The Thompson Rivers University handed out more than $700,000 at its annual awards ceremony on Thursday — the most it has ever presented at the event — recognizing 622 students with scholarships and bursaries.
Fourth-year business student Kennedy Aberdeen, an award recipient, said financial support motivates students.
“It’s very gratifying to receive recognition for our efforts and achievements,” she said. “Knowing there are people who believe in our hard work and TRU as an institution further motivates us to excel. To the donors, thank you again for your commitment to and belief in us as students and also in Thompson Rivers University.”
Awards totalled $716,552, an increase of $43,949 from last year.
That brings the amount dispersed by the foundation since April 1 to $1.1 million and the number of students recognized this year to 817. The foundation has also created 28 new annual awards and seven new endowments since last year.
“We are delighted today to award the largest amount ever to the students present at this ceremony,” said TRU Foundation board president Greg Garrish.
The TRU Foundation has been supporting students for 36 years and has built an endowment portfolio for student assistance exceeding $25 million. Last year, the foundation raised $9.7 million for the university and welcomed its single largest donation ever of $5 million from Dr. Sherman Jen.
That gift, in part, created six new scholarships that were awarded for the first time Thursday.