Be a Lifesaver


UFV students need your help

Every dollar you give is an investment in the future of a student who may not be able to complete their education without your help.

Since 2012, Faculty and Staff donations have helped more than 755 students in need to overcome a sudden, unexpected financial crisis’ with much-needed emergency dollars. Your gift can save students at risk of losing everything they have worked so hard for. Give the gift of a future by becoming a Lifesaver today.

Your gift will make an even greater impact thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, who will match $5000 in donations.


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Students like Randi need your help

Randi grew up in and out of foster care and group homes. A young mom with a tumultuous childhood, she found herself stuck with very little work experience and education.

“My biggest fear about going into university was how am I going to pay for this?” says Randi. “When I heard that I was accepted and that I had received a bursary, I was excited. I have come a long way from being an angry misguided youth who no one thought would graduate.”

Randi is now a Bachelor of Social Work student with a high GPA who plans to make a difference working with youth. “I feel really fortunate that I’ve been given the opportunity to come to school and turn my life around. I am so grateful that there are donors that give to these funds so that students like me can get the help they need to go to school and focus on a better life.”

Each year, there are more and more students at UFV who need help. Kyle Baille, UFV Director of Student Life and Development, works with students in need and sees the difference bursaries and scholarships make on a daily basis.  “Awards become integral to student success. Many students are facing barriers; there are some who are managing multiple jobs, who are managing family responsibilities, who are responsible for their households,” he says. “Awards give students the opportunity to get involved and take on experiential learning opportunities when otherwise they wouldn’t be able to because their time and resources are so precious.”

Your gift to a bursary or scholarship goes a long way in setting up a student for future success. In some instances, you are saving a student’s academic career as they could risk losing everything they have worked so hard for because of financial hardship.  When you help a student, you are making an impact and investing in the future.

At UFV, there are many caring employees like Kyle who echo his sentiment: “there is no better day than when you see a student like Randi walk across the graduation stage with a parchment in hand. That’s why we are here — to help students succeed.”

Please join your colleagues and help a student today.


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How can you help?

  1. Sign up for payroll deduction
    Any amount makes a difference for students in need. You can make a difference for the same price as an evening at the movies. $25 per pay period can help support a student for a whole year.
  2. Make a gift at any time
    You can donate any amount, anytime throughout the year. Encourage your co-workers to join you and make a gift from your department to a student in need. You can contribute online or in person.
  3. Donate a dollar every time you shop
    Every little bit counts. You help dreams come true with each dollar you donate.  Support students with a contribution at the point of purchase in UFV bookstores.

Choose how you help

Online and in person donations can be directed to the fund of your choice. Every dollar you give goes directly to helping students succeed.

Be a lifesaver by donating to the Student Emergency Fund, The Faculty and Staff Bursary, and/or the UFV Retirees’ Annual Bursary.

The Student Emergency Fund provides emergency funding for students experiencing serious economic difficulties due to sudden or unexpected situations including:

  • Personal crisis
  • Homelessness
  • Emergency medical expenses

The Faculty and Staff Bursary and the UFV Retirees’ Annual Bursary allow students who need funding to start or continue their education.

Help a student today

Visit the Advancement office (Room B310, Abbotsford campus) to make a donation in person or to sign up for payroll deduction, or make a donation online.

Thank you for considering making a gift. If you have any questions, we are here to help.

Contact us: | 604-851-6354