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Thorpes announce $25,000 in OC Scholarships for 2016

South Okanagan students and parents take note! Two donors who have changed the lives of dozens of students at Okanagan College and UBC Okanagan have announced a special round of scholarships in honour of the tenth anniversary of the award fund they established a decade ago at both institutions. 
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 “Given that 2016 will mark the 10th year of awards from the Rick and Yasmin Thorpe & Friends Scholarship Fund, we wanted to do something special for students of the region,” says donor Rick Thorpe.

The Thorpes have announced 10 scholarships, valued at $2,500 each, will be awarded to qualified s

tudents enrolling in first-year studies at Okanagan College in 2016.

“Looking back over the last 10 years, we are reminded of so many wonderful interactions with students,” says Yasmin Thorpe.

“It is always such a pleasure to meet the recipients, hear their goals for the future, and share their in excitement.”

Okanagan College Foundation Executive Director Kathy Butler said:

“The sheer gratitude expressed by the recipients, in the form of thank-you letters, emails, photos, and video messages for the Thorpes, is a testament to the impact these awards have had, and will continue to have."

corrie knapp

The Rick and Yasmin Thorpe & Friends Scholarships assists students who are a graduate of, or will be graduating from, a secondary school located on the west side of Okanagan Lake, from Penticton to Killiney Beach, registering in fulltime studies at the College. 

 The award also supports students already enrolled at the College who are continuing their studies. Recipients must be undertaking courses in business, viticulture, agricultur

Since the fund was established in 2006, more than $70,000 has been awarded to 30 recipients at Okanagan College. The Thorpes have also established numerous awards for students entering or continuing studies at UBC Okanagan where students have received more than $55,000 in awards.e, engineering, tourism/hospitality, trades, technologies, English or creative writing, science, and nursing.

The application deadline will be March 4, 2016.

Application guidelines are available at www.okanagan.bc.ca/awards or by emailing financialaid@okanagan.bc.ca for more information.

Read the full story in the press release.

(Pictured above (top): Rick Thorpe, 2015 award recipient Shad Collins, Yasmin Thorpe; (left): 2015 award recipient Corrie Knapp.)