TWU’s newest students earn top scholarships

Langley, B.C.—Academic achievement, community service, leadership and interest in innovation has earned three incoming Trinity Western University students a Canadian Millennium Scholarship. This winter, Lindsay Bisschop, a political science student from Langley, Meagan Coburn, a general studies student from Revelstoke and Lindsay Maier, a psycology student from Kelowna were officially awarded the prestigious scholarship, ranging in value from $4,000 to $5,000. These students will be able to renew the scholarship for the same amount next year.

Founded by an Act of Parliament in 1998, the Canadian Millennium Scholarship was created to equip Canada’s most promising students to ‘meet the challenges of a rapidly changing economy and society’. Four returning TWU students were also awarded Millennium Scholarships according to the same criteria, each valuing from $8,000 to $10,000 value over two years. Recipients include: Jeremy Neufeld, a biology student from Surrey, Lauren Inrig, a political science student from Delta, Lynda Baker, a human kinetics student from Ontario and Amy Graf, a General Studies student also from Ontario.

In addition to the governmental award, the Trinity Western University gave out its own award. Fifteen incoming TWU students were presented with the university’s most competitive and highly regarded scholarship, the President’s Scholarship, an award valued at $30,000.

“Students who receive this award exemplify the kind of future leaders that Trinity Western is committed to training, and we are pleased to welcome them to the University,” says Neil Snider, PhD, president of TWU. “And while high academic standing is a key prerequisite for this scholarship, equally important is the student’s character, leadership ability and desire to contribute positively in whatever field they may choose.”

Two of the fifteen recipients are Langley residents Kristin Ostensen, a communications student, and Christie Anderson, a psychology student.

Both girls are grateful for the financial support this award provides for them. “I’m very thankful for the opportunity to receive this award,” says Anderson, an aspiring child psychologist. “Thankful for God’s faithfulness, as well as the support of my family, friends and teachers.”

Ostensen, who was first intrigued by her best friend’s experience at TWU, agrees. “It helps alleviate stress because with the scholarships, I don’t have to worry as much about money.” Ostensen can now focus more on her journalistic and creative writing aspirations.

Other President’s Scholarship winners include: Lauren Inrig of Delta, and Linsday Maier of Kelowna, winners of both the Millennium and President’s Scholarships; Michael Stork of White Rock; AmyLou Boostra of Telkwa, BC; Sarah Weigum of Three Hills, AB; Vanessa Wiebe of Aberdeen, SK; Kelsey Steeves of Riverview, NB; Sarah Winsor of Grand Falls-Windsor, NL; Katrina Larsen of Lynden, WA; Erin Williams of Manson, WA; Iain Cook of Kealukekua HI, Danielle Royce of Tuscon, AZ and Jessica Wiebe of Kandern, Germany.

Incoming students weren’t the only ones awarded this November. Three returning students also earned scholarships. Second year communications student David Pettitt of Chatham, Ontario was the recipient of a Fairfax Financial Holdings scholarship, a $5,000 award given to only 60 Canadians each year.

Jennifer Friesen of Chilliwack and Kyle Schalk of Red Deer are current Masters students who were the recipients of The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) scholarship. Like the millennium scholarship, the SSHRC is a federal agency that promotes and supports university-based research and training in the social sciences and humanities. Friesen is studying history and Schalk studies in the Division of Applied Psychology.

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts university enrolling over 3,500 students this year. With a broad-based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 38 major areas ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 12 graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and administrative leadership.

Last Updated: 2015-07-13
Author: Keela Keeping