September 13, 2019
It was 1978 when Nels Hawkinson (’80) was called into President Neil Snider’s office. Nels was a second-year student at the time and loved playing basketball for Trinity Western. But because it was still a young college, there weren’t the same full-ride scholarships available that many other schools were offering in the United States. President Snider knew that if he wanted to keep Nels at the school, they’d have to get creative. It was at that meeting that the very first student recruiter position at Trinity Western was created. In exchange for free room and board in the following year, Nels would go across North America to promote the school, collect names, and recruit as many new students as possible.