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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


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.