Thompson Rivers University

Alumni & Friends gives $10,000 to First-Year Student Resiliency Fund

  Posted on: August 20, 2020

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 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 For more information on the fund, read the announcement here.


Michele Young, Strategic Communications
University Relations, Thompson Rivers University

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