Contact your university’s International Office to ensure they have applied for the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship Program. Visit Universities Canada for a list of universities participating in the program.

Bangalore, India. 2024.

Sofia stood up on the tip of her toes and whistled at an electric rickshaw. The driver heard her above the turmoil of the overcrowded street. Great, maybe she would arrive on time to her meeting after all. Bangalore sure had changed since she graduated. The megalopolis was now teeming with all the latest technologies, and the community was vibrant with innovators.

She owed her first visit here to the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships. After all those years, Sofia was still grateful. A year spent in the booming Indian city was all she had needed to adopt it as her new home.

The program encouraged Scholars to push their limits by not only identifying a project and line of work, but taking ownership of the budget and tracking their own results. She decided to include in her curriculum a project she was keen to develop in partnership with a community organization. The goal was to bring business opportunities to the less fortunate. Before coming here she hadn’t known much about Indian culture, but working collaboratively with the local communities had solved that problem. Sofia became entirely immersed in Indian culture when she met the man who would become her husband at one of the community centres!

The fun didn’t end after a year overseas. She had returned after graduation to start a company and her involvement with the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship program never slowed down. Through the years, she contributed to improving the program and made it a personal obligation of meeting and catching-up with her Scholar friends whenever she found herself in the same city where they now live.

The rickshaw stopped in front of the tea shop and Sofia joined Akela at his table. She ordered a chai and her friend launched into an animated description of his latest project. Akela was a new Queen Elizabeth Scholar and, as his mentor it was her duty – and pleasure – to make sure he felt included in the tightly woven network of Scholars and was settling into life in India.