We are a charitable foundation based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, whose purpose is to empower young women, primarily in the developing world, through education.
We believe that empowering young women, especially those from war torn countries, is the best way to help local communities become stronger. Our aim is to lift such young women, their families and their communities out of the cycle of poverty by igniting the spark of hope.
Our focus is bright young women, who demonstrate leadership potential, but lack the financial means to afford a quality education after high school.
We support such young women by:
- helping them prepare for college and university applications, including providing English language training where needed, prior to entering post-secondary education;
- providing financial and emotional support and mentoring during their post-secondary education;
- providing post education support with respect to graduate programs, advising on job opportunities, and linking up with mentors.
Our needs-based scholarships are awarded in conjunction with our partners, who provide the majority of financial assistance, thus allowing us to leverage our resources to help many more young women.
Our selection process is needs-blind and transparent: admission decisions are made at arm’s length from us by our funding partners. We provide separate input into all applications, which our funding partners take into consideration as they wish.