TRU donors give $32,000 worth of awards to 32 students

TRU donors give $32,000 worth of awards to 32 students
This year’s TRU Award winners and donors after a short ceremony where students were awarded their bursaries on Dec. 6.This year’s TRU Award winners and donors after a short ceremony where students were awarded their bursaries on Dec. 6.
Tara Sprickerhoff photos                                Roger Solly presents Jenner Court with one of the Williams Lake Cyclothon Bursary - one of many handed out at the TRU Awards event on Dec. 6.Tara Sprickerhoff photos Roger Solly presents Jenner Court with one of the Williams Lake Cyclothon Bursary - one of many handed out at the TRU Awards event on Dec. 6.
Atlantic Power Corporation - Stephanie Buetler, presented by Stacey Wong, TRU Campus CoordinatorAtlantic Power Corporation - Stephanie Buetler, presented by Stacey Wong, TRU Campus Coordinator
The Williams Lake Employee Bursary went to Paige Lennox.The Williams Lake Employee Bursary went to Paige Lennox.
Tina Derksen (right) of the Old Age Pensioners Organization presents Lydia Gurmessa, with a Bursary of the same name.Tina Derksen (right) of the Old Age Pensioners Organization presents Lydia Gurmessa, with a Bursary of the same name.
Ruth Jane Baillie Guichon Nursing Bursary - Jenna Alphenaar, presented by Sylvie Veilleux of the Thompson Rivers University Foundation.Ruth Jane Baillie Guichon Nursing Bursary - Jenna Alphenaar, presented by Sylvie Veilleux of the Thompson Rivers University Foundation.
Therrien Harry was awarded the Mobil Delvac Award, presented by Sylvie Veilleux of the Thompson Rivers University Foundation.Therrien Harry was awarded the Mobil Delvac Award, presented by Sylvie Veilleux of the Thompson Rivers University Foundation.
Mildred Lee Nursing Scholarship - Chloe Sylvain presented by Sylvie Veilleux of the Thompson Rivers University Foundation.Mildred Lee Nursing Scholarship - Chloe Sylvain presented by Sylvie Veilleux of the Thompson Rivers University Foundation.
Fawcett Family Bursary - Victoria Dean and Sandra Weser, presented by Sylvie Veilleux of the Thompson Rivers University Foundation.Fawcett Family Bursary - Victoria Dean and Sandra Weser, presented by Sylvie Veilleux of the Thompson Rivers University Foundation.
Erik Thomson Memorial Bursary - Christine Christianson, presented by Sylvie Veilleux of the Thompson Rivers University FoundationErik Thomson Memorial Bursary - Christine Christianson, presented by Sylvie Veilleux of the Thompson Rivers University Foundation
The School of Social Work and Human Service Faculty and Staff Bursary went to Sarah Thompson, presented by Stacey Wong, TRU campus coordinator.The School of Social Work and Human Service Faculty and Staff Bursary went to Sarah Thompson, presented by Stacey Wong, TRU campus coordinator.
The Trans CDA Bursaries went to Carson King, Lliam Smith, and Tanner Mallory.The Trans CDA Bursaries went to Carson King, Lliam Smith, and Tanner Mallory.
The Chicken Stew Nursing Bursary was presented to Ashley Unrau by Allison Ruault, Cariboo Memorial Hospital administrator.The Chicken Stew Nursing Bursary was presented to Ashley Unrau by Allison Ruault, Cariboo Memorial Hospital administrator.
Chastity Blu Wright received the Paul Davis Memorial Bursary, presented by Roger Hicks.Chastity Blu Wright received the Paul Davis Memorial Bursary, presented by Roger Hicks.
The Williams Lake Student Support Bursary went to Kelsey Smith (from left), Madison Douglas, Sarah Thompson, Natasha Yaworski, and Taylor Weir, presented by Bill Fawcett on behalf of his father, a keen supporter of post secondary education.The Williams Lake Student Support Bursary went to Kelsey Smith (from left), Madison Douglas, Sarah Thompson, Natasha Yaworski, and Taylor Weir, presented by Bill Fawcett on behalf of his father, a keen supporter of post secondary education.

A group of 32 students at Williams Lake’s Thompson Rivers University were particularly grateful this Wednesday, when more than $32,000 worth of awards were handed out to help fund their educations.

Part of TRU’s annual awards, the financial awards were given to students who may need financial help to finish their education, or who were particularly in need.

It was also a chance for donors to show their support for the “brightest and most in need.”

Chloe Sylvain and Ashley Straza are both second year nursing students who received an award at the event.

“It’s really going to help me financially just to move forward with my education and pursue my career as a nurse and just not having to worry about being a financial burden,” said Sylvain. “Just being able to focus on my studies is going to help a lot.”

“It’s a huge help to have a little bit of support because school is so expensive,” said Straza.

“It just takes a little bit of the edge off.”

Among the awards given out by the school this year were two new entrance awards given out by TRU earlier this year: The Cariboo Chevrolet Buick GMC entrance award gives $5,200 to a student who is a 4-H member or who has been a 4-H member within the last five years and is going into the applied ranching program, while the Bill Freding Memorial entrance award gives $5,000 to a first-year student in the Applied Sustainability Ranching program.

Bill Freding was a agriculture pioneer and longtime cattleman and farmer Doug Haughton has added $1,000 more for the winner in memory of his friend.

At a time of year where financial strain hits many, and with the prospect of sometimes two or more years of school in the future, students were more than appreciative.

“Any help is appreciated,” said Sylvain.

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