WINNIPEG – Today, Mayor Brian Bowman hosted a virtual reception to award the five successful recipients of this year’s Mayor’s Scholarship for Community Leadership.

“Now in its 6th year, the annual presentation of the Mayor’s Scholarship for Community Leadership has helped support a total of 30 high school students for their leadership in our community,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “It’s reassuring to know that there are young leaders like these who are working at creating positive, transformative change to the world around them. Congratulations to this year’s recipients and thanks to all who applied.”

This year’s five scholarship recipients are:

Alexina Nault

High School: Collège Sturgeon Heights Collegiate
Community and Volunteer Activities: Cadet, National Indigenous Engagement committee member, Youth Parliament, Girl Guides
Educational Goal: Currently enrolled in the Université de Saint-Boniface and plans to go to law school

Avinashpall Singh

High School: River East Collegiate
Community and Volunteer Activities: Co-Chair Youth Nuclear Peace Summit, ICAN Cities Appeal, Co-President River East Key Club, founded @rec_cares to provide mental health awareness and support for youth during the pandemic
Educational Goal: Currently enrolled at the University of Manitoba and plans to pursue Biological Sciences followed by Medical School

Devanie Ashly Persaud

High School: Windsor Park Collegiate
Community and Volunteer Activities: Sage Creek Outdoor Games, United Way Youth Chapter, Harvest Manitoba, Siloam Mission, student council member, created Asian Heritage Month Display at school
Educational Goal: Plans to pursue Clinical Psychology at the University of Manitoba

Nyja Bond

High School: Westwood Collegiate
Volunteer Activities: Founded Keira's Krusade in memory of her sister, Keira's Kit backpack, Keira's Winter Classic, volunteer at Grace Hospital
Educational Goal: Plans to enter the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Manitoba

Paige Moritz

High School: Dakota Collegiate
Volunteer Activities: Ringette and soccer player and volunteer coach, Siloam Mission holiday support, Harvest Manitoba school food drive
Educational Goal: Plans to pursue Education at the University of Manitoba.

The Mayor’s Scholarship for Community Leadership is an annual initiative that rewards the achievements of Winnipeg’s future leaders and supports them on the path towards their educational and career goals. Each of the five scholarship recipients will receive a one-thousand dollar scholarship in recognition of their consistent and outstanding dedication to making their community a better place to live by solving community problems or addressing a community need.

Community leadership can be demonstrated through activities that promote racial and social inclusion, drive reconciliation, encourage environmental stewardship, and support or empower Winnipeg’s less fortunate. The Winnipeg Foundation manages the fund for the Mayor’s Scholarship including issuing scholarship cheques and tax receipts, as required. The Mayor’s Office manages application intake, and award recipients are selected by an independent selection panel.