Students at Thompson Rivers University received $775,000 — the most money ever awarded — in donor-funded scholarships, bursaries and awards at the annual TRU Foundation Awards ceremony, which was held on Thursday, Nov. 28.
The TRU Foundation recognized 655 student recipients at the annual event. This fall, the foundation disbursed more than $1 million on behalf of university donors, including the $775,000 at the annual awards.
“These awards make a huge difference in the lives of students,” said fourth-year nursing student Lucas Warner. “For some, they mean getting to participate in campus events or having extra study time instead of working excessively at part-time jobs. And, for others, these awards put food on the table for their family or presents under the tree for their children.”
Donors gathered in the university’s gymnasium to present their awards to students.
“Today is the day our group works hard for throughout the year and the reason donors contribute to the TRU Foundation — to be able to provide financial support to students in the form of scholarships, bursaries and awards,” said donor and TRU Foundation President Greg Garrish.
The TRU Foundation’s endowment portfolio for student assistance sits at nearly $25 million.