Posted on: November 19, 2015
More than 500 students shared in more than $525,000 during Thompson Rivers University’s annual Foundation awards ceremony Nov. 19 in the TRU Gym.
In exact numbers, 516 students attended and shared in $525,667 representing 334 donor awards. Adding in those not able to attend or who had already received awards, the fall semester total was 602 students sharing in $729,000.
Fourth-year nursing student Amanda Turnbull spoke of how awards go a long way towards easing some financial stress.
“As a past award recipient, I know first hand what a difference receiving these funds makes,” said Turnbull. “As a mother of two children it’s difficult to work while going to school, receiving an award helps pay some expenses and helps to make ends meet.”
Foundation chair David Paul applauded donors for their continued support of higher education and the profound difference their gifts make in the lives of people and communities.
“Thank you so much for believing in the importance of education and for helping students achieve their educational goals. I know the students will tell you what a difference your support makes to them,” said Paul.
Turning his attention to the Foundation’s staff and volunteers, he praised their tireless efforts in raising more than $3 million in the past year for students, buildings and programs. Over 33 years, the Foundation has built a student assistance endowment of $16.8 million.
To the sea of smiling student faces, he warmly said: “Congratulations and we hope receiving this award money will assist and motivate you to continue your educational journey.”
Reginald Harold Broadbear Bursary—$10,000 to a student enrolled in a diploma or degree program leading to careers in the medical field, with preference given to students in Nursing or Respiratory Therapy programs.
Two new awards from endowments created in memory of Carl and Roseann Dahl—One $2,000 award to someone in Engineering Transfer demonstrating financial need and one $2,000 award to someone in Animal Health Technology demonstrating financial need.
Vice-President Advancement, Thompson Rivers University