Passport to Possibilities

Empowerment Squared post-secondary awards and scholarships support newcomer and marginalized youth and adults who participate or have participated in Empowerment Squared’s programming to succeed in post-secondary education and ultimately empower themselves with the tools and opportunities to thrive and contribute to society.

Requirements

  • Applicants must be a current or past participant/mentor of one or more Empowerment Squared programs
  • Applicants must submit a completed application form and an indication of their intention to attend an Ontario university, college or comparable continuing education course of study in Summer or Fall of 2019
  • Applications can be emailed to info@empowermentsquared.org, delivered in hard copy to Empowerment Squared at 162 King William Street, Suite 103, Hamilton ON L8R 3N9 or submitted through the online form
  • Applications are due on or before March 15, 2019 by 12:00 pm
  • If selected for stage 2, applicants must be available for an in-person interview on April 6, 2019 with the Scholarship Selection Committee
  • Recipients will be recognized on May 4, 2019 at Empowerment Squared’s Annual Celebration and all applicants will be honoured at the event
  • Scholarship funds will be disbursed after recipient has provided proof of enrolment

Joan C Stewart Community Leadership Scholarship
(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.

2017 Recipient: Stephen Momoh Babao
2018 Recipient: Abdi Sidnoor

Sévigny Family Award for Academic Excellence
(2019 Youth Participant Scholarship: $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.

2018 Recipient: Faith Woods

Illuminessence Fem-Leader Scholarship
(2019 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.

2018 Recipient: Rahma Abdi

Nirmal and Om Joshi Scholarship
(2019 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.

Joana J. Fejzaj Community Engagement Scholarship
(2019 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.

2018 Recipient: Stephen Momoh Babao

Andrew L Goorbarry Continuing Education
Scholarship
(2019 Adult Participant 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.

Youssef Family Scholarship
(2019 Adult Participant 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 a daily challenge. 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.

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