A Scholarship Fund for African Nova Scotians, 14-24 years of age

Established: 2009buddy-daye

About the Buddy Daye Scholarship Fund

Buddy Daye may be best remembered for his triumphs in the boxing ring. As the first Canadian Junior Lightweight Champion, he had an impressive record of 88 fights, 82 wins – 72 by knockout, with 21 of those occurring in the first round. After completing his career in the ring, he worked with numerous local, national and international regulatory boxing organizations, advocating

for better medical and safety standards for boxers as well as fair pay, and fairness in the rating process. Daye was inducted into to the Canadian Boxing Hall of Fame and the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame.

But there was more to Buddy Daye than his athletic prowess and achievements in the boxing world. He was a respected community member, who fought passionately for community, political and minority rights, especially on behalf of African Nova Scotians. He was a founding member of the Black United Front and the Black Learners Advisory Committee. He also played a key role in establishing the Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia. At the time of his passing, Buddy Daye was the Sergeant at Arms in the Nova Scotia Legislative House of Assembly. For years, he used his knowledge about the inner workings of government to help anyone who needed it. The interest of his fellow citizens was always at the forefront of his endeavors.


Eligibility Criteria

The Nominee must be African Nova Scotian between the ages of 14 and 24 and continuing his or her studies in the upcoming academic year. Any individual, school, youth group, community group or sports organization may nominate someone for the award (no individual can nominate himself/herself for the award).

Selection Criteria

  1. Applicants will be rated on:
  • Athletic accomplishments;
  • Community involvement (especially with respect to civil and human rights, or other activities beneficial to the community); and
  • Scholastic achievement in the previous 12 months (from July to June).
  1. Only activities done in a volunteer capacity will be considered.

Award Frequency

Typically scholarships will be awarded annually. However, the Donor reserves the right to award scholarships on a more or less frequent basis as income levels and the Foundation permit.

The deadline for nominations is April 30th.