The Manitoba Foundation for Sports (MFFS) scholarship program administrated by Sport Manitoba was established to support young athletes of Sport Manitoba partners, who continue to participate in amateur sport while pursuing a post-secondary education on a full time basis. The scholarships are awarded to graduating high school students entering a post-secondary institution and to students in their second or subsequent year in a post-secondary institution.
The program's emphasis is placed on athletes who have competed at the provincial level or higher during 2013/2014, and who have maintained a high level of academic standing, while showing a commitment to amateur sport through their involvement in coaching, officiating and volunteer activities. Preference will be given to athletes attending university or college in Manitoba and enrolled in a related field, pursuing a career in sport. The number and amount of scholarships awarded annually will vary, based on the number of applicants and the funds available for distribution.
In recognition of Milt Stegall, the retired Winnipeg Blue Bomber receiver's contributions to the community and athletic achievements, scholarships are awarded in the name of Stegall, who is the Canadian Football League's all-time leader for touchdowns. The top applicant, open to all sports, in both the high school and university category will be awarded the MFFS Milt Stegall Scholarship. The Milt Stegall Scholarship provided by The Province of Manitoba, Sport Manitoba and the MFFS has a scholarship value of $1,000 to a graduating high school student entering a post-secondary institution and $2,000 to a student in their second or subsequent year in a post-secondary institution. These scholarships are subject to confirmation of Sport Manitoba's funding from the Province of Manitoba.
The Bud Tinsley Sport Leadership Scholarship was created in memory of Robert (Bud) Tinsley by his family and friends to recognize a Manitoba student athlete who demonstrates similar leadership traits that were attributable to Bud. Bud was introduced to organized football in high school and his athletic career and contributions persisted from there. Bud had a reputation as a fearsome tackler and played that position for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers from 1950-1960, serving as the perennial team captain and played in Grey Cup championships in 1958 and 1959. His numerous awards included: induction into the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Hall of Fame, the CFL Hall of Fame and four time inductee into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame. In addition to his outstanding athlete results, Bud gave tirelessly of himself as active volunteer leader with the Shriners, community groups and the sport community throughout his life. The recipient of this $500 scholarship will be selected from among the successful MFFS Scholarship recipients.