Scholarship & Bursaries

University of Winnipeg Retirees Association (UWRA)

In the span of just eight years and two campaigns later, University retirees have raised well in excess of $100,000 for the Scholarship and two Bursaries that carry the name of our Association.   One pretty huge accomplishment!

Established in March 2010, the UWRA Scholarship supports students of exceptional academic performance. One year later we created a Bursary fund to ease the burden of high performance but financially stressed students. Both awards recognize continuing students of proven academic ability, and both require records of sustained community service.

The Scholarship was originally worth $1,000. In 2016 its value was increased to $2,000; and in 2017, it was increased to $3,000.

Our first Bursary award for $500 was made in 2012. In February 2014, we created two bursaries each in the amount of $500.   And, in 2017, both awards were raised to $1,000 each.

By the autumn of 2018 the UWRA will have offered a total of 10 Bursaries and 10 Scholarships. The recipients of the Scholarship since 2010 are as follows:

2017 … Jillian Sunderland (Sociology)

2016 … Cailyn Cheasley (Bio-Chemistry)

2015 … Sashika Koumaragamage (Physics)

2014 … Danielle Rand (Education)

2013 … Brianna Hunt (Psychology)

2012 … Chelsea Caldwell and Sara Fournier (Human Rights & Global Studies)

2011 … Ronald Gervacio (Business Administration)

2010 … Kerri Paschke (Psychology)

This record of supporting academically strong, community-committed undergraduates has been made possible by the private generosity of our Association members and of other University retirees, by public funds coming from the Manitoba Scholarship and Bursary Initiative, and by the administration of those funds through the University of Winnipeg Foundation. To every contributor, we say “Thank You!”

In the Fall of 2016, the UW Foundation recognized this contribution with a plaque that is now on display in the University Club.

Donations to the UWRA Scholarship or the UWRA Bursaries may be made at any time by visiting the University of Winnipeg Foundation’s website and clicking “Give Online” at or by printing out the Pledge Form [PDF] and mailing in the completed form.