When he’s not selling out arenas and venues being a stand-up comic, Russell Peters is showing he is also a stand up guy. As a comic who once donated $500,000 to a Canadian hospital, it’s no surprise that Peters is again giving back.
Peters has created the Russell Peters North Peel Scholarship, an award worth up to $20,000 and intended to finance up to three years of college. North Peel Secondary School is where Peters attended as a child, and is now offering what he can to give back.
“We all know Russell Peters is hilarious, but he has a serious side too—he’s serious when it comes to making a difference in his home town,” says Don Ablett, principal of North Peel.
North Peel, where Peters first discovered his love of comedy, is the largest vocational school in Ontario, Canada, and prepares its 750 students to enter the workplace, college, and apprenticeship programs to a higher degree. The award will be given to a graduating student in financial need who has a strong academic standing and will attend college in the fall.