Scholarships and Awards

Empowerment Squared Scholarships and Awards support newcomer, marginalized youth and adults in accessing post-secondary education and continuing education by reducing financial barriers and providing a mentorship and advice network.

Program Details

Who can apply?

  • Youth applicants (high school student or post-secondary student) must be a current or past participant of an Empowerment Squared program
  • Adult applicants must be a current or past participant of an Empowerment Squared program or the parent/guardian of a participant in an Empowerment Squared program
  • Volunteer applicants must be a current or past volunteer of Empowerment Squared

How can the award funds be used?

  • Funds from student awards may be allocated to all costs associated with pursuing educational opportunities, including but not limited to books, transportation, childcare and tuition

What are the requirements to apply?

  • Complete and submit the Empowerment Squared Scholarships and Awards application, which includes a request for references
  • If selected for Stage 2, applicants must be available for an online or in-person interview with the Scholarships and Awards Selection Committee during the month of May

What are the responsibilities of an Empowerment Squared Scholarships and Awards post-secondary or continuing education recipient?

  • Provide official documentation that they are attending or will be attending an accredited program at a Canadian university, college or a comparable continuing education course.
  • Attend the online or in-person Scholarship and Awards Recipient Event in June 2022
  • Meet or communicate with sponsoring donor a minimum of two times in 2022
  • Complete a reflection paper and submit to Empowerment Squared by the end of the school year
  • Take part in a minimum of two Empowerment Squared events (as a speaker, interviewee, volunteer, etc.)

What are the responsibilities of a successful High School Fellowship?

  • Complete 65 hours of professional development with Empowerment Squared or a partner organization
  • Attend the online or in-person Scholarship and Awards Recipient Event in June 2022
  • Meet or communicate with sponsoring donor a minimum of two times
  • Complete a reflection paper and submit to Empowerment Squared by the end of the school year
  • Take part in a minimum of two Empowerment Squared events (as a speaker, interviewee, volunteer, etc.)

How do I apply?

  • The 2022 Empowerment Squared Scholarships and Awards are now open. Submit an application by March 31, 2022, click here to apply.

Past Scholarships and Awards

Nu Omega Zeta Sorority Volunteerism Award

(2021 Mentor Award: $500)

Established in 2019 by Nu Omega Zeta Sorority, Canada’s first founded black focused greek lettered organization, the Nu Omega Zeta Sorority Volunteerism Award seeks to foster a commitment to the three pillars of the sorority- sisterhood, volunteerism and knowledge. This award is given annually to a current or past mentor of Empowerment Squared who is also a soror of Nu Omega Zeta sorority and is commencing or currently enrolled in post-secondary studies at an Ontario university or college and in the judgement of the selection committee, demonstrates a commitment to the principles of sisterhood, volunteerism and knowledge.

2021 Recipient: Kamika Sylvester
2020 Recipient: Jet’aime Fray

Andrew L Goorbarry Continuing Education Scholarship

(2018 – 2021 Adult Scholarship: $1,000)

Established in 2018 by Priya Goorbarry, Director of Operations and Administration at Empowerment Squared, and her sister Alicia Goorbarry, to recognize the exceptional dedication to education and charitable leadership of their father, Andrew L Goorbarry.

This award is given to one newcomer adult annually who is enrolling in studies at an Ontario university or college, or comparable continuing education course of study, and, in the judgement of the selection committee, demonstrates outstanding commitment to improving their skills for the purpose of succeeding in the workforce and as a community supporter.

2021 Recipient: Adaora Udeze
2020 Recipient: Jeannie Rodriguez
2019 Recipient: Dariana Araque

Nirmal and Om Joshi Scholarship

(2019 – 2021 Youth Participant Scholarship: $1,000)

Established in 2019 by long time supporter Anju Joshi and her four siblings, to honour their parents’ resilience, inclusiveness, commitment to their community and their generosity of spirit. Nirmal and Om Joshi emigrated from India to Prince Edward Island, Canada with their five children in 1968. Mrs. Nirmal Joshi is known for her creativity and talents which she shared with an open heart with all whose paths crossed with hers. Mr. Om Joshi’s dedication to education has helped to inspire hundreds of young people to pursue higher education.

This scholarship is given to one student annually, who is commencing post-secondary studies or currently enrolled at an Ontario university or college, and, in the judgement of the selection committee, demonstrates outstanding community leadership and academic achievement.

2021 Recipient: Oluwakorede (Sam) Soneye
2020 Recipient: Abdi Sidnoor
2019 Recipient: Abdi Sidnoor

Youssef Family Scholarship

(2019 – 2021 Adult Scholarship: $1,000)

Established in 2019 by Tony Youssef , this scholarship is in honour of Yokhanna Youssef and Younia Chlimon, who fled Syria in 1989 with their three children, aged seven, four and three. The family resided in Germany for seven years before being sponsored to immigrate into Canada. Canada was a very welcoming country, but as a new family they struggled to start their new life. Learning a new language, finding work & affordable housing, worrying how to put food on the table, navigating the transit system amongst many other things, were daily challenges. This scholarship is important to the Youssef family as it recognizes the struggles that newcomer families face when they immigrate to Canada. and they are honoured to pay it forward.

This award is given to one newcomer adult annually who is enrolling in studies at an Ontario university or college, or comparable continuing education course of study, and, in the judgement of the selection committee, demonstrates outstanding commitment to improving their skills for the purpose of succeeding in the workforce and as a community supporter.

2021 Recipient: Javier Eduardo Trejo Maldonado
2020 Recipient: Amtul Lateef

2019 Recipient: Feona Togba-Johnson

Sévigny Family Award for Academic Excellence

(2018 – 2020 Youth Participant Award: $1,000)

Established in 2018, this award is given in honour of Georges and Savitsa Sévigny, parents of Dr Alex Sévigny, founding Empowerment Squared board member. Georges Sévigny devoted his professional life to helping immigrant, refugee and at-risk youth through his career as a high school teacher at Westview Centennial High School in the Jane/Finch neighbourhood in Toronto, and Savitsa Sévigny taught many generations of French teachers through the education degree programme at York University.

This award is given to one student annually, who is commencing post-secondary studies or currently enrolled at an Ontario university or college, and, in the judgement of the selection committee, demonstrates outstanding academic achievement. Preference will be given to a candidate seeking to attend post-secondary education at McMaster University, in communication studies or multimedia.

2020 Recipient: Dariana Araque
2019 Recipient: Rahma Ahmed Abdi
2018 Recipient: Faith Woods

Illuminessence Fem-Leader Scholarship

(2018 – 2020 Youth Participant Scholarship: $1,000)

Established in 2018 by Illuminessence, a distinctive magazine with a mission to celebrate, illuminate and inspire women, the Illuminessence Fem-Leader Scholarship seeks to foster a commitment to leadership, excellence, community development and social justice among girls within diverse communities.

This scholarship is given to one self-identified female student annually, who is commencing post-secondary studies or currently enrolled at an Ontario university or college, and, in the judgement of the selection committee, demonstrates outstanding academic achievement and leadership. Preference will be given to a candidate seeking to pursue a social sciences, business or STEM degree or diploma.

2020 Recipient: Dinamen De Jesus
2019 Recipient: Zainab Bolanle
2018 Recipient: Rahma Abdi

Joana J. Fejzaj Community Engagement Scholarship

(2018 – 2020 Mentor Scholarship: $1,000)

Established in 2018 by Joana Fejzaj, longstanding Empowerment Squared supporter and staff member, and partner Sean Karoonian, to recognize the exceptional community contributions of Bob McDonald, Ranmalee Kulendra, Patrick Fernando, Marufa Shinwari, Jennifer Hompoth, Lisa Watt, Sheila Sammon, Tim Nolan, Jennie Vengris, Gisela Oliveira, Michelle Corbeil, and Mandeep Malik.

This scholarship is given to one student annually, who is commencing post-secondary studies or currently enrolled at an Ontario university or college, and, in the judgement of the selection committee, demonstrates outstanding community engagement and academic achievement.

2020 Recipient: Suffia Malik
2019 Recipient: Arinze Ochuba
2018 Recipient: Stephen Momoh Babao

Joan C Stewart Community Leadership Scholarship

(2017-2019 Youth Participant Scholarship: $1,000)

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 scholarship is given to one student annually, who is commencing post-secondary studies or currently enrolled at an Ontario university or college, and, in the judgement of the selection committee, demonstrates outstanding community leadership and academic achievement.

2019 Recipient: Bolade Shipeolu
2018 Recipient: Abdi Sidnoor
2017 Recipient: Stephen Momoh Babao