The HOPE Scholarship for Refugee Women is an opportunity for our community to come together to make higher education more accessible to future generations of female refugees. Spearheaded through the generosity of the Heads of Mission Spouses Association (HOMSA) and the Canadian Federation of University Women-Ottawa (CFUW), this award emerged as a way to respond to humanitarian crises around the globe. This community partnership reinforces Carleton’s Strategic Integrated Plan and its priority to serve Ottawa and serve the world in meaningful ways.

The Background

The Heads of Mission Spouses Association (HOMSA) was launched as an opportunity for the spouses of ambassadors and high commissioners accredited to Canada to connect and make a positive impact in our communities. Since its inception, HOMSA has supported a number of initiatives to help charitable organizations and causes.

The Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) has clubs across Canada and seeks to empower women by advancing human rights, public education, social justice and peace. Their extensive work includes advocacy efforts, the establishment of fellowships and scholarships, supporting lifelong learning programs and providing increased accessibility to post-secondary studies. CFUW-Ottawa, founded in 1910, is dedicated to women’s and girls’ education and rights and provides opportunities to members to socialize, educate and advocate.

The collective compassion of members of HOMSA and CFUW-Ottawa led them to collaborate on this award to further alleviate barriers for refugee women seeking to pursue post-secondary education. Their support and fundraising efforts are integral in helping to reach the overall goal of $25,000, which Carleton University will match to increase the funding available to the award recipients.

We are looking for support from generous donors like you who will join HOMSA and CFUW-Ottawa in raising $25,000 to create opportunities for vulnerable students, so they can focus more on their academic studies and less on financial burdens.

The Rollout

Your donations to The HOPE Scholarship for Refugee Women will help establish an annual award for outstanding undergraduate students in financial need who are or have been a Convention Refugee or a person in need of protection and are enrolled in any program of study. Preference will be for students who identify as women, as women face added challenges and barriers that may prevent them from accessing these opportunities.

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