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The University of Winnipeg Alumni Association traces its roots to the Wesley Graduates Association, which was organized at a meeting of nearly 150 alumni on February 15th, 1935. Other alumni organizations already existed within Wesley and Manitoba Colleges: such as the Wesley Club, the Wesley Alumnae Association, and the Manitoba College Alma Mater Society. The Alumnae Association joined them at their second meeting on March 14th. The Wesley Graduates Association had an elected President and Executive and served to keep updated information on alumni and distribute College literature to its members i.e. Vox Wesleyana. It also raised funds for scholarships and bursaries. In June 1938, when Manitoba and Wesley joined as United College, the Wesley Graduates Association became the United College Graduates Association and also took over the Alma Mater Society of Manitoba College. United College became the University of Winnipeg in July 1967, and during the academic year of 1967-1968 the United College Graduates Association voted to changed its name to the University of Winnipeg Alumni Association.
The University of Winnipeg Alumni Association increased its membership and involvement with the University after 1967 with several initiatives, such as publishing the Alumni Bulletin starting in 1970 to communicate news and stay in touch with alumni, and campaigning for the Entrance Scholarship Program starting in 1973. In addition to other awards and scholarships offered or funded by the Association, starting in 1990 the Distinguished Alumni Award was established.