2013 Garnet Kyle Scholarships Awarded

Rebecca Schur, winner of the Garnet Kyle Scholarship

Rebecca Schur, winner of the Garnet Kyle Scholarship

WINNIPEG, MB – Christian Gruenke and Rebecca Schur are two students from rural Manitoba whose academic excellence has served them well. Both have garnered the 2013 Garnet Kyle Scholarship, one of the highest-valued awards available to a Canadian student at UWinnipeg.

Christian Gruenke, winner of the Garnet Kyle Scholarship

Christian Gruenke, winner of the Garnet Kyle Scholarship

Christian Gruenke, first-year pre-engineering student at UWinnipeg, is a graduate of Rosseau Valley School where he received the Governor General’s Award and also earned top marks in six of his graduating year courses.

“This scholarship has given me the freedom to study full-time without having to worry about how to pay for everything,” said Gruenke. “UWinnipeg made transition from high school to university easier with the smaller class sizes and everyone is friendly and helpful.”


Rebecca Schur, first-year arts student at UWinnipeg, is a graduate from Steinbach Regional Secondary School. She received the Governor General’s award for the highest grades, and the J.J. Peters bronze medal, as selected by her teachers, for being a well rounded student. In high school Schur enjoyed the sciences but has discovered arts courses at UWinnipeg.

“It is hard to find a favourite course as I always like to try everything,” expressed Schur. “This scholarship allows me the freedom to take any course, in any field, without worry of financial strain. This autonomy has helped me discover linguistics, which I am now considering to be my major.”

The unique Garnet Kyle Scholarship is specifically intended to support a rural student from Dominion City (and surrounding area) in the pursuit of undergraduate or graduate studies at UWinnipeg. It may be used to cover direct education and living costs, is renewable for an additional three years, and is valued at $40,000 ($10,000 X 4 Years). Applicants must have a 90% admission average or higher.

Garnet Kyle Scholarship

The late Garnet Kyle was a lifelong resident of Dominion City, longtime Councillor in the RM of Franklin, and school board trustee in the Boundary School Division. Kyle spent all of his life in local politics and ran as a candidate in the 1973 provincial election. He was active in many community projects including construction, at his own expense, of a nine-hole golf course in Dominion City that is free to youth in the area.

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Naniece Ibrahim, Communications Officer, The University of Winnipeg

P: 204.988.7130, E: n.ibrahim@uwinnipeg.ca

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