2023 President’s Annual Report
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The Janes Family Foundation grants $500,000 to York University’s Tom Janes Award for Black Scholars

In October 2022, the Janes Family Foundation made a transformative contribution of $500,000 to York University to continue its support of the Tom Janes Award for Black Scholars, setting talented students up for long-term success.

This prestigious award, offered through LA&PS, was established in 2021 to foster Black students’ success throughout their academic journeys. The award grants $5,000 per student and is renewable for up to four years. Thanks to the renewed funding, students who joined the program in 2021-2022 will receive support for their fourth year of study. Additionally, 23 new students will be awarded $5,000 per year for up to four years. 

In addition to the Tom Janes Award for Black Scholars, five other donor-funded awards were introduced in 2021. Other awards include the Melissa Grelo Entrance Award for Black and Indigenous Excellence and the LA&PS Black Student Support Fund.