Björn and Virginia Björnson Memorial Scholarship

$1000 Annual Scholarship Opportunity

Björn and Virginia Björnson were committed to working hard and encouraging those around them to ‘do all the good you can, by all the means you can.’ Their children hope that this award will support others to reach for the best in themselves.

Post-Secondary Education Scholarship for students with Specific Learning Disabilities (reading-dyslexia, writing-dysgraphia and/or math-dyscalculia)

Application deadline June 1st - ANNUALLY

up to $1000/year (could be awarded to same student for up to 3 years in a row provided student maintains full-time status)

with Specific Learning Disorder (reading, writing and/or math disability diagnosis) documentation

resume or video resume - showing great interest and commitment to achievement in school and/or extra curricular activities and/or leadership.

• student needs to have shown determination, self-advocacy and success in overcoming challenges

student must be attending a Manitoba full-time postsecondary institution (university, community college, a vocational or technical training program) in the upcoming school year.

Student must have been in full time high school the previous year

at least 2 references

send application to: readingpowervcvb@gmail.com or contact: 204 451 2112 for more information



2018 Scholarship recipient

Congratulations to Grace C. recipient of the 2018 Bjorn and Virginia Bjornson Memorial Scholarship.

A 2018 graduate of Morris Collegiate in Morris, Manitoba, Grace was diagnosed in 2013 with a number of reading and language disabilities, including dyslexia. Despite the challenges this posed to her completing the English and Math portions of her high school career, she managed to graduate on time with an 83% GPA, and received direct entry to the University of Manitoba’s School of Fine Arts.

She hopes to both pursue a career as a visual artist and art teacher, and one day teach children with similar learning disabilities. Grace co-owns her own Art and Dance studio in Morris, and enjoys writing, drawing, and sculpting in her spare time. In the past, Grace has been a show dog Junior Handler, played soccer, figure skated, and done jazz, tap, and ballet dancing.

2018 Scholarship recipient

Congratulations to James U. honorary recipient of the Bjorn and Virginia Bjornson Memorial Scholarship!

From early on, reading and spelling were extremely challenging. I was diagnosed with dyslexia at the end of grade 2. That was the beginning of my understating of what dyslexia is. My parents researched the best ways to help me. Once I had an official diagnosis, my teachers became extra helpful in making accommodations for me.

By the time I got to junior high, I was learning to self-advocate. I was encouraged to be open to teachers and others about dyslexia and its’ challenges. In Senior High our school used iPads and that helped a lot for spell check and writing papers.

I excelled in athletics and was involved in every school sport, as well as playing club volleyball and most recently coaching club volleyball. I was chosen by Volleyball Manitoba as a Graduating All-Star this year.

I’ve had to study and work much harder than most of my peers but I have developed a good work ethic. I graduated from High School this year (Calvin Christian School) with honours. I received 5 scholarships as well as Athlete of the Year! This is after many years of hard work and academic challenges. I believe these challenges have made me a better, hard working and more compassionate person.

I am planning on going to University of Winnipeg in the fall to study business. I appreciate that they are very open with accommodations I will need for success.

I am thrilled to be a recipient of the Björnson Scholarship. Having a learning disability like dyslexia is difficult, but the challenges of overcoming the problems have helped develop my character and I will continue to strive to help others in any challenges they face as well.

2018 Scholarship recipient

Congratulations to Lyle M. honorary recipient of the Bjorn and Virginia Bjornson Memorial Scholarship!

Hi, my name is Lyle M. and I graduated from Margaret Barbour Collegiate Institute in The Pas, Manitoba in 2017. I graduated from high school with honours and my Level 1 Automotive Technician credential. Now I am going to study Industrial Mechanics at MITT this fall.

I was diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD in Grade 5. I struggled in the grades before that but this was when I knew my struggles had a name. Learning for me is never a problem but school can be. Dyslexia and ADHD make school a game of printed words on the page that everyone else knows the rules but I have to find other ways to figure out. I think it is worth it.