Janes Family Foundation announces $500,000 in new funding for Black students

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The Janes Family Foundation is providing $500,000 in new funding to York University to support the Tom Janes Award for Black Scholars.

This generous award for incoming Black students in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies offers $5,000 per student and is renewable for up to four years. The renewed funding will cover the fourth year of study for students who joined the program in 2021-2022 and will grant $5,000 per year to 23 new students for up to four years.

The positive impact of this additional funding will encourage more students to enroll and continue their educational pursuits while relieving financial pressure.

Lem and Karen Janes created this important award in memory of Tom Janes, Lem’s late brother, business partner and best friend.

“My brother Tom made it a priority to take time and help out folks who needed a boost to succeed,” said Lem Janes. “The Tom Janes Scholarships allow us to continue in that same spirit by partnering with York and supporting these students.”

Michele Johnson, associate dean students said: “We would like to offer our sincere thanks to the Janes Family for their incredible generosity in creating and supporting this award for Black students in LA&PS. This award – which is available to students over multiple years – will assist our students on their academic journeys and help them to realize success in their chosen fields.”

The Tom Janes Award for Black Scholars was one of six new donor-funded awards for Black students announced by LA&PS’ Advancement team in 2021. More information about the student application processes for these awards will be posted on the LA&PS Awards Search website.