Opportunities for those in need

We provide support in the education of newcomers seeking to develop new initiatives to address the challenges in the community. Below are the list of currently open scholarships.

Salim M. Sindhu Memorial Scholarship

It is with great pride and honour that the Calgary Immigrant Educational Society launches the Salim M. Sindhu Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship honours Salim M. Sindhu, a civil engineer from Lahore, Pakistan, who immigrated to Calgary in 1974. His qualifications as an engineer, however, were not recognized, and he began to work as a labourer to support his family. With aspirations to improve his life in Canada, Salim returned to school at SAIT Polytechnic and the University of Calgary, which eventually led to work opportunities within his field. His desire to give back to the community was exemplified by the many hours he spent volunteering in the immigrant serving sector.

Salim noticed a growing demand for English language and employment skills among newcomers to Canada, particularly in the SE quadrant of Calgary, where a large percentage of immigrants resided. He could relate to this, and in response, he founded the Calgary Immigrant Educational Society (CIES) in 1988. As the Executive Director of CIES for 26 years, Salim spearheaded several pioneering efforts to assist vulnerable populations in Calgary. Salim passed away on November 10, 2014.

30 years after its inception, CIES is thriving. What was once a small group of volunteers has expanded significantly to accommodate the needs of the Calgary community. New programs are introduced every year, and over a thousand clients are served on a weekly basis.

In keeping with Salim’s values and vision, CIES is sponsoring a scholarship in memory of Mr. Salim M. Sindhu, which will financially support the education of an individual seeking to develop new initiatives to address the challenges faced by newcomers and economically disadvantaged individuals.

A scholarship pool has been established through various fundraising efforts. Donations made by individuals and corporations towards the pool have been matched by donations from CIES. The value of the scholarship will be equal to the amount of interest which accumulates on the scholarship pool.

The total scholarship amount is currently about $500. This money will go towards the tuition of the winning applicant to pursue a post-secondary certificate, diploma, or degree in a field which aligns with Salim’s legacy, such as non-profit management/governance, social innovation, international relations, or immigrant consultation.

Fundraising efforts for the scholarship pool will continue after a winning entry has been chosen for 2018, meaning that the value of the scholarship has potential to multiply in the future.

Eligible applicants will submit a 1500-2000 word essay addressing the following:

  • Describe a present and specific need within the immigrant community
  • Propose a unique initiative to resolve this issue
    • Specificity is key – describe the origin of the issue, and how the proposed initiative will target the problem at its roots
    • Describe the means necessary to successfully launch the initiative
  • Outline their own role in bringing this initiative to fruition: what qualities and experience enable the applicant to make a difference in the immigrant community of Calgary? Please include any volunteer experience and community efforts.

Emphasis will be placed on:

  • Originality/Innovation– the proposed initiative presented in the essay is innovative and well considered
  • Specificity– the ideas presented in the essay are concise
  • Clarity of intent– the applicant’s points are clear and flow naturally from one to the next
  • Quality of work– the essay is presented professionally, using thoughtful vocabulary, proper formatting and correct grammar

Essay entries should be typed in Times New Roman size 12 font on 8.5×11” letter size paper, double spaced. Hard copies should be single sided and stapled in the top left.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicant must be enrolled in a relevant post-secondary program at a recognized Canadian educational institution which starts within one (1) year of the application date.
  • Applicant must be a Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident of Canada, or a Refugee.

Selection Criteria:

  • Intent to pursue a career in the Canadian immigrant serving field, preferably in the non-profit sector
  • Evaluation of essay submission based on points of emphasis
  • Recognized contributions to the Canadian immigrant serving sector (including volunteer experience and community efforts)

The Salim M. Sindhu Memorial Scholarship is currently closed to applications. Please check back in early 2019!

Application checklist:

☐Completed Salim M. Sindhu Memorial Scholarship Application Form
☐Essay entry in an appropriate format (Print hard copy by mail or PDF format file by e-mail)
☐Enrolment confirmation for the 2019-2020 post-secondary term

Entries must be postmarked/e-mailed by [TO BE ANNOUNCED], and should be mailed or e-mailed to:

Mail Address E-mail Address

Salim M. Sindhu Memorial Scholarship
c/o Alison Edwards, Executive Assistant
3820 32 Street NE
Calgary, AB, Canada


Selection Process

The applications will be reviewed by the Salim M. Sindhu Memorial Scholarship selection committee and assessed based on the criteria outlined above. All applicants will be notified of the results by [TO BE ANNOUNCED].

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