Empowerment Squared is pleased to announce the launch of the Joan C. Stewart Community Leadership Scholarship. This is the organization’s first scholarship – a new form of support for refugee, immigrant and newcomer youth who participate in Empowerment Squared’s academic mentoring program to succeed in post-secondary education and ultimately empower themselves and develop their capacity to serve our community. The organization hopes to increase the number of scholarships available to its young leaders and welcomes inquiries about support.

Joan C Stewart Community Leadership Scholarship
Established in 2017 by Mark John Stewart, former Chair of Empowerment Squared’s Board of Directors, to recognize the exceptional community contributions of his mother, Joan C Stewart. This award is given to one student annually, who is commencing post-secondary studies at Ontario universities and colleges, and, in the judgement of the selection committee, demonstrates outstanding academic achievement and community leadership. The student must be an active participant with Empowerment Squared programs.


  • Applicants must be active participants in Empowerment Squared academic programs
  • Applicants should supply a filled out application form, their high school transcripts, proof of enrolment in first year studies at Ontario universities and colleges in 2017, and a 1-2 page essay outlining their community contributions and what they hope to achieve through their post-secondary education
  • Applications should be emailed to or delivered in hard copy to an Empowerment Squared administrator
  • Applications are due by June 1, 2017
  • The selected candidate will be advised by June 10, 2017

Download a copy of the application form here: Application Form