Did you know TRU offers more than $500,000 in entrance scholarships and awards to first-time students?! 

Good news for you – scholarship and awards applications have now opened as of December 1st

If you’re planning to enroll at TRU for a diploma or degree program, are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, and meet the academic requirements, then you are eligible to apply. It’s as simple as one application and two references. By completing that one application, you are automatically considered for all entrance scholarships and awards! 

What’s the difference between a scholarship and an award?

Entrance scholarships and awards are similar – they are based on demonstrated academic achievement, extra-curricular accomplishments, and community service. But how do they differ?

Entrance ScholarshipsEntrance Awards
Previous post-secondaryNo post-secondary OR up to 12 transferrable credits on a part-time basis No post-secondary OR transfer credits that did not result in the completion of a certification 
Academic requirements Minimum average of 80% in the best four academic Grade 11 courses (including English 11). Minimum average of 70% in Grade 11 course (all courses included). If you’ve completed any post-secondary credits, a minimum GPA of 3.00 on a 4.33 scale in needed to qualify. 
Geographical preference? None – available nationally Yes – one quarter of awards reserved for regional applicants.  
(The region will approximately be bordered by Hope, Lytton, Williams Lake, Valemount, Golden and Vernon, but excludes secondary schools in the city of Kamloops) 
Preference for first-generation students?   Not applicable Yes, preference given to applicants who are the first person in their family to attend university 
You can find a list of the entrance scholarships and awards here.

Think scholarships and awards seem out of reach? Think again!

One of the Future Students Office’s very own was a recipient of the TRU Ambassador’s Entrance Scholarship. Amy, our Campus Recruitment Coordinator, had her entire 4-year degree paid for.


Apply, apply, apply! If you meet the requirements, APPLY!

Receiving the Ambassador’s Scholarship completely changed my university experience. Just look at my smile – the result of a fully funded education.

While it’s been a few years since I applied… which you may be able to tell based on the quality of these photos…  the basics are still the same. I thought I would outline for you what activities and accomplishments I included on my application.

I was a strong academic student, but, more than that, I tried to participate in as many extra-curriculars as I could. I was heavily involved in my high school’s leadership class and Link Crew, planning and facilitating both school-wide and community events. I was a student-athlete and played on the basketball team – I excel much more in academics and leadership, but it was still a role I held and balanced amongst everything else I was involved in. Another area of focus for me was music. I volunteered my time to sing around town at senior’s homes, as well as charity and sporting events. I won a local singing contest, which I included on my application, too. I also tutored elementary-aged children in various subjects during my high school years.

Through my application, I tried to demonstrate how I personally prioritize community involvement. Your application may look completely different than mine did, but that doesn’t mean you wouldn’t be an exceptional candidate for TRU’s entrance scholarships and awards.

My advice is to take a step back and try to view your achievements and involvement as someone new would – there are likely many things that you view as commonplace because they’re just a part of who you are, but, to someone else, those achievements and accomplishments make you unique.

Best of luck to you all! I’m cheering for you 🙂

Amy Watters, Campus Recruitment Coordinator

TRU Entrance Scholarships

There are over 55 entrance scholarships offered annually! 

43% of eligible general entrance scholarship applicants were offered an award.


  1. Your written essay – this is where you can highlight all the amazing things you’ve done in the past and how they will contribute to fostering TRU’s values in the future. Make sure to describe examples of leadership, service, altruism, and your accomplishments. Think about the involvement you’ve had in student government; community, cultural, and religious organizations; sports and athletics; music and art; clubs; and travel, because these are all relevant to the selection committee. Aim for a one- to two-page essay between 600 and 1200 words. 
What are TRU’s values? 
- inclusivity and openness 
- community-minded interconnectivity 
- a curiosity that embraces new ideas and risks change 
- a sustainable approach to living 
  1. Your grades – you must have a minimum average of 80% in the best four academic Grade 11 courses (including English 11). 
  1. Your references – these must be submitted separately through the fillable PDF form.


March 1st, 2022

TRU Entrance Awards

TRU offers over 40 TRU undergraduate entrance awards


  1. Your grades – you must have a minimum average of 70% in Grade 11 courses (all courses included). If you’ve completed any post-secondary credits, a minimum GPA of 3.00 on a 4.33 scale in needed to qualify. 
  1. Your references – these must be submitted separately through the fillable PDF form.
  1. Preference will be given to first generation students – this means students who are the first in their family to attend university. 


April 1st, 2022*

* Remember that if you’d like to also be considered for entrance scholarships, you will need to submit your application by March 1 

Steps to apply for Entrance Scholarships and Awards:

  1. Visit myTRU.
  1. Navigate to “Apply for an award” under the Awards & Financial Aid section. 
A screenshot of the myTRU website with a yellow arrow pointing to the link "Apply for awards" under the "Awards & Financial Aid" heading.
This is the view you will see when you login to myTRU.
  1. Select “Apply” for the ‘TRU Undergrad Entrance Schol/Awds’.
A screenshot from a student's myTRU account. The title of the tab reads "Apply for Bursaries, Scholarships, and Awards" A yellow arrow points to a link that says "Apply".
Here is where you will open the application.
  1. Answer the general questions – this includes copying and pasting your completed essay into the corresponding spot, as well as answering the personal attribute questions.
  1. Indicate whether you agree to the terms and conditions. 
  1. Hit continue to submit your application.
  1. Have your two reference complete the reference form and submit it to entrance@tru.ca.
  1. Ensure you submitted your transcripts to admissions when you first applied to be a student. If you are from British Columbia, you would have done this through the Student Transcript Service. If you are from out of province, you would have visited your provincial or territorial Ministry of Education website for further information.
  1. Sit tight until April 15 and May 15 when offers will be sent for scholarships and awards, respectively.


You do not have to be accepted into a program to apply for entrance scholarships and awards. Many of our programs accept applications for admission until just before (or even after!) the scholarship and awards deadline, therefore you may not receive your seat offer until some time afterwards. Don’t miss out on the chance to fund your education – apply for scholarships and awards even if you haven’t been offered a seat yet! We can’t stress that enough.

Still feeling a little lost? You can always reach out to studentawards@tru.ca with your questions!

Good luck everyone!

– The Future Students Team 🙂

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