Bhai Kahan Singh Nabha Foundation (2012) Inc. Scholarship

By Dr. Mohinder Singh Dhillon

This year The Awards office of The University of Winnipeg selected two students to receive the fifth and sixth Bhai Kahan Singh Nabha awards and scholarship. The criteria of The Bhai Kahan Singh Nabha Award and prize is awarded to University students with high academic achievements who has studies Language, Religion, History, Politics, Human rights and preference is given to students who has shown a particular interest in Punjabi Language, Culture and Sikh religion. The Award Night of Excellence was celebrated on January 13, 2016 at Delta Hotel Winnipeg. Dr. Mohinder Singh Dhillon, President of The Bhai Kahan Singh Nabha Foundation and Dr. James Christie, professor of Theology presented both students the Certificates and a books on the history and principles of Sikhism. Dr. Dhillon invited the students to read the books and to write a short essay on what they have learned about Sikhism.

The Award winner Anna Siemens is a 2nd year student of Political Science. Two years ago she visited Nepal and India where she was deeply influenced by learning about another way of life. Returning to Winnipeg she decided to pursue a degree in Political Science as a way of understanding how Governmental system and decisions have significant impacts for different parts of society. She is considering working towards a Mater’s degree in Peace and Conflict studies.

She is passionately committed to the principle that women in India should have the same opportunities available to her. She humbly thanked Bhai Kahan Singh Nabha Foundation for the scholarship.

The other award winner student is Teruni Walaliyadde is a third year student with a double major in Conflict Resolution and Human Rights and Global studies. She strongly believes that education can unleash innovative ideas and prospects for dialogue on crucial yet sensitive topics that define our transnational, interconnected world. She also believes that learning can foster the mutual respect that will be required to overcome the geopolitical tensions that lead to violence and genocide. Education is essential to develop the skills of genuine communication and patient listening to one another without a quick rush to judgement. Teruni plans to focus on children andwomen’s rights in education, health, security and to empower their voices through inclusion in peace talks and other decision making venues.She humbly thanks the Foundation for this generous award, which encourages her to work harder for even greater academic achievement.