Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce celebrates 30-year relationship with KPU

Thu, Sep 17, 2020

The Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce is celebrating a 30-year partnership with Kwantlen Polytechnic University. The chamber started an endowment in 1990 that supports a scholarship for a Langley resident enrolled at KPU in a business-related program.


“As a business organization we find it very rewarding when we see students getting that extra bit of help that they need to finish their schooling to venture into the business world,” says Colleen Clark, CEO of the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce.

Langley Chamber of Commerce celebrates 30 year anniversary of giving at KPU


The chamber is celebrating 89 years this year with almost 1,000 members in the Greater Langley area. Clark says the Langley Chamber of Commerce Endowed Award was set up by a former member and while it isn’t a big amount, it still makes a difference for students.


“No matter what it helps them get through and finish what they’re working on and really helps stabilize their ability to take their classes, this year more than ever.”


KPU student Karrah Parke agrees.


“It was a great supplement for my textbooks. That’s always something I forget about when I’m looking at my tuition costs for the semester,” she says.


Parke is in her second year in the Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting program at KPU.


“Education can get expensive. I work part time at the Learning Centre at KPU and I also take out loans so any amount that I can get from scholarships is a huge financial relief for me.”


“As a member of the Langley community, KPU is grateful for this 30-year relationship with the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce. Students like Karrah benefit greatly from the financial assistance provided by all our partners,” says Steve Lewarne, Executive Director, Advancement at KPU.


Find more information about the scholarships at KPU here. Learn more about giving at KPU at