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TTF Students

Here are a few stories about our Tallman Foundation Students.



I am currently a student in the Faculty of Science at the University of Manitoba. My academic path is to complete my degree in Science and apply to the Faculty of Medicine.

My family and I immigrated from the Philippines in February of 2002.  I first walked into this beautiful, snowy country, as a nine year old girl and I didn’t know what to expect. It wasn't until a few months later that my parents had found a permanent home in the North End- it was a perfect home for our growing family.

 The six years I spend at St. John's were a journey of self-discovery. I can't picture myself having attended any other school- St. John's was my second home and it can never be replaced. The staff of the school was supportive, friendly and was always willing to reach out a helping hand.

My high school years were occupied with many activities.  I sang in the choir and in the Vocal Jazz group. I played in both the Concert Band and the Jazz Band and I helped read the morning announcements.  My activities helped me gain skills, experience and more importantly, they helped me spot my strengths and weaknesses. High school taught me how to be myself.

As graduation day approached, there were many things going through my mind; sadness, happiness, a feeling of finalization- I had grown up! I realized that it was time to remove my “training wheels”, It was time to step out into the adult world. Quite honestly, I was scared but I told myself everything would be okay and I thought back to what my parents told me on my first day at St.Johns- "try your best".

I was speechless at the ceremony where I received the Tallman Foundation Scholarship. I was so thankful and so happy!  Since that day, I have been part of a new family.  I would like to thank the Fitzpatrick Family and the Tallman Foundation for their help, support, and the opportunity they have given me. It's difficult for me to describe in words how much it means to me.

When I become a physician, I want to incorporate my belief of laughter being the best medicine. I love to make people laugh. A smile or a joke can really change a person’s mood. I noticed this when I volunteered at the hospital as a “friendly visitor”. I remember visiting an elderly lady who would be happy to see me because she enjoyed seeing my smile. This is when I decided that I would like to work in a hospital, where I could help people get back on their feet or make their stay as painless as possible. Remember, it takes more muscles to frown than it does to smile.


I am in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Manitoba. My family immigrated to Winnipeg in April 2008.

I attended grade 12 at St. John’s High School.  It was tough starting all over again, I had a lot of new people to meet, most were more than welcoming, and it was a blessing to have met these people and made them my friends.

In my one year of high school in Canada, I saw how education can be enjoyable. Unlike in my homeland, students here were given ample time to do their projects and homework. I was less pressured with the class materials because teachers encouraged us to ask questions and seek out help. We were encouraged to be proud of who we were.

I am thankful for the community that gladly received me. This feeling of gratitude awakened my passion for giving back what has been given to me. I involved myself in the community by becoming a youth volunteer at church and at the Health Sciences Center. I also involved myself in school activities.

I began my post-secondary education at the University of Manitoba with a direct entry into the Faculty of Engineering.  I am hoping to give back to my community upon graduation. For now, I will simply be a good resident of this country.


I am currently a student at the University of Winnipeg in the Faculty of Education.

My parents are both immigrants from Chile and my brother and I take great pride in knowing the Chilean language and culture.  I enjoy learning about my culture (through the Folklorama festival- dancing at the Chile Lindo Pavilion), spending time with the little family I have in Canada, and volunteering. My parents have always been focused on giving their children a better future. School was to be taken seriously and it was important to give one hundred and ten percent in everything we did.

From a young age, my parents knew that I was always wanted to help, and wanted to create change. Being involved in school activities and volunteerism, has taught me to be open minded and to always put myself out there for the world to see who I am. To always take risks and be grateful for what I have. I enjoy learning about my culture (through folklorama, dancing a the Chile Lindo Pavilion), spending time with the little family I have in Canada, and volunteering.

I knew that furthering my education would be tough financially and I was terrified at the thought of not being able to attend university after working so hard for so many years. I was shocked when the Tallman Foundation and the Talbot Family chose me to be a scholarship recipient.  At first, I couldn’t even process how lucky I was and how I was even chosen. Once it sunk in, I realized my dreams of attending university and becoming a school teacher were going to be a reality and I can’t say Thank you enough to both the Tallman Foundation and the Talbot Family. I can promise you that I will not let you down.