Submit your application for the Salim M. Sindhu Memorial Scholarship

It is with great honour and pride that CIES is launching the Salim M. Sindhu Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship will financially support the education of an individual seeking to find new ways to address the challenges faced by newcomers and economically disadvantaged individuals. Applications are now open and will be accepted until May 21, 2018.

Honouring Salim M. Sindhu

This scholarship honours the life and legacy of Mr. Salim M. Sindhu, newcomer Canadian and the founder of CIES. Mr. Sindhu practiced as a civil engineer in Lahore, Pakistan, immigrating to Calgary in 1974. His engineering qualifications were not recognized in Canada, however, 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, 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.

Scholarship Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Scholarship applications will be assessed carefully, and applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • 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 have been a client of the Calgary Immigrant Educational Society within the past five (5) years preceding the application date;
  • Applicant must be a Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident of Canada, or a Refugee.

Applicants must meet a series of additional criteria, including the submission of a 1500-2000 word essay.

Now Accepting Applications

Applications are now open, and will be accepted until May 21, 2018.

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