Abigail Greaves is the recipient of the Garnet Kyle Scholarship

A 17 year old graduate of Shevencko Collegiate in Vita has won the University of Winnipeg’s biggest scholarship.

Abigail Greaves has been awarded the Garnet Kyle Scholarship of $40,000.  Greaves is the first recipient of this scholarship which is the largest offered to a Canadian student at UWinnipeg. It allows for $10,000 per year of studies to cover tuition and books, accommodation and food. This award is very different than others as  it specifically supports a rural student from Dominion City and the surrounding area for undergraduate or graduate studies at UWinnipeg.

The University of Winnipeg created the Garnet Kyle Scholarship in March 2011 as a result of a $500,000 donation from the estate of the late Mr. Garnet Kyle. The University has agreed to match that  through the Manitoba Scholarship Bursary Initiative, for a total of $1 million. This award is achievement-based and awarded to a grade 12 student with an average of 90% or higher, or for graduate students to qualify, they must have an undergraduate grade point average of 4.00 or higher.

Greaves is studying theatre at the Asper Centre for Theatre and Film. She is studying Theatre and has interest in pursuing a double major in Theatre and English.  She notes, this scholarship will make concentrating on studies so much easier.  

"This scholarship has paid for my first year of school.  I am very aware of how much its worth and how much it has done for me.  This means a lot to not only me but my parents too.  I am not going around spending it on material things.  I am saving it as much as I can and making sure it goes as far as it can as far as my plans for education goes.  It won't be spent on selfish things."

Greaves says she will always be eternally grateful and will probably never be able to get over how much this has done for her.