Roxann Whittingham

Roxann Whittingham / Black Empowerment Education Fund

This award was established through the generosity of Roxann Whittingham, founder of the Black Education Empowerment Fund (B.E.E.F.) to encourage a higher representation of black students at Georgian College’s Orillia campus.

According to research (Robson et al, 2018), black students face much higher adversity to get post-secondary education; specifically, TDSB published research indicated that 43% of black high school graduates do not even apply to post-secondary institutions, therefore B.E.E.F aims to promote enhanced access to higher education to the black student populace, while stimulating diversity in the college community.