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I'm an American donor. Will I get a U.S. tax receipt?

If you are a U.S. donor, and you make a gift online, you will receive a Canadian tax receipt.  SFU alumni and family of alumni can use a Canadian tax receipt against income in the U.S. However, if you would like a U.S. tax receipt, you need to donate by cheque, made payable to Friends of SFU.

How will I know who received my scholarship or bursary?

Every time your scholarship or bursary is awarded, we will notify you of the name of the student recipient.

Why am I receiving phone calls from SFU?

All year, we call donors and alumni to keep you informed on the impacts of your support around campus.

Our callers are all SFU students - many of them in their first few years of undergraduate studies. They are active in clubs on campus, volunteering in the community and, for most, this is their first real job.

When you receive your call from SFU students, please take a moment to chat, reminisce and find out first-hand how much your donation means to them and to everyone at the university.

If wish to update your communication preferences, you can do that here. Thank you for taking the time!

How do I pay for my award each year?

Each year we’ll send you a pledge reminder in advance of your award due date to request funds from you. You can pay for award with a cheque, or via credit card online or over the phone.

What is a bursary?

Bursaries are awarded based on financial need. 

When does my award get disbursed?

SFU disburses scholarships and bursaries three times per year – Fall, Spring and Summer. We will disburse your award at the earliest opportunity.

What is a scholarship?

Scholarships are awarded based on academic excellence to help SFU attract the best and brightest students and student-athletes.

Who chooses the student recipients?

Students must apply for scholarships, bursaries and awards. The recipients are selected by various SFU departments depending on the type of award.

What is an endowment?

Endowments are one way that you can ensure your annual scholarship, bursary or award is truly a lasting legacy at SFU.  With a minimum gift of $20,000 (for undergraduate awards) or $30,000 (for graduate awards), the capital is held in perpetuity and invested.  A portion of the interest earned is given out, while the remaining interest is re-capitalized into the endowment.  As the endowment grows, so do the student awards.

How do I create a scholarship, bursary or award?

Please contact Jennifer Bergeron, Manager, Leadership Giving at 778-782-5310 or jennifer_bergeron@sfu.ca to start the process of creating your own scholarship, bursary or award.