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Celebrating 5 years of Gordon Wiebe Scholarships

September 27, 2021

2021 marks 5 years of Gordon Wiebe Scholarships for the Winkler Community Foundation. Over the past 5 years, 170 scholarships totaling $380,000 have been awarded to young people from our community thanks to a generous gift left to the Winkler Community Foundation by late Gordon Wiebe. Through these scholarships, we have been able to support local young people in their pursuit to gain knowledge and follow their educational paths through post-secondary institutions across Canada. In addition to providing financial support, these awards have provided opportunities for some that otherwise may not have pursued post-secondary education, as well as, offered esteem support for others.  “The financial support from [the Winkler Community Foundation] has provided a supportive community that cares for individuals in order to succeed within postsecondary education.” – Leonore Schwarzkopf – OES 2018.

Although financial need is named as the greatest barrier towards pursuing post-secondary education, social support is also listed as a significant need.  “We, as a scholarship committee, realized that handing out the cheque was the easy part.  Support beyond the money was also key to success for our first-year students.” – Viola Enns Woelk, Scholarship committee chair. From this need, the Peer-to-Peer program was developed.  This is a peer-based program with the goal of providing first year university students with a supportive connection from a returning student.  Whether it is for the purposes of answering basic rural to urban transition questions, finding their way on campus, or sharing a coffee during the semester, Peer-to-Peer is an opportunity for students to have a connector from home in a time of change.

How does the Winkler Community Foundation measure success?  We measure it by observing recipients taking the courageous step in being the first of their family to pursue post-secondary education.  Success comes with the changing of career paths because financial assistance has afforded the opportunity to do so.  And most certainly, we celebrate success in the achievement of degree earned, often seeing the recipient return to Winkler to use their skills in our community.  And celebrating with those who choose to re-locate!

Another success is having one of our first Ongoing Education Support recipients join our Scholarship committee this year. Cameron Wiens graduated with his Business Administration degree at Brandon University in 2020. Cameron is working for BDO as he continues his studies to his CPA designation. He looks forward to giving back to the community and the scholarship program that supported his studies.


This year, we are excited to honour the accomplishments of 30 local students receiving $70,000 in Gordon Wiebe Scholarships from the Winkler Community Foundation. Recipients have served the local community as well as abroad. These students are studying a broad array of subjects that will impact the future of our community and beyond. We look forward to hearing their success stories in the years to come!


2021 Scholarship Recipients:

Mark Giesbrecht (Political Science), Caitlyn Haney (Kinesiology), Amy Peters (Integrated Education), Sherry Peters (Science/Psychology), Talia Peters (Kinesiology), Julia Tissen (Education), Aaron Doerksen (Biology), Lani Ens (Arts), Jacob Fehr (Nursing), Quinn Hamilton (Education), Allyson Klassen (Psychology), Kayla Penner (Nursing), Patricia Derksen (Biosystem Engineer), Tyrone Dyck (Theology), Peter Enns (agriculture) Madison Fehr (Music), Jessica Giesbrecht (Political Science), Amy Lloyd (Science), Yeketrina Kuryata (Sociology), Nettie Dyck (Psychology), Saad Nizamani (Physiology), Indigo Wiebe (Kinesiology), Katelyn Ens (Agriculture), and Ryan Rempel (Nursing).


Mikaela Warkentin (2020 – Environmental Design) and Victoria Maschkin (2021-University 1).


This year 8 students received this award:


Amber Reimer (GVC), Cassidy Penner (NPC), Cerlean Wolfe (NPC), Danae Wiebe (GVC), Emily Penner (NPC), Jakiya Friesen (GVC), Kate Heide (GVC), Laura Marx (GVC), Maksym Saltykov (NPC), Mia O’Neil (NPC), Rachel Klassen (GVC), and Ruben Martel (NPC).


WES YIP give back

Winkler Elementary School ran Youth in Philanthropy as an Exploratory program during the 2020-21 school year. They had a group of grade 8 students participate. As a part of the program, the students ran a Valentine’s Day themed fundraiser by selling boxes of smarties. They felt the smarties could share some “joy” during a COVID Valentine’s. The girls designed to and from tags for the students to send the smarties to friends aor siblings in the school. The money raised during the YIP exploratory program was matched by the Winkler Community Foundation. Thanks to the student’s efforts and the Foundation’s match, a grant of $669 was awarded to Gateway Resources. This grant has been designated for Gateway’s Life Skills Program to add tactile and sensory box resources. “We decided to raise money for the Gateway Life Skills Program because we believe everyone should have an equal opportunity to contribute to the community and do what they love!” – Karli, BYNN and Bria grade 8 YIP students from WES.   The Winkler Community Foundation loves seeing students engage in philanthropic activities. We were happy to see WES find a creative way to still teach young students about philanthropy and positively impact […]


2021 Giving Challenge

November 15-21 All donations will be stretched.

Scholarship Renewals

Deadline: January 31, 2022. All current Make It A Reality scholarship recipients and Ongoing Education Support scholarship recipients must submit scholarship renewal form to qualify.

Community Grants

Application Deadline: April 15, 2022

Scholarship Applications

Deadline: Feb 28, 2022.