2019 Scholarship Winners

Nadia Vink

Calgary Christian School

The idea of stewardship has been part of the world since the very beginning. After God created Adam and Eve, He entrusted the entirety of His creation to them, with instructions to rule over it but also to tend to it and care for it. This concept of stewardship carries through to everything we do throughout our lives as Christians if we believe that everything ultimately belongs to God.

Since Nadia was young, her parents taught her to love creation and to enjoy it through outdoor pursuits. They taught her to visually appreciate the world around her, taking care not to destroy it and this was her first introduction to stewardship.

Nadia has been serving her community as a lifeguard, swim instructor and a Sunday School teacher. She also volunteers at Carewest long term care center. Her career goals include completing a degree in Education and Biology to become a high school teacher.

Julia Vandenberg

Calvin Christian School

It is not enough to be a positive moral example, we have to show regard for our fellow man. We must be cautious not to spend every penny on our pleasure, we also have to give to the poor. Today, it takes a lot of will power to purchase only the necessities because of advertising. Responsible management of money gives the joy of confidence and contentment.
Julia has used the talents that God gave her by giving back to her community. She helped with various fundraising events for Calvin Christian School. She also gives back by volunteering at a thrift store and the Lethbridge soup kitchen.

Julia planned to go on a mission trip to Haiti this summer. Her career goals include getting into the Pre-Education Program of Mathematics, then the Education program at the University of Lethbridge. She hopes to become a teacher at Calvin Christian School in the future.

Christian Slomp

Coaldale Christian School

God created everything. All that we have – our talents, our abilities, and even our faith is a gift from him. Stewardship is showing thankfulness for these gifts by using them for God’s glory. We glorify God by serving others, building up his church, and spreading his gospel. In scripture, God emphasizes the importance of helping those in need as an aspect of stewardship.

Christian has used his gifts by volunteering at his local library in a kids’ reading program for several summers. He was also the captain of Coaldale’s basketball team and spent a lot of time with the younger kids, helping them hone their techniques.

Christian plans to go to the University of Lethbridge for Physics and Maths. When he graduates, he hopes to use his training to pursue Apologetics. He believes that Physics is about understanding how God structures and orders the universe, and it could be an interesting way to approach Apologetics.

Rachel Winkler

Edmonton Christian High School
J.A.J. Van Ginhoven Scholarship

Biblical stewardship is recognizing that all you have belongs to God and using it to bring Him glory. Rachel believes everything she has in life is because of God, and as a Christian, she is called to manage these gifts and use them to honor him and serve others. “The Holy Spirit has filled me with a passion to share my faith with my peers” and she feels that if she can encourage future generations to have a passion for Jesus, then all her efforts would be worthwhile.

Rachel has volunteered at Crosspoint Community Church for six years in children ministries. She spent her summer teaching the word and having fun with kids from many different backgrounds. This year Rachel worked with a few others to start an Alpha program at her school. She wants to make a positive impact on students’ lives.

When she is not busy with school or extracurricular activities, Rachel enjoys spending time with her friends or her youth group. Her current financial goal is to save money for a mission trip and post-secondary education. Rachel plans to study for a Bachelor of Science degree and become a nurse.

Tianna Ingold

Immanuel Christian High School

In Mark 12:17 when the chief priests and teachers of the law asked Jesus whether they needed to pay taxes, Jesus replied with, “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.” In this verse Jesus tells us that we need to give back to God what is His already. If God graciously gives us all that we need, we should be giving back to Him in thankfulness.

Tianna volunteers and gives back to the church community by leading Sunday School, Vacation Bible School and Kingdom Seekers. She works with Students for Life Club which brings awareness to the seriousness of abortion.

Tianna also enjoys worshiping on the chapel team at school and sharing the gift of music with others. She plans to study for nursing at a post-secondary institution. She wants to give back to God and prays that He will place a desire in her heart to give to those who are in need, whether it is of her time or money.

Rachelle Doorten

Parkland Immanuel Christian School

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” (James 1:17). Everything is a gift from God: our time, talents and finances, as well as our family and friends. He has truly blessed Rachelle and her family. Out of thankfulness to Him, she desires to give back to the Lord and to exemplify true biblical stewardship.

Rachelle has had the opportunity to interact with a variety of age groups as a volunteer. She has coached kids’ soccer, helped at Vacation Bible School, and gained valuable experience as a counsellor at Rehoboth, a camp for adults with disabilities. She has also been on a mission trip to an orphanage in Queretaro, Mexico.

Rachelle enjoys playing basketball and volleyball and feels very blessed to be playing on the first-ever girls’ senior high soccer league at her school. She has been accepted to MacEwan University where, the Lord willing, she wil study to be an Administrative Office Assistant.

Courtney Gruninger

Providence Christian School

We are stewards of God and we do things on this earth on His behalf. Genesis 2:15 says, “And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and keep it.” The earth is God’s beautiful gift to us, and we should be honored to take care of it without complaint. We all lead busy lives but this should not interfere with what God has commanded us to do.

Courtney focuses on her studies in school and strives to do her best. She knows that while she is proud of her achievements, the greater purpose is to honor Christ and without Him, nothing is possible. After leaving Providence Christian School, Courtney plans to become a nurse and travel the world providing healthcare for those in need. She hopes, the Lord willing, to serve on the Mercy Ships.

Courtney is also thankful that God is using others like her friends, family, peers and teachers to help her achieve her dreams, through consistent support and encouragement.

Rachel Pasveer

Tyndale Christian School

We should rejoice in the gifts we have received and use them to glorify God. I Peter 4: 10 states, “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” God has blessed everyone with a unique gift, be it athletic ability, artistic talents, or scientific understanding. We are called to use these gifts to uplift others in God’s grace.

Rachel enjoys volunteering at Rehoboth Christian Ministries camp. She has learned a lot from her experience and hopes to go back year after year. As a high school student, she was presented with many opportunities to share the gospel and to be a light to others.

Rachel’s career goals include completing an English degree at the University of Calgary and using her education to become a writer. She hopes to travel the world and write about God’s creation using her adventures as inspiration. Rachel wants to make an impact on other people’s lives through her writing, offering a Godly perspective on creation.

The King’s University Scholarship

A $1,000 scholarship is available to a returning student who is enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce degree program at The King’s University. Selection criteria include demonstrated Christian commitment, understanding of the Biblical principles of stewardship and academic standing.

This year’s winner is So Youb Kim. She is a 3rd year, International Business student. She chose King’s for the awesome academic opportunities based on Christian faith. She is learning how to live as a Christian businessperson, and can see her own growth.

So Youb is thankful for the scholarship which will help her with the effort and financial burden of studying in a foreign country. Having that support makes her feel more confident and motivated.

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