KAMLOOPS—Thompson Rivers University (TRU) alumni are paying it forward. The TRU Alumni & Friends Association is donating $10,000 to the First-Year Student Resiliency Fund, which has created new bursaries and awards to provide additional tuition support for students starting their education during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The association is drawing from funds collected from past alumni events and activities to donate on behalf of TRU alumni.
“We want current students to know they are part of a big TRU family,” said Jordan Hirschmiller, co-chair of the TRU Alumni & Friends Association. “Many of us benefited from awards when we were students, so we understand how impactful this can be. That feeling of support goes a long way and we want to provide that reassurance for today’s students.”
TRU announced the First-Year Student Resiliency Fund at the end of July. Anyone can contribute at tru.ca/limitless. Donating by Monday, Aug. 31, ensures funds will be available to students for the fall term.
The donation from alumni follows a commitment from the TRU Foundation to provide $25,000 in matching funds and a personal donation of $10,000 from Airini, Dean of the Faculty of Education and Social Work.
Students can learn more about how to apply for bursaries, awards and scholarships, including the First-Year Student Resiliency Fund, at tru.ca/awards. For more information on the fund, read the announcement here.
Michele Young, Strategic Communications
University Relations, Thompson Rivers University