KAMLOOPS — The TRU Students’ Union (TRUSU) has contributed $550,000 to fund more annual student bursaries through the TRU Foundation, a donation that contributes to TRU’s Limitless campaign that’s now in its final weeks. The TRU Society of Law Students has also pledged $25,000 to support student initiatives in the Faculty of Law.
TRUSU’s donation will fund at least 35 student bursaries every year going forward. The students’ union started an award endowment with the TRU Foundation nearly a decade ago and, because of its latest contribution, it will support twice as many students with bursaries over the next 10 years.
Student support is one of the priorities of the Limitless campaign, which has raised more than $8 million since its public launch 1.5 years ago. The campaign is within reach of its $50-million goal after a year of uncertainty. The last day to contribute to the Limitless campaign is Wednesday, March 31.
“We are excited to be able to increase the number of students our endowment supports. This bursary will support hundreds and hundreds of students over the next decade. It is one of the ways that we are working to make education accessible and affordable for our members,” said TRUSU Vice-President of Services Dipak Parmar.
TRUSU provides student grants for initiatives such as club events, workshops and conferences, but the pandemic drastically affected student activities in 2020. Its grant program was underused last year because on-campus activities were cancelled and virtual events typically cost less for students to attend. TRUSU sought to repurpose the funds, while still supporting students.
Meanwhile, the TRU Society of Law Students has pledged $25,000 toward an endowment that will support a number of student initiatives in the coming years.
“The Society of Law Students identified an opportunity to use accumulated savings in a way that directly benefits students,” said Treasurer Lucas Johnson. “The revenue from the endowment with the TRU Foundation will advance student interests through scholarships, conference funding and broader initiatives.”
Dipak Parmar, Vice-President of Services
Thompson Rivers University Students’ Union
Jessica Klymchuk, Senior Communications Consultant
University Relations, Thompson Rivers University
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