Junko N. Ikebuchi Memorial Scholarship Fund

Established by Mr. Ikebuchi to provide a scholarship/bursary to a First Nations student currently enrolled in TRU in a First Nations language, local history or anthropology program.

  • Applicants must maintain a B- average or better.
  • The applicant will demonstrate a genuine interest in learning.
  • Applicants will demonstrate a non-competitive, sharing, and helpful attitude towards other students with respect to learning and the dissemination of knowledge and experience.
  • Preference will be given to First Nations Students within the Shuswap Nation.

*This $1,200 scholarship is bi-annual and will begin in 2023. Applicants should use the Thompson Rivers University (TRU) general application form and submit to the TRU awards office.

Ms. Junko Ikebuchi was an elementary school teacher in School District 73 in Kamloops.  She was a lifelong learner and world traveler.  Her life was spent educating herself and those around her about using the strengths that every individual possesses to the best of their ability, and about being open to the wonder and the interconnectedness of the world.

Having struggled herself to go to university and graduate school, she recognized the need for assistance for students pursuing post-secondary education.  When she came to Kamloops, she became very interested in First Nations language, local history and general anthropology.  Junko envisioned establishing a fund to support students studying the Secwepemc language and continuing their local First Nations’ traditions and customs.  Junko very much enjoyed her time spent in Kamloops with the faculty, staff & students and hoped others would be able to have learning experiences that were just as positive.

You can learn more about Junko here: https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/kamloopsthisweek/obituary.aspx?n=junko-nora-ikebuchi&pid=188567544&fhid=16035