David Turpin and Suromitra Sanatani Award for Refugees and Displaced Persons

Celebrate David Turpin and Suromitra Sanatani’s contribution to UAlberta and beyond by giving student refugees a brighter future.

Honouring the U of A’s 13th President

While serving as president and vice-chancellor of the University of Alberta from 2015 to 2020, David H. Turpin and his wife Suromitra Sanatani were dedicated to building a better province, a better Canada and a better world.

To thank them for sharing their commitment, purpose, time and energy for the public good, the university has renamed a significant student award in their honour.

The David Turpin and Suromitra Sanatani Award for Refugees and Displaced Persons provides financial assistance to students fleeing civil war, persecution or other life-threatening situations.

Join us in honouring David and Suromitra by contributing to this scholarship. Your gift will help ensure the award can be given annually to a student who is seeking a better life.

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“We can never forget that our community — and indeed our country — have been built, in part, on wave after wave of immigrant refugees from around the world who found themselves displaced from their homelands.”  David H. Turpin, 13th U of A president


A Global Tragedy

Millions of people from countries around the world are fleeing their homes to escape unstable situations in their homelands. According to the United Nations, the world is now witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record.

The David Turpin and Suromitra Sanatani Award for Refugees and Displaced Persons will cover the cost of tuition and two years' living expenses for up to five eligible undergraduate or graduate students admitted to the U of A.

Originally established in 2015 to support Syrian refugees, the award has helped 24 students find a better life.

Your donation will help the university change the lives of students fleeing unstable and dangerous situations in countries around the world.


“You didn't just change my life. You changed the life of my spouse. You changed the lives of my future children. I will tell them my story and how people like you made all the difference.”
Bashar Aldyab, award recipient