Gerda R. Bloemraad Scholarship Fund
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Gerda R. Bloemraad came to Canada from the Netherlands in 1975. A lawyer by profession, she went through typical integration challenges faced by a majority of newcomers to Canada. Along with improving her language proficiency and adjusting to cultural differences she had to go back to school before she could practice law in Canada. Shortly after her retirement, Gerda joined the Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association in 2007, where she served as the President and Board Chair until early 2013. Gerda’s passion for the wellbeing of immigrant women in Calgary inspired her philanthropic engagement through this scholarship. She remains active and involved in the community and a huge supporter of CIWA and its clients.



To provide financial assistance to CIWA client(s) or volunteer(s) who wish to further their education in a chosen course or program at an accredited institution.


Number and Value of Scholarship:


  • Total of $4000 available in scholarships
  • One or more scholarships can be awarded, as determined by the Selection Committee


This Scholarship is open to CIWA clients or volunteers who are between 18-30 years of age and have lived in Canada for less than five years



The award will be presented at the CIWA AGM which is held in the month of June. The selected candidate must be present in person to receive the award. Click here to download a copy of the application form which provides more details about the eligibility criteria, application requirements, and instructions for completion and submission. The completed application form (along with two reference letters) must be received at CIWA by May 18, 2018. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.