Beverley Fredborg is one of two University of Winnipeg students who earned a BUILDING Foundations Bursary.
The bursaries are for post-secondary students "who live in provincial subsidized housing, have achieved high marks and have shown a commitment to their communities," according to a release. Manitoba Housing and Community Development provides nine $1,000 bursaries to nine students.
Bailey Chipman is the other University of Winnipeg recipient of the bursary. The remaining eight recipients are University of Manitoba students Pedrina Antoine and Kailee Tibbs, Red River College students Candace Horseman, Bindu Shijo, and Michele Longbottom, University College of the North (Thompson) student Alexis Campbell, and Booth University College student Benito Capili.
Fredborg, 20, is in the process of getting her biopsychology degree with honours, aiming to graduate in April of 2015.
Fredborg applied for the bursary mostly to help out her mother. She and her mother have lived in a co-op in the Garden City area since 2007.
"It’s just my mom and me, and my mom doesn’t make a lot of money," Fredborg said.
Prior to their current home, Fredborg and her mom have lived in various apartments, but Fredborg is happy with where she is now.
"I love it there. It’s a lot bigger," Fredborg said.
The townhouse she and her mom live in allows for pets, so the two have a cockapoo — a cocker spaniel/poodle breed — named Lily.
Fredborg said the $1,000 she received is going straight to her tuition.
"I’m so happy I got it. It’s a really big help for me," Fredborg said.
After graduating from the University of Winnipeg, Fredborg wants to pursue medicine.
"I think on the way there, I may get my master’s in neuroscience," Fredborg added.
An ambitious young woman, Fredborg also said she loves a challenge, especially in academics.
"It doesn’t come easily to me, so whenever there is a success, like a good grade, it feels really good because I have to work at it," Fredborg said.