Empowering Education Together

The Caribbean Canadian Association of Waterloo Region “CCAWR” aspires to award three (3) or more scholarships each year to qualified Caribbean-Canadian students.

These individuals must reside in the Waterloo Region, of Caribbean heritage and are accepted to attend College or University or a Post-Secondary Institution in Canada.  

Our goal is to promote academic excellence, foster leadership skills and encourage community involvement among our young adults.

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We offer a variety of scholarships for students wishing to pursue post education studies.

Find out more about our CCAWR scholarships and how to apply.

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Message from the CCAWR Scholarship Committee Chair

Nigel Henriques
The CCAWR has been incredibly blessed to be an integral part of the Kitchener-Waterloo community since it was established in 1973.

In keeping with our long-term vision of uniting the peoples of the Caribbean and to promote cultural, social and economic opportunities within our community, the CCAWR is the proud sponsor of a scholarship program that provides financial assistance via scholarships to our young adults since 2003. Each year we aspire to provide three (3) or more scholarships to qualified and well deserving Caribbean-Canadian students in our region.

"Education is the foundation of any productive, democratic, and civil society. Our investment in the knowledge and skills of our young adults is an investment today that will reap exponential benefits for the future of our community and society in general."

As the Chair of the Scholarship Committee since 2018, I am pleased to announce that to date we have awarded over 64 scholarships for over $63,000. We continue to make our mark in this arena as evidenced by the many lives that have been impacted by this worthwhile program and it is very rewarding and reassuring knowing that we have made a difference. Several our scholarship recipients have moved on to higher studies or embarked on illustrious careers and professions because of the financial assistance and moral support and encouragement that they have received from the CCAWR.


Despite our successes, we have a lot more work to be done to:

  • Motivate our young who if not encouraged may become dropouts or a statistic;
  • Provide increased funding to offset the ever-increasing cost of post-secondary education; and
  • Provide leadership, counselling, mentoring, career guidance and focus to the children in our communities.

I challenge you to become part of the solution. Get off the sidelines and bleachers and get on the field of volunteerism and participation instead of being a spectator. Become involved, interested, and integrated. This is our community and we need your time, talents, and financial support to make our future plans a reality.

Thank you to the remarkable sponsors and donors who have supported us over the years. We appreciate your support and look forward to our continued partnership.

We welcome new volunteers and financial sponsors to join us in this effort as we face an exciting future together.

Together we are stronger.

Nigel Henriques, Chair of CCAWR Scholarship Committee

The Scholarship Committee Team

The CCAWR Scholarship Committee team is made up of successful individuals in our community. They are dedicated volunteers that are committed to organizing and delivering the scholarship program. Through their efforts, we are able to raise funds, award scholarships, host the Annual Family Brunch and the Awards of Excellence ceremony.