** Our scholarship recipient has been selected for the 2022 year. Please check back later for more information regarding the 2023 applications **


The Immigrant Education Society (TIES) is proud to announce TIES Founder’s Scholarship applications for 2022-2023 are now open. This scholarship honours the Society’s principal founder, Salim M. Sindhu, who immigrated to Canada in 1974 and experienced first-hand the hardships and lack of support services for newcomers.

In the SE quadrant of Calgary, where a large percentage of immigrants resided, a growing need for English language instruction and employment skills training was observed. Hence, alongside a group of like-minded community members who had a full understanding of newcomers’ needs, The Immigrant Education Society (TIES) was established in 1988 to fill in these gaps in services for newcomers.

Today, TIES is thriving; what was once a small group of volunteers has expanded significantly to accommodate the needs of the Calgary community via English language education, employment, and settlement programs. New programs are introduced every year, and over a thousand clients are served on a weekly basis.


In line with our vision, mission and values, TIES is sponsoring one (1) scholarship this year. The scholarship will financially support an applicant pursuing education or training in a field which will empower the applicant to support newcomers to Canada.


This year, the scholarship is valued at $1000 dollars. Through donations from corporations and individuals, TIES has established a scholarship donation pool. The amount in the donation pool is then matched by TIES. The value of each scholarship is equal to the amount of interest which accumulates on the donation pool each year.

Application Requirements

Please submit a 750-1000 word essay addressing the following:

  • Include your name, program you are currently enrolled in, and institution you are attending
  • Describe a specific barrier that immigrants face
  • Propose an idea to help immigrants overcome this barrier
    • This could be a program, a research project, a conference, etc.
  • Outline your role in helping newcomers overcome this barrier: what enables you 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 idea is either a brand new or an improvement on a current project
  • Specificity – the idea presented in the essay addresses specific barriers that immigrants face
  • Clarity of intent – the applicant’s discussion is clear and concise
  • Quality of work – the essay is presented professionally, using thoughtful vocabulary, proper formatting and correct grammar

Essay entries must be submitted by e-mail to Entries must be in PDF format, typed in Times New Roman size 12 font, and on 8.5×11” letter size paper, double spaced.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicant must be enrolled in a relevant post-secondary program at a recognized Canadian educational institution OR a training program at an immigrant-serving non-profit agency. Programs must start within one (1) year of the application date.
    • Post-secondary programs such as non-profit management/governance, social innovation, international relations, immigrant consultation or another applicable area
    • Training programs with a focus on employment or settlement in Canada
  • Applicant must be a Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident of Canada, or a Refugee. International students are not eligible.
    • Applicant must reside in Calgary and area, Alberta, Canada. 

Selection Criteria:

  • Receiving education or training in a field which aligns with Salim’s legacy
  • Recognized contributions to the immigrant-serving sector (including volunteer experience and community efforts)
  • Evaluation of essay submission based on points of emphasis

Application Procedure and Deadline

** Our scholarship recipient for 2022 has been selected. Please check back later for more information regarding 2023 applications **

Application checklist:

  • Completed TIES Founder’s Scholarship Application Form
  • Essay entry submitted as a PDF file by e-mail by the deadline
  • Proof of enrolment in a relevant post-secondary program or training program at an immigrant-serving non-profit agency (see Eligibility)

Application Deadline

**Our scholarship recipient for 2022 has been selected.

Please check back later for more information regarding 2023 applications. **

Emailed to the
TIES Founder’s Scholarship
selection committee at

Selection Process

The applications will be reviewed by TIES Founder’s Scholarship selection committee and assessed based on the criteria outlined above. The winning entry will be announced at the Society’s 34th Annual General Meeting on June 20, 2022. All applicants will be notified of the results by this time.

Rules and Regulations

  1. Participants must be 18 years of age or older to enter.
  2. The competition opens on Mar. 22, 2022 and closes at 11:59pm MDT on May 31, 2022. No purchase necessary to enter. Void where prohibited.
  3. TIES assume no responsibility for lost, stolen, delayed, damaged, or misdirected entries on account of technical problems, website malfunction, or other. Entries are subject to verification, and any plagiarism will result in the rejection of the application. TIES reserve the right to change the terms of this competition or terminate the competition at any time. The winner is responsible for any taxes and fees associated with the receipt or use of the prize.
  4. This contest is governed by, subject to, and construed in accordance with the laws of Alberta, Canada, excluding all conflict of law rules. If any provision(s) of these rules is held to be invalid or unenforceable, all remaining provisions hereof will remain in full force and effect. This contest is subject to all applicable laws. Void where prohibited or where this contest may not comply with local laws.
  5. Entrants agree that the personal information collected for the purposes of this contest can be collected, used, and disclosed by The Immigrant Education Society (TIES) in accordance with its privacy policy, which is available on its website.
  6. By entering, entrant warrants that his or her entry is original and does not infringe the intellectual-property rights of a third party.
  7. All decisions are final.

Contact the selection committee at if you have any questions.

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