Giving Priorities

Area of Greatest Need

Giving to the Area of Greatest Need provides UNBC with access to unrestricted funds to pursue unfunded opportunities that will help move the University towards greater excellence.

Funds from the Area of Greatest Need are currently supporting experiential service-learning opportunities for students – enriching their education while they engage with people and organizations in our communities.


Summer 2013, FNST 298/301 Dakelth Culture: Making a Cottonwood Canoe – a new course presented in partnership with the Lheidli T’enneh First NationTs’I, where students learned about local Lheidli T’enneh traditions and carved cottonwood dugout canoes. Read more about the canoe launch.

Fall 2013, ORTM 205 Outdoor Skills and Leadership – a new course in partnership with the Aleza Lake Research Forest Society designed to develop basic outdoor skills and outdoor leadership abilities and provide a base for existing, more advanced courses to build upon.

Winter 2014, PSYC 498-3 Special Topics in Psychology: Applied Health Promotion – a pilot course in partnership with Northern Health that focused on translating and applying theories of psychological, behavioral, and organizational change to community health promotion.

Summer 2014, FNST 161-3 Making a Pitt House – a hands-on experiential course conducted with Elders, undergraduate students, and local high school students who made a Dakelh style Pit House while developing an understanding of First Nations history, traditions, culture and appreciation for the environment and its traditional and contemporary uses.

Summer 2015, Biology 301 Systematic Botany Regional Course Delivery in Northwest Region – the addition of a hands-on learning module at Cassiar Cannery in Port Edward to an existing course in Terrace, allowing students the opportunity to develop their skills in an applied setting.

For more information:
Katherine Scouten, Director, Development and Alumni Relations

Student Awards

At UNBC the total number of students receiving scholarships, bursaries, and awards continues to grow every year. Donors continue to build endowments and support annual awards for students across program areas and aimed at different need criteria. This allows UNBC to grow and attracts exceptional students while also making a UNBC education more accessible to those facing financial barriers.

Approximately 85% of UNBC awards are at the undergraduate level. UNBC’s goal is to continue to build scholarships, awards, and bursaries to attract and retain both undergraduate and graduate students, and grow important program areas.

Please contact us if you would like to ask about or contribute to a new or existing award.

Psychology student Chelsea Dunk came to UNBC for its environmental focus and the small class sizes. She is a UNBC Scholar from 100 Mile House.

For more information:
Jennifer Hicke, Administrator - Development Awards

Northern Medical Programs Trust

The Northern Medical Programs Trust has reached an endowment of over $9.5 Million thanks to the commitment and generosity of northern communities, and is annually supporting students in the Northern Medical Program and UNBC School of Nursing.

The Trust’s objective is to continue to build the endowment to enhance its impact on the health care education in Northern BC.

For more information:
Northern Medical Programs Trust


The Timberwolves are the core of varsity athletics at UNBC, and provide exciting spectator sport for the Prince George community and Northern BC. Since 2012 the Timberwolves have competed in Canada West, the western division of Canada’s top university athletic association in both men's and women's basketball and soccer.

Donor support is needed to lift these young teams into a new caliber of sport through scholarships, awards, and travel expenses. The Wolf Club and Adopt-an-Athlete are important fundraising campaigns to support our student athletes. You can also attend/sponsor the annual Timberwolves Golf Tournament or - new in 2015 - the Timberwolves Legacy Breakfast.

For more information:
Timberwolves Athletics

Green Initiatives

To build the brand of ‘Canada’s Green University’ donor support is important for unfunded initiatives. Giving here has been dedicated to the UNBC Bioenergy Scholarship and Bursary Fund, Green Day activities, and the bioenergy facility fund.

In 2011, UNBC tied with Harvard University for a campus sustainability award by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

For more information:
Canada's Green University


The Geoffrey R. Weller Library continues to be an important UNBC resource that welcomes support by donors. Initiatives sponsored include Library Capital Fund, Library Endowment Fund, Northern BC Archives.

For more information:
Geoffrey R. Weller Library

First Nations

Donors can designate gifts towards First Nations initiatives to support programs and projects such as the Northern Advancement Program, or First Nations Centre Fund.


UNBC is one of BC’s four research-intensive universities with nine Canada Research Chairs, a BC Leadership Chair, two research forests, the I.K. Barber Enhanced Forestry Laboratory, and a wide range of research centres and institutes. In 2010, UNBC was ranked first in a national survey of Canada’s research universities, achieving top position in a category of Primarily Undergraduate universities.

As a small university, donor support is important for UNBC to build upon its high caliber research in such areas as Natural Resources and the Environment; Rural, Remote, and Northern Health; and the Sustainability of Communities. 

For more information:
Office of Research