Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) held its biggest awards night yet, with hundreds of KPU students taking home a record-breaking $810,000 in scholarships, including 64 students from Langley.
Hosted by the KPU Foundation at Richmond’s River Rock Casino Resort on Nov. 19, the 27th annual scholarships and awards dinner saw around 450 students, donors, guests and KPU representatives come out to celebrate student success and achievement.
The event was the biggest awards night in the university’s history, with the most dollars donated and most awards — over 550 — received.
“As a result of this financial investment from donors, we are able to focus on our studies and balance our other commitments, instead of having to worry about the money needed to fund our education,” said Sarah Quinn, a classical voice performance student.
Beyond providing students with recognition and financial support, the event allows donors to meet their award recipients and network with future potential employees.
KPU students also have the chance to connect with community leaders who understand and value the importance of post-secondary education.
“At KPU we are extremely pleased to be able to have opportunities such as this that bring our donors and the students benefiting from their generosity together,” said Steve Lewarne, CEO of the KPU Foundation.
“For our donors, it’s an opportunity to see the level of excellence that their investment is providing. For our students, it serves as an opportunity to offer their thanks to the individuals and corporations that have made their education at KPU a reality.”