Scholarship Recipients

Janice Grant

Before starting her journey at Centennial, Janice did not imagine her future so bright. Realizing that she needed to make a drastic change in her life, this single, working mother of two made the huge decision to return to school.

Janice chose the Hospitality Tourism Administration program that would lead to an exciting career and enable her to see the world and experience cultural wonders. During her time in the program, Janice took advantage of every opportunity offered at the College, which included studying overseas at Turku University in Finland, working abroad in Costa Rica, participating in the G20 Youth Conference in Garmisch, Germany and travelling to Russia, Spain, Poland, and Sweden. “Centennial opened up a world of opportunity and experiences for me,” Janice recalls.

She is now working full-time in sales and marketing for international freight company, Sea Cargo Air Cargo Logistics Inc. Janice is grateful to the donors who funded her scholarships and has been inspired to help others and give back to the community. “I truly hope someday, I will be able to help students to reach their goals the same way donors have helped me reach mine.  

I hope donors will continue to support similar scholarships because it does lead to great things.”


  • Greater Toronto Hotel Association Scholarship, 2015
  • Smart Serve Scholarship, 2015
  • Canadian Federation of University Women - Scarborough Scholarship, 2014

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Ryan Escourse

Ryan Escourse has always enjoyed working on cars, so his decision to enrol in Centennial’s Automotive Service Technician program seemed like a logical career choice.

But after graduating in 2012, Ryan realized he was becoming more and more fascinated with the design aspects of the automobiles he was repairing. Although he enjoyed fixing problems, he had the heart of a designer.

So Ryan decided to return to Centennial where he enrolled part-time in the Mechanical Engineering Technology - Design program. Although he wanted to continue repairing cars, he also wanted to explore the engineering and design side of the automotive world. Since returning to college, Ryan has very little spare time on his hands. He balances working full-time at Twin Hills Ford Lincoln in Richmond Hill, Ontario with studying part-time in the School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science. Ryan acknowledges that managing his finances can be challenging and he is grateful for the scholarships that have helped to pay his tuition fees. The financial assistance has given him the opportunity to focus more on his studies. Ryan explains that he likes to work hard, and strongly believes, “hard work doesn’t go unnoticed. It pays to do your best!”


  • Ray Smyth Memorial Award, 2015
  • Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating Scholarship, 2015

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Imade Emwindaru

Imade Emwindaru’s firsthand experience with a high school social worker sparked her interest to work with under-served youth. Imade says, “When I was young, it was good to know that whatever happened to you, there were always people to help when you needed it most.”

Through a genuine passion to help others, Imade was naturally drawn to the Child and Youth Worker program in Centennial’s School of Community and Health Studies. Her placement at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), was a truly valuable learning experience. Working with youth reaffirmed she was on the right career path.

Imade credits her academic and extracurricular activities for enriching her learning experience and opening up new worlds. She participated in a Global Citizenship and Equity Learning Experience to Arizona and Mexico that fueled her passion for social justice on a global scale. She says, “it was the best thing I’ve ever done and opened my eyes to issues of child labour and immigration.”

Already accepted into the Master of Social Work program at Ryerson and York University, Imade is now planning a career in the field of children’s mental health. She credits the scholarships for propelling her to go even further on her educational journey and is grateful to the donors for the support she has received. “Thank you for recognizing my abilities, my vision and for seeing something in me. These scholarships have lightened my financial burden and have allowed me to pursue higher education and finish something that I have started.”


  • Centennial College Graduate Golf Merit Scholarship, 2015
  • Kristi Harrison and Family Scholarship, 2015
  • Ed Blazo Memorial Scholarship - Child and Youth Care, 2015

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