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Students Show Thanks

February 1, 2018

WINKLER, MB (February 1, 2018) – Local students will gain access to $73,000 in post-secondary scholarships this spring. One of the largest scholarships programs to be developed by a rural community foundation in Manitoba, the Gordon Wiebe Post-Secondary Scholarships will grant 15 new awards, and honour eight existing awards ranging in value from $2,000-$20,000 to students from Winkler and the surrounding community.


Last year’s recipients have demonstrated to us their gratitude and the life-changing potential of these awards through thank you notes and letters. This week, we received a handwritten card from one 2017 GVSD Award Recipient that reads,


“I have been dreaming of going to university since I was in kindergarten. It has been my lifelong goal, and I wouldn’t have been able to achieve this without your generous scholarship. My first semester was hard, and unlike any other challenge I have ever faced. When I had finished my semester at University of Manitoba, I had gained a deeper understanding of my courses, but I had also learned new study skills, made new friends, and really began to experience life. I enjoy every day, and it is because of you. Thank you so much.

Forever grateful,

Isabel Wallace.”


In late Fall, Aganetha Peters (also a 2017 GVSD Award Recipient) wrote to us expressing how she plans to use her scholarship to be of service to hearing-impaired youth:


“Thank you for your generous donation of a scholarship of $2,000. It is greatly appreciated and it will help me to cover the costs of my American Sign Language studies. I believe that sign language interpreters are in need in our community. I want to do my part in contributing to that aspect of our community. I am currently working as a high school teacher at Valley Mennonite Academy in Chortitz, and planning on going back for more studies come school year.
I thank you again for your generosity.”


The Foundation seeks applicants who show care for their community, willingness to lead and/or excellence in their work. To be eligible for awards, applicants must be 30 years or under and planning to pursue their first degree or diploma through an approved post-secondary program within Canada. Deadline to apply is February 28th, 2018. Application information and materials are available at


Scholarship Renewals

If you are a current Make It A Reality scholarship recipient or a Ongoing Education Support scholarship recipient, please complete the renewal form that was sent out to your email. In order for our scholarship recipients to receive their renewable scholarships for the upcoming Fall 2021 school year, we need the completed renewal forms to be submitted by January 31, 2021. If you have any questions or did not receive the renewal form, please emails us at

Pay It Forward May

  Pay it Forward is something we can and should be doing all year round. The Winkler Community Foundation and Morden Area Foundation has chosen one month to be more active in our efforts – not because we have to, but because we want to. Not because we’ve experienced kindness from others, but because we want to work together to make our community strong and vibrant. Pay it Forward. Inspire others. Impact our Community.