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Learning from our past to shape our future.

There will soon be a lot more financial support available to graduate students studying history in our province, thanks to new awards spearheaded by The Winnipeg Foundation.

Studying our community’s history can reveal our shared past and can also shape our shared future. For almost 100 years, people from all walks of life have contributed to the well-being of our community through gifts to The Winnipeg Foundation. In recognition of their generosity and the legacy we have inherited, The Foundation has created awards for graduate students focusing on the life and times of Canadians who have contributed to our rich history.

The awards will be available to Master’s and PhD-level students studying History in he Joint Master’s Program offered by the universities of Manitoba and Winnipeg. This program offers a range of major and minor study areas.

Currently, The Winnipeg Foundation is augmenting the financial support available to students who select either Canada or Indigenous Studies as a major. Ultimately, the goal is that students pursuing a Master’s Degree or a PhD in Manitoba have access to financial support comparable to that available nationally at other prominent post-secondary institutions.

The Winnipeg Foundation Centenary Scholarship for Doctoral Studies in Canadian History will be offered to a PhD candidate once every three years beginning in 2021. It will be valued at 100,000 and is payable $50,000 in the first year and $25,000 in each of years two and three.

The Winnipeg Foundation Award for Studies in Canadian or Indigenous History is being offered to three, Year One Master’s students, beginning this year. It is valued at$17,500.

Two other Winnipeg Foundation Awards for Year Two Master’s students will be available beginning in 2020—both valued initially at $7,000. In recognition of the importance of truth and reconciliation – one award is for a student studying the history of Indigenous peoples in Canada. The second – named after Elizabeth Alloway, wife of Winnipeg Foundation founder William Forbes Alloway – is for a student studying the role of women in Canadian History.

To make a gift in support of either the Year Two Indigenous History Scholarship or the Year Two Elizabeth Alloway History Scholarship, go to

This story is featured in the Summer 2019 issue of our Working Together magazine. Download or view the full issue on our Publications page.

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