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Class of Pan Am 2015: 30 students awarded CIBC Youthvision Scholarships

Unique program lays foundation for success with tuition, mentorship and job experience

TORONTO, June 22, 2015 /CNW/ - CIBC (TSX:CM) (NYSE:CM), the Lead Partner of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, is pleased to announce this year's CIBC Youthvision™ Scholarship winners, who will be officially introduced as the Class of Pan Am at a special two-day forum in July.

This one-of-a-kind scholarship program, now in its 17th year, supports high-potential Grade 10 students from across Canada who might not otherwise have the financial means to pursue a higher education.

This year's 30 recipients will receive up to $38,000 in funding, mentorship and job experience. The Class of Pan Am will also experience the thrill of watching some of the world's best track and field athletes go for gold on the final weekend of the Games at the CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Athletics Stadium.

"I can't express enough how honored I am to be chosen for such an amazing opportunity," says Shivani Sharma, a CIBC Youthvision Class of Pan Am recipient from Burnaby, B.C. who grew up in a single-income household. "I'm looking forward to the years to come so I can give back to the community in return for the hope they have given me. Thanks for everything CIBC!"

Helping children obtain education and inspiring them through the power of sport are among CIBC's core beliefs. As part of our sports legacy to the Games, CIBC introduced the CIBC Youthvision Scholarship Athlete Award in 2013, which is given annually to three students who demonstrate excellence in sport and sport leadership. This year's recipients are from Edmonton, Fredericton and Mississauga.

"At CIBC, we are strongly committed to supporting Canada's youth by helping them achieve their academic and career goals on their way to becoming strong leaders of tomorrow," says Sharon Mathers, Senior Vice-President, Communications and Public Affairs, CIBC. "On behalf of CIBC, I would like to congratulate this year's outstanding CIBC Youthvision Scholarship Class of Pan Am recipients."

The recipients are:


Olivia Blevins    Barrie, ON
Shannon Humm    Burlington, ON
Shivani Sharma   Burnaby, BC
Gabriella Ekman   Collingwood, ON
Madison Pirie    Duncan, BC
Bethany Jantz    Edmonton, AB (Pan Am/Parapan Am Athlete Award)
Olivia Blizzard    Fredericton, NB (Pan Am/Parapan Am Athlete Award)
Maryam Niaz Muhammad  Hamilton, ON
Michelle Tyacke   Langley, BC
Saher Aslam    Mississauga, ON (Pan Am/Parapan Am Athlete Award)
Neala Edward   Scarborough, ON
Ananya Xavier   Scarborough, ON
Amelia Coull    St. Catharine's, ON
Angelica Coull    St. Catharine's, ON
Michael Cross    St. Catharine's, ON
Amy Speers    St. Thomas, ON
Madison Stokley   St. Thomas, ON
Quade Howald   Sudbury, ON
Preston Reed McInnis  Tecumseh, ON
Brandon DeSousa   Thorold, ON
Vea Katrina Capiral   Toronto, ON
Sydney Clayton   Toronto, ON
Chedi Mbaga    Toronto, ON
Rheign Venisse Morales Toronto, ON
Kishan R*    Toronto, ON
Sangida Rahman   Toronto, ON
Yaye Balde    Vancouver, BC
Luca Whittaker Camaiani  Vancouver, BC
Donna Pham    Vancouver, BC
Sheena Stachura   Yorkton, SK


* Last name withheld by request

To date, CIBC has invested more than $15 million in the CIBC Youthvision Program to help improve the lives of more than 500 Canadian youth.

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About the CIBC Youthvision Scholarship Program

Each year the CIBC Youthvision Scholarship program commits more than $1 million to make post-secondary education dreams a reality for high-potential grade 10 students. This one-of-a-kind program is awarded at the critical time in grade 10, which research shows relieves financial stress, builds confidence and self-esteem and encourages independence by enabling life and educational planning. Now in its 17th year, this program has helped more than 500 students. To be eligible, Grade 10 students must be enrolled in a mentoring program with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada or the YMCA. For more information visit

SOURCE Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

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or to interview a scholarship winner, a representative from YMCA, Big Brothers Big Sisters or CIBC, please contact:

Kevin Dove, Head of External Communications, 416-980-8835 or