Category: Scholarships


Generations of deserving young Manitoba students, who have enrolled at Brandon University, have benefitted from major scholarships thanks to ongoing donations from Brian and Esther Pallister.

This year marks the 25th year that the couple has given to scholarships at the university, beginning with their gift in 1999 to BU’s Success in Mind Campaign, although Brian’s charitable giving to the BU Foundation actually began even earlier, in 1990.


A pair of Brandon University Bobcat alumni are coming off the bench for their best assist yet. Jill and Warren Watt, who each played for their respective Bobcat basketball squads in the late 1980s at BU, have generously donated $200,000 to support future generations of student-athletes.

“Both on and off the court, Bobcat student-athletes are committed to their teammates, to our campus, and to our community.


Funds raised from a special anniversary party celebrating a grassroots Brandon music festival will go right back towards supporting the next generation of local musicians.

The Ridgefest 20th anniversary party held earlier this month raised $2,000 in proceeds that have now been donated to the Brandon University School of Music, where they will buoy scholarships and bursaries that continue supporting the next generation of local musicians.


As Brandon celebrates Pride Week, a new bursary to support 2SLGBTQIA+ and gender diverse students at Brandon University has been announced.

Established by campus volunteer organization BU Queer, the HERO Bursary will provide financial support to BU students who self-identify as 2SLGBTQIA+ and/or gender diverse.


Some of Brandon University’s most committed supporters were feted at the annual BU Foundation Luncheon, held Wednesday at the university’s Harvest Hall.

The Foundation, which has a mission to promote the advancement of higher education at Brandon University and to improve the quality of its facilities and activities, shared details of the past year’s fundraising and support activities, celebrated members of the Order of the Sheaf, and heard from students who had been directly impacted by Foundation funding.

Three major gifts over the past three fiscal years will support science students at Brandon University for generations to come, thanks to Brandon College science grad Barrie Burch.
Burch’s most recent donation, this past month, was worth more than $245,000. Combined with about $363,000 given the past two years, as well as consistent giving for more than two decades, this brings Burch’s lifetime total donations to $652,533.23.

A dedicated board member and volunteer who has devoted countless hours of service to Brandon University will receive the prestigious Apex Award from the Brandon University Foundation.
Jeff Cristall, who says his earliest memories of BU were lending a hand as a kid from the sidelines for the then-College Caps football squad in the 1960s, most recently served three consecutive terms on the BU Foundation board, including as President of the BU Foundation from 2015–17.
The BU Foundation is responsible for fundraising on behalf of Brandon University, and of stewarding the resulting endowments and donated funds.

Life has taken Merv and Marilyn Letts to cities around the world, and they are celebrating their prairie roots by creating a new award that will help future generations of Brandon University (BU) students achieve their goals.
By generously donating stock, valued at approximately $45,000, they are funding the endowment of the Minnedosa Valley Scholarship/Bursary at BU. With an annual value of about $2,025 per year, the award will support students from Minnedosa Collegiate Institute who display strong academic, leadership, athletic and social skills in pursuing their post-secondary education at BU.
“I still consider myself a prairie kid,” said Merv, who grew up in Minnedosa before attending Brandon College.

Pride Month at Brandon University (BU) closes with the addition of a new bursary from the Gender & Women’s Studies Program (GWS) to support 2SLGBTQIA+ students.
With a $10,000 contribution from the Margaret Laurence Endowment Fund, GWS at BU has established a new bursary for students who identify as 2SLGBTQIA+ (Two Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Intersex, Asexual) which will fund an annual award of approximately $450 each year.