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Kwantlen students give $100K for peers

Not-for-profit Polytechnic Ink Publishing Society is funding multiple scholarships.

  • Jun. 26, 2015 6:00 p.m.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s (KPU) student-led publications are giving back to journalism and writing students in a big way.

Polytechnic Ink Publishing Society (PIPS), the student-owned not-for-profit that oversees The Runner and other student publications, has generously donated $100,000 to fund multiple scholarships for those with a passion for publication.

“When it boils down, it’s the students’ money in the first place and it should go back to them. If it were to go outside of KPU, it would just feel wrong,” said PIPS Operations Manager Scott Boux.

“KPU is extremely grateful to Polytechnic Ink Publishing Society for their generosity and leadership in establishing endowments that will support KPU students for years to come,” said Steve Lewarne, chief executive officer of the KPU Foundation and executive director of the university’s office of advancement.

“Knowing that our current students are building capacity for future students through this level of philanthropy is something that we take a great deal of pride in. PIPS’ donation will be endowed to support five annual awards in perpetuity that support students enrolled in KPU journalism and creative writing programs, as well as those who have contributed significantly to KPU student publications. Starting in 2016, $5,000 in scholarships will be awarded each year.”

PIPS board chair Stephanie Peters said: “As students, we know that university can be a challenge, and not just a financial one. It’s really life-changing to get a vote of confidence, and we wanted to recognize the great things our peers do that may not be otherwise taken into account in award criteria.”

The KPU Foundation builds community and corporate partnerships that benefit students, support faculty and enhance education. Each year, hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships and awards are given to students across disciplines.

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