South Asian Youth Scholarship

Photo of the blog author By Ron Fanfair,
Toronto Police Service
Published: 5:02 p.m. April 11, 2018

To recognize the contributions of the late Staff Inspector Paul Fernandes, the South Asian Internal Support Network (SA-ISN) is pleased to announce a scholarship program memorialized in his name.

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Late Staff Inspector Paul Fernandes, who has been honoured with a scholarship in his name

Fernandes was a pioneer. He broke barriers in the Service and created career pathways for South Asians in policing. He was the first member of a visible minority group in Canada to reach the rank of Staff Inspector.

Under the leadership of former Chief William McCormack, he actively sought community involvement that was representative of the City of Toronto and, specifically, the South Asian community. He worked tirelessly to showcase South Asian police officers to the community.

In June 1992, Staff Inspector Paul Fernandes lost his lengthy battle with cancer.

The SA-ISN takes a great pride in dedicating two annual $5,000 scholarships to South Asian students residing in the city of Toronto who are in their last year of high school. 

The SA-ISN believes that this scholarship will provide a measure of support to students who have financial challenges or limitations to entering higher education.

Through this scholarship initiative, the SA-ISN will continue to enhance the positive relationship of the Service and South Asian communities. By providing South Asian students with this scholarship opportunity, we endeavor to inspire more South Asians to consider policing as an excellent choice of employment. 

Applications are due April 27, 2018.

To receive an application package, email

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