The University of Winnipeg, in partnership with the African Communities of Manitoba, Inc. is launching a new bursary program that will benefit ten students of African heritage by assisting them financially to attend UWinnipeg. Valued up to $2,000 each, the bursary is awarded to students of African heritage who show academic promise with a demonstrated financial need. 

UWinnipeg President and Vice-Chancellor Lloyd Axworthy and Vice-President (Research & International) Neil Besner as well as other dignitaries from the university and the African community will be in attendance. 

“Some of our students arrive in Manitoba as refugees from war torn countries, facing real financial constraints,” said Dr. Kwabena Osei-Bonsu, Chair of the ACOMI Education and Youth Committee. “This new bursary will really help these hard working students to complete their studies. Besides, we need good youth role models in our community. The bursary recipients are therefore expected to become mentors and shining examples to the younger generation. They will also provide volunteer service in their respective ethnic associations and become responsible citizens of Canada” 

The new bursary fund is the result of a generous private donation and will be sustained in coming years through fundraising efforts by ACOMI with the support of UWinnipeg.  

Come and meet the 2010/2011 recipients of the ACOMI Bursary:                

WHEN:          

Monday, November 1, 2010
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

WHERE:

Manitoba Hall, second floor, room 2M70
The University of Winnipeg
Light refreshments served 

The African Communities of Manitoba Inc. (ACOMI) is a non-profit, non-sectarian organization, bringing together individuals and community organizations of African heritage in Manitoba. http://www.africancommunities.ca/ 

MEDIA CONTACT

Diane Poulin, Communications Officer, The University of Winnipeg
P: 204.988.7135, E: [email protected]