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Entrance Scholarships, Awards, & Bursaries

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Application 101 - Scholarships and Awards

General Requirements
Undergraduate entrance scholarships and awards are available to applicants who:

  • are Canadian citizens or permanent residents, and
  • are being admitted to a campus diploma or baccalaureate degree program, and
  • have never enrolled in and attended TRU academic undergraduate courses with the exception of having completed up to 12 transferable university credits on a part-time basis.

Individual scholarships and awards have further requirements. A final admission decision is not required to apply - you may submit your application while a program admission decision is still pending.

To Apply
All applications for 2023 will be submitted through myTRU.
myTRU

Two references must be submitted separately to entrance@tru.ca by the deadline using the fillable PDF form. References may be emailed either directly from the referee or from the applicant. Scanned handwritten submissions will not be accepted.
Reference Form

All scholarships and awards are applied for through a single general application, and applicants are automatically considered for all possible scholarships and awards. All applications must be received and submitted within myTRU by the deadline (applications received after March 1 are only considered for awards).

Writing Your Essay

All applications require an essay submission except for the President’s Entrance Scholarship. (If you wish to only be considered for the President’s Entrance based on your grades, do not submit an essay or references.)

We strongly recommend writing your essay in Notepad or in a .txt document format (not MS Word) and adding it to your application through myTRU. Paste the finished essay into the application essay question section and review the pasted results before submitting the application to ensure correct punctuation, formatting, and that all your essay has been included.

Describe and elaborate on any areas of past leadership, service, and accomplishments such as positions or roles in student government, community and religious organizations, sports and athletics, music and art, clubs, and travel. Where applicable, explain how your development of grit in overcoming obstacles has helped you achieve your goals, and how your interactions with others in these activities are in alignment with TRU’s values of:

  • inclusivity and openness
  • community-minded interconnectivity
  • a curiosity that embraces new ideas and risks change
  • a sustainable approach to living

For more on TRU’s values and vision visit tru.ca/envision.

We are looking for both accomplishment and/or altruism. Please describe the nature and duration of each involvement. You do not need to explain or define familiar ongoing programs such as LINK and Leadership class other than noting your level of involvement.

Essays should be in the range of one to two pages (600 – 1200 words).

General Undergraduate Entrance Scholarships

Application period: Jan 3* - Mar 1

TRU Undergraduate Entrance Awards

Application period: Jan 3* - Apr 1

TRU Undergraduate Entrance Bursaries

Application period: Apr 1 - May 31

TRU Assurance Bursary

Application period: Apr - May

View all TRU Entrance Awards


*Opening date delayed for current year due to the new application launch

General Undergraduate Entrance Scholarships

Eligibility
To be eligible, in addition to the general requirements above, you must:

  • demonstrate a history of activities and/or accomplishments promoting strong to exemplary leadership, service, goal orientation, and the development of grit in overcoming obstacles (see Writing your Essay for details).
  • have not previously attended any academic post-secondary with the exception of having completed up to 12 transferable university credits on a part-time basis.
  • ensure two references are submitted by the application deadline (except President's Entrance).
  • meet the minimum academic requirement of an 80% average based on grades in the best four academic Grade 11 courses including English 11. (Grade 12 fall semester courses may be substituted where appropriate in individual cases.)

Eligible applications are ranked based on essay and references; grades will be used only to determine eligibility and to differentiate closely ranked applications.

Deadline: March 1 (for scholarships only)

Only one application is required to be considered for the following five scholarships:

Alvin & Lydia Grunert Entrance Scholarship

1 scholarship valued at $30,000 (over four years, renewable)

TRU Ambassador's Entrance Scholarship

Minimum of 6 scholarships of up to $23,000 (equates to a four year degree of tuition & fees)

TRU Leadership Entrance Scholarship

Minimum of 15 scholarships of $5,000 each (applied to two semesters of tuition & fees)

TRU Relocation Top-up Scholarship

15 scholarships valued at $500 each

These scholarships will be awarded to entrance scholarship recipients who live a significant distance from Kamloops and must re-locate in order to attend TRU.


TRU President's Entrance Scholarship

Between 10 and 20 scholarships from $3,000 to $4,000 each (applied to two semesters of tuition & fees)

The TRU President's Entrance Scholarship recognizes student academic excellence based on admission averages of at least 92% in the top four Grade 11 academic courses, including an academic English. (Grade 12 fall semester courses may be substituted where appropriate in individual cases.)


TRU Undergraduate Entrance Awards

Over 40 awards of $2,000 to $4,000 each (applied to two semesters of tuition & fees)

Eligibility
To be eligible, in addition to the general requirements above, you must:

  • demonstrate a history of activities and/or accomplishments promoting leadership, service, goal orientation, and the development of grit in overcoming obstacles (see Writing your Essay for details).
  • not possess a post-secondary credential, but may have completed and be transferring prior post-secondary credit.
  • ensure two references are submitted by the application deadline.
  • meet the minimum academic requirement of a 70% average in Grade 11 courses (all courses included). Where prior post-secondary has been completed, a 3.00 GPA (on the 4.33 scale) or equivalent is required.

Eligible applications are ranked based on essay and references; grades will be used only to determine eligibility and to differentiate closely ranked applications.

Deadline: April 1

Preference will be given to applicants who are the first person in their family to attend university (first generation student).

Ten of these awards are regional and only available to students who have graduated from secondary schools within the TRU region,** but outside the city of Kamloops.
**The region will (approximately be bordered by Hope, Lytton, Williams Lake, Valemount, Golden and Vernon, but excludes secondary schools in the city of Kamloops.


CIBC Entrance Awards

10 awards of $4000 each (applied to two semesters)

For students entering a degree program in Computer Science, Software Engineering or Business Administration, these awards will improve access for equity deserving students by overcoming barriers to success. If you believe you qualify, please clearly identify in your essay any barriers you face to pursuing a degree (including financial) and if you identify as Indigenous, Black, or living with disabilities.


TRU Undergraduate Entrance Bursaries

Awards range from $500 to $4,000

TRU has a very limited number of entrance bursaries available for resilient students entering a campus based undergraduate first credential who:

  • will study full-time (minimum 9 undergraduate credits per term), but
  • will face financial hardship even after accessing full-time government student loans & grants.

If you fit that profile, email entrance@tru.ca to request an application to be opened for you. Once we have opened an application, you can access the application using myTRU.

All Assurance Bursary applications will be automatically considered for other Entrance Bursaries, so only an Assurance Bursary application is necessary for degree program students wishing to be considered for all.

Application period: Apr 1 - May 31


TRU Entrance Awards

For a complete listing of all TRU entrance awards, including those applied for through SD#73 high schools, see the TRU Awards Guide. Select "Entrance Awards" in the "when the award is available" drop-down and then click the Continue button.

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