Abid Jamal Gilani Memorial Award

In 2015, alumnus Abid Gilani died tragically in the Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia. His legacy lives on through the Abid Jamal Gilani Awards, helping immigrant and international students pursue opportunities through higher education—the keystone of his successful career and life.

In his memory, Abid’s wife – Diane made a generous donation of over $65,000 to support student scholarships at USask, and set up the Abid Jamal Gilani Memorial Award. An additional $8,000 gift was made by Big Picture Conferences to support student awards in Abid’s memory.

Diane’s intention with the scholarship and bursaries was to support engineering, science and business students—particularly those from Syria, as helping refugees was of major importance to Abid during his final years…..More

– Jessica Elfar

  • Emotionally, it helped a lot. Receiving the news that I was selected made my January a lot brighter!
    Minjin Oh2019 Recipient of Abid Jamal Gilani Memorial Award
  • School can be stressful, mentally, emotionally and financially. I am very happy to receive a $2,000 award towards my studies, because it helps me be worry-free in my last year of university.
    Hussein Yaqub2019 Recipient of Abid Jamal Gilani Memorial Award
  • Minjin Oh
  • Hussein Yaqub
  • Mariam Shahzad