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Contact Student Awards & Financial Aid


Thompson Rivers University
Old Main Building, Rm 1629
805 TRU Way
Kamloops, BC  V2C 0C8


Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Phone: 250-828-5024
Campus email:

Open Learning phone & email:
800-663-9711 Ext. 4 (toll-free in Canada) or 250-852-6802

Scholarship & Award applications:

Front service staff

Lena Whitmore, Awards Assistant
Nickie Verstraete, Awards Assistant

The Awards Assistants are usually your first contact with the Student Awards & Financial Aid. They will check that you have the links and forms necessary for applying for the various programs, provide information on program start dates and costs, issue loans, grants and institutional awards, and advise on requirements for maintaining interest-free status on loans. They will also process inquiries through the government if your financial aid is unduly delayed.

Student Awards Advisors

Bev Petri, Student Awards Advisor
Bobby Gill, Student Awards Advisor
Dawn-Marie Brunel, Student Awards Advisor
Lisa Smillie
, Student Awards Advisor
Zak Cox, Student Awards Advisor

Awards Advisors offer a wide variety of guidance and support to full-time and part-time students, from obtaining StudentAid BC and other government program funding, to TRU scholarships, bursaries, awards, and WorkStudy, to general financial planning for the school year. Each advisor is responsible for a specifc portfolio including areas such as campus or Open Learning government loans/grants, donor/TRU awards, upgrading and other targeted grant programs, WorkStudy, etc.

Advisor Appointments

Appointments with Student Awards Advisors are required for emergency loan applications and are recommended for anyone submitting a Request for Appeal of their government student assistance. Students may also request an appointment to plan finances and to explore possible funding sources. Appointments may be made through Student Awards & Financial Aid by calling 250-828-5024 (Kamloops). Please advise if you prefer an appointment via phone, Teams video (like Zoom), or in-person at our campus office. Appointments for StudentAid BC assistance application completion are available only if extraordinary circumstances exist.

Institutional Awards Administration

Nadine Feather, Awards Coordinator
Alice Leong, Awards Adjudications Clerk


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