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Bharwani Bursaries for Newcomers, Indigenous Students and Single Parents

Calgary philanthropist and former lawyer Esmail Bharwani has generously provided $15,000 for the creation of new scholarships in support of students from marginalized communities, such as newcomers, single parents and Indigenous students. For every donation to one of these new scholarships focused on supporting a diverse student community at MRU, Bharwani will provide up to 50 per cent in matching funds to a maximum of $50 per donation.

The bursaries are:

  • Mikhail Kassam & Ariana and Zoya Bharwani Bursary for Newcomers
  • Safana & Esmail Bharwani Bursary for Indigenous Students
  • Farzana & Inayat Kassam and Jabeen & Fayaz Bharwani Bursary for Single Parents


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Esmail and Safana Bharwani of the Esmail Safana Farzana Fayaz Bharwani Foundation 

Esmail Bharwani has been involved with MRU as a Foundation Board member (2011 – 2017) and donor for the past several years. He is pleased to be able to put out this challenge and raise funds to support MRU students during our first MRU Giving Day.

Esmail created an endowment at Mount Royal University providing nine unique awards yearly to students across several faculties. Through his family Foundation, the Esmail and Safana Bharwani Charitable Foundation, Esmail has created a true legacy impacting MRU students as well as students in other Calgary post-secondary institutions, including Bow Valley College, U of C and SAIT. Today, over 50 awards annually are available to eligible students. Most awards support historically under-represented groups such as international students and immigrants to Canada.  As an immigrant to Canada himself, Esmail’s generous support for students at multiple post-secondary venues is a true inspiration for those students fortunate to have received assistance, inspiring current and future alumni to succeed in their education and give back to the community themselves when they are able.