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Fall Awards

Applications for Fall awards open September 1 and close October 15Award Disbursement at the end of the term.

Winter Awards

Applications for Winter awards open December 20 and close January 23. Award Disbursement is in March.

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Awarded annually upon recommendation of the Faculty of Law to a first-year student who demonstrates overall academic achievement and has demonstrated professionalism and community involvement.

Awarded annually upon recommendation of the Faculty of Law to a second-year student who demonstrates overall academic achievement and has demonstrated professionalism and community involvement.

Awarded to a student who self-identifies as Metis entering their second or third year of the J.D. program at the TRU Faculty of Law. The recipient must demonstrate academic achievement, a connection and commitment to strengthening their Indigenous community at home, where they reside during the academic year, or within the University. Preference will be given to applicants who express and interest in criminal law, social justice, Aboriginal law or law reform. The award is made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Law.

The public interest award in the amount of $5,000 will be allotted to four incoming 2L and 3L students who have demonstrated commitment to public interest in law and promoting access to justice.

The Scholarship will be issued annually to students enrolled in the Faculty of Law distinguished by work experience and academic achievement. (Established by the Donich Law Professional Corporation (www.mydefence.ca), the donor considers work experience to consist of any work experience prior to entering the J.D. program and/or while attending the J.D. program.)

Awarded annually upon recommendation of the Faculty of Law to a student who demonstrates overall academic achievement and has demonstrated professionalism and community involvement. 

This award will be issued annually to a 2L or 3L Law student that was a resident of the BC Interior prior to entering law school, with preference given to a student that plans on practicing in Kamloops.

A $5,500 award provided annually to a top full-time domestic (Canadian citizens and permanent residents) student graduating with the TRU Faculty of Law Juris Doctor degree. The award winner will be one whose achievements have distinguished the student as exceptional. The selection will take into account: academic achievements, research accomplishments, leadership activities and active involvement in the university and/or general community. Additional criteria will include consideration of practical and theoretical achievements, attitude and professional deportment, ability to work with others and leadership potential. This award will be made to the top student possessing these characteristics without prejudice to other awards that the recipient may have received. Preference to students from the Kamloops region. Second preference to students from British Columbia.

Awarded to a third-year student enrolled in the JD program who has shown continued improvement in their GPA from first year to second year of the program. Preferences will be given to BIPOC and/or first-generation immigrant students and have experienced financial challenges in order to attend law school.

Issued to one or more students in varying amounts. The fund may be used to provide students with emergency funds, financial support for conference attendance, moots and internships. This is a flexible fund responding to student emergency needs in the Faculty of Law. The students need to have proof of financial need.

The Award will be issued annually to students enrolled in the Faculty of Law to assist with cost related to their participation in the Vancouver recruitment process. Costs include: travel, accommodation, meals, child care, lost wages, corporate attire, and personal care. Students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and have demonstrated financial need. 

This is a flexible fund intended to support multiple Indigenous TRU Law students in any year, in varying amounts. The fund may be accessed when an emerging need or opportunity is identified and brought forward to the Dean of Law. Examples of uses for this fund include, but are not limited to: family emergencies, conference attendance, travel for Moot competitions, tutoring, writing support, expenses related to attending Indigenous summer school, and access to cultural support. This fund is available at the sole discretion of the Dean of Law.


























The award will be issued annually to a returning female student (in the 2L or 3L year of study) who has a minimum GPA of 3.00. Preference will be given to a female student who is the first in their immediate family to attend law school and has proof of financial need.

Awarded annually upon recommendations of the Faculty of Law to a student who has completed their first year and commencing their second year of the JD program at TRU, and has demonstrated high overall academic achievement. Preference will be given to a student from the BC Interior, prior to entering the JD program at TRU Law.

Awarded to a 1L, 2L or 3L Law student who demonstrates a commitment to the development of the sporting community, including through playing or coaching minor sports and/or community development and/or a contribution to the TRU law school community. Recipient values and embodies the values of teamwork, sportsmanship, community, friendship, collegiality, and perseverance. To apply please provide: a written piece up to 1200 words, that outlines how you have contributed to sports and/or community development, as outlined above, as well as how financial support will help you achieve their goals. Send application to lawawards@tru.ca. Jess graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Commerce in 2015. He proudly received his Juris Doctor from Thompson Rivers University, Faculty of Law, in 2018. While in university, Jess worked several jobs in order to put himself through school, which was important to him and of which he was very proud. Jess’ hard work and dedication culminated when he fulfilled a lifelong dream, being called to the Alberta Bar on September 5, 2019, immediately immersing himself in the legal community, founding what is now called the Jess Bray Memorial Lawyers Slopitch League in Calgary. When it came to Jess Bray, you could never tell what he loved more - actually playing on a team, or coaching and organizing. His passion was equal whether he was stepping to the plate himself, or cheering on and coaching someone who was timidly picking up a bat for the very first time, usually because he had encouraged that someone to come on out and give it a try. Jess was a natural at bringing people together and getting the best out of them, and he did it best when sport was involved. Softball or ultimate, curling or flag football, handball or spikeball - it didn’t matter what the game was, he only seemed to care that it was a chance to grab a bunch of friends and get out there. In sport and in life, Jess brought his A-game to every circle. It didn’t matter whether he was coaching the community kids, thriving with the competitive teammates he grew up with, or leading the rag tag bunch of newbies he won t-shirt after t-shirt with in various recreational championships, you were always sure to see the same ultra-competitive and fun-loving Jess. Jess was a true embodiment of hard work, perseverance, love of community, love of friendship and collegiality, and love of sport. The Jess Bray Memorial Award seeks to keep that important legacy alive through the annual selection of a deserving recipient who genuinely embodies these qualities.

Awarded annually to a student in their second year, or upon completion of their second year of the TRU Law JD Program. Preference will be given to a student that has demonstrated both academic achievement and leadership at the Faculty of Law in preserving and enhancing the diversity of Canadian Society.

Issued to one or more students in varying amounts. The fund may be used to provide students with emergency funds, financial support for conference attendance, moots and internships. This is a flexible fund responding to student emergency needs in the Faculty of Law. The students need to have proof of financial need.

The Award will be issued annually to students enrolled in the Faculty of Law to assist with cost related to their participation in the Vancouver recruitment process. Costs include: travel, accommodation, meals, child care, lost wages, corporate attire, and personal care. Students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and have demonstrated financial need. 

This is a flexible fund intended to support multiple Indigenous TRU Law students in any year, in varying amounts. The fund may be accessed when an emerging need or opportunity is identified and brought forward to the Dean of Law. Examples of uses for this fund include, but are not limited to: family emergencies, conference attendance, travel for Moot competitions, tutoring, writing support, expenses related to attending Indigenous summer school, and access to cultural support. This fund is available at the sole discretion of the Dean of Law.
















Issued to one or more students in varying amounts. The fund may be used to provide students with emergency funds, financial support for conference attendance, moots and internships. This is a flexible fund responding to student emergency needs in the Faculty of Law. The students need to have proof of financial need.

The Award will be issued annually to students enrolled in the Faculty of Law to assist with cost related to their participation in the Vancouver recruitment process. Costs include: travel, accommodation, meals, child care, lost wages, corporate attire, and personal care. Students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and have demonstrated financial need. 

This is a flexible fund intended to support multiple Indigenous TRU Law students in any year, in varying amounts. The fund may be accessed when an emerging need or opportunity is identified and brought forward to the Dean of Law. Examples of uses for this fund include, but are not limited to: family emergencies, conference attendance, travel for Moot competitions, tutoring, writing support, expenses related to attending Indigenous summer school, and access to cultural support. This fund is available at the sole discretion of the Dean of Law.






Awarded to a student entering their first year of the JD program at the TRU law school. Preference to a student who is from Yale, Cariboo, Kootenay, or Prince Rupert judicial districts, who needs to relocate to Kamloops to attend TRU.