he Thorner/Johnston/DiMarzo Family New Immigrant Bursary, launched in 2017, recognizes the significant challenges faced by youth who are new to Canada as they adjust to a new country, community and school. Additionally, the Thorner/Johnston/DiMarzo Family New Immigrant Bursary recognizes the incredible potential of these youth – to realize their dreams, academic interests, and to contribute to their community. This award intends to reduce financial barriers for youth who have been in Canada for five years or less. 


Thorner/Johnston/DiMarzo Family Fund at Calgary Foundation

Where Tenable

Calgary Board of Education and Calgary Catholic School District (City of Calgary schools only)

Field of Study



Up to $4,000 per year, renewable for up to a total of four (4) years (maximum of $16,000)

Number of Awards

Variable dependent on value and potential term of individual awards


Open to students who are in their final year of completing the requirements of a high school diploma and pursuing post-secondary education to achieve career success.
Applicants must be newcomers to Canada within the past five (5) years and demonstrate financial need.
Applicants must have academic marks sufficient for entrance to the chosen program/area of study at a Canadian University.
Applicants are required to submit an original essay of approximately 500 words that shares their story about the journey that brought them to Canada and their life since arrival.
International fee-paying students are not eligible to apply for this award.
Selection will be based on the essay and financial need. Preference will be given to applicants who experience(d) language barriers.

How to Apply

Online application available at www.educationmatters.ca. Applicants should check with their guidance office for more information and are encouraged to discuss their application with the Scholarship Coordinator at their high school.

Selection & Payment

Recipients are selected in July by the selection committee that includes representatives from EducationMatters, Calgary Foundation and the Fund Contact. To claim the Award, within eighteen (18) months of notification of Award, the recipient must be registered full-time (as defined by the institution) in an eligible program of post-secondary study at a Canadian University.
In order to receive continued funding, award holders must maintain an overall 3.0 GPA on a full-time course load for the previous semester. A transcript must accompany each subsequent semester Payment Activation Form which must be received no later than three (3) months after the beginning of the semester

Deadline: May 1