The awards were established in memory of Professor Edward Appathurai, a former Ceylonese diplomat who joined York University in 1968, taught courses in international relations and diplomacy, and created Glendon’s International Studies Program, which has since become the Department of International Studies. As Prof. Kirschbaum has pointed out at the Holmes lecture,

“…John Holmes enjoyed immensely interacting with university students and he was particularly enthusiastic to teach those who were highly motivated and hard-working. Without a doubt, he would have found it totally appropriate to use an event like this one to reward students who have achieved excellence in the Department of International Studies.”

The scholarships are thus traditionally disbursed each year at the John Holmes Lecture.

The Edward & Caroline Appathurai Scholarship is given to a student in the final year of the International Studies program at Glendon College with a minimum cumulative grade point average requirement of 7.50. Students must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons and residents of Ontario who demonstrate financial need.

The Edward Appathurai Scholarship is awarded to the best student in the international studies program who is registered in their final year with a minimum overall average of 7.00 (B+).

2020-2021 Scholarship recipients

Edward & Caroline Appathurai Scholarship










Katarina Bozic                                                                                                            Kitchinfolo Coulibaly             

Edward Appathurai Scholarship

Taiya Talbert-Mcsherry                                                                      Fati Fofana