Scholarship Opportunities

Empowerment Squared is pleased to offer post-secondary awards and scholarships. These scholarships and awards support refugee, immigrant and newcomer youth who participate or have participated in Empowerment Squared’s programming to succeed in post-secondary education and ultimately empower themselves and develop their capacity to serve our community.

Requirements

  • Applicants must be current or past participants in Empowerment Squared programs

  • The application process is currently closed. Scholarship applications for 2019 will be released in January 2019.

Joan C Stewart Community Leadership Scholarship
(2019 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 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 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

Joana J. Fejzaj Community Engagement Scholarship
(2019 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 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. The adult must be a current or previous participant with Empowerment Squared programs.

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