WRLA Education Grants Program

What are Education Grants?

Education Grants replace the Scholarship and Bursary Program. At this time the program is being developed and the new program will be ready to launch in 2020. There are no Education Grants for 2018 or 2019.

When will Education Grants become available?

Grants will be available to students in 2020.

Who can apply?

  1. Students enrolled in the WRLA Fundamentals of the Lumber and Building Supply Industry Certificate, the online certificate program through Mount Royal University (MRU)
  2. Students enrolled in any program of study at any post-secondary education institution

Why the change?

WRLA has plans to allocate Education Grant dollars to individuals pursuing the WRLA Fundamentals of the Lumber and Building Supply Industry Certificate program through MRU. This online certificate program was developed to support WRLA’s longstanding organizational mission statement: to serve the needs and promote the common interests of the lumber, building materials, and hard goods industry in Western Canada. By supporting students entering this program the WRLA helps create much-needed succession within the industry and continues to invest and support education initiatives that bring students, and assist those in career transition into the industry.

The WRLA will continue to offer Education Grants to other students too. The employees and children of employees of WRLA Members will be able to apply for Education Grants when the new program launches in 2020. The scholarship and bursary program was an important and popular WRLA Member benefit and as such it will continue under the new name, Education Grants.

Where can I register for WRLA Fundamentals of the Lumber and Building Supply Industry Certificate Program?

Registration is now OPEN for the WRLA Fundamentals of the Lumber and Building Supply Industry Certificate program ($615 CAD, no applicable taxes). Apply directly through the MRU website (www.mtroyal.ca).  The certificate program is easily accessible through Mount Royal University’s online learning platform. The four-week online program consists of four courses: Industry Literacy, Negotiation Skills, Critical Thinking Skills, and Relationship Management.

How can I apply for an Education Grant?

Students in other fields of study must be associated with a WRLA member organization.

Students of the WRLA Fundamentals of the Lumber and Building Supply Industry Certificate do not need to be WRLA Members. We want to encourage those in career transistion to enter this new field of study and we welcome new talent into the LBM industry!

Application instructions and clear criteria will be finalized in 2020. Stay tuned for important updates and details regarding WRLA Education Grants by subscribing to the WRLA News, WRLA’s electronic newsletter.

Congratulations to the 2017 WRLA Bursary & Scholarship Recipients

2017 Bursary Recipients:
Darren Ancheta - AKX Lumber Ltd. – Calgary, AB
Julia Breitkreuz -McMunn & Yates Building Supplies - Yorkton, SK
Natalie Campbell - All-Fab Building Components Inc. – Acheson, AB
Taryn Freemantle - Pinecrest Lumber Ltd. – Nipawin, SK
Caileigh Johnston - Can-Cell Industries – Winnipeg, MB
Pavlo Lewko - Steel-Craft Door Products Ltd. – Edmonton, AB
Caroline Lukey - Home Hardware - St. Jacobs, ON

2017 Scholarship Recipients:
Kevin Cryer, Seljax International Inc., Spruce Grove, AB
Lillian Fries, Kindersley Castle Building Centre, Kindersley, SK
Mackenzie Hermann, Royal Building Solutions, Calgary, AB
Meghan McAllister, Ply-Gem Building Products, Brantford, ON
Taylor McPherson, McMunn & Yates Building Supplies, Brandon, MB
Kristin Puetz, Prairie North Co-op Association, Melfort, SK
Hailey Yuskin, Springhill Lumber Wholesale Ltd., Winnipeg, MB

Thank you to our members and sponsors who make the Bursary and Scholarship programs possible!

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