The Westland Foundation has continued its commitment to education by giving $40,000 to student awards at the University of Manitoba. This money will support students from the Westland area, an inner-city neighbourhood that experiences socioeconomic factors that can make it difficult to pursue a university education.
“A university education positively affects the individual and the community,” says John Prystanski, founder and board member of the Westland Foundation. “Whether you have a bachelor’s degree or a doctorate, education can change your outlook on life. In the community there are problems that are based on social demographics and a lack of opportunities. Access to education changes that.”
The Foundation’s gift goes to the Westland Foundation Education Fund Award, which provides scholarships to students from Westland area schools based on how well they do throughout grades 7 to 12.
“We saw a need to help students from this area go to university,” says Philip Burns, president of the Foundation. “Education opened doors for me and this is an opportunity to give back.”
“It feels wonderful to know that we are doing something that will make such a positive difference in this community,” adds Allen Harasymuk, Westland Foundation treasurer.
The Foundation is actively raising funds to build the Westland Foundation Education Fund. The goal is to encourage all inner-city Winnipeg students from the Westland area to continue their education into the post-secondary level by helping pay the first year’s tuition at a college or university for qualifying students.