Black Culture Bursary

Initiative by Courtside Sneakers and BCSPEI

The Black Cultural Society of PEI (BCSPEI) has launched the third annual Courtside Black Culture Bursary for post-secondary students. The Bursary awards $1000 each to three Black students on PEI annually to help defray post-secondary education costs. The Bursary is awarded based on the recipients’ demonstrated financial need, community support and involvement, and leadership qualities.

The Bursary was developed in partnership with, and is fully funded by, local athletic footwear retailers, Courtside Sneakers. It was launched in the summer of 2021. 

At the time of the Bursary’s launch, Nathan Clark, owner of Courtside Sneakers had this to say: “Courtside is a business that wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for Black culture. Over the past year we’ve watched, listened, and continue to learn more about how serious a problem racism and inequity are in our society. Moving forward, we will further educate ourselves and be a positive force and role model when it comes to social justice. With this in mind, my wife and I have decided to create the Courtside Black Culture Bursary Fund.”

BCSPEI Executive Director Tamara Steele says she was pleased with the idea to develop this bursary program because many scholarship and bursary programs are not open to international students whose tuition fees are so much higher than those of domestic students. She says, “In the past two years, we have helped six students to pay their school fees through this program, and we look forward to making a difference in the lives of many more this year and in years to come.”

The Courtside Black Culture Bursary is open to all students of African descent who are registered in an undergraduate-level university or college degree/diploma program in PEI commencing in either September 2023 or January 2024 (bursary payments will be issued in January 2024). The competition is open to both domestic and international students, including students on study visas, permanent residents, students with refugee status, and citizens.

Applications can be submitted either in person at the BCSPEI office or by email to admin@bcspei.ca. More information, including the guidelines and application form, can be found at bcspei.ca. The deadline to apply is November 3.