About this Award

This annual award is given to deserving recipients to support their educational and post-secondary goals.

The MOSAIC Awards Committee will give six recipients $5,000 each in 2023, to pursue academic, professional or vocational studies.


Award Criteria

Recipients are selected for meeting some or all of the below criteria:

  • New arrival or refugee
  • Has a financial need

  • Living in Canada for less than 5 years
  • Has been accepted to an educational program or has a plan to enhance their education

  • Wants to pursue academic, professional, or vocational studies
  • Open to all ages

This award may be renewed yearly for the applicant, for a total award of $20,000 over four consecutive years. The recipient will engage in a renewal process each year and school transcripts must be submitted with the renewal application.

2022-2023 Recipients

Hussein Al Aaref, Abdulrahman Al Odat, Maryam Alyamani, Aubert Bigirimana, Wazhma Hakimi, Dr. Murtaza Noori
  • Hussein is from Syria, where he started his dental schooling but was forced to put his education on hold and flee the country during the war. Now he is taking the Data Science program at UBC.
  • Abdulrahman has lived most of his life in the shadows of civil war, displacement, and refugee camps.With this scholarship, he plans to earn a Bachelor of Computer at the University of British Columbia to support his family and community.
  • Maryam is from Yemen and didn’t know any women allowed to pursue careers in male-dominated industries. After overcoming physical and mental health challenges, she’s ready to return to school in Canada.
  • Aubert is from Burundi in East Africa. He arrived in Canada in 2019 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and International Trade. Aubert took the ESL program and Early Childhood Education programs.
  • Dr. Murtaza is a professional civil engineer with project management experience. An official Project Management (PgMP) certification in Canada will help him further his career.

Learn more about the 2023 recipients.

Previous Recipients