In line with UPAA-MB, Inc.’s aim to encourage Filipino-Canadian students to pursue their scholastic objectives, the organization has been awarding an annual bursary to a chosen university student since 2011. This year, the organization did the selection of the recipient on its own. The $500 scholarship was granted on September 1, 2013.
The scholarship awardee for 2013 was Fredieson Jem Tumambing. He was chosen based on his academic performance, community involvement, and financial need. He is a graduate from Maples Collegiate, 18 years old, and will be going to University of Manitoba to take up Nursing. Fredieson’s family moved to Winnipeg in 2005 and he is the eldest among the three siblings. He also joined and actively participated in Maples Peer Tutoring Group, Junior Varsity Badminton Team, Science Club, and Maples Amnesty Group where he explored social justice issues along with other students from all ethnic backgrounds.
His teachers described him as thoughtful, hardworking, and diligent student. Fredieson is strong academically and he volunteered his time to share his skills and knowledge to other people. With his very good academic standing, generous character, and sincerity in welcoming and helping newcomers, he is definitely a model student.
Students like Fredieson continue to inspire UPAA-MB, Inc. to support scholastic endeavors of Filipino-Canadian students. They do not only serve as role models to the youth, they also help uplift the profile of the Filipino community in Manitoba.