University of Winnipeg students Andreah Anterola and Ruth Mesgna have joined the ranks of students to be assisted by the Winnipeg Police Service Opportunity Scholarships in Memory of Injured and Fallen Officers, which supports students from high schools in the North End and Downtown Winnipeg. The two were awarded the scholarships at the start of the school year this fall.
“Having the privilege to be awarded this scholarship will not only help relieve the financial strain, but also assist me in furthering my university career,” says Anterola, a pre-medicine student in her fourth year at UWinnipeg.
She plans to become a doctor that specializes in oncology. “Thanks to Winnipeg Police Service’s generosity, I will be able to focus more on my academics, community service and leadership involvement. I hope to be able to repay this gift through my excellence in all my future endeavours.”
Anterola is enjoying her UWinnipeg experience. “I appreciate the close interaction between professors and their students as well as between students… My UWinnipeg experience has helped me focus on what is important in life – that is, the attainment of proper education.”
Like Anterola, Mesgna has no plans to stop once she receives her undergraduate degree. The biochemistry student says she enjoys her field of study, and plans to pursue graduate studies and obtain a PhD.
“I think it’s a wonderful scholarship that has helped – and continues to help students in the inner-city,” explains Mesgna. “I really like that UWinnipeg is close by and I’m very familiar with the campus, which has helped me adjust to university life that much easier.”
Winnipeg Police Chief Devon Clunis believes the scholarship is a vital part of the police service’s work. “As chief of police I truly believe that providing young people with access to education is a vital part in being a good community partner.”
The first Winnipeg Police Service Opportunity Scholarships were awarded in 2012, and since then, the scholarships have helped seven unique students from the inner-city.
The $2,500 scholarships are awarded annually and are renewable annually, with the intention that students receive scholarship support throughout their university degrees.
For more information on scholarships and awards at UWinnipeg, visit http://www.uwinnipeg.ca/awards.