The Opportunity Fund is an initiative created by The University of Winnipeg in 2007 to help make it possible for Aboriginal, refugee and immigrant, and inner-city students in need to dream big. The Opportunity Fund is about action, it’s about investing in real dreams so that as a community, we see real results. It’s about bridging the graduation gap and it’s about transforming lives.
The Opportunity Fund – which is unique among Canadian universities – comes as a direct result of the University’s Access Task Force on Post-Secondary Education, which was initiated by U of Winnipeg President & Vice-Chancellor Dr. Lloyd Axworthy.
The goal of the University is to build a $10-million endowment fund that will help ensure that everyone, regardless of background and socio-economic status, has access to higher education and opportunities. The fund includes tuition credits and fast-track bursaries for students and tuition waivers for youth raised in the child welfare system.
This program matched the Kenny Family Foundation’s goals in that downtown Winnipeg has a significant population of urban aboriginals. When we fund projects projects focused on downtown Winnipeg, a significant proportion of the recipients will be native.