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 2020
  • 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 below
  • Applications are due on or before March 15, 2020 by 12:00 pm
  • If selected for stage 2, applicants must be available for an in-person interview on April 4 or April 25, 2020 with the Scholarship Selection Committee
  • Recipients will be recognized on May 2, 2020 at Empowerment Squared’s Annual Celebration and all applicants will be honoured at the event

Learn more about the recipients of the 2019 scholarships

Sévigny Family Award for Academic Excellence
(2020 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
2019 Recipient: Rahma Ahmed Abdi

Chanan Singh Sandhu Scholarship
(2020 Scholarship value – $1,000 per recipient)

Established in 2020, this scholarship is given in honour of the incredible legacy of Chanan Sandhu. Chanan and his wife Charan Sandhu were the founders and owners of Merit Furniture in Nanaimo, British Columbia, which they used as a platform to provide opportunities to hundreds of newcomers to Canada. This award was established by the Sandhu family and is supported by MERIT Brewery, which was founded by Tej Sandhu, inspired by his grandfather Charan.

This award is given to two students annually, who are commencing post-secondary studies or currently enrolled at an Ontario university or college, and, in the judgement of the selection committee, demonstrates outstanding leadership and/or academic achievement.

These scholarships could be given to a program participant or a mentor.

Illuminessence Fem-Leader Scholarship
(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.

2018 Recipient: Rahma Abdi
2019 Recipient: Zainab Bolanle

Nirmal and Om Joshi Scholarship
(2020 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.

2019 Recipient: Abdi Sidnoor

Nu Omega Zeta Sorority Volunteerism Award
(2020 Mentor Scholarship: $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.

Joana J. Fejzaj Community Engagement Scholarship
(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.

2018 Recipient: Stephen Momoh Babao
2019 Recipient: Arinze Ochuba

Black Girl Innovation Fellowship
(2020 High School Youth Fellowship: $1,000)

Established in 2019 by Nu Omega Zeta Sorority, Canada’s first founded black focused greek lettered organization, the Black Girl Innovation Fellowship seeks to empower black females in high school to develop professional skills for the workforce.

This award is given annually to a current or past participant of Empowerment Squared who identifies as a Black female and is commencing or currently enrolled in high school and in the judgement of the selection committee, demonstrates a notable commitment to the principles of sisterhood, volunteerism and knowledge.  The recipient will be given the bursary after completing at least 65 hours of volunteering & professional development during the summer months with Empowerment Squared.

Andrew L Goorbarry Continuing Education
Scholarship
(2020 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.

2019 Recipient: Dariana Araque

Youssef Family Scholarship
(2020 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.

2019 Recipient: Feona Togba-Johnson

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.

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

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