New Award Established at BU in Honour of Guru Nanak Dev

May 28, 2015

Pictured (L-R), BU Development Officer Shawna English, Nasib Randhawa, Ramjit Mann, BU President Dr. Gervan Fearon, Happy Brar, and Harpreet Kaur.

BRANDON, MB – Brandon’s Sikh community has established a new scholarship at Brandon University (BU) in honour of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism. The Guru Nanak Dev Scholarship will award approximately $1,400 each academic year to a continuing BU student on the basis of academic merit and a record of significant community service to a volunteer organization.

“We are proud to support this scholarship in honour of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism,” said Mr. Ramjit Mann, a member of the Brandon Sikh community. “His philosophy for everyone to follow was very simple; make your living by honest means, share your earnings with the poor, sick and disabled, and respect nature for the abundant resources provided to humankind.”

Mr. Mann led in the development of the endowment fund, which was supported by approximately twenty-four members of the Sikh community in Brandon. The fund totals $17,100, and will be matched by the Manitoba Scholarship and Bursary Initiative (MSBI) to total $34,200.

“The support of Brandon’s Sikh community will enable us to bestow a significant award on a deserving BU student who is already making a visible difference in their community,” said Dr. Michael Kim, Acting Associate Vice-President (External). “On behalf of Brandon University, I would like to express my deepest gratitude and appreciation to Mr. Mann and his peers for the outstanding generosity demonstrated in the establishment of this award in honour of Guru Nanak Dev.”

Brandon University, founded in 1899, promotes excellence in teaching, research, and scholarship, and educates students so that they can make a meaningful difference as engaged citizens and leaders.

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For more information, please contact:

Dr. Michael Kim
Acting Associate Vice-President (External)
(204) 727-9633
KimM@brandonu.ca

Amy Wyntjes
Campaign & Communications Officer
(204) 571-8547
WyntjesA@brandonu.ca