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Thompson Rivers University

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 or 250-852-6802

Scholarship & Award Inquiries:

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 payment-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
Devon De Vries, Student Awards Advisor
Gillian Perran, Student Awards Advisor 
Lisa Smillie,
Student Awards Advisor
Megan McLaughlin
, Student Awards Advisor

Norah Vander Haas, Student Awards Advisor (Auxiliary, Special Projects)

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. While advisors can assist students in many different areas, each advisor also has primary areas of responsibility.

Advisor Appointments

Appointments with Student Awards Advisors are normally required for emergency funding 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 Aid Administration

Dawn-Marie Brunel, Aid Coordinator

Institutional Awards Administration

Nadine Feather, Awards Coordinator
Rita Kroeker (Auxiliary) / Lora Higgins (Auxiliary), Awards Adjudications Clerk


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