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Your donation can support scholarships, bursaries and other important work at Royal Roads University. See below for details on each or contact us to explore your personal interest in making a difference. Thank you!

Current Areas of Priority

Cascade Institute

The Cascade Institute at Royal Roads University is a Canadian research center addressing the full range of humanity’s converging environmental, economic, political, technological, and health crises. Using advanced methods for mapping and modeling complex global systems, Institute researchers identify, and where possible help implement, high-leverage interventions that could rapidly shift humanity’s course towards fair and sustainable prosperity.

The Institute produces critical findings, tools, and training materials to empower policy makers, business leaders, civil society groups, youth and community leaders, and practitioners to better solve the world’s urgent problems.  It acts as a network hub and catalyst among scientifically aligned research institutes around the world, helping to draw together, focus and amplify their expertise.

For more information, contact Amy Hinrichs, Advancement Manager 250-391-2529 and visit 


Future Forward Fund

Future Forward
We double the gift. You double the impact. Now, your donation can go further to support vital areas of need.

President Philip Steenkamp invites all RRU alumni to join him by contributing $25, $250, $2500 or a gift of any amount.

Every donation will be matched dollar for dollar by gifts from the RRU Alumni Giving Circle’s founding members

Life Happens Bursary

The Life Happens Bursary has been established by a staff alumnus donor to acknowledge the times during the course of a student's program when despite their best efforts "life happens" and an unforeseen challenge gets in the way of the ability to continue in their program.

Changing Lives Bursary

The Changing Lives Award makes a significant contribution to the tuition of incoming students with financial need who are already making a laudable difference in the world. 

Your gift in support makes a life-changing difference, not just for one student but also for their family, their co-workers and their community. Your donation is shaping the world we all live in. Thank you!

2020 Alumni $1000 Matching Fund

Your gift of $1,000 makes you a Founding Member of our new Alumni Giving Circle.

Join President Steenkamp in creating a $25,000 fund to match alumni donations this fall 1:1.

Together, alumni leaders across the world are helping us to double the impact of our 2020 alumni appeal.

Area of Greatest Student Need

The Area of Greatest Student Need fund provides support to students who need it most, when they need it most. This fund supports three core areas of student success:

An Entrance Award encourages diversity and reduces financial barrier to education at Royal Roads. 

An Emergency Bursary offers non-repayable funding to students with unforeseen emergency financial need. 

And the Royal Roads Student Food Bank provides non-perishable food items and toiletries to students in need.

Hatley Park Gardens, Grounds and Heritage Fund

Contributions to this fund support the preservation and enhancement of the historical gardens and grounds at Royal Roads University.

Additional funds you can contribute to:

Admiral John Charles and Mary Charles Scholarship

Canadian flag atop Hatley Castle

Championed by friends and family of the late Rear Admiral John A. Charles and his wife Mary Charles.  Awarded to retired and serving military personnel in the School of Peace and Conflict Management.

Allan Cahoon Global Advancement and Diversity Fund

The Allan Cahoon Global Advancement and Diversity Award has been established to assist Royal Roads students in under-represented populations who wish to promote diversity. Global advancement refers to the university’s strategic and integrated approach to its efforts in support of the vision to “connect people, ideas and experiences to change lives and the world”. Diversity is the recognition and acknowledgement of multiple and overlapping identities that enrich community. Royal Roads is committed to appreciating and celebrating the diversity of students, faculty and staff, with the objective of strengthening the fabric of our communities.

Allan Cahoon Scholarship

The Allan Cahoon Scholarship encourages excellence at Royal Roads by supporting students who excel academically and who demonstrate leadership at Royal Roads and in their home communities.

The award is named to honour Allan Cahoon, who has served Royal Roads University since 2007 as the university’s third president and vice-chancellor. The scholarship underscores President Cahoon’s belief that education is a great social equalizer: an investment not just in the individual but in a healthy, resilient and thriving society. The Allan Cahoon Scholarship will recognize students who best exemplify this spirit in their lives and practice. 100% of donations received will go to supporting students.

Thank you for your support!

Andrea Fallan Memorial Bursary

Peacock at RRU

Championed by RRU staff, friends and family members in memory of Andrea Fallan and awarded to BCom students who are involved in the community, demonstrate leadership qualities and motivate others to improve.

Award for Diversity and Community Building

Recognizing that a more equitable and inclusive society requires efforts to encourage under-represented student groups to pursue life-long education, the Award for Diversity and Community Building has been established to recognize and support Afro-Heritage students who serve their communities through volunteering, applied scholarship or leadership. 
Donneil McNab, a MA in Tourism Management alumni, established the Award for Diversity and Community Building in 2020 as a way of celebrating Black excellence within the Royal Roads community. She is passionate about equity, diversity, cultural awareness and anti-racism, evidenced by volunteerism and involvement in several related initiatives, including the creation of this award.

Beth and Bill Vance Bursary

Yellow flowers

Championed by MA in Leadership Training aluma, Shauna Jones in recognition of two people who supported her through her RRU MALT program. This award facilitates the growth of those who are fully engaged in and passionate about their life’s work.

Building Peaceful Communities Award

The Building Peaceful Communities Award has been established to assist students enrolled in Justice Studies and Conflict Analysis and Management programs at Royal Roads University who demonstrate competency in negotiation and mediation and reside in Alberta or plan to return to Alberta upon graduation.

Community Mediation Calgary Society has created this award to support students working to build peaceful communities through open and effective communication.

Business for Business - Student Entrepreneur Award

The Business for Business – Student Entrepreneur Award was established to help students who demonstrate entrepreneurial spirit and plan to establish or work with a small business in Victoria, BC. A small business is defined as having 50 or fewer employees.

The award recipient will also be offered a one-year membership to the Victoria Business for Business networking group.


Daniel James Frazer Entrance Bursary

This bursary will be given to a graduate or doctoral student at RRU, with preference given to students in the Masters of Environment and Management (MEM) program, who can demonstrate financial need,  and has at least one year experience (as either an employee or volunteer) with a non-governmental organization (NGO) involved in environment and social justice issues.

Dr. Ann Dale and her family established the Daniel James Frazer Entrance Bursary at Royal Roads University in November 2000 in memory of their beloved son and grandson, Daniel James Frazer. 

“Some people when they are on the earth occupy only the space of a tree, but when they leave, they leave the space of a forest.  May his compassion, integrity, courage and gentleness continue to touch us and inspire us to make a difference, to create a world where all creatures can enjoy life.”

Dr. Barry Maber Memorial Bursary

Championed by his family to create a lasting legacy in his memory. Dr. Maber was a Saskatoon-based physician enrolled in RRU’s MA in Conflict Analysis (MACAM) program when he passed. Well-respected and admired by his colleagues at Royal Roads, he was awarded RRU’s first posthumous degree. Awarded annually to one student enrolled in the second year of the MACAM program.

Dr. Gerry Kelly Innovative Learning and Teaching Award

Teacher in front of her class

This award celebrates faculty who are deemed to be representative of RRU’s team of outstanding teachers. Funds also support individual faculty to engage in the scholarship of teaching through an established RRU program.

Dr. Jui Mei Chang (張水美博士) Royal Scholarship - 張水美博士皇家精英獎學金

Established by businesswoman and global alumni leader Dr. Jui Mei Chang, the scholarship will be awarded to outstanding Taiwanese students to attend Royal Roads University in the undergraduate or graduate degree programs based in Canada. Scholarship applicants will be awarded on the basis of their academic performance as well as by demonstrating how they can promote increased understanding between Asia and Canada and contribute to building global linkages and international networks. 由成功的商業領袖,皇家大學全球傑出校友張水美博士出資成立,皇家大學張水美博士皇家精英獎學金旨在表彰、獎勵皇家大學的優秀臺灣同學(大學本科或研究生)。獎學金候選人將以學術表現為主要評選標準,並參考學員在促進加拿大與亞洲共識、促進世界和平、和諧方面所做的貢獻。

Dr. Milton McClaren Student Travel Award

The Dr. Milton McClaren Student Travel Award was established to provide financial support to Masters of Arts in Environmental Education and Communication (MAEEC) students attending or presenting at conferences or extracurricular events related to their learning at Royal Roads University. Dr. Richard Kool established the award in honour of Dr. Milton McClaren, co-founder of the MAEEC Program and someone who taught every MAEEC student from 2003 to 2015.

Dr. Paz Buttedahl Graduate Award in Peace and Justice

Championed by friends, family, colleagues and students in memory of Dr. Paz Buttedahl. This endowment award is open to MA students in the School of Peace and Conflict Management who demonstrate an ability to explore issues of peace and justice.

Dr. Steven Chen Memorial Award

Dr. Steven Chen was an outstanding ambassador, a great supporter and dear friend of many at Royal Roads for more than a decade and performed the role of Greater China Representative for Royal Roads, managing the university's relationship with government agencies and partners from 2016-19. Dr. Chen passed away suddenly in 2019. His passion for learning and genuine connection with others is honoured through this award in his name. This award supports students with demonstrated reasonable financial need, who have demonstrated leadership or contributions to their communities, with a preference for students who hail from Greater China.

Eileen Glavin Bursary

The Eileen Glavin Bursary has been established by the family of Eileen Glavin to support students with financial need who have overcome a personal challenge.

Eileen Glavin was born in England to Irish immigrant parents in 1921. During the Second World War, Eileen enlisted with the Royal Air Force and was engaged in the top secret code-breaking operation led by Alan Turing, centered at Bletchley Park. After her brother Patrick was killed in Germany just weeks before Victory in Europe Day, her father brought most of the family home to Ireland, but Eileen stayed on in England and married an Irish RAF member. After emigrating to Canada in 1957, Eileen worked at a variety of jobs, raised four sons, and once they were grown, she served the family of the Rebbe Feuerstein as a nanny, helping to raise eight more children.

Graham Dickson Leadership and Learning Award

Championed by the staff in the Centre for Applied Leadership and Management (CALM), this fund supports sustainability initiatives and honours Dr. Graham Dickson. The award is open to CALM learners who demonstrate social responsibility and community leadership.

Howard Dorrance Staff Legacy Bursary

Students on the lawn near Grant building

Understanding that unforeseen circumstances arise during study, this bursary is intended to address critical financial need outside the regular cycle of awards to a maximum of $2,000 for students actively enrolled in the second half of their program.

Believing in the power of education and helping students in need, the staff, faculty, associate faculty and students of Royal Roads University have created and donated to the Howard Dorrance Staff Legacy Bursary, with the generous financial support of Gloria Dorrance in memory of her husband, Howard Dorrance, who dedicated a lifetime of service to education. Mr. Dorrance was an officer cadet (UNTD) and consequently spent his summers at Royal Roads for training. After he acquired a B.A., in history from Sir George Williams University, Mr. Dorrance obtained a Master of Education in Administration at McGill at the beginning of his 24 year career as elementary-school principal.

Indigenous Community Engagement in Learning

Supports and facilitates long term relationships and partnerships with Aboriginal and Indigenous communities, governments, private corporations and educational institutions.

International Development and Social Change Awards

The Development and Social Change Award has been established to provide Master of Arts in Intercultural and International Communication students with financial support in recognition of their commitment to social change, with a preference for experiential learning or collaborative projects with local partners and students enrolled in the PCOM 635 course.

Laura Vidalis Scholarship

Championed by Serge Vidalis in memory of his sister who was completing her MBA in Digital Technologies when she passed away. Serge is a RRU alumni (Master of Arts in Conflict Analysis and Management). This scholarship will assist students that Laura would have identified with, mid-career learners who are enhancing or changing careers while staying committed to their family and communities.

Liav Gold Bursary

Ms. Liav Gold established this award with the support of her friends and classmates in August 2000. This award is given to a female applicant demonstrating financial need who is a member of one or more of the following groups: lesbian, single mother, woman of colour, person with a disability.

Lowen's Entrepreneurial Management Bursary

The Lowen's Entrepreneurial Management Bursary assists students with financial need enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurial Management program and who best describe how an act of kindness, towards themselves or someone else, has affected their own life in a positive way.

The bursary is MBA alumnus Chad Zelensky's way of "paying it forward" to those who have made efforts to create positive change in their lives and work, in their communities or on the global stage. During his residency at Royal Roads, Chad found himself in need of support and a fellow student helped him. After graduating, Chad, a pharmacist and father, developed a successful natural diaper rash balm and established the company inspired by and named for his daughter Lowen. The Lowen's Entrepreneurial Management Bursary reflects the entrepreneurial spirit behind his family-owned and operated skincare company.

MAL Bursary

The MAL Bursary was created to recognise the determination and willingness of first year students who have chosen to pursue a path of higher understanding about leadership. This bursary serves to recognise the efforts and guidance shown by MAL instructors Catherine Etmanski, Mark Fulton, Beth Page and Guy Nasmyth. This award is given out to a student in their first year of the Master of Arts in Leadership program

Maria C. Wilkie Hummingbird Bursary

The Maria C. Wilkie Hummingbird Bursary aims to honour Maria’s generous spirit by helping women enter, re-enter, or advance in the workforce. Helping them – like a hummingbird – take flight.

Maria acted with grace and elegance in her life, helping others even in the face of adversity. She believed in equality, justice, women’s rights and education, as demonstrated by her career: EB Eddy Forest Products; TimberWest; Maria C. Wilkie Consulting Company; Victoria Symphony Orchestra; BC Ministry of Community, Aboriginal and Women’s Services; BC Ministry of Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Multiculturalism; and the executive team at BC Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation.

Lifelong learning was important to Maria, and she planned to pursue a master’s degree at Royal Roads if time had allowed. This award reflects Maria’s kindness and desire to help women make positive changes in their lives through education.

McTaggart-Cowan Environmental Leadership Awards

Green forest in Hatley ParkThe McTaggart-Cowan Environmental Leadership Awards recognise students with environmental leadership and the ability to inspire change. Students eligible for the awards and bursary will be in the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Masters of Science in Environment & Management programs at Royal Roads University.

Melody Andersson Memorial Award

The Melody Andersson Memorial Award assists students who have completed one year of the Master of Arts in Tourism Management program who best describe their plan to use tourism to inspire positive change in a community, with a preference for students demonstrating financial need.

This award was initiated by alumni of the MA in Tourism and Hospitality Management program to honour the memory of Melody Andersson. A highly regarded employee in the School of Tourism and Hospitality, Melody is remembered as loyal and giving, always happy and willing to help and very devoted to her family. This award reflects her selfless focus on helping others, coupled with her positive approach to life and in the work she did for students.

Memorial Gifts

Donations in honor or memory of an individual can be made as a general donation to our area of greatest student need or to an existing award of your choice at Royal Roads. When making your donation, please include the name of the individual you are honoring in the comment section of our online form, or in the note section of your cheque. You can also make a donation by contacting us directly at 1-866-207-0080. To have the family of the honoree notified of your donation, please provide us with their contact information and any message you would like passed along.

Military Heritage Fund

Military cadets on the parade square

This fund supports the preservation and enhancement of the military heritage of Royal Roads.

Peter Legge Family Bursary

Championed by The Legge family and Canada Wide Media Ltd. Open to students enrolled in the School of Business or School of Communications who can demonstrate financial need.

President's Indigenous Support Bursary

Sneq’wa e’lun – The Blue Heron House

This bursary helps to improve access to education for Indigenous students through the provision of financial support.

Rotary Club of Westshore Bursary

Rotary logo

Established by the Rotary Club of Westshore, this endowed bursary is open to WestShore residents enrolled in a Leadership Program.

RRU Royal Scholarship

RRU Royal Scholarships will be presented to outstanding students from China and Taiwan who are admitted to undergraduate or graduate degree programs based in Canada. Scholarship applicants will be awarded on the basis of their academic performance as well as by demonstrating how they can promote increased understanding between Asia and Canada and contribute to building global linkages and international networks.

Sheila Verwey Humanitarian Award

The Sheila Verwey Humanitarian Award has been established to financially assist graduate level students at Royal Roads University.  This award is made available to an individual who has demonstrated a commitment to create positive change in a community through care and advocacy for those less fortunate and is made in memory and in honour of Sheila Verwey who graduated from Royal Roads’ Masters in Leadership program in 2009.

Shirley Case Memorial Bursary

This bursary will be given annually to one learner enrolled in the second year of the MA in Human Security and Peace building program who is involved in humanitarian work that contributes to the empowerment of women and/or children.

Championed by friends and family of Shirley Case, to create a lasting legacy in honour of her admirable efforts to change the lives of many in a positive way. Shirley's work included but was not limited to working with youth, people with disabilities and environmental issues. Her work in designing education services for children with disabilities recognized a group often forgotten about by relief work.

Shirley dedicated herself to the building of communities and empowerment through education, but her tragic passing took her too soon, and has affected a wide community of family, friends, colleagues, RRU staff, and alumni. Through this memorial fund, Shirley’s spirit and many achievements and accomplishments will be recognized and remembered.

Sustainability Impact Award

The Sustainability Impact Award provides funding of up to $2,500 to projects that enhance sustainability efforts, promote community engagement and have a positive influence. The fund was established in 2007 by Royal Roads prof. Dr. Charles Krusekopf and students in Royal Roads’ MA and MSc in Environmental Management program. Projects are nominated by students, staff or alumni.

Terry Power Outdoor Classroom

Your donation to the Terry Power Outdoor Classroom Project will commemorate a favorite teacher and help build this important place for people to gather. Your outdoor classroom will become a part of the history and heritage of Royal Roads and highlight the powerful connections between people, place and purpose. An open concept space being developed as part of the new Centre for Environmental Science and International Partnership building (CESIP), your outdoor classroom will be an important place on campus—a place for people to connect and reconnect—and available for use by students from all faculties as well as continuing education and community groups. Thank you for making this happen. And help us spread the word—reconnect with your classmates, post it to RRU Connect and mention it on your social media.

The Buttedahl and Skene Learning and Teaching Award


The Buttedahl and Skene Learning and Teaching Award supports initiatives that enhance professional growth of the faculty as a whole, enhance teaching at Royal Roads University, and serve a strategic function in highlighting faculty members' contributions to the university's success. The fund supports faculty members in making direct links between scholarships, teaching effectiveness, research and student learning.

The Noble School Lab Visit Grant

Led by Royal Roads School of Environment and Sustainability Assistant Professor Mickie Noble, the School of Environment and Sustainability School Outreach Program offers lab and field experiences for local elementary school students. The campus setting and lab’s unique environment offer young students an eye-opening opportunity to experience appropriately designed science activities which complement the elementary school curriculum. In keeping with Royal Roads University’s goals and core values, the program seeks to inspire and engage new generations of curious and inquisitive minds in exploring how our planet works.

The Royal Roads Canadian Forces Active Service Award

Canadian Forces RRU Graduand

The Royal Roads Canadian Forces Active Service Award is granted annually to a current member of the Canadian Forces who exemplifies exceptional service to country or community. This award was established to honour Royal Roads' military legacy and its continued commitment to provide higher-learning opportunities to Canadians serving their country.

This award is made available by the generosity of the McCreath Family and the Bank of Montreal for Royal Roads students who are current members of the Canadian Forces.

Wanja Munaita Award

The Wanja Munaita Bursary has been established to assist students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Human Security and Peacebuilding program at Royal Roads University who are passionate about delivering justice or improving other’s access to justice, with preference for those working in African or Canadian Indigenous communities. During her time as a student at Royal Roads Ms. Munaita thought she was passionate about justice, but it wasn’t until she had completed her program and started working, that she learned it was at the very centre of her core. It is her hope that this bursary helps in her goal of making justice available to all. Ms. Munaita was inspired to start this award by those who made sacrifices for her in order to attain education, particularly her late mother and her father who continues to guide her.

Wilma Colford Bursary

The Wilma Colford Bursary has been established to assist Royal Roads students in any degree program. The bursary was created by Mary Bernard, who founded the Office of Research and Faculty Affairs at RRU and is the daughter of Wilma Colford. Additional family members credited to the vision of the bursary include Wilma’s children Paula Colford, Larry Colford (late), Chris Colford, and Bryan Colford, her granddaughters Rebecca Phillips Bernard and Layla Clarkson, and her great granddaughters Sionainn Phillips and Kaelyn Phillips, and her great grandson Michael Colford.

Wilma (1929 - 2002) was a single parent for much of her working life following her husband’s passing. As a teacher she also inspired and mentored youth in her community in the three communities in which she taught - Upper Blackville, Blackville, and Miramichi City, New Brunswick.  She gave many a helping hand and strongly supported the pursuit of education. The family of Wilma created this bursary as a way to honor her memory and efforts.

If you have any questions regarding the funds available or would like to discuss creating a fund of your own, please contact Andrea Boyes in the Advancement Office.
Phone: 250.391.2561