Available Awards

The Applied Sustainable Ranching program prepares you for an exciting career with a focus on business strategy, financial management, financing, human resource management, marketing, communications and agritourism.

To help you realize your goals the Applied Sustainable Ranching Program has several specific awards available for students. Thompson Rivers University is an accredited institution and students may be eligible for student loans or qualify under back to work employment programs. Please see the award opportunities below for more information.

There are several opportunities for scholarships, bursaries and awards that students can apply for. More information will be posted here as the awards open up. Please check back with us for updates.



One $5,000 award will be awarded annually to a first year student in the Applied Sustainable Ranching program in memory of Bill Freding, a pioneer in the agriculture industry with a passion for lifelong learning and giving back to the community and industry he loved. Bill Freding had a deep understanding and commitment to the BC beef industry and was always there to lend a hand, provide insight or attend an event. Bill was a strong supporter of developing the local markets and was on the front line when it came to trying new ideas. Bill was very patient and passionate about teaching newcomers to the industry. He was an instigator of fun, learning and innovation.

Submit your application and essay to: Student Awards and Financial Support Email: awards@tru.ca and cc gwatt@tru.ca Please enter Bill Freding Memorial Award as the subject line of your email. Emailed applications are required

Download: Bill Freding Award Application


Open to current 4-H members and 4-H alumni

This $500 award is open to current 4-H members and 4-H alumni who have been out of 4-H for up to 5 years, in the province of BC, who are applying to enter the Applied Ranching Program at the TRU Williams Lake Campus. Preference will be given to members within the Cariboo Region. Applicants will be required to submit a 300-500 word essay outlining why they want to enter the Applied Ranching program at TRU Williams Lake campus. Applicants are encouraged to provide information about themselves and outlining any work done in the 4-H program.

Download: Cariboo Chevrolet Buick GMC Entrance Award Application


TRU Grit Entrance Awards: Application Deadline- The application deadline is September 15th of each year. TRU Grit has awards available for full-time students and part time students.  For more information about this award, contact Amy Carson by email:  acarson@tru.ca

Application Requirements

To be eligible for the TRU Grit Entrance Award, applicants must:

  • Be a student attending a full-time or part-time post-secondary program at Thompson Rivers University – Williams Lake Campus. First-time students will be given priority, but all applications will be considered
  • Hold a 70 percent average or better in two Grade 12 semesters
  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Students who demonstrate a financial need will be given a higher priority
  • Students who have received other TRU Entrance Awards are not eligible for this award

The awards will be applied as a tuition reduction of $1,000 at the start of classes in the Fall semester. The remaining $1,000 will be applied as a tuition reduction for the Winter semester.

Download: 2023 TRU Grit Award Application


TRU GRIT entrance award winners


These awards are for full-time students who have already successfully completed at least one full-time semester at Thompson Rivers University.

The applications for the fall awards open August 1 and close the third Friday in September. The applications for the winter awards open Dec 1- and close the third Friday in January.

To apply for ongoing scholarships and bursaries, all you need to do is sign into your myTRU account. Once you’ve signed in, click on the “Student Resources” tab. On the right-hand side, you will see a box that says “Student Awards and Financial Support.” Under this section, click on the link that says “Award Application.” Fill out the application as completely as you can, it should take about 20 minutes to complete. You are only required to fill out one application to apply for all the awards. To see the awards that are currently available, please visit the Financial Aid and Student Support website: http://www.tru.ca/awards/awards/ongoing-awards.html. You may be required to submit additional information for certain awards (i.e. proof of volunteer work, essay, etc.), but there is a section for you to do this on the myTRU application.


The Cattlemen’s Martin Riedemann Society is pleased to administer several bursaries, grants and scholarships on behalf of the ranching industry.  These bursaries and grants are funded through monies raised at the Annual General Meeting silent and live auction fundraiser. Money raised at this event enables the cattle industry to foster post secondary education and give back to ranching communities.

See grants – Here

Students must be between the ages of 17-24 and be a member of the Interior Savings Credit Union.


In BC: Student Aid BC

In Canada: Canada Student Loan Info

For more information or assistance please contact:

Gillian Watt, BScAg.MBA, Program Coordinator
Applied Sustainable Ranching
250 319 2367 (c)