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William J. Milhausen Bursary
VALUE: $1800 (variable) - 2013-2014 award value


Mr. William Milhausen, with a gift of $25,000 and a contribution from the Manitoba Scholarships and Bursaries Initiative, has established a fund at the University of Manitoba to support and aid students in the Faculty of Engineering. Mr. Milhausen was born in 1918 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and shortly thereafter moved to Morden, Manitoba, where he grew up. He graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Manitoba in 1940 after having served as President of the Engineering Society Council. After graduating, Mr. Milhausen secured employment with the Surveys Branch of the Department of Mines and Natural Resources and, in January, 1941, enlisted in the Royal Canadian Engineers, in the Canadian Army, with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. He quickly rose to the rank of Lieutenant and went on to a post in the United Kingdom. He participated in action in Sicily and Italy where he was promoted to the rank of Captain and 2nd in command of an Engineering Company and played a part in the liberation of Amsterdam in May, 1945. He resigned from the Army in October, 1945, in Winnipeg. He returned to work with the Highways Branch of the Department of Public Works and was stationed in Boissevain, Brandon, Winnipeg and as District Engineer in Dauphin. In 1949, he was named Executive Assistant to the Deputy Minister of Public Works. In 1950, having enlisted in the 6th Fd. Engineer Regt. (Militia) with the rank of Major in Winnipeg, he was in charge of the successful fighting of the flood in St. Boniface when the Regt. was called out on active service. His career shifted to Central Mortgage and Housing in Winnipeg and then as Chief Engineer of CMHC in Ottawa. Leaving CMHC in 1956, he joined a large architectural firm, Marani, Rounthwaite, and Dick, in Toronto, where he became Managing Partner until his retirement in 1984. Mr. Milhausen has two children, two grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Today, he attributes much of his success in life to the time that he spent at The University of Manitoba. He also remembers the difficult financial times his parents faced as they strived to provide him with the opportunity of a University education and he now wishes to repay that devotion with assistance to today’s students who face financial difficulties.

The available annual income from this fund will be used to support bursaries (the number and value of which will be determined each year by the selection committee), first offered in the fall of 2000, which will be offered to students who:

(1) are enrolled full-time in the second, third or fourth year of the program in Civil Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering at The University of Manitoba;
(2) have achieved a minimum cumulative degree grade point average of 3.0;
(3) have demonstrated financial need on the standard University of Manitoba bursary application form.

Preference in selection shall always be given to students in the fourth year of the program.

The selection committee shall be the Scholarships, Bursaries, and Awards Committee of the Faculty of Engineering.

Est. 11/99
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