By: Taylor Brock
A woman says she feels inspired after being chosen for a scholarship and hopes other students get the same opportunity to pursue their dreams, regardless of their financial status.
Morgan Neault is a Metis student at the University of Winnipeg, studying Education. She works two jobs, one full time and one part-time, to make her dream of being an early-years teacher come true.
“It has definitely been very stressful. It has been a lot of work having to balance two worlds,” Neault says. “I knew coming into this that it was going to be tough, but I knew no matter what it was going to be like this is what I want to do.”
Since she was 12 years old, Neault knew for certain she wanted to be a teacher but was exposed to the world at an early age outside of the classroom.
“My cousin is a teacher and she used to bring me to her school sometimes when I would need her to babysit me when my mom was at work.”
Catching the teaching bug, Neault began volunteering at the daycare she used to attend as a child and teaching dance. After all of her experience, Neault can confidently say she knows she wants to teach. The difficult part about schooling was not deciding what to do, it was figuring out how to pay for it. This is where the Westland Foundation’s entrance scholarship came in.
“Scholarships like these from the Westland Foundation definitely help, and it has definitely helped me.”
With the scholarship, Neault was able to work less than she thought, letting her focus more on learning.
The student says receiving the scholarship not only eased her financial burden but also showed her someone cared about her.