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Recipient of the Justice Donald McLeod Black Legends Bursary: TENISHA




University of Guelph-Humber

Field of Study/ Major

Justice Studies

Please share what the Bursary program has meant for you so far in your post-secondary journey (mentorship, financial aid, career assistance)

The bursary provided by the Pinball Clemons Foundation holds immense significance for me, representing far more than just financial aid. As a recipient, this opportunity is a beacon of mentorship, financial support, and career assistance, all of which align with the distinguished legacy of Justice Donald F. McLeod.

The mentorship aspect of the bursary is particularly impactful. Being associated with Justice McLeod, a trailblazer in the legal profession, opens doors to invaluable guidance and insights. His experience as a litigator, community advocate, and educator at Queens University Law School provides a rich foundation for mentorship that extends beyond traditional academic boundaries.

Financial aid, provided through the bursary, eases the burdens associated with pursuing legal education. It allows me to focus more on my studies, extracurricular activities, and community involvement without the constraints of financial worries. This support is not merely about covering tuition but signifies a belief in my potential and a tangible investment in my journey towards becoming an agent of change.

In addition, I have applied to attend the Lincoln Alexander School of Law, inspired by the impactful legacy of Lincoln Alexander and his tireless efforts in championing justice and equality. I hope to continue his work and make a meaningful contribution to the legal profession. The Lincoln Alexander School of Law represents an ideal environment for me to further my education and pursue a path aligned with the values of Justice McLeod and the Pinball Clemons Foundation.

In essence, this bursary is not just a financial boost; it is a transformative opportunity that inspires me to follow in the footsteps of Justice McLeod and Lincoln Alexander. As a recipient, I am motivated to leverage this support to become an agent of change, a true advocate for justice, and a responsible contributor to the community. The Pinball Clemons Foundation's commitment to mentorship, financial aid, and career assistance, combined with my aspiration to attend the Lincoln Alexander School of Law, provides a powerful foundation for my journey towards a future dedicated to the principles of justice, equality, and positive societal impact.

⁠Any comments you would like to share about being matched with the Black Legend that your September 2023 Bursary was named after.

Justice McLeod's journey, from being the first Black law student to graduate from Queens University Law School to his noteworthy career as a litigator and subsequent appointment to the Ontario Court of Justice, is a testament to resilience, excellence, and a commitment to community and social justice. The Pinball Clemons Foundation's bursary not only acknowledges academic achievement but also embodies a commitment to empowering individuals from diverse backgrounds to pursue legal education and contribute to positive change. Furthermore, the career assistance provided by the Pinball Clemons Foundation is a bridge between academic achievement and practical application. The foundation's commitment to community engagement aligns with Justice McLeod's dedication to social justice. This connection not only expands my network within the legal community but also facilitates opportunities for me to contribute meaningfully to community initiatives.

2023 Academic/Personal Highlight

These are some of the scholarships and award that I won: University of Guelph-Humber Student Leadership Scholarship (2023) Jerome Henry Foundation (2023) The Judge Donald McLeod Bursary (2023) The Leonard Fund Scholarship (2023)


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