Create your own fund

While many donors know where they want to give, many more want to begin a conversation about where their giving matches their passion and where eventual funds donated will have impact. Please see below the different ways you can use to create your own gift that energizes student experiences, advances research and creates greater ties between UCalgary, local and global communities:

Student Awards: Scholarships and Bursaries

Scholarships are granted to incoming or existing students based on academic achievement at the undergraduate and graduate level. Bursaries and given to incoming and existing students based on financial need. Consideration in the selection for your bursary’s recipients is financial need.

Honorary and Memorial Gifts

Honorary and memorial funds enable friends and family to give or establish a gift to areas that celebrate the continuing or past legacy of a special person or group.


Endowments provide an opportunity to give in perpetuity by establishing a fund that provides income to support an area indefinitely. UCalgary requres prospective donors looking to establish an endowment to make a minimum $20,000 commitment that can be amortized over 5 years.

Annually Funded Awards

These awards allow donors to make a significant impact over a shorter time period, without requiring them to make a more substantive financial commitment such as with an endowment. To annually fund a new award, a minimum commitment of three years at $2,000/year is required.

Reunion Gifts

For alumni, graduation-anniversary milestones (e.g., 10 years, 25 years, 40 years, 50 years) provide an opportunity to connect with friends and former classmates. They also provide classes an opportunity to leave a legacy such as a named scholarship, bursary or physical campus space. Consider creating a fund to celebrate a significant milestone since graduation.

Student awards greatly lighten the load when students are trying to focus on future aspirations. It is also rewarding to have hard work and hours of effort acknowledged. Thank you!


Nathan Rider, Third Year Psychology and Environmental Science

Contact information

University of Calgary Development and Alumni Engagement Office 

Olympic Volunteer Centre 
2500 University Drive NW 
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4