FRIENDS of VRTA Scholarship & Bursaries

To assist young adults to enter university programs to become teachers or to study gerontology or geriatric nursing,we have founded a charitable organization, called the Friends of VRTA Scholarship and Bursary Fund. This fund is under the umbrella of the R.R. Smith Memorial Fund Foundation and hosted by the VanCity Community Foundation. The fund was generously initiated by an anonymous $1000.00 donation in June, 2018 but we need $10,000.00 to start the fund earning interest that can be given to deserving UBC and SFU students.  We have reached over $8,000 so let's endeavour to top this up!

DONATING ONLINE IS EASY— Go to, click “Funds” at the top, type R.R. Smith in “Search” area, click on “R.R. Smith Community Fund”, click on “Give to this Fund”, and fill in details with your credit card. Designate funds by typing Friends of the VRTA in “Leave a comment” space. Donations of $20 or more get an INSTANT tax receipt in your Inbox!  Then send a copy of the Tax Receipt to our Treasurer:  Dave Ellis (   This is important to ensure that the funds are deposited into our Friends of the VRTA account.

Or WRITE a CHEQUE to VanCity Community/ R.R. Smith Memorial Fund Foundation and mail to Dave Ellis, 2086 Newport Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5P 2H8   In the Memo Line Write:  Friends of the VRTA.