Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Awards and Opportunities


Service Learning

Service Learning 3000 and 4000 provide English and Modern Languages students (both individuals and cohorts of up to five students) with faculty supervised opportunities for civic participation and community involvement. EML faculty have supervised dozens of students, involving them in such activities as orienting International and Exchange students to Canadian culture, tutoring in the TRU Writing Centre, helping organize an international workshop and the school district’s Young Authors Conference, and working in various capacities with local arts organizations. Service Learning carries elective credit: third- and fourth-year students may take count up to six credits of Service Learning toward their degrees; with departmental approval, Service Learning courses that are directly related to the student’s program of study may be used to satisfy Majors requirements.


English Awards

Harrison English Prize

Cash prize awarded annually to a student who successfully completes a first-year, academic English course and whose submission wins the English Essay Competition adjudicated annually by a panel of English faculty. No application necessary. Faculty Selection.

TRU Second-Year English Prize

Cash prize awarded annually to a student who successfully completes a second-year, academic English course and whose submission wins the English Essay Competition adjudicated annually by a panel of English faculty. No application necessary.

TRU Business and Technical Writing Prize

Income from an endowment established in 1992 will provide an annual prize to a top-ranking student completing a first-year business communication or technical writing course (2 semesters). Selection by faculty. No application necessary.

Cariboo Collage Award for Excellence in Writing

Income from this fund awarded annually to a student who has completed a 2nd- or 3rd-year writing class. Recipient will be nominated by Faculty, with Rhetoric and Composition Faculty choosing a winner. No application necessary. Faculty Selection.

EML Faculty Literature Award

This prize will be awarded annually to a top 3rd or 4th year student majoring in English. Faculty Selection: No Application necessary

Jensen, Wendy — Memorial Endowment

Income from an endowment established in 1992 will provide an annual bursary to a third-year student majoring in English. Deadline: 3rd Friday of September.

Young, Joan — Memorial Award

Income from an endowment established in 2000 will provide an annual bursary to a student majoring in English, with a minimum 3.00 GPA, and with demonstrated financial need. Deadline: 3rd Friday of September.


Modern Language Awards, Bursaries & Opportunities

Les Koritz Memorial Fund Award

Simone Rey Fund Award

For more information on these awards, please contact the Modern Languages Coordinator.

The Micheline Pellerin Scholarship Award

Micheline Pellerin was an instructor of French at UCC from 1989 to 2000. She was known for her good humour and strong concern for students and the languages program, which she coordinated for several years. Before coming to UCC, she taught at SFU, where she earned an M.A. in Applied Linguistics. Micheline was also an avid musician, playing recorder and guitar. She participated in various musical groups, including singing in the UCC Chorus.

The Micheline Pellerin Scholarship award seeks to keep the memory of Micheline alive by promoting the goal to which she dedicated her life: helping her students learn well. Each year, the top two language students receive a $250 award, with the winners being chosen on a rotational basis from two of each of the languages offered at UCC.

For more information on this and other language awards, please contact the Modern Languages Coordinator.

Canadian Bursary Programs

There are many opportunities to learn and work in a French-speaking province or abroad. The Department of Canadian Heritage provides funding for Explore, while the provinces and territories assume the costs of the program's decentralized administration. The Council of Ministers of Education, Canada, coordinates the program at the pan-Canadian level. Feel free to consult with the Modern Languages Coordinator and explore the following links

Language Assistant Programs

Working Abroad

CIEP offers opportunities to work in France, with over 400 assistantships available each year!

Work Study Opportunities

Work Study students are hired yearly to help out in the language lab from September to April. Students must have a working knowledge of one or more of Chinese, French, German, Japanese or Spanish and must be eligible for student loans. For more information, please contact the Modern Languages Coordinator.


University Wide Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards