Khalsa Credit Union presents $105,800 in scholarship awards and donations

2018 Scholarship Gala also recognizes the work of Ravi Singh and Khalsa Aid International


Photos submitted by KCU

NEARLY 600 Khalsa Credit Union members and their guests, together with award winners and their families, enjoyed an evening of celebration and entertainment at the Aria Banquet Hall and Convention Centre in Surrey on Tuesday, August 7 at the annual Scholarship Awards and Bursaries Gala.

The annual event, which featured a very well received keynote address by Ravi Singh, Founder and CEO of the humanitarian organization Khalsa Aid, offered a mouth-watering menu for guests as 31 young people were awarded scholarships and bursaries as recognition of their outstanding achievements and hard work. The event also featured incredible live performances by renowned musical masters The Naad Foundation, a breathtaking display by Akal Khalsa World Sikh Martial Arts, a dynamic Dhol performance by South Asian Arts as well as folk Giddha and Bhangra performances by Shaan E Punjab Arts Club.

Presentation to Ravi Singh by members of the Board.

In their remarks, interim CEO Mike Schilling and Chair of the Board of Directors Gurminder Kaur Malik both acknowledged the contribution all members, from the founding to the present, who make Khalsa Credit Union’s  commitment to re-invest in the community they serve a real thing.

Speaking about the 10% of surplus that Khalsa Credit Union invests back into the community, Schilling said, “Our scholarship programs are a really important part of that and have been running for many years. Also, we are able to partner with great organizations that share our values, such as Khalsa Aid.”

Gatka performance

Addressing the gathered members as a previous scholarship award winner and Khalsa Credit Union intern herself, Malik said, “Because you choose to bank with us, we are able to work with countless organizations that help the most vulnerable in our community. For that we are truly grateful. Thank you.”

As a result of this continued support, Khalsa Credit Union was able to provide $55,800 in awards for its winners this year. It also presented a cheque for $50,000 to Ravi Singh, who in his address detailed the extensive aid efforts Khalsa Aid has been, and continues to be, involved with around the world, while also noting the importance and powerful impact of love, understanding and humanity on those around us through the smallest of individual good deeds.

Gidha performance

KCU was formed in 1986 and serves the BC Sikh community. It has over 16,000 members and manages nearly half a billion dollars in assets across its six-branch network.




An award winner with members of the Board.
An award winner with members of the Board.









Scholarship Awards – Academic:

Anusika Kaur Nijher

Arshvir Singh Dhari

Harmeet Kaur Dhadiala

Maneet Kaur Jhawar

Megan Kaur Dhaliwal

Monika Kaur Jandu

Punar Kaur Brar

Puneet Singh Sidhu

Sona Kaur Gill

Sukhpreet Sidhu


Scholarship Awards – Religious:

Gursimran Kaur Tut

Harsh Kaur Badesha

Mehtaab Singh Gill

Prabhjot Kaur

Ravneet Kaur Sidhu

Sahib Kaur Dhaliwal


Scholarship Award – Sports:

Amrit Kaur Jaswal

Parmpreet Kaur Sidhu

Sahib Singh Tatla

Taranvir Kaur Jhuti


Post Secondary Bursary:

Hermeen Dhillon

Karan Partap Singh Bains

Manjot  Aujla

Simrun Kaur Samra


High School Bursary:

Arveen Gogoani

Balpreet Kaur Panesar

Harjeet Singh Bilin

Manvir Kaur Sangha

Navpreet Sandhu

Prabhsimar Kaur


Scholarship Award – Sports:          

Jaskaran Singh Rathore