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Unveiling the Geetha Thambinathan Teaching Scholarship
Postsecondary students, who are aspiring teachers / educators, are encouraged to apply for this $1,000 scholarship.
Vivetha Thambinathan
Research Intern at CAMH / Figure Skating Coach
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In honour of my intelligent, beautiful, sassy Amma and her upcoming birthday (July 8th), I present to the world: the Geetha Thambinathan Teaching Scholarship - valued at $1000 CAD

Inspired by my mother’s short-lasting yet influential career, I created this independent scholarship. For those who don’t know, my mother, Mrs. Geetha Thambinathan, was a teacher back in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. She was a proud primary school teacher who taught Math, English, and Science - English being her favourite subject to teach. However, a series of events led her to immigrate to Canada full of hope, love for my father, and an eager eye for the future. As positive as this may all sound, her teaching career was forced to a halt. She lost a core part of her identity and her life has never been the same since...




Of course, the teacher in her never disappeared. When I was a child, my mother routinely woke me up at an early hour to complete worksheets she had created. She dedicated all her time and energy to my brother and I, leading me to even gain a rare double promotion in elementary school. I skipped Grade 2, yet the credit belongs solely to my mother. My mother’s love for education and her strong belief that every child has the right to learn is what drove me to create this scholarship. 

The Geetha Thambinathan Teaching Scholarship is open to first-generation and second-generation immigrants. 

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be a postsecondary student attending a Canadian university/college during the 2018-2019 year
    • Can be enrolled in either undergraduate or graduate school
  • Must have a Grade Point Average of at least 3.0
  • Must be an aspiring teacher/educator

This scholarship represents more than its apparent monetary value. This scholarship symbolizes my mother’s (unfortunately not-so-unique) immigrant struggle - the struggle of finding value in her overseas credentials, the struggle of rediscovering her professional identity in the midst of overwhelming change, and the struggle of sacrificing her priorities in order for her precious children to achieve the Canadian dream. To aspiring teachers and educators who believe in the power of education and recognize the epitome of what this scholarship stands for, please apply through this website. Make sure to send proof of program/degree and enrolled institution to, along with your name. The deadline to apply is August 3rd, 2018. My mother and I will read all applications and come to an unbiased decision. All email inquiries can be directed to

None of this could have been possible without my brother and father, whose constant hard work allows me to lead a life of privilege. A heartwarming thank you goes out to them. 

Happy birthday Amma, I love you.

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Vivetha Thambinathan
Research Intern at CAMH / Figure Skating Coach
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