the scholarship program will be offered an internship opportunity at either Scotiabank, a law firm or another legal advocacy organization. A total of $540,000 in scholarship funds will be awarded to 18 students throughout the duration of the program.

Participating law schools are: University of Alberta, University of Victoria, McGill University, University of Windsor, the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University and Osgoode Hall Law School at York University.