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About this award

This $5,000 Eyob G. Naizghi Scholarship Award is awarded to a female refugee for leadership development through education and training including to pursue academic or vocational post-secondary education supporting her future leadership aspirations in Canada.

Whether her leadership was highlighted in a refugee camp or in Canada, or by mobilizing people anywhere in the world, this scholarship will support her future leadership aspirations in Canada.

This scholarship has been established by the MOSAIC Board of Directors in recognition of the outstanding leadership of Mr. Naizghi, Executive Director of MOSAIC from 2001-2018, and his dedicated service to the organization for more than 25 years.

Award criteria

The Awards Committee of the Board of Directors will select awardees based on the criteria of financial need, merit and confirmed acceptance by an educational institution for a course or program of studies.

Awards are to be used towards any type of education, course or professional development that will support the recipient’s future leadership aspirations in Canada.

2020 Recipient

Ayan Ismail

For Ayan Ismail, receiving the Eyob G. Naizghi Scholarship Award from MOSAIC holds a special meaning.

“MOSAIC was one of the first organizations that connected me with fellow immigrant and refugee youth when I needed community connection most as a newcomer, so I am happy that they are still here to support my educational journey!”

Ayan arrived in Canada in 2016 as a Somali-refugee from Kenya through the World University Service of Canada – Student Refugee Program (WUSC-SRP). She pursued an undergraduate degree in International Studies at Simon Fraser University, and graduated in the summer of 2020.

Read our full story on Ayan Ismail here.

Watch the recording of our MOSAIC Awards Ceremony 2020 here.


Please join us in supporting a new generation of women leaders by donating to the Eyob G. Naizghi Scholarship Award. Help educate and empower refugee women. Become a part of this legacy today. Donate now!