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2017 Scholarship Winners!

Sophia Cliplef

Calgary Christian School

Biblical Stewardship means managing all the resources God has placed in our care in a way that honours Him and blesses others. Biblical Stewardship of money means saving and spending wisely so that you can give generously to those in need. It also applies to time, opportunities, creation, and even ourselves.

Sophia Cliplef is a top academic performer in her school and school district. She plays the flute and piccolo in a few bands including the school’s concert and jazz bands. She practiced Highland dancing for many years and now enjoys tap dancing. She volunteers for Alberta Pioneer Camp, Student Council, Student Leadership Conferences and leads prayer groups at her school.

Her career goal since childhood has been to become a Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon. She has applied for a variety of science programs at several universities across Canada. She wants to live a life of wholehearted love for God and others, seeking to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly in close step with God as Micah 6:8 describes.

Riley Ludwig

Tyndale Christian School

Biblical Stewardship is much more than “supervising or taking care of something.” It is the calling to work wholeheartedly and solely for God and take care of the gifts He has given to us. It also means adopting a character of holiness and uprightness for “a person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given him from heaven.”

Riley provides assistance to Grade 5/6 students struggling with academics. This experience has helped her realize how important it is that these children get the help and attention they need. She is also secretary of the Student Action Leadership Team and helps organize events like the High School
Hockey Tournament.

Riley has strived to maintain a high average in her grades through the school years. Her goal is to get a post-secondary education and become an Education Assistant so she can help students get a good education.

Jessica Van Os

Edmonton Christian High School 
J.A.J. VanGinhoven Scholarship

An important aspect of Biblical Stewardship is learning to love not only the immense creations surrounding us, but also the immense creation that is you. Once a person learns of their own abilities, doors open up for them. Jessica believes that it is our role as Christians to find self-confidence through God and provide others around us a hand to help hold them up.

Jessica is a high academic performer and attended the WISEST (Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science and Technology) program. She plays competitive AAA Midget hockey and medaled at the Alberta Winter games. She enjoys playing handball, soccer and recently learned the guitar. She has also volunteered for Salvation Army, youth camps, and her school’s Junior High Art program.

Jessica plans to graduate from the University of Alberta with a BSe in Engineering and possibly play Junior A female hockey. She hopes to strengthen her relationship with God and her family while discovering and identifying herself. She wants to continue giving back to the world and speak out for issues in the community.

The $1,000 scholarship is provided annually to an Edmonton Christian High School graduate in honour of the late J.A.J. VanGinhoven, a strong supporter of Christian education and General Manager of Christian Credit Union from 1959-1987.

Noah Veldkamp

Parkland Immanuel Christian School
Whenever Noah thinks of Biblical Stewardship, Matthew 25’s parable of the talents comes to mind. In whatever we do, we should always put in our best effort to serve God with the gifts He’s given to us. Most of all however, Biblical Stewardship means that we have to be stewards of the gospel, meaning we ought to live as witnesses of Christ, spreading the gospel throughout the world.

Noah has been blessed with academic talents and continually succeeds in school. He is Captain of the PICS Cross Country team, and has broken multiple school records. He helps coach young cross country runners and an elementary kids’ soccer team. He also leads the school’s Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) club, helps organize events, and has travelled to Ottawa.

Noah will be attending the University of Alberta to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering. Afterwards, he may continue his education and pursue a master’s degree. He plans to be a mechanical engineer, and ideally find a career in the automotive industry. He hopes to be an active member of his church community and continually grow as a Christian to serve God.

Janette Schipper

Calvin Christian School

Jannette refers to the Syrian civil war as a contradiction to Biblical Stewardship. Although we claim our own private properties and deal with resources and human lives as if we are the owners, God clearly states in His word that “every beast of the forest is mine and the cattle upon a thousand hills” (Psalm 50:10 KJV).

Jannette practices accountability and responsibility on a personal level in her own community. She volunteers at the pediatric wing of the Chinook Region Hospital in Lethbridge. She participates in a number of programs including Mealtime Assistance, Ice Water Delivery, and Pediatrics. She also plans to travel to Haiti to do humanitarian and relief work.

Jannette is enrolled at Lethbridge Community College to become a Unit Clerk. She hopes a career in a hospital will give her the opportunity to reach out to others as she has done with her past volunteer work and plans to do in Haiti.

Madison Slomp

Coaldale Christian School

We were put on earth as caretakers of God’s perfect creation, and we are stewards of it. Psalm 24 makes this clear, when it says in verse 1 “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.” Rather than living for ourselves, we are to work for the furtherance of God’s kingdom, taking care of and working wisely with what He has given us.

In God’s strength, Madison tries to practice stewardship in her life. She volunteers for pro-life, participating in life chains, and helping with her school’s pro-life club. She is the president of her school’s Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) club and travelled to Ottawa. She is also president of Student Council and helps coach and referee the girl’s hockey team.

Madison plans to attend the University of Lethbridge Social Sciences program and then apply to the Social Work program at the University of Calgary. She plans to use her talents to help those in poor circumstances and be one of God’s shining lights through her work.

Juliana Middel

Immanuel Christian School

Living as a Christian means actively living out our faith. As Paul put it in James 2:14, “What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds?”. Everything from the menial tasks of washing dishes, cutting the lawn or taking out the garbage relates to
Biblical Stewardship.

Juliana offers her service for God’s kingdom here on earth by playing trumpet or piano in church, singing on the worship team, or teaching Sunday school. Her volunteer work includes helping coach junior high basketball and volleyball, shoveling snow for seniors and doing seasonal lawn care.

In the future, Juliana plans to become a high school or elementary school teacher, because she wants to impact the next generation. She wants to create opportunities for children, to grow in faith in God, appreciate his creation, to serve others, and to build community. This goes beyond the basics of math, reading and writing.

Lena Beekman

Providence Christian School

Lord’s Day 1 of the Heidelberg Catechism describes Biblical Stewardship, “I am not my own, but belong with body and soul, both in life and death, to my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ.” Because Jesus has the rightful ownership of our bodies and souls due to His sacrifice on the cross, we must be ready to serve as His stewards with the gifts He has given us.

Lena is the Vice President of Student Council at her school. She was also a reporter for the Ready made 4-H Beef Club and won a few titles for showmanship and public speaking. Working with cattle taught her to be a compassionate person and a biblical steward for God’s creation.

Lena has enrolled at the paramedic program at Medicine Hat College. In a world full of turmoil and pain, she has always felt the need to help, heal, and make a difference. She knows that with God’s grace and mercy, anything
is possible.

Danielle Kath

The King’s University $1,000 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 Danielle Kath. Congratulations!

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