Gems for Gems Scholarship Program
The Gems for Gems Scholarship Program is the union of empowerment and education. We believe these two key elements will give survivors the necessary confidence to believe in themselves, as well as sever the financial dependence on their abuser. Our goal is to give selected survivors the opportunity to permanently end the cycle of domestic abuse for themselves, and their children.
The Path To Scholarships
The Gems for Gems team spent years operating our motivational events (Zero to Hero) within the shelters. Yet, as time went on, it became clear that many survivors were planning on going back due to feeling there was no other way.
Something needed to be done to offer an option for those ready to take the lives of their families in a different direction. The problem was, so many lacked the self-confidence and financial independence required to see starting a new life as a true option.
After much thought, the idea of the Scholarship Program was put into motion. The belief was, and is, that with appropriate education (attainable in under a year), women would be able to gain the confidence needed to believe in their own capabilities while they learned the skills required to be financially independent as well.
The NPO became a registered charity and thanks to the kindness and generosity of Calgarians, Gems for Gems was given the funds to launch the first round of Scholarships in 2019.
We believe in order to create the possibility for lasting change in another, you must give them the tools to create it for themselves. We remain incredibly grateful to all who helped us get this beautiful initiative of the ground and are very much looking forward to changing the future, one woman at a time.
To all considering applying for the Scholarships and other opportunities through Gems for Gems:
●Please take a look at the opportunities below
●Please see below for further application criteria.
●If you don’t receive the award, try again.
●If you do receive the award, understand that thousands of people have contributed to making this opportunity possible for YOU. Treat it like the life-altering gift it is and change your stars.
Gems for Gems has named our first two full scholarships in memory of two incredible women
To all who contributed to Gems for Gems thus far
you have become part of making the world a better place through creating a boundless ripple that will be felt for generations, thank you so very much.
- Each application must include a reference letter from a doctor, lawyer, or a member a shelter’s management team as well as the reference’s name and contact information.
- Each applicant must write a maximum of 500 words explaining why they should be selected.
- If selected for an interview, each applicant must bring/provide:
- Banking information (proof of income)
- Incomplete applications will not be considered for the scholarships.
- You must be a female survivor of domestic abuse.
- You must have verification to verify the above.
- You must have a high school education.