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Erna & John Friesen Endowment Leadership Award

Erna & John Friesen Endowment Leadership Award 

Since 2009, philanthropists Erna and John Friesen have been passionate supporters of UFV's Peace and Conflict Studies and Mennonite Studies programs.  They have inspired and funded 'Voices for Peace' and opportunities for interaction between UFV's program and the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at Notre Dame University, in addition to supporting the PACS Teaching Chair and program funding.

In support of the new Centre for Peace and Conflict Transformation at UFV, they now establish this student leadership award to encourage the reflection of their commitment to peace in the UFV students who, when they graduate, will go on to make meaningful impacts in promoting peace and reconciliation around the world.

Erna Friesen has a strong connection to the Fraser Valley, having grown up on a chicken farm and hatchery on Clearbrook Road in Abbotsford.

AMOUNT:   Varies (Value of the award will fluctuate each year based on the endowment amount)

AVAILABLE TO: Available to a third or fourth year student with a declared major or minor in Peace and Conflict Studies.  Preference will be given to international students who demonstrate in their application an intent to return to their home country to apply the education and skills in Peace and Conflict Transformation that they will have received at UFV. 

HOW TO APPLY: Leadership Award Application form is available on-line at MyUFV. Log into MyUFV, click on Student Information, click on Student Services, then the tab for Financial Aid.



  • Must demonstrate community involvement/engagement/volunteer service with special emphasis on international peace and reconciliation activites/international volunteer work preferred.



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