Honouring Black Achievers: The Path to the Optimus SBR Excellence Award

Grace Oha BBA Candidate '25
Grace Oha

This year’s recipient of the Optimus SBR Award of Excellence is Grace Oha (BBA ’25). The Award is given to a third year BBA student who demonstrates financial need, exhibits academic excellence, and who self-identifies as Black. The award is renewable for the student’s fourth year should they show continued strong academic standing.

“Receiving the Optimus SBR Award of Excellence has not only been a tremendous honour but also a great help for me in pursuing my academic goals,” said Oha. “Optimus SBR’s commitment to fostering excellence in education has made a significant impact on my life, and I am genuinely grateful for this opportunity.”

Oha is currently on an exchange program, and the Award has played a crucial role in making this enriching experience possible. The financial support she has received will not only aid her during her time abroad but will also extend its positive influence into her final year of university.

“At Optimus SBR, we recognize the importance of removing barriers that hinder the success and growth of Black Canadians,” said Kevin Gauci, CEO, Optimus SBR. “Our decision to establish a scholarship is based on a desire to provide students with educational opportunities. It represents our pledge to promote inclusivity, academic excellence, and our dedication to effect positive change in our communities.”

To learn more about establishing an award, please email Catherine Hardman, Director of Philanthropic Engagement chardman@schulich.yorku.ca.