Young Indigenous leaders recognized with new scholarships
The University of Manitoba announced its new Indigenous Leader of Tomorrow Scholarships. This new program highlights Indigenous high school graduates who combine outstanding leadership potential with academic giftedness.
“These scholarships recognize the potential of Indigenous students and promote strong Indigenous leaders within our University community,” said University of Manitoba President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. David Barnard. “We are committed to celebrating their contributions and achievements. They are not only role models in their own communities; they are Canada’s future leaders.”
Each of the three annual scholarships is valued at $16,000 ($4,000 per year), allocated over four years of study. Applications are now open, and the awards will be given out to Indigenous students across Canada entering any of the direct entry programs of the University of Manitoba in September 2016.
“We look forward to and must prepare for continued growth in the University of Manitoba’s Indigenous student population,” said Susan Gottheil, Vice-Provost (Students). “Part of this preparation begins with scholarships, bursaries and innovative programming, which will result in greater accessibility and opportunity for Indigenous students.”
Creating Pathways to Indigenous Achievement is an institutional priority for the University of Manitoba, where over 2,000 First Nations, Métis and Inuit students are welcomed each year. Last spring, the graduation of over 350 Indigenous students was celebrated at the U of M’s 26th Annual Graduation Pow Wow.
Indigenous Achievement is a pillar of Front and Centre – the campaign for the University of Manitoba, with $65 million directed toward this priority. By collaborating with Indigenous communities and stakeholders, the University of Manitoba is striving to be a welcoming place that translates into success for Indigenous students and their families.