W. J. Patrick Kellerman Bursary in Disability Studies

The family, friends and colleagues of Patrick Kellerman have established an endowment fund to provide an annual bursary to a graduate student in the Interdisciplinary Master's Program in Disability Studies.

Photo of patrick Patrick Kellerman was a writer, researcher, activist, father and partner. Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in his mid-20's, he lived a full life with his partner, Deborah Stienstra and their two children, Becca and Cailum. He worked for Disabled People's International, was an active member of CHOICES, and was an advocate for home care. He enjoyed breaking down boundaries and challenging traditional expectations, in one case orally recording his Master's thesis rather than preparing a typed paper.

Patrick at DPI Patrick was a consummate story-teller, creating long and often outrageous tales including a collection of his poems, stories and journals entitled Writing on the Inside of My Eyelids.

The bursary, valued at the available annual interest (minimum value of $500.00), will be offered to a student who:

  • is registered as a full-time or part-time student in any year of study in the Faculty of Graduate Studies in the Interdisciplinary Master's Program in Disability Studies
  • lives with disability (self-declaration of disability will be sufficient for the purposes of this bursary)
  • has demonstrated financial need on the standard University of Manitoba bursary application form

The selection committee will be named by the Director of Disability Studies and may include a member of the Patrick Kellerman family.

Students apply for this award through the University of Manitoba general bursary application form which is found by logging into your aurora account and selecting Apply for financial aid under the financial aid and awards tab. Further information can be found at: University of Manitoba bursaries

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