Two, $750 Manitoba Women’s Institute Scholarships are awarded to applicants taking a recognized academic or vocational course in order to update their skills and ultimately, enter the work force.


  • Rural Manitoba resident
  • Student enrolled in a recognized academic or vocational course to gain knowledge and skills that would enable them to acquire professional or technical status or to change careers and enter the work force.

Applications must contain:

  • Name, address, city, province, postal code, telephone number, email.
  • Proof of current enrolment in a program related to enhancing or sustaining rural life.
  • Letters of reference/recommendation from at least two people (teacher, employer, community leader)
  • A resumé, including education, employment and volunteer, community and school activities
  • Outline in a 500-750 word essay how you feel the experiences and education you have had so far or the training or education you are planning to embark on will help you to empower women, families or communities in your future.

The scholarship Funds are administered through the Red River Exhibition Foundation.

 2016 Recipients

Sarah Holtmann

Sarah Holtmann – Rosser, Manitoba

Being a successful woman in business is a strong example to set for other young women.  This is something that Sarah hopes to achieve as she embarks on her own career in business by obtaining a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Manitoba.  Gaining new skills and developing her knowledge in this field, combined with her creativity and leadership qualities, will help her to further empower other young women in her community. She looks forward to gaining experience off the farm but ultimately expects to return to her family’s farm to take that business to new levels.

Laura Wallace

Laura Wallace – Oak Lake, Manitoba

Laura is looking forward to pursuing her dream of a  While doing so, she hopes she can be a role model to girls in her community looking to plan something similar for their future. Laura’s family has always told her she can do anything she puts her mind to.  She, too, believes that if she works hard enough, anything is possible.  Laura tells a funny story about her dad who, when Laura suggested she would be the first female lineman in Western Manitoba to stick with that role in a very male-dominated field, her dad said, “Go for it…I’d love to see those boys try to keep you down.”