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Empower The Future will be awarding three scholarships valued at $1000 each. 


The APPLICATIONS for 2020 Scholarships are now CLOSED. 


One application will be used for all three scholarships. You will need to upload a proof of enrolment or acceptance and one reference letter.


  • Applicants must be between 16 and 30 years of age as of May 1st, 2020.  Students under 19 must have parental approval.

  • Applicants must be enrolled in full-time studies such as undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs (including trades). Part-time studies do not qualify.

  • Anyone who completes an application and meets these criteria will be considered for a scholarship. There are specific preferences for each scholarship which are listed below

If you have any further questions, please email


Ram Narayan Memorial Scholarship

Preference will be given to someone:

  • who aims to improve the lives of disadvantaged people

  • and/or has been impacted by heart and stroke diseases; diabetes, or dementia (could be yourself or someone in your family).


Deo Narain
Memorial Scholarship

Preference will be given to someone who:

  • who aims to improve the lives of disadvantaged people

  • and/or has been impacted by heart and stroke diseases; diabetes, or dementia (could be yourself or someone in your family).

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Preference will be given to someone who:

  • works towards improving the lives of those impacted by mental illness and/or substance use

  • and/or has overcome challenges due to mental illness or substance use.


People with lived experience are encouraged to apply.




Ram Narayan Memorial Scholarship Recipient

Monica is a third-year Physics student at the University of British Columbia. She is passionate about helping her community and she has previously volunteered with UBC Canadian Liver Foundation and Kids Help Phone. In her spare time, she likes to watch documentaries on Netflix and play the piano. Currently, she is working as a research assistant in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UBC and is an editor of the Canadian Journal of Undergraduate Research. In the future, she plans to attend graduate school and go into Medical Physics.

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Deo Narain Memorial Scholarship Recipient

Rita is an incoming freshman at the University of British Columbia. She is interested in behavioural and neurological research as well as pursuing initiatives to resolve stigma around mental health. During high school, Rita enjoyed organizing and participating in student governments, helping with environmental initiatives, and playing on sport teams. In Grade 10, she founded a school club focussed on promoting mental and physical health through advocacy events and fundraisers. In Rita’s spare time, she loves listening to music of diverse genres, exploring hiking trails with friends, and reading up on interesting articles regarding the impacts of innovative technology.

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Wellness Scholarship Recipient

Michelle is a passionate social justice activist, writer, and musician who hails from the unceded and traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. Her lived experiences as a young woman of colour have helped drive a personal commitment towards empowering BIPOC communities and dismantling systems of oppression. Michelle is an organizer with the Sustainabiliteens and the founder of Water Damaged Paper — an anthology that provides youth with a platform to voice their perspectives on humanitarian issues through art and writing. This September, Michelle will be embarking on her first year of studies at UBC.



Wellness Scholarship Recipient

Deea is in her 3rd year studying Behavioural Neuroscience at UBC. She is passionate about neuroscience and helping vulnerable populations, and hopes to integrate these passions to pursue a career helping individuals suffering from psychiatric illnesses. Growing up in a society that suppressed dialogues about mental health and having lived experiences herself and with peers, Deea was motivated to embark on a journey in mental health advocacy. She actively engages in various roles to support wellbeing and mental health literacy. Deea ultimately hopes to see the eradication of stigma associated with mental illnesses and concerted efforts to improve mental health infrastructure.

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