The 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 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.
The Calgary Foundation
Calgary Board of Education and Calgary Catholic School District (City of Calgary schools only)
Field of Study
Up to $3,000 per year, renewable for up to a total of five (5) years (maximum of $15,000)
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.
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, the 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 in an eligible program of post-secondary study at a Canadian University (as defined by the institution).
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. An Official 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.
To download a printable PDF of the terms of reference for this award click here.