Scholarships, Bursaries & Awards

Establishing a scholarship, bursary or award is an investment in people, in education, in society.

It is an investment with guaranteed returns:

  • Scholarships help SFU attract and retain the best students and student-athletes.
  • Bursaries ensure that no student misses out on the benefits of an SFU education for financial reasons.
  • Through awards, we can recognize talent, reward dedication and applaud academic distinction.

Each year more than 6,000 new students join SFU. Each one can change the world. By supporting SFU scholarships, bursaries and awards, you are unleashing this potential and helping to create the next generation of leaders.

Endowed vs. Annual 

Establishing an endowment fund is like planting a tree. Endowments provide a permanent and ever-increasing source of income for your scholarship, bursary or award. The capital is held in perpetuity and invested. A portion of the interest earned is disbursed. The remaining interest is re-capitalized into the endowment to preserve the value of the fund over time. As the tree grows, so does its yield of student awards.

An annual award is an easy way to get involved. With an annual award, the entire amount of your gift is directed to students. This is a great way to help students while you develop your own long-term philanthropic goals. Creating an annual scholarship, bursary or award, requires a three-year commitment.

  • A gift of $20,000 or more will establish a named endowment fund that will continue to grow and support students in perpetuity.
  • You can establish an annual award with a gift of $1,000 or more per year, for a three year commitment.

Benefits to You

Your private scholarship, bursary or award at Simon Fraser University can honour a milestone, birthday or anniversary, perpetuate the memory of someone dear, raise the profile of your company among our student and faculty populations, or recognize a special achievement (such as volunteerism) to inspire and encourage those qualities in others.

When you create a private scholarship, bursary or award, here’s what you can expect from us:

  • A charitable gift tax receipt
  • Your gift reported to the university’s Board of Governors
  • Your award advertised for competition in our Academic Calendar and Financial Assistance Websites
  • To hear from University Advancement when each award is disbursed, advising who has won your award, his or her area of study and any other available information about the student, including personal letters of appreciation.
  • Annual financial reports on the growth of your fund - endowments only

Please contact us to discuss your options for giving to SFU:

Endowed Awards:
Natalie Brenton
Manager, Donor Relations

Annual Awards:
Wanda Dekleva
Director, Annual Giving

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