Trinity Western University is privileged to have access to the Mel Smith fonds and endowment, a memorial made in honour of the late Mel Smith, QC, who served for over two decades as the ranking constitutional advisor to the British Columbia government. The endowment has served to support students studying constitutional issues at Trinity Western University and funds the annual Mel Smith lecture held on campus.

Each year, the Mel Smith Endowment funds an award to an upper-level student who demonstrates strong scholarly aptitude and interests in line with the expertise of Mel Smith, namely the development and application of Canadian constitutionalism, constitutional and electoral reform, and Western Canadian concerns.  The annual application deadline usually comes in January each year.

The Mel Smith Lectures (TWU Archives): provides records of past lectures.

The Mel Smith Fonds (TWU Archives): provides access to the full catalog of documents in the Mel Smith Archives.

Past award recipients:

2000 – Amber Pashuk
2001 – Jennifer Hamel
2002 – Darren Friesen
2003 – Leanne Neufeldt
2004 – Jonathan Maryniuk
2005 – Lindsay Bisschop
2006 – Jay Dorey
2007 – Lauren Hosty
2008 – Donna Robertson
2009 – Danielle Kooy
2010 – Carla Breadon
2011 – Katie Harper
2012 – Brayden Koslowsky
2013 – Damien Kurek
2014 – Jordan Schroeder
2015 – Madeline Gallard
2016 – Darlene Rowlandson
2017 – Jared Barkman