Providence is pleased to announce quite a few bursary winners for 2010.
The bursaries, which are awarded to current students, were announced and then applied to this semester starting in January 2010, making the end of the year much more manageable for these honoured students. The Providence bursaries program is made possible through the support of generous donors.
Rebecca Boerchers of Laurier, Manitoba has been awarded the $500 McAllister bursary. Rebecca is second year student majoring in music. She is an accomplished musician, who plays the euphonium and is involved in numerous musical groups at Providence. In her essay, she wrote of how the community of supportive Christians at Providence has been the most meaningful part of her post-secondary education experience. Rebecca plans to seek a career as a high school band teacher with her degree from Providence.
Myriam Gaudreau of Trois-Rivieres, Quebec has been awarded the $500 McAllister bursary. Myriam is a second year student in the Business Administration program. She came to Providence through the recommendations of her sister, an alumna of Providence. She had been attending a business college in Quebec, but switched to Providence because she wanted to study business in a Christian context. Myriam is a resident assistant and played on the soccer team her freshman year. After graduation, she aspires to work as a camp director in Quebec.
Allan Kliewer Memorial Bursary
Dustin Burlet of Paradise Valley, Alberta has been awarded the $750 Allan Kliewer Memorial Bursary. He is a second year Master of Divinity honors major. Dustin has spent much of his ministry career involved with camp ministry. He spent this past summer as a program director at Circle Square Ranch. Here at Providence, he serves as the student-faculty liaison for the seminary. Following graduation, Dustin plans on pursuing a career as a, “camp director, a bible college teacher or a pastor.”
David Moravec Memorial Bursary
Scott Maksymyk of Portage la Prairie, Manitoba has been awarded the $400 David Moravec Memorial Bursary. Scott is first year student in the seminary who is working toward his MA in counseling. Scott attended the U of M and received a BA in Psychology, but was left wondering how to integrate his education with his faith. Scott said, “I wish to learn the life skills that will allow that will allow my faith to shine out to others.” He aspires to open a counseling practice in one of the major cities in Canada.
Ken R. Friesen Memorial Bursary
Cameron James Donaldson of Harrington, Quebec has been awarded the $750 Ken R. Friesen Memorial Bursary. Cameron is majoring in Youth Leadership in the college. He has a passion of working with aboriginal people. He spent the past summer working full-time on a reserve in northern Quebec. “My desire after graduation is to use my education to help further the gospel among the youth of the largely unreached communities of northern Quebec”, he said, “There is a great lack of equipped workers in the north and I wish to fill that gap.”
Elissa Teichrib of Gladstone, Manitoba has been awarded the $750 Ken R. Friesen Memorial Bursary. Elissa is a youth leadership major in her final year of studies, and is also working towards her TESOL certificate. During her time at Providence, she served as a Resident Assistant and she is currently a ministry intern at The Meeting Place Church in downtown Winnipeg. Elissa loves learning. She hopes to be able to return to Providence for an additional year to work toward a Bachelor of Theology degree.
Dave and Helen Schellenberg Memorial Bursary
Rebecca Hiebert of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan has been awarded the $1000 Dave and Helen Shellenberg Memorial Bursary. Rebecca is a second year student at Providence who is majoring in intercultural studies and TESOL. Rebecca has a strong desire to serve in the mission field. After high school, she spent a semester in cross-cultural missions in Guatemala. At Providence, she has served on the missions committee and is also a Resident Assistant. She hopes to go and minister in another culture after she completes her degree.
Neufeld Family Bursary
Ben Page of Otterburne, Manitoba has been awarded the $1000 Neufeld Family Bursary. Ben is a social science major in his final years of studies. He and his wife, Melissa, moved from southern Ontario so he could attend Providence. He said, “Providence is changing me. I have extensive experience in post-secondary education and I have not felt any change in my life, until coming to Providence.” Ben serves as the athletics representative on the student council at Providence. He plans to use his degree to work with people in some direct way, such as working for a charity.
Rhea Nordstrom-Friesen Memorial Bursary
Rebecca Friesen of Otterburne, Manitoba has been awarded the $1000 Rhea Nordstrom-Friesen Memorial Bursary. She is majoring in psychology/counseling in the Seminary. Rebecca received her undergraduate degree in Intercultural Studies from Providence. After graduating from the college, she planned on going into missions, but God had other plans. She took a position as dorm mom at Mennonite Collegiate Institute. After that experience, she made plans to return to the seminary. She said, “I hope that through this God will continue to use me in the lives of others seeking healing for different life issues.”
Dr. Harold Dyck Memorial Bursary
Angela Countway of Otterburne, Manitoba has been awarded the $1500 Dr. Harold Dyck Memorial Bursary. She will graduate in April with a MA in counseling. Angela has wanted to be a counselor since high school, and feels a strong call from God for this career. She is eager to head out into full time counseling ministry following graduation. She said, “God is at work here at Providence, and God has been at work in me here, for which I am thankful.”
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