12/22/2011 09:50 EST | Updated 02/21/2012 05:12 EST

University of Manitoba bursary honors pioneering female doctor

WINNIPEG - A new award honours the first Canadian woman of Icelandic descent who became a doctor.

Dr. Sigga Christianson Houston started a medical dynasty that now spans four generations.

Her son Dr. C. Stuart Houston and his family have given nearly $100,000 to the University of Manitoba to establish the Sigga Christianson Houston Travel Award.

It will offer travel bursaries to medical students who participate in a summer early exposure program or clinical elective in a remote northern community with a general practitioner or pediatrician.

Sigga Houston earned her medical degree from the university in 1925.

She married and settled in Yorkton, Sask., with her husband in 1928 and established a medical practice.

She retired at 82 and lived another 20 years after that.